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Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes celebrates after the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Germany and France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. Germany won the match 1-0.

Defender out of position comfortable facing Messi

Benedikt Hoewedes says stopping Argentina's top star, Messi, will have to be a collective effort.

Houston Rockets' Chandler Parsons (25) shoots during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Houston.

NBA Free Agency

Signing day has arrived in the NBA, though the biggest free agents aren't rushing to grab their pens. But Parsons, Hayward, Gortat and others do sign.

Germany's Andre Greipel looks back as he celebrates crossing the finish line ahead of fourth place Australia's Mark Renshaw, right, to win the sixth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 194 kilometers (120.5 miles) with start in Arras and finish in Reims, France, Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Greipel wins 6th Tour de France stage in a sprint

Andre Greipel of Germany has won the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint as the pack entered Champagne country

St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina, center, is checked on by manager Mike Matheny, right, and trainer Chris Conroy after injuring his hand while sliding into third during the second inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in St. Louis. Molina finished the inning but was replaced in the third inning by Tony Cruz.

All-Star catcher Molina out 8-12 weeks

St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and will be sidelined eight to 12 weeks.


McIlroy blows hot with course record 64 in Scotland

Rory McIlroy made light work of windy conditions to fire a course record seven-under 64 in the first round of the Scottish Open.


Suarez loses appeal of biting ban

Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, banned from soccer for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match, has lost his appeal.


Sterling calls wife a ‘pig,’ says Clippers not for sale

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lashed out at his estranged wife at a trial over the $2 billion sale of the NBA team.


Thursday’s Sports Minute

A look at the sports news making headlines today, Thursday, July 10.

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich calls to his players during the first half of Game 5 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Antonio.

Popovich agrees to extension to stay with Spurs

The Spurs made the announcement on Tuesday that they and head coach Gregg Popovich has agreed to a multi-year extension


Argentina into World Cup finals on penalties

Argentina will play Germany in a repeat of the 1986 and 1990 finals - the first time the same two teams will have faced each other three times in the decider.

Britain's Christopher Froome gets into his team car after abandoning the race following a third consecutive crash in two days during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 155 kilometers (96.3 miles) with start in Ypres, Belgium, and finish in Arenberg, France, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. The stage initially contained nine sectors of cobblestone roads dreaded by the majority of the riders in the pack especially under wet conditions, the organization decided to cancel two of the nine stretches because of the weather.

Boom wins 5th Tour stage as Froome crashes out

Dutch rider Lars Boom has won a chaotic fifth stage of the Tour de France marked by the withdrawal of defending champion Chris Froome following two crashes.

Frank McCourt, former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball club, leaves the Los Angeles Superior Court Friday, June 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. McCourt began testifying on Friday in a negligence lawsuit against him and the team stemming from the devastating beating of a San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium in 2011.

Dodgers found partly responsible in fan beating

A Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating at Dodger Stadium won his negligence suit against the Dodgers on Wednesday, but former owner Frank McCourt was absolved by the jury

FILE - In this March 6, 2014 file photo, Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates his goal with Patrick Kane during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Chicago. The Blackhawks have agreed to eight-year contract extensions with captain JonathanToews and star forward Patrick Kane. General manager Stan Bowman said all along that the extensions were his biggest offseason priority, and the team announced the megadeals Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Blackhawks, Toews, Kane agree to 8-year extensions

The Blackhawks have agreed to eight-year contract extensions with captain Jonathan Toews and star forward Patrick Kane.


Cavs make salary room, Heat to make pitch to LeBron

Miami is poised to make a pitch to retain the free agent, while the Cavaliers freed up salary cap room in a bid to lure James back to Cleveland.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) reacts before an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Report: Cavs involved in 3-team trade to clear space for LeBron

According to the Cavs will trade Jarrett Jack to Brooklyn as part of a three-team deal with Boston to create salary cap space for their pursuit of James.


Messi’s Argentina face Netherlands in last four

Lionel Messi's Argentina will seek to join the Germans in the final when they take on 2010 runners-up the Netherlands in Sao Paulo.


Wednesday’s Sports Minute

A look at the sports news making headlines today, Wednesday, July 9.


Combative Sterling says Clippers worth more than $2B

Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling sparred with his estranged wife's attorney, interrupting and shouting during testimony, saying he wants to keep the team.


Idina Menzel to perform National Anthem at All-Star game

The "Let It Go" hitmaker will do the honors before baseball's All-Star game next week.

Argentina's Lionel Messi controls the ball challenged by Netherlands' Dirk Kuyt, bottom, and Netherlands' Ron Vlaar during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

Messi and Argentina reach World Cup final after penalties

Argentina will play Germany in Sunday's final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

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