Sports Report: Germany Beats Argentina For Fourth World Cup Title
Mario Goetze produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster.
With two quick, deft touches, Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title — and denied Messi the one title he needs to forever take his place among soccer's all-time greats.
Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina in a tight and tense World Cup final. Goetz beat Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the 113th minute.
The win is Germany's first as a united country. West Germany won the World Cup in 1954, 1974 and 1990.
In the American League, the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 11-0. Clay Buchholz allowed three hits and struck out a career-high 12 in his fifth career shutout. Brock Holt had a career-best five hits, including a leadoff homer, to help the Red Sox to their fourth victory in five games heading into the All-Star break. The Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 3-1 last night in a game called by rain after 4 ½ innings. Elsewhere Tampa Bay blanked Toronto 3-0, Cleveland edged the White Sox 3-2, Kansas City bested Detroit 5-2, the Angels topped Texas 10-7, and Oakland defeated Seattle 4-1.
In interleague play, Minnesota defeated Colorado 13-5.
In the National League, the New York Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 9-1 victory yesterday. Elsewhere Atlanta beat the Cubs 10-7, Cincinnati doubled up Pittsburgh 6-3, Milwaukee blew out St. Louis 11-2, Washington topped Philadelphia 10-3, and it was the Dodger over San Diego 1-0.
Madison Bumgarner became the first pitcher in 48 years to hit two grand slams in a season, and Buster Posey also hit a slam in the Giants' 8-4 win over Arizona. Posey and Bumgarner are the first batterymates in major league history to hit grand slams in the same game.
Carmelo Anthony is remaining with the Knicks, saying he wants "to stay and build here with this city and my team." Anthony made his decision official yesterday with a posting on his website. He writes: "In the end, I am a New York Knick at heart." The Knicks can pay the All-Star forward nearly $130 million over five years. LeBron James decided late last week to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers on a two year contract worth $42 million.
Golf – John Deere Classic:
Brian Harman finished 22-under-par to finish 1 shot in front of Zach Johnson to win the PGA's John Deere Classic. Harman had a final round 5-under-66 while Johnson closed out with a 7-under-64.
Justin Rose finished in front of the field to win the Scottish Open. Rose shot a final round 6-under-65 to finish 16-under par, two shots in front of Kristoffer Broberg.
Women’s British Open:
Mo Martin of the U.S. has won the Women's British Open. The 31-year-old shot a final-round even-par 72 to finish 1-under, one shot in front of Shanshan Feng and Suzann Pettersen. Inbee Park, the leader after three rounds, skied to a 5-over 77 to finish two shots back of Martin, who played golf at UCLA.
The 5-foot-2 Martin started play on the LPGA Tour as a pro two years ago and clinched the Open championship with an eagle on the 18th hole.
Los Angeles beat Connecticut 90-64, Minnesota defeated Seattle 77-60, Atlanta edged Chicago in overtime 81-79, and it was Phoenix over San Antonio 90-61.
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