The Group Stage games are over and although the first set of games for each team seemed to be largely boring as teams got more comfortable, realized they had to get points in specific games as well as goals because of the emphasis on the top two tie-breakers – goal differential and goals for – we actually saw more free-flowing games. 



JOHN SHIMER

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One day after the completion of his record-setting 11-hour victory over Nicholas Mahut, American John Isner was ousted Friday from Wimbledon in a 75-minute loss to Thiemo De Bakker, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2. Isner, suffering from fatigue and a sore neck, called for a medical timeout after losing the first set. After having a record 112 aces in the marathon match, Isner had none against De Bakker. To read more, click here.

Dustin Pedroia's three-home run performance Thursday night goes down as one of the best performances by a Red Sox player in interleague competition. But it was too late to make our list of the most memorable interleague games in Red Sox history. Check out our list at the LEEInks blog.

The Yankees start a weekend series vs. the Dodgers in Los Angeles Friday night, and that reunites Joe Torre with the team he guided for 12 seasons but left under less than ideal circumstances after the 2007 season. Some hard feelings reportedly remain, especially on the part of Alex Rodriguez and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, following revelations from a book about Torre's tenure in New York. For his part, Torre says he's sorry for any perceived slights.

Revolution forward Taylor Twellman joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday to talk about the World Cup. Twellman, who was placed on the season-ending injury list Wednesday due to problems recovering from a concussion, commented on Italy's 3-2 loss to Slovakia Thursday that eliminated the defending champion Italians from the tournament. "They were very methodical, very slow," Twellman said. "There was just no urgency."

 

Slovakia knocked off defending World Cup champion Italy 3-2 Thursday in Johannesburg to eliminate the Italians from the competition. The game finished with a flurry of goals in the final 15 minutes as Italy mounted a furious comeback bid.

 

More than 11 hours after the match began, American John Isner defeated Frenchman Nicholas Mahut at Wimbledon, winning the fifth set 70-68. The final score of the match, in its third day: 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68. Click here to read more about the longest tennis match on record.

Despite beating the Celtics in the NBA finals, the Lakers have some issues to address. Coach Phil Jackson said Wednesday he is “leaning toward retiring” and appears serious about it. And The Los Angeles Times explains why the team is preparing to tighten the wallet, affecting personnel throughout the organization. Read more about that story and others at Thursday's Morning Mashup.

Dear soccer fans,



JERRY THORNTON

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Following his team's 1-0 loss to the United States Wednesday at the World Cup and last-place finish in Group C, Algerian soccer player Rafik Saifi slapped a female journalist in the face in the interview zone. The reporter, Asma Halimi of the Alergian newspaper Competition, retaliated by striking Saifi in the mouth.

 

Halimi and Saifi previously had a dispute about an article she had written that was critical of the player.