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Lloyd scores 3, U.S. defeats Japan 5-2 for Women’s World Cup title
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 06 Jul 2015 03:56:34 +0000

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Carli Lloyd came up big again. Three times.

And with it came the Americans’ elusive third Women’s World Cup title.

Lloyd scored a hat trick as the U.S. burst to a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes, and the Americans overwhelmed defending champion Japan 5-2 Sunday for their record third championship and first since 1999.

A sellout crowd that included U.S. Vice President Joe Biden roared in approval for Lloyd’s hat trick, the first ever in a Women’s World Cup final.

“We just made history,” Lloyd said. “I was on a mission.”

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Messi fails again with Argentina’s national team
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:12:56 +0000

SANTIAGO, Chile — Lionel Messi has come up short again in his attempt to succeed with Argentina’s national team.

Messi looked nothing like the star that he is with Barcelona on Saturday, and Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile 4-1 on penalties, extending its 22-year title drought.

The four-time world player of the year scored his team’s lone goal in the penalty shootout, but had a lackluster performance in regulation and extra time, failing to spark his teammates to victory.

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LeBlanc leads pack in Fishin’ Fiesta 5K
TheFacts.com / Mon, 06 Jul 2015 02:00:00 -0500
FREEPORT — As part of the celebration for the Freeport Host Lions Club Fishin' Fiesta, 34 participants showed up for the 5K Run/Walk at Memorial Park on Sunday.

Mississippi Brilla knock Sockers out of first place
Midland Reporter-Telegram / Sun, 05 Jul 2015 21:50:00 -0500
CLINTON, Miss.--The Sockers FC weren’t able to leave the Magnolia State with a win on Fourth of July weekend.

Recruits prove their worth at The Opening (WRECKEM247)
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:03:22 +0000

The premier all-star football camp of the summer is upon us. Nike’s The Opening runs from July 7-10 in Beaverton, Ore., and will feature 166 of the most talented prospects the country from coast to coast and beyond. With countless storylines in play, here are some more of the most intriguing.

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Talbot: United States’ World Cup win soldifies Wambach as greatest of all time
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 06 Jul 2015 03:05:27 +0000

Abby Wambach bit her lip and took a breath.

She knew she had deserved to win the Hermann Award for the best female college soccer player in the nation.

But, in 2001 that honor went to Christie Welsh of Penn State.

But, Wambach hadn’t heard.

She was busy at practice. Wambach, then with the Florida Gators, deflected her disappointment and then was as always, congratulating Welsh after I told her the Nittany Lion had won the award.

Wambach looked surprised, but I was shocked.

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Froome and Contador on the front foot in Tour de France
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:11:09 +0000

NEELTJE JANS, Netherlands — In ferocious winds and thunderous rain, Chris Froome and Alberto Contador managed to use the conditions to their advantage on the second stage of the Tour de France.

That gave them the early leg up on main rivals Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana.

While it’s too soon for anyone to gain a decisive advantage in the race, British rider Froome and the Spaniard Contador are certainly on the front foot in what is widely touted as a four-way Tour battle.

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4 Royals elected to start All-Star Game; Reds’ Frazier, too
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 06 Jul 2015 05:11:44 +0000

NEW YORK — Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City’s Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game.

Todd Frazier of the host Cincinnati Reds leapfrogged St. Louis’ Matt Carpenter and will be in the NL starting lineup for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park.

The voting results were announced Sunday.

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Fans shower Gordon with praise before final Daytona race
lubbockonline.com / Mon, 06 Jul 2015 04:00:47 +0000

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As rain delayed his final race at Daytona International Speedway, four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon was showered with cheers during driver introductions Sunday.

Speedway officials handed out thousands of placards commemorating Gordon’s milestones at Daytona, dating to his victory in a Daytona 500 qualifying race in 1993. By the time he was introduced in front of the grandstands near Turn 1, many of those cards were soggy from the rain.

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