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  • It’s been a while

    OTTAWA, Ontario — 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 tonight, with the winner advancing to a semifinal against top-ranked Germany or No. 3 France, and the Americans still are seeking their third title.

  • Future stars

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    NEW YORK — The Minnesota Timberwolves got their man in the middle. The Lakers got a playmaking partner for Kobe Bryant.

    Knicks fans just got mad — though not for long.

  • Local teen reels in a big catch

    Michigan native, 15-year-old Sarah Hammond caught herself a nice largemouth bass Monday evening in the Tsala Apopka Lake Chain, giving her a trophy catch.

    “I was really surprised,” Hammond said when bringing in her 10-pound, 9-ounce bass. “I didn’t think it was that big because it wasn’t fighting that much.”

  • Byers, King named to 2A All-State Softball Team

    Miracle Sports released its 2015 Softball All-State Teams on Wednesday and a trio of players from the area were honored.

    In Class 2A, Regional finalist Seven Rivers Christian had a pair of players tapped to the second team — junior catcher Alexis King and freshman pitcher/infielder Delaney Byers.

    “It’s great. They both had great years,” Seven Rivers softball coach Gary Dreyer said.

  • Time to shine

    NEW YORK — Karl-Anthony Towns hoisted a child high up toward his shoulders, letting the youngster at an NBA community service event feel what it was like to rock the rim with a dunk.

    Next up for Towns might be trying to help lift the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    The center from Kentucky is considered the likely No. 1 pick Thursday night in the NBA draft, though he said he isn’t sure and doesn’t seem concerned.

  • Long day

    ST. PETERSBURG — Marco Estrada made a run at history for the second consecutive start and came up just short again.

    Estrada lost his bid for a perfect game on Logan Forsythe’s infield single with one out in the eighth inning, but Chris Colabello homered in the 12th to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 on Wednesday.

  • A chance to rebuild

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Had Phil Jackson been discussing his six championships with Chicago, nobody would argue.

    If he meant the five more he won coaching the Lakers, he’d have been correct.

    But when he said Tuesday he did a “great job,” he was referring to last season, his first as president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks.

  • Archer on fire

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer won his sixth straight decision, allowing three hits over eight innings in a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

  • ‘Deflategate’ continues

    NEW YORK — After a 10-hour hearing, Tom Brady now must wait to find out if his appeal of a four-game suspension carried any weight with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

    Brady was suspended by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL’s Park Avenue offices Tuesday morning, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady’s defense.

  • Clermont teen passes on college for track career

    Sprinter Kaylin Whitney is quick at everything she does, with the exception of cleaning her room.

    What teenager doesn’t have to be reminded a time or two to tidy things up? Especially one who’s in a big hurry to be great.