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Nancy Armour

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US cruises to lead in men's gymnastics qualifying

The Americans insisted for months they can contend for the Olympic title in men's gymnastics. Another night like this, and they won't need to say a word.

Friend or foe, US gymnasts don't mind who watches

LONDON -- Aly Raisman can almost feel the eyes on her as she and her U.S. gymnastics teammates finish their training session. Sure enough, she'll look up and see a couple of heads in the doorway.. Russians, usually. Sometimes the Romanians.. "We always try and do a little better,"

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No torn loyalties when Kentucky meets Louisville

NEW ORLEANS -- Kentucky coach John Calipari likes to say there are no rivalry games at this point in the season.. Try telling that to the Bluegrass State, where basketball's version of the civil war -- Kentucky vs. Louisville, winner plays for the NCAA title -- has so divided the

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Kansas faces Carolina with Final 4 on the line

ST. LOUIS -- North Carolina's path to another Final Four runs right through Roy Williams' old neighborhood.. Williams and his current team, the top-seeded Tar Heels, will face his old team Kansas in the Midwest Regional finals today. It's been almost nine years since Williams left the Jayhawks to

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Scandal, labor woes make 2011 one of sports' worst

Even after all the turmoil 2011 brought to sports, what with the NBA and NFL players and owners huddling with lawyers and accountants, more unsettling reports of brains ravaged by hard hits, and college players being given cash, tattoos, access to strip clubs and pretty much anything else you can

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Scandal, labor woes make 2011 one of sports' worst

Even after all the turmoil 2011 brought to sports, what with the NBA and NFL players and owners huddling with lawyers and accountants, more unsettling reports of brains ravaged by hard hits, and college players being given cash, tattoos, access to strip clubs and pretty much anything else you can imagine, the games still mattered.

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Japan wins first World Cup title in penalty shootout

FRANKFURT, Germany -- Their country's misery was never far from their hearts.Thousands dead or missing. Villages erased. Homes destroyed.

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Americans take rocky road to World Cup finals

The bumpy, windy road got the Americans right where they wanted to go all along. Eight months after having to win a playoff just to get to Germany, the Americans face Japan in the Women's World Cup final today.

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'99 team watching Americans with pride, nostalgia

The U.S. plays Japan in Sunday's final with a chance to become the first country to win three World Cup titles.

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US team all the rage after epic win over Brazil

The U.S. women's soccer team shared the Yankee Stadium scoreboard with Derek Jeter, made an appearance on ''Good Morning America'' and can now count Tom Hanks, Lil Wayne and Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers among their list of star-studded admirers.

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Wambach, Solo key dramatic US win over Brazil

DRESDEN, Germany -- Running low on hope and almost out of time, the Americans were surely beat, about to make their earliest exit from the Women's World Cup.

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US trying to stave off elimination

DRESDEN, Germany -- The U.S. is the No. 1 team in the world, a two-time World Cup champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist. However, the only number that matters right now is zero. As in, the number of World Cups the current team has won.

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US team's style gets an update

The American women haven't looked the same since Pia Sundhage got her hands on them.

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Winning start for US at World Cup

Once, twice, three times and then a fourth, Lauren Cheney launched a shot with her foot only to watch it go right into the hands of the North Korean goalkeeper.

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Prognosis good after Mickelson reveals arthritis

Forget chasing the No. 1 ranking. Phil Mickelson was more worried about being able to get out of bed. Mickelson revealed Tuesday he has psoriatic arthritis, which causes his immune system to attack his joints and tendons and produced such intense pain he couldn't walk.

Solid season has Big Easy at ease ahead of Masters

Ernie Els comes to Augusta National playing his best golf in years. He ended a two-year drought at the World Golf Championship at Doral, then became the tour's only double winner two weeks later with a victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It was the first time Els had won back-to-back tournaments in seven years.

Butler beats Michigan St. to reach finals

Gordon Hayward had 19 points and nine rebounds, including one with 2 seconds left that sealed Butler of taking down another of college basketball's biggest names with a 52-50 victory over Michigan State in the Final Four on Saturday.

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Tiger's return a delicate issue for ESPN, CBS

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- When Tiger Woods tees off at the Masters on Thursday, anyone who's watching is already going to know he cheated on his wife. They'll probably know a lot of the unseemly details that go with the story, too.

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Michigan State makes yet another trip to Final Four

ST. LOUIS -- The players come and go, the years pass. About the only thing that doesn't change is Tom Izzo and Michigan State's mastery in March.The fifth-seeded Spartans are on their way to their second straight Final Four and sixth in 12 years after Raymar Morgan's free throw with less than 2 seconds left lifted Michigan State to a 70-69 victory over Tennessee in the Midwest Regional final Sunday.

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Tech toes the line, moves on

The Georgia Tech players earned themselves some extra credit the next time coach Paul Hewitt holds one of his little free throw games.

Lawal, Favors lead Tech against Cowboys

Put Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech together, and you'd pretty much have the perfect team.

First lady arrives for 2016 Olympics vote

COPENHAGEN - Having one-on-one VIP meetings, dining with dignitaries and stars, flattering Olympic officials by taking notice of the little things that count, Michele Obama wasted no time going to work for her hometown.

Obama lobbies for Chicago

COPENHAGEN - President Barack Obama is hitting the campaign trail again.

Americans win third straight Solheim Cup

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. - Despite the instructions not to, Juli Inkster couldn't resist checking out the scoreboard.

Yang stuns Tiger to become 1st Asian to win major

CHASKA, Minn. - Knowing his last remaining challenger was about to make birdie, he chipped in from 60 feet for an eagle. The crowd roared, and he responded with a scream and a fist pump.

Plight of needy NFL retirees brings out best in Iron Mike

CHICAGO - There are a lot of different ways to look at Mike Ditka.