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U.S. Faces Offensive Challenge in Defense-Minded China

The last time the United States played China in the Women's World Cup was in the 1999 final at the Rose Bowl, when the Americans won on penalty kicks for their second title and Brandi Chastain famously ripped off her jersey.

The teams meet again Friday night, with the winner advancing to a semifinal against top-ranked Germany or No. 3 France, and the Americans still are seeking their third title.

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Guerrero Scores 3 as Peru Beats Bolivia 3-1 to Reach Semis

A Paolo Guerrero hat trick led Peru to a 3-1 win against Bolivia on Thursday, securing a place in the semifinals of the Copa America.

Peru attacked from the first minute with Guerrero opening the scoring in the 20th minute when he headed in a perfectly placed cross from Juan Vargas. He added his second in the 23rd on the counterattack with Christian Cueva supplying the pass. He completed his hat trick in the 74th after intercepting a pass.

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Knicks Select Latvian Forward Porzingis 4th in NBA Draft

In his first offseason leading the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson came up short trying to land Pau Gasol. Jackson may have landed his multifaceted forward a year later with Kristaps Porzingis of Latvia.

The Knicks selected the 6-foot-11 forward with the fourth pick of the NBA draft on Thursday night.

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Reports: Tevez heading back to Boca

Carlos Tevez is set to return to his first club, Boca Juniors, after the Argentines reached agreement with Italian champions Juventus, a club official announced.

Boca general secretary Cesar Martucci told the radio station AM1050 the Tevez transfer was a done deal, even though there was no official confirmation either in Buenos Aires or Turin.

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30 Years on, Becker still Making Wimbledon Waves

Thirty years after he stormed to his first Wimbledon title, driven by a confident, teenage swagger, Boris Becker is still making waves at Wimbledon.

Living within a drop-shot distance of the All England Club, the unruly red hair is still a constant even if the once easy on-court movement has been slowed by double hip surgery.

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Lorenzo, Rossi Ready to Rock 'the Cathedral'

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo's gripping world championship tussle arrives in Assen on Saturday for what promises to be a no-holds barred Dutch Grand Prix at the circuit considered 'the Cathedral' of motorcycling.

Only one point divides the buoyant Yamaha teammates after Lorenzo's red hot streak of four consecutive wins has left him looming large in Rossi's wing mirror at the top of the MotoGP standings.

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Host Chile Beats Uruguay to Reach Copa America Semifinals

Chile's hopes of winning its home Copa America sharply improved with a 1-0 win over defending champion Uruguay on Wednesday.

Defender Mauricio Isla scored an 81st-minute winner to lead the hosts to the semifinals of the South American tournament, delighting the home crowd and an entire country.

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Japan Give Dutch 'Lesson', Next up Australia

Japan gave newcomers the Netherlands a lesson in football on Tuesday, winning 2-1 to advance to a last-eight showdown with Australia at the Women's World Cup.

Saori Ariyoshi and Mizuho Sakaguchi scored in either half for the defending champions who are the only team left in Canada to have won all their matches.

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Liverpool Sign Brazilian Forward Firmino

Liverpool have signed Brazilian international forward Roberto Firmino, the Premier League club said on Wednesday, with the BBC reporting the fee would be £29 million (41 million euros, $46 million).

The striker, currently on duty for Brazil in the Copa America in Chile, will join from Bundesliga club Hoffenheim.

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Brady Appeal Heard on Four-Game 'Deflategate' Ban

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for 10 hours on Tuesday in an appeal hearing over a four-game ban issued after Brady's supposed knowledge of under-inflated footballs.

The controversy known as "Deflategate," which nagged the Patriots on their way to the Super Bowl title in February, has lasted five months, stemming out of a New England victory over Indianapolis in the American Conference final.

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