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World Cup semis each seen by more than 12M in US

ESPN said Germany's 7-1 rout over host Brazil on Tuesday averaged 6,643,000 viewers and Argentina's penalty-kicks win over the Netherlands the following day averaged 6,823,000.

FROM READERS: A Columbia soccer fan shares his pride in the sport

It was an astounding moment to see more than 300 people standing in a bar, reverently quiet as the National Anthem played at the opening of the World Cup soccer game between the U.S. and Belgium.

Perez hits 3-run HR in 9th, Royals beat Rays 5-4

Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning and Kansas City beat Tampa Bay 5-4 to take two of three from the Rays.

Lynn wins 10th, Cardinals top Pirates 5-2

Lance Lynn reached double figures in wins before the All-Star break for the third straight year and Kolten Wong homered for the second game in a row, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates for the third straight time, 5-2 on Wednesday night.

AP Sources: Riley, LeBron meet, no decision yet

LeBron James is reportedly still mulling his options as a free agent, after meeting with the Miami Heat brass Wednesday.

Germany-Brazil game sets Twitter record

Germany's semifinal win over Brazil was the most tweeted-about sports event in Twitter history.

Argentina reaches World Cup final after penalties

Argentina goalie Sergio Romero saved two penalties Wednesday to send Argentina into the World Cup final with a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands after tough defending and a lack of creative spark from either team consigned the match to a 0-0 stalemate.

Yankees' Tanaka on DL with elbow inflammation

Yankees rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka, who leads the majors with 12 wins, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right elbow inflammation.

Dodgers found partly responsible in fan beating

A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a stadium parking lot beating won his negligence suit against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, with a jury awarding about $18 million but dividing responsibility among the club and the two men who beat him.

Adams' homer gives Cardinals 2-0 win over Pirates

Matt Carpenter drew his third walk leading off the ninth and Matt Holliday flied out before Adams hit his 10th homer on an 0-1 hanging breaking ball from Justin Wilson.

Germany routs Brazil 7-1, reaches World Cup final

The Germans tore apart Brazil's porous defense time and time again Tuesday, routing the hosts 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals, the largest margin of defeat at this stage in the history of the tournament.

Klose scores vs. Brazil to set World Cup record

On a night when Germany routed the host nation 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals, Klose also became the tournament's all-time record scorer — eclipsing Brazil great Ronaldo.

Wong's walkoff homerun gives Cards 5-4 win over Pirates

The rookie downplayed his power after giving the St. Louis Cardinals their second straight game-winning, ninth-inning home run on a two-out, full-count drive that soared well beyond the right field wall.

Longoria has 2 RBIs, Rays top Royals 4-3

Evan Longoria drove in two runs, Jeremy Hellickson went 4 1-3 innings in his season debut, and the Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Netherlands vs. Argentina: Head to head

No less than five of the world's best forwards could be on the field, which would normally raise expectations of a flurry of goals and end-to-end attacking football.

Van Persie has stomach complaint ahead of semi

Van Persie trained separately on Tuesday with defender Daryl Janmaat and coach Louis van Gaal said both were suffering "stomach and intestinal problems."

Sterling appears in court for Clippers sale trial

Sterling was ordered to take the witness stand after failing to appear for the start of the lawsuit trial on Monday afternoon. His lawyers are challenging the authority of Shelly Sterling under a family trust to unilaterally cut a deal for the team with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

World Cup hospitality exec released from jail in Brazil

 Ray Whelan, of the MATCH group of companies, was arrested Monday at the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, the hotel used by FIFA officials during the World Cup. Police have described Whelan as the "facilitator" who allowed a large ring of scalpers to have access to tickets, which they re-sold at vastly inflated prices.

 

LeBron James holds meetings in Las Vegas

Asked by The Associated Press how free agency was going when his afternoon meeting agenda was apparently complete, the four-time MVP said "no complaints." He offered a quick greeting, and provided no hints of anything — including when his next "Decision" will be known — before leaving with a wave.

Brazil fans crushed by 7-1 loss to Germany

The national team wasn't just defeated by a powerful German team. It was routed in front of the entire world, humiliated at its own party. Young and old, Brazilians shared in the anguish of what many were already calling a national calamity, the worst loss in its team's storied World Cup history.

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