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American coach says it's unrealistic for US to expect title

Jurgen Klinsmann says fans shouldn't expect the U.S. to lift soccer's top trophy for the first time July 13, even if that stance upsets some.

Cards ace Wainwright in St. Louis for elbow tests

Before Wednesday night's game against the Rays, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that everything the team had heard so far about Wainwright's elbow "has been positive."

Stadium safety a worry for World Cup's opening match

Because of chronic delays, worker deaths and other problems during its construction, the new arena has never been match-tested at close to full capacity.

Heat turn to the tape to make fixes before Game 4

The Heat spent Wednesday watching film after the Spurs eviscerated its defense on Tuesday night.

Falcons' Weatherspoon, former Missouri linebacker, to miss 2014 season

The loss of Weatherspoon, the team's first-round pick from Missouri in 2010, is a blow to the Falcons, whose disappointing 4-12 finish in 2013 was marked by a string of injuries. Weatherspoon has eight sacks and two interceptions in his first four seasons.

Chiefs cornerback Smith cited after alleged wreck

According to a copy of the police report, Smith was attempting to make a turn in Kansas City's Power & Light entertainment district when he struck the light pole about 12:30 a.m. The officer reported that Smith "appeared confused and began mumbling statements that I did not understand."

The heat will be on, and the U.S. is happy

The Americans have the lengthiest first-round trek among the 32 teams at 8,800 air miles, chartering roundtrip flights from Sao Paulo to Natal (1,420 each way), Manaus (1,680) and Recife (1,300).

Heat drilled in Game 3 of NBA Finals

No Miami miracle this time, either. A blowout got interesting for a few minutes, but in the end, it wound up as a blowout — and the road to a third straight NBA championship for the Heat got considerably tougher.

Royals hold on to beat hot-hitting Indians 9-5

Jason Vargas cooled down hot-hitting Cleveland, Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals held on for a 9-5 victory over the Indians on Tuesday night.

Wainwright wins 9th, Cards beat Rays 1-0

The Cardinals have three consecutive shutouts for the first time since April 2013. St. Louis, with 13 shutouts this season, was coming off 5-0 victories over Toronto on Saturday and Sunday.

Ghana ready for World Cup rematch against US

The Ghanaians have every reason to be optimistic, because they eliminated the United States from the past two World Cups. So they'll have the azonto cued up and other dances ready as well.

Mickelson trying to keep his focus on Pinehurst

On the golf course, Mickelson is trying to ignore the enormous expectations on him this week. He holds the worst kind of U.S. Open record with six runner-up finishes. He needs this major to complete the career Grand Slam.

St. Louis Rams' No. 2 pick Robinson learning ropes at guard

The Rams plan on Robinson beginning his career at guard instead of tackle, where he starred at Auburn. The 6-foot-5, 332-pound Robinson has been a willing convert at a position he last played in high school in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Brazil ready to finally get World Cup underway

Brazil plays Croatia on Thursday to get the home World Cup underway, beginning its quest for a sixth world title almost seven years after the nation was picked as host. After so much talk about delays, protests and problems, fans at last are getting a chance to cheer for the national team on home soil in football's showcase tournament.

Shelly Sterling heads to court

Shelly Sterling brokered what would be a record-breaking $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to sell the team after her husband and co-owner Donald Sterling made racist comments to a girlfriend that were recorded and publicized. The NBA moved swiftly to oust him as an owner.

Browns not worried about Manziel's partying

After a weekend of partying in Texas, where he was photographed floating on an inflatable swan while drinking champagne in a nightclub pool, Manziel was on the field Tuesday as the Browns opened a mandatory three-day minicamp.

Quick pushes Kings to brink of Stanley Cup

The All-Star goalie made 32 saves during the Kings' 3-0 victory over New York in Game 3 on Monday night.

Attorney: Donald Sterling says no deal, lawsuit is on

The lawsuit alleges the league violated Donald Sterling's constitutional rights by relying on information from an "illegal" recording that publicized racist remarks he made to a girlfriend. It also said the league committed a breach of contract by fining Sterling $2.5 million and that it violated antitrust laws by trying to force a sale.

Yankees-Royals game postponed because of rain

New York's game Monday night against the Kansas City Royals was postponed about two hours before the scheduled first pitch because of rain. The game will be made up on Aug. 25 at a time to be determined.

Heat know Spurs will be inspired in Game 3

Miami's Dwyane Wadecqbelieves the NBA Finals — tied at one game apiece — are now just getting started.

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