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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.

No charges for 49ers' Smith in LA airport incident

The city attorney's office said in a statement Tuesday that it declined to charge the 24-year-old but will require him to come to a meeting to discuss what happened and be admonished about applicable laws.

Argentina's Di Maria puts himself in World Cup spotlight

Overshadowed by the efforts of captain Lionel Messi, the winger showed his importance to the team on Tuesday and came through when Argentina really needed him.

Nadal, Sharapova lose; Serena leaves with illness

Rafael Nadal ran out of comebacks at Wimbledon, losing to a brash, big-serving, between-the-legs-hitting 19-year-old kid who might just be a future star.

Fans brave heat to watch U.S. take on Belgium

From Texas to Chicago to California, U.S. fans flocked to public spaces, from wide open parks to sports stadiums to their favorite sports bars, to watch the game.

Blues sign Avalanche's Stastny, Niskanen to Caps on busy day in NHL

When the market opened Tuesday, a flurry of moves was made as teams tried to make a splash to improve their rosters and fire up their fans. Colorado veteran Paul Stastny cashed in, signing a $28 million, four-year contract with the St. Louis Blues, a Central Division rival.

Aaron Hernandez in Gators, Patriots 2014 calendars

Ex-Florida and New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez, jailed while awaiting trial in the killings of three men, is Mr. July in the Gators' 2014 sports calendar and is featured in a Patriots calendar produced by the same company.

Serena Williams pulls out of Wimbledon with 'bug'

After Williams was examined for about 10 minutes on the sideline by medical staff, including a check of her blood pressure, the match began. After three games, though, an out-of-sorts Williams and her partner, older sister Venus, stopped. The tournament referee's office and WTA later said Serena, who lost in singles Saturday, had a viral illness.

Argentina sticks to script with late winner

Except for its final group-stage win over Nigeria, Argentina has won its matches in Brazil in the same manner — grinding down its opponents rather than dazzling them with brilliant football.

5 memorable World Cup chants

In terms of creativity, though, the U.S.'s "I believe that we will win!" is a notch below Argentina's elaborate sing-alongs or even the boisterous chants of the English.

Manziel's playbook: hanging with Justin Bieber

Manziel is free from football for the next few weeks. The Browns open training camp July 26, when Manziel will resume his competition with Brian Hoyer for the starting job. Manziel spent last week attending the NFL's rookie symposium with Cleveland's other first-year players.

Royals beat Twins 6-1 in series opener

Alcides Escobar tied a career high with four RBIs on two doubles and Salvador Perez homered to lift the Royals to a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

Belgium putting a Hazard in front of U.S. in Brazil

The instructions from coach Marc Wilmots for Tuesday's game are clear — he expects Hazard "to take charge of the match" and "impose himself as a leader."

Altidore, referee focus before U.S.-Belgium game

The Americans try to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 when they play Belgium on Tuesday.

U.S. says Jozy Altidore available to play vs Belgium

Altidore has 23 goals in 71 international appearances and is the top forward on the American roster.

Germany survives Algeria 2-1 in extra time

"You don't have to play fantastic every match," Germany coach Joachim Loew said. "You have to win."

France beats Nigeria, advances to quarterfinals

France's forward line had made headlines with eight goals in its opening two group games, but there was little flair on display in a hard-fought contest against the African champions.

NBA teams prepare to chase stars in free agency

Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce bring added gravitas to this year's free agent class. And LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are back on the market.

Source: Jason Kidd to coach Bucks

Kidd went 44-38 in his only season as Nets coach, but then sought control of the basketball operations department and was denied. The Nets gave him permission to talk to other teams about a job.

At wet Wimbledon, Murray, Djokovic near rematch

It's the first time in 103 years that no U.S. men or women have reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon.

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