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Brazil, Germany set up semifinal at World Cup
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, July 04, 2014 8:00 PM


Associated Press


RIO DE JANEIRO — What it lacks in beauty, Brazil's World Cup team is making up for with backbone.

The home side is now just one step from a World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium. Standing in the way: a German team desperate for the trophy after narrow brushes with success since its last major tournament win in 1996.

Brushing off media criticism and questions about its mental strength, Brazil beat Colombia 2-1, sending home one of the tournament's most exciting teams and its electric young talent, James Rodriguez.

Youth got served: Federer-Djokovic Wimbledon final
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, July 04, 2014 8:00 PM


Associated Press


LONDON — Roger Federer was on the decline — or so the thinking went.

He was past 30. Had back problems. Tried experimenting with a larger racket. Was a family man, a father to two sets of twins now. Slid down the rankings. Reached zero Grand Slam finals over the past two years. Started losing before the quarterfinals at majors, including in 2013's second round at the All England Club, of all places, to a guy ranked 116th.

Look at him now. Federer moved one victory away from a record eighth Wimbledon championship and 18th Grand Slam title overall by reaching Sunday's final, where he will face Novak Djokovic.

Navy vet Billy Hurley takes Greenbrier lead
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, July 04, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Billy Hurley III has been waiting for a breakthrough moment on the PGA Tour. On Independence Day, the former U.S. Navy officer might have set himself up for one this weekend in the Greenbrier Classic.

Hurley shot a season-best 7-under 63 on Friday to take the second-round lead.

Hurley's bogey-free round included a chip-in from 29 feet on No. 4 in cool conditions before the wind picked up considerably late in his morning round.

Gilliland lands pole for Coke Zero 400 at Daytona
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Friday, July 04, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — David Gilliland might have summed up Daytona qualifying best.

"It's uncontrolled chaos out there," Gilliland explained Friday after landing the pole in a rain-shortened and somewhat hairy session that set the field for the Coke Zero 400 tonight at Daytona International Speedway.

Gilliland's top speed during a hectic, cat-and-mouse qualifying session was 199.322 mph, earning him his third Sprint Cup pole and first since landing the top spot for the 2007 Daytona 500. All three of his poles have been at restrictor-plate races, with the first one coming at Talladega in 2006.

MLB Scores, Schedule
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Thursday, July 03, 2014 8:00 PM

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National League

Wednesday's Results

Toronto 7, Milwaukee 4

Cleveland 5, L.A. Dodgers 4

San Diego 3, Cincinnati 0

Washington 4, Colorado 3

Pittsburgh 5, Arizona 1

Chicago Cubs 16, Boston 9

Atlanta 3, N.Y. Mets 1

Miami 5, Philadelphia 0

St. Louis 2, San Francisco 0

Thursday's Results

St. Louis 7, San Francisco 2

Philadelphia 5, Miami 4

Arizona 10, Pittsburgh 2

L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.