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Philipp Lahm and Germany will face a stern test in Lionel Messi and the potent Argentina attack in the WC final. More | Argentina to World Cup final | Germany awaits | Messi struggles | Team grades | Three lessons
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Phil Mickelson sinks a spectacular birdie from the cart path in the first round of the Scottish Open.
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Adrian Peterson is still one of the best backs in the NFL, but the Vikes are a year or two away from the playoffs.
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Thanks to the franchise tag, the NFL is unlikely to see LeBron James-like free agency drama.
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Another former Red Sox player is getting smeared by unnamed sources. Lather, rinse, repeat.
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Once an elite goal scorer in the NHL, Dany Heatley is hoping he can refind his touch in Anaheim.
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Portland offered LaMarcus Aldridge a max-extension, but he wants more money on the market.
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Rory McIlroy shot a course record 64 at the Scottish Open, one week ahead of the British Open.
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Rick Brunson used a Hall of Fame alias to deceive a masseuse, which may have led to his arrest.
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Brazil's deft handling of the World Cup has the I.O.C. confident that the 2016 Games will be a success.
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Nick Saban makes nearly $7 million a year, and Jerry Kill says he earns 'every damn dime of it.'
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LeBron James remains a free agent after meeting with Pat Riley. But how much longer will he wait to sign?
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MLB: Waiver Wired(Jul 10) In this week's Waiver Wired, D.J. Short welcomes Dillon Gee back from the disabled list and hopes that Kolten Wong is ready for a breakout.
NBA: Offseason Beat
(Jul 10) Free agency has gone off the deep end. Mike Gallagher talks about what's happened in the past couple days.
NHL: Experts Analysis
(Jul 10) Ryan Dadoun wraps up our look at the teams that failed to make the playoffs.
MLB: Baseball Daily Dose
(Jul 10) Drew Silva examines Masahiro Tanaka's right elbow troubles and praises two budding young infielders in Thursday's MLB Daily Dose.
MLB: Rotoworld Mailbag
(Jul 10) D.J. Short joins Matt Stroup for this week's edition of the Rotoworld Mailbag.

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