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July 14, 2014 - 3:45am
7 min 41 sec ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — United they stand, right at the top of the football world.

And right on South American soil.

Germany won its fourth World Cup title on Sunday, but its first since a country torn apart by political divisions at the end of World War II was finally glued back together.

"It was always my dream to get on the summit and look down," said Miroslav Klose, a Polish-born Germany striker who is a perfect example of the...

July 14, 2014 - 3:36am
7 min 41 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — During a friendly dugout chat before a game, Hector Sanchez joked about the hazards of catching for hard-throwing San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum because of the number of balls that must be stopped in the dirt.

"Another day at the office," he said, grinning.

Sanchez uses the typical English phrase naturally these days after hours of hard work in English classes while playing in the minor leagues. He puts his improved English...

July 14, 2014 - 3:33am
7 min 41 sec ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's World Cup organizers can say it now: "Esta tudo bem" — it's all OK. What was everyone so worried about?

After being plagued by doubts over whether the stadiums would be ready and stay standing, and if Brazil's people would join in the fun or try to spoil it, their tournament is a winner. Even if the Brazilian team fell disastrously short.

Memorable games, fantastic goals and, overall, one joyous monthlong party from...

July 14, 2014 - 3:28am
7 min 41 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) — It's been a long wait, and now Germany is basking in its fourth World Cup title.

The Die Welt newspaper celebrated Monday with a three-word headline in the national colors of black, red and gold that read simply: "It is true," while News website Der Spiegel listed Germany's titles: "1954. 1974. 1990. 2014!"

Midfielder Mario Goetze, who wasn't born when Germany won its last World Cup, sealed the title with his extra-time goal. "THANK...

July 14, 2014 - 3:24am
47 min 41 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — During a friendly dugout chat before a game, Hector Sanchez joked about the hazards of catching for hard-throwing San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum because of the number of balls that must be stopped in the dirt.

"Another day at the office," he said, grinning.

Sanchez uses the typical English phrase naturally these days after hours of hard work in English classes while playing in the minor leagues. He puts his improved English...

July 14, 2014 - 3:16am
47 min 41 sec ago

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — This wasn't quite the "shot heard 'round the world," though Mo Martin did hear it.

Thinking only about the quality of the shot — not that it might be the winning shot in the Ricoh Women's British Open — Martin hit a 3-wood from just under 240 yards on the par-5 18th hole at Royal Birkdale and watched it bounced along the links toward the flag.

"When it was rolling on the ground, I said, 'Sit!' And then I said, 'Go!' And it...

July 14, 2014 - 3:04am
47 min 41 sec ago

HOYLAKE, England (AP) — A look at some of the anniversaries at the British Open this year:

150 years ago (1864): Imagine if golf had a rivalry like this today: Willie Park Sr. and Old Tom Morris finished 1-2 in the first four British Opens, with each winning two. Morris went 1 up with his two-shot victory at Prestwick, this time over Andrew Strath. Most notable about this Open was the prize. Along with the championship belt, the winner received a cash prize — six pounds...

July 14, 2014 - 3:00am
47 min 41 sec ago
MONDAY'S SCHEDULE

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Beloit at Kane County, noon

Quad Cities at Wisconsin, 12:05 p.m.

Peoria at Burlington, 6:30 p.m.

July 14, 2014 - 3:00am
47 min 41 sec ago

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Brad Keselowski used a broom to sweep away a mess and wanted a pot for his victory lobster.

But for his first piece of housekeeping, all he needed was a fast car.

Keselowski completed a flawless weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and won Sunday under a green-white checkered finish. Keselowski followed up Saturday's Nationwide Series victory with his first Sprint Cup win at New Hampshire, dominating in the No. 2 Ford for his...

July 14, 2014 - 1:55am
7 min 41 sec ago

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian media say the local football confederation has decided to drop Luiz Felipe Scolari as Brazil head coach.

Globo TV and other news outlets said early Monday that Scolari will not remain as coach after the national team's failure to win the World Cup at home.

Scolari said Saturday after Brazil's 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place match that he was handing over the team's command and that it would be up to the...

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