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Sports Report: US Women Take Home Third World Cup Crushing Japan 5-2

World Cup:

Team USA stunned Japan 5-2 to win the Women's World Cup in an offensive explosion rarely seen in soccer. The Americans scored four goals in the opening 16 minutes -- three by Carli Lloyd -- to avenge their loss to Japan in the 2011 Women's World Cup final. It's the Americans' third World Cup crown, but first since 1999.


In baseball, in the American League, Tampa Bay bested the Yankees 8-1, Boston edged Houston 5-4, Toronto doubled up Detroit 10-5, Baltimore won against the White Sox 9-1, Kansas City slid past Minnesota 3-2, Seattle beat Oakland 2-1, and it was the Angels over Texas 12-6.

In the National League, the Mets shut out the Dodgers 8-0, Philadelphia blanked Atlanta 4-0 in 10 innings, the Cubs beat Miami 2-0, Washington defeated San Francisco 3-1, Colorado topped Arizona 6-4, St. Louis itrumped San Diego 3-1, and it was Milwaukee over Cincinnati 6-1.

In interleague play Pittsburgh beat Cleveland 5-3.

Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. plans to visit two Connecticut cities where his foundation is helping to bring youth baseball to kids who would not otherwise get a chance to play. The former Baltimore Orioles player is expected in Hartford on Wednesday and in Bridgeport on Thursday to meet with city officials and hold youth baseball clinics.


Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City's Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game.

Todd Frazier of the host Cincinnati Reds leapfrogged St. Louis' Matt Carpenter and will be in the NL starting lineup for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park.

AL champion Kansas City will be represented in the starting lineup by outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez and shortstop Alcides Escobar. Four players ties the AL record for fan-elected starters, achieved nine times previously.

Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson, outfielder Mike Trout of the L.A. Angels and Seattle designated hitter Nelson Cruz round out the AL lineup.

Washington outfielder Bryce Harper set a mark for NL players at 13.86 million votes. That topped the previous record of 7.62 million set three years ago by San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, who was elected to start again this year. The NL lineup will also include Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Miami's Dee Gordon and St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta round out the NL starters.

At least two elected starters will miss the game because of injuries: Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton broke a hand on June 26 and Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera hurt his left calf Friday. In addition, the Cardinals' Matt Holliday, who finished third among NL outfielders behind Harper and Stanton, has been sidelined since straining a quadriceps on June 8 and is uncertain on his return.


There was no action at Wimbledon on Middle Sunday but play resumes on Monday with both of the top-seeds, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, in action. For Williams, the fourth round match has her facing her older sister Venus. Serena leads the series 14-11.

Horse Racing:

Owner Joe Thomson and the horses Deweycheatumnhowe and Somebeachsomewhere have been inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame.

Thomson's Winbak Farms in Maryland, Delaware, New York and Ontario have produced horses that have won 32,781 races and $289 million in winnings. The farm breeds about 400 horses a year.

Deweycheatumnhowe was the only undefeated Hambletonian winner. Somebeachsomewhere was a star pacer.

Also inducted were broodmares Art's Vintage and Presidential Lady. The late trainer-driver Jimmy Jordan entered the Immortals Hall of Fame with the sire Garland Lobell.

The Communicators Corner of the Hall welcomed writers Kathy Parker and Bob Marks.


Danny Lee parred the second hole of a four-man playoff to win The Greenbrier Classic. It was his first PGA Tour victory.

The South Korean-born New Zealander became the ninth first-time winner on the tour this season.

Lee, David Hearn, Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb were tied at 13 under after four rounds on the Old White TPC course in West Virginia.

Tiger Woods finished play at 7-under after a 3-under-67 in the final round. The former World No. 1 shot sub-par golf in three of the four rounds this week.

World number one Rory McIlroy says he has ruptured ligament in left ankle while playing soccer.

The Irish golfer gave no indication how long he would be out in the announcement on his Instagram account, only saying that he is "working hard to get back as soon as I can."

McIlroy says he suffered a "total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday."

McIlroy adds that he is "continuing to assess (the) extent of injury."


New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul injured his hand over the holiday weekend while shooting off fireworks. Although the 26-year-old was seriously injured it does not appear to be career-threatening.

Longtime Chiefs executive Jack Steadman, the architect of the only Super Bowl-winning team in franchise history, has died. He was 86. The team says Steadman died early of natural causes after dealing with Alzheimer's disease in recent years. A longtime friend of Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, Steadman helped establish the American Football League and the Dallas Texans, the franchise that would ultimately move to Kansas City.


German rider Andre Greipel won a rain-drenched second stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish. The course, which took the riders along the Dutch coastline, proved treacherous as heavy winds and driving rain caused spills throughout the field.


In the WNBA, Atlanta beat Seattle 72-64 and it was Phoenix over Los Angeles 94-91 in overtime.


Dale Earnhardt Jr. is supposed to start tonight's Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway from the pole. But the race has not started because of rain. As rain delayed his final race at Daytona International Speedway, four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon was showered with cheers during driver introductions Sunday. Gordon is a three-time Daytona 500 winner.


It was another 1-2 finish for Mercedes in a Grand Prix race. This time it was the British GP in Silverstone, England, and the winner was defending series champion Lewis Hamilton with teammate Nico Rosberg second and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel third.

The current world driver standings reflect the finish of the race with Hamilton on top followed by Rosberg and Vettel third.

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