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Facing Belgium, Argentina may need more than Messi

Argentina has struggled on its road to the quarterfinals, relying on single moments of Messi magic to break stalemates against mostly defense-oriented teams.

Bouchard hopes Bieber is watching

Eugenie Bouchard would like to think fellow Canadian Justin Bieber is noticing her run to the Wimbledon final.

Travel weary Colombians keep party going in Brazil

Colombia's army of traveling supporters and South American solidarity has meant the players could count on a home-ground atmosphere as they breezed past their opponents: beating Greece 3-0, Ivory Coast 2-1, Japan 4-1 and Uruguay 2-0.

James Rodriguez, most feared man for Brazil at Cup

Just 22, he is already Colombia's top scorer at a World Cup and is the leading scorer so far at the 2014 tournament. For many, the player who wears the name James (pronounced: HA-mez) on his jersey has been a revelation at the World Cup.

A 1982 clash revived as France and Germany meet in quarterfinals

Germany is playing in the quarterfinals for a ninth straight World Cup and also reached at least the semifinals of the last two European Championships. But there is a growing feeling that a young and dynamic France team can bring down its more experienced opponent.

Chiefs backup OL Watkins suspended 4 games

The NFL suspended Chiefs backup offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins for four games Thursday for violating its substance-abuse policy.

Carter Arey brings young talent to U.S. wheelchair basketball

Carter Arey, along with the other members of the U.S. Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team, held an open scrimmage Tuesday night at the MU Recreation Complex in preparation for this weekend's World Championships.

Brazil faces upbeat Colombia in World Cup quarters

While the hosts narrowly beat Chile in a penalty shootout to avoid elimination in the second round, the Colombians had a convincing 2-0 win over Uruguay to reach the quarterfinals for the first time.

France, Germany meet in all-Euro World Cup quarter

Contesting a quarterfinal for the ninth straight World Cup, the Germans will start as slight favorites because of their vast experience in major tournaments but with doubts surrounding a slow, porous defense that was breached repeatedly in the 2-1 extra-time victory over Algeria on Monday.

Nets reach agreement with Hollins to become coach

The deal with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach comes two days after the Nets made a trade with Milwaukee to allow Kidd out of his contract so the Bucks could hire him.

On tour: Free agent Carmelo Anthony visits Rockets

He was wearing his No. 7 in both renderings, despite the fact that current Rocket Jeremy Lin wears that number. The Rockets would likely have to unload the point guard to snag Anthony.

Vargas pitches Royals to victory, 4-0 over Twins

Jason Vargas threw seven scoreless innings, Raul Ibanez homered in his second game for Kansas City and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0 Wednesday.

FIFA asks magazine for proof of match-fixing

FIFA said it wants Der Spiegel to provide details of all its conversations with convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal to prove its claim that Cameroon's 4-0 loss to Croatia on June 18 may have been fixed.

 

Klinsmann was right: US not ready to win World Cup

The Americans were eliminated in the round of 16 for the second straight tournament. They've been ranked 13th or 14th every month since September, which means their exit was pretty much at the stage it's expected to be.

Howard's memorable play marks US World Cup run

Howard's 16 saves in the 2-1 loss were the most in a World Cup game since FIFA started tracking the statistic in 2002.

Bouchard or Halep will reach 1st Wimbledon final

The victories over their German opponents were no flukes. Bouchard and Halep have the best WTA records in majors this year — each with 15 wins in 17 matches.

No Wimbledon repeat for Murray, beaten by Dimitrov

Out of sorts from the start of his quarterfinal against up-and-coming Grigor Dimitrov on Wednesday, Murray — who in 2013 ended Britain's 77-year wait for one of its own to win the men's title at the All England Club — sailed an awkward backhand slice long to fall behind by a set and a break.

U.S. World Cup ends with 2-1 overtime loss to Belgium

Before exiting, the U.S. showed the spunk that captured America's attention. Julian Green, at 19 the youngest player on the U.S. roster, stuck out his right foot to volley in Michael Bradley's pass over the defense in the 107th minute, two minutes after entering the game. But Belgium had 38 shots to 14 by the U.S.

Lincecum leads Giants past Cardinals 5-0

Lincecum (7-5) allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the fourth and stayed out of trouble the rest of the way, helping San Francisco snap a four-game losing streak since his latest gem against San Diego.

Twins lose Mauer to injury but beat Royals 10-2

oe Mauer drove in two runs before leaving with an injury, Eduardo Nunez homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 10-2 Tuesday night.

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