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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.

Bautista, Tulowitzki add to Home Run Derby lineups

Joining Bautista on the American League team are Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes, who was last year's Derby winner, Baltimore's Adam Jones and Brian Dozier of the host Twins.

Tour de France champion Chris Froome hurts wrist

Defending champion Chris Froome scuffed his left knee and elbow and injured his wrist Tuesday during Stage 4, a crash that couldn't have come at a worse time for him.

Royals' Shields fans 10, shuts down Rays

The right-hander sparkled in his return to the stadium where he earned a living for the first seven seasons of his career, limiting the Tampa Bay Rays to three hits and striking out 10 in seven innings to help the Royals beat his former team 6-0 on Monday night.

Without Neymar, attack not the focus for Brazil

Brazil is having to turn the focus away from its once-mighty attack ahead of the semifinal against Germany on Tuesday, hoping the rest of the team will be able to come through and carry the hosts into the final.

Dribblers Messi and Robben face off in semifinal

On Wednesday in Sao Paulo, either one could turn the semifinal with a dazzling turn of pace or a weaving run to propel his team to the final.

FIFA takes no action over challenge on Neymar

Neymar will be sidelined for about 45 days after sustaining a fractured third vertebra.

 

Brazil vs Germany: How do they compare?

Even without the injured Neymar, Tuesday's semifinal in Belo Horizonte provides an intriguing matchup for any neutral fan, as Germany and Brazil play each other at the World Cup for the first time since the 2002 final.

James, Cavs owner could mend differences, reunite

Now, as James considers a return to the team he abandoned four years ago, an entire region breathlessly awaiting a homecoming it couldn't imagine in its wildest dreams.

Phelps, Lochte set to compete in Georgia meet

The Bulldog Grand Slam will feature some of the top teams in the country, including Phelps' North Baltimore Aquatic Club and Lochte's SwimMAC Carolina team based in Charlotte.

Opinion: NASCAR made right call to pull plug at Daytona

The entire weekend was plagued by rain and cars never got near the track for the scheduled Saturday start. When the race finally did begin on Sunday — delayed, because of rain on the pace laps — it went a whopping six laps before the cars went back to pit road for a 25-minute rain delay.

Sterling trial gets underway after delay

Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, has struck a deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer after her husband's racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the NBA moved to oust him as team owner.

Alvarez leads way, Marlins beat Cardinals 8-4

The Miami Marlins have won a franchise-record 10 in a row when Henderson Alvarez takes the ball, as he did Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

Royals drop road series with 4-1 loss to Indians

Danny Duffy allowed four runs and 10 hits in six innings, and the Royals were shut down by Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber in a 4-1 loss Sunday.

Djokovic tops Federer in exciting Wimbledon final

Serbia's Novak Djokovic held on for a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 victory after nearly four hours of momentum shifts Sunday to win Wimbledon for the second time.

Almirola wins rain-cut NASCAR race at Daytona

Aric Almirola won the rain-delayed and rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, putting Richard Petty's famed blue car back on top for the first time since 1999.

Angel Cabrera wins Greenbrier Classic by 2 shots

Angel Cabrera won the Greenbrier Classic on Sunday for his first non-major victory on the PGA Tour.

Argentina reaches World Cup semis with win over Belgium

Argentina, which hadn't advanced past the World Cup quarterfinals since 1990, used a disciplined defense to control the match.

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