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US World Cup ends with 2-1 OT loss to Belgium
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

 

SALVADOR, Brazil — They captured the eyes and hearts of a suddenly awakened soccer nation, who gathered in unprecedented numbers to watch the world’s game.

But the end of the ride came at the exact same point as four years ago: with a loss in extra time in the World Cup’s round of 16.

Belgium scored twice in extra time, then held on for a 2-1 win Tuesday.

“It’s heartbreaking,” goalkeeper Tim Howard said. “I don’t think we could have given it more.”

Howard, playing the finest game of his career, stopped a dozen shots with his legs and arms to keep the Americans even through regulation and force an additional 30 minutes. He wound up with 16 saves — the most in the World Cup since 1966.

Before exiting, the U.S. showed the spunk that captured America’s attention. Julian Green, at 19 the youngest player on the U.S. roster, stuck out his right foot to volley in Michael Bradley’s pass over the defense in the 107th minute, two minutes after entering the game.

 
MLB Scores, Schedule
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Monday's Results

Tampa Bay 4, N.Y. Yankees 3, 12 innings

Baltimore 7, Texas 1

Detroit 5, Oakland 4

Chicago Cubs 2, Boston 0

Kansas City 6, Minnesota 1

Seattle 10, Houston 4

L.A. Angels at Chicago, ppd., rain

L.A. Dodgers 1, Cleveland 0

Tuesday's Results

Toronto 4, Milwaukee 1

L.A. Angels 8, Chicago White Sox 4, 1st game

Tampa Bay 2, N.Y. Yankees 1

Baltimore 8, Texas 3

Detroit 3, Oakland 0

Chicago Cubs at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Seattle at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

L.A. Angels at Chicago White Sox, 8:40 p.m., 2nd game

Cleveland at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.

 
British Open qualifying leaves younger players out
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM

By DOUG FERGUSON

Associated Press

 

The British Open this year decided to scrap its 36-hole qualifiers on the European Tour and PGA Tour in favor of what effectively is 72-hole qualifiers. Four leading players from the top 12 on the leaderboard at Congressional and the Greenbrier earn spots. In Europe, the leading three players from the Irish Open, French Open and Scottish Open get into The Open. The John Deere Classic gets one spot.

It's the same amount of qualifying spots as were available last year through both 36-hole qualifiers.

But it eliminates any chance for Web.com Tour players, or for some of the top college players who turn pro in the summer. The only chance they have to qualify — without a trip across the Atlantic — is to get a spot in the PGA Tour (or European Tour) fields.

 
Nadal, Sharapova lose; Serena leaves with illness
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM

By HOWARD FENDRICH

Associated Press

 

LONDON — 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.

Maria Sharapova, somehow, seemed on the verge of a turnaround despite a flurry of unforced errors, saving six match points before finally succumbing on the seventh with — what else? — a missed shot.

And in the most striking sight of a memorable day of departures by past Wimbledon champions, Serena Williams couldn't get the ball over the net in a doubles match with her sister Venus, stopping after three games because of what was called a viral illness.

All in all, Tuesday was chock-full of significant events; the most noteworthy winner had to be 144th-ranked Nick Kyrgios of Australia, who used 37 aces and a have-no-fear approach to beat Nadal 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 for a quarterfinal berth.

 
Agent for Browns' Hoyer confident contract coming
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Tuesday, July 01, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 01, 2014 7:09 PM )

By TOM WITHERS

Associated Press

 

CLEVELAND — Brian Hoyer's precarious grip on the Browns' starting job — and rookie Johnny Manziel's presence — makes it tough to negotiate a new contract for the quarterback.

His agent thinks it will happen anyway.

Hoyer, who is coming back after undergoing offseason right knee surgery, will enter training camp with the lead in his competition with Manziel. But until the Browns are convinced Hoyer is healthy and providing he holds off Manziel, it's difficult for the team to gauge his value. Agent Joe Linta said the sides have had some preliminary discussions but it may be some time before they get serious about negotiations.

 

 
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