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Sports Report: U.S. Women Advance To Finals After Downing Germany 2-0

World Cup:

Carli Lloyd converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute and assisted on Kelley O'Hara's first international goal as Hope Solo recorded her fifth straight shutout in Team USA's 2-0 victory over Germany in the semifinal in Montreal. That sends the Americans to Sunday's Women's World Cup championship against the winner of Wednesday's Japan-England semifinal.


In baseball, in American League, Boston slid past Toronto 4-3, the Angels edged the Yankees 2-1, Texas won against Baltimore 8-6, Cleveland tripled up Tampa Bay 6-2, and it was Houston over Kansas City 4-0.

In the National League, the Cubs blanked the Mets 1-0, Milwaukee bested Philadelphia 4-3, Miami defeated San Francisco 5-3, Washington trumped Atlanta 6-1, and it was the Dodgers over Arizona 6-4 in 10 innings.

In interleague play, Pittsburgh beat Detroit 5-4 in 14 innings, Minnesota topped Cincinnati 8-5, the White Sox edged St. Louis 2-1 in 11 innings, Colorado slid past Oakland 2-1, and it was Seattle over San Diego 5-0.

Former Arkansas Razorback outfielder Andrew Benintendi has signed a professional baseball contract with the Red Sox. The university says Benintendi signed the deal yesterday. Terms were not released. Benintendi was the seventh overall pick in the MLB draft.

The Philadelphia Phillies say Pete Mackanin will stay as their manager for the rest of the season. He took over on an interim basis last Friday after manager Ryne Sandberg resigned. This is Mackanin's third stint as an interim manager after working in a similar role previously with the Reds and Pirates.


The defending women's champion has won her first match of the year at Wimbledon as have former men's champions Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal.

Second-seed Petra Kvitova rolled to a straight sets win. The two-time Wimbledon champ pulled out of a warmup event last week at Eastbourne, England, citing a viral illness.

Federer, Murray and Nadal all advanced with straight sets wins as well.

There were two upsets on the women's side of things as Eugenie Bouchard, who was runner-up at Wimbledon last year, fell in the opening round to a qualifier, while third seed Simona Halep became the highest seeded player eliminated so far, losing to the 106th ranked player in the world.

The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, have pulled out of women's doubles at Wimbledon. The duo has won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles as a pair, most recently at Wimbledon in 2012.


The Boston Bruins have traded goaltender Martin Jones to the San Jose Sharks for 2016 first-round pick and unsigned forward prospect Sean Kuraly. Jones had a short tenure in Boston, having been dealt from the Los Angeles Kings to the Bruins last Friday during the draft in a package for left wing Milan Lucic.

The Calgary Flames have signed Dougie Hamilton to a six-year contract. Hamilton's deal is reportedly worth $34.5 million. That means the 22-year-old defenseman will count $5.75 million per season against the salary cap through 2020-21. The Flames acquired Hamilton from the Bruins on Friday for the 15th, 42nd and 57th picks in the NHL draft.

The New Jersey Devils have hired Scott Clemmensen as their goaltending development coach. Clemmensen joins the staff after a 14-season playing career, including eight seasons over three stints with the Devils. He played 27 games with the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League and three contests with New Jersey last season.

The New York Islanders have signed forward Anders Lee to a four-year contract. Lee scored 25 goals in 76 games as a rookie last season, finishing second on the Islanders in goals and fourth among NHL rookies. The Islanders selected him in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Draft.


Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens knew all about R.J. Hunter long before Hunter hit one of the biggest shots of last season's NCAA Tournament. If Stevens had his way, Hunter would have played at Butler instead of for his father at Georgia State. And there would have been no memorable scene of dad tumbling off his stool after his son's 3-pointer clinched a stunning upset of Baylor. Hunter was the 28th pick in last week's NBA draft.


U.S. Olympic Committee leaders say they're sticking with Boston as their candidate for the 2024 Olympics. The USOC board met yesterday to discuss the Boston bid, which has been troubled by tepid polling data and active opposition. The announcement came a day after bid leaders unveiled a new, $4.6 billion plan with many financial details that had been missing from earlier renditions.


Phil Knight, a middle-distance runner who partnered with his track coach at Oregon to launch a footwear and apparel company that made the Nike swoosh one of the most recognizable logos in the world, is stepping down as company chairman. The 77-year-old Knight said he wants Nike President and CEO Mark Parker, who has held those positions since 2006, to succeed him.


Daytona International Speedway will not ban the Confederate flag from track property this weekend. But the track will offer the American flag to those who wish to fly it on property.

Daytona President Joie Chitwood says the speedway will offer an exchange program in which fans can trade a flag for the American flag. Daytona hosts NASCAR races on Saturday and Sunday nights this weekend.

Chitwood said there's not enough time to plan and enforce a ban on the Confederate flag, which NASCAR chairman Brian France does not want flying at NASCAR events.

NASCAR has taken a strong stance against the flag since nine black churchgoers were slain in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17. The suspect, Dylann Roof, embraced Confederate symbols before the attack.


In the WNBA, New York beat Chicago 89-81, Indiana topped Connecticut 92-84, Phoenix bested San Antonio 88-78, and it was Seattle over Tulsa 74-69.

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