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July 9, 2014 - 8:06pm
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July 9, 2014 - 8:05pm
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A raging Donald Sterling denounced his wife, her lawyers and the NBA from the witness stand and said he would never sell the Los Angeles Clippers.

Sterling, his voice rising to a shout in an otherwise quiet courtroom Wednesday, vowed to spend the rest of his life suing the league.

Sterling said his wife, Shelly, had deceived him, that she was not capable of understanding the family trust, and that he did not authorize her to strike...

July 9, 2014 - 7:58pm
6 min 23 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox have designated catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment and called up catching prospect Christian Vazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket.

The club also recalled right-hander Rubby De La Rosa from Pawtucket to start Wednesday night against the Chicago White Sox.

De La Rosa was 2-2 with a 2.51 ERA in five starts for Boston this season. He has also made 12 starts over two stints with Pawtucket.

Vazquez, 23, made...

July 9, 2014 - 7:53pm
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Louis van Gaal took some credit for showing Argentina's Sergio Romero how to stop penalties, advice that cost the Netherlands coach dearly on Wednesday.

Romero stopped two spot kicks as Argentina beat van Gaal's Dutch team 4-2 in a penalty shootout in the World Cup semifinals, advancing to the final against Germany.

Van Gaal, who worked with Romero at Dutch club Alkmaar in 2007-2009, said "I taught Romero to stop penalties, so that...

July 9, 2014 - 7:47pm
6 min 23 sec ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pat Riley has gotten his chance at convincing LeBron James to stay in Miami, said a person familiar with the situation.

The Miami Heat president met with the four-time NBA MVP on Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, the person told The Associated Press. James, his agent Rich Paul, Riley and Heat executive Andy Elisburg were at the meeting, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because neither side publicly announced who would be attending the...

July 9, 2014 - 7:46pm
6 min 23 sec ago

Restricted free agent Chandler Parsons has agreed to an offer sheet with the Dallas Mavericks. The Houston Rockets will have to decide if they will match it.

Two people with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday night that an agreement was in place. The people commented to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the offer sheet can't be officially signed until Thursday.

ESPN, citing sources close to the process, reported that it...

July 9, 2014 - 7:43pm
6 min 23 sec ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — It's Argentina's greatest delight and Brazil's worst nightmare.

Argentina's soccer team has beaten the Netherlands to win a berth into the World Cup championship match — on archrival Brazil's soil, and just a day after Brazil was humiliated in a 7-1 loss to Germany.

Argentina fan Rodrigo Aisen wept with joy as his team knocked in a fourth goal to secure the 4-2 penalty shootout win. He celebrated with 20,000 others in the FIFA Fan...

July 9, 2014 - 7:43pm
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July 9, 2014 - 7:39pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — It won't be what Brazil's fans will remember, but the first World Cup semifinal is the most tweeted-about sports event in Twitter history.

The social media company says there were 35.6 million tweets sent out during Germany's 7-1 rout of Brazil on Tuesday afternoon. That easily beat Twitter's previous record of 24.9 million set during the Super Bowl in February.

The most tweets came when shots were whipping by the Brazilian goaltender...

July 9, 2014 - 7:37pm
26 min 25 sec ago

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning and Kole Calhoun also connected, leading the Los Angeles Angels to an 8-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday in the rubber game of the three-game series.

The Blue Jays took a 7-6 lead in the sixth on Dioner Navarro's two-out RBI single against Fernando Salas, making his second appearance off the disabled list after missing 19 games because of inflammation in his shoulder...

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