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07/17/2011 - 4:32pm
Japan bests USA in penalty kicks
By: DJ Bean

The United States blew two leads, the second of which was in extra time Sunday, as Japan won the World Cup on penalty kicks. The score was 2-2 at the end of extra time.

Abby Wambach scored the only goal on penalty kicks for the Americans, as they failed to score on their first three kicks. Japan had three goals on penalty kicks, with the game-winner coming from Saki Kumagai in the fourth round.

Wambach's goal, which came on a header in extra time off a pass from 22-year-old Alex Morgan, was her 13th career World Cup goal, making her the all-time leader among Americans. Homare Sawa evened the score in the 117th minute by redirecting a corner kick.

Morgan became just the second substitute in World Cup history to score in a final game, as she gave the USA its first lead with a second-half goal. Japan tied it at a goal apiece when Aya Miyama capitalized on a USA turnover and beat goalie Hope Solo.


07/17/2011 - 3:07pm
Lineup: Varitek catching, Beckett pitching

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Red Sox will put their lefty-heavy lineup in play against Tampa Bay righty Jeff Niemann, with J.D. Drew hitting sixth and playing right field and Josh Reddick in the seventh spot, manning left. Ortiz is the only Red Sox player in the lineup who has a home run against Niemann. Click here for the lineups for both teams. Here is the complete Red Sox lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

J.D. Drew RF

Josh Reddick LF

Jason Varitek C

Marco Scutaro SS

Josh Beckett P

For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.


07/17/2011 - 12:06pm
Darren Clarke wins British Open

Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland captured his first major championship on Sunday, firing a final-round 70 to win the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent.

Clarke finished the championship at 5-under par, three shots ahead of Dustin Johnson, who saw his hopes for his first major end when he hit his second shot out-of-bounds at the 14th hole, leading to a double bogey.

Phil Mickelson shared second place with Johnson after shooting a final-round 68. Mickelson started the round five shots behind Clarke but put together a brilliant first nine that included three birdies and an eagle. He was tied for the lead after another birdie at No. 10 but made four bogeys in the last eight holes to fall out of contention. 


07/17/2011 - 11:22am
UPDATE: Cup misses Horton's parade
By: DJ Bean

Tammy Horton-Plante, wife of Bruins first-line winger Nathan Horton, tweeted that the Stanley Cup was lost at Logan Airport on Sunday. Horton was scheduled to have the Cup on Sunday and bring it to Dunnville, Ontario, where a parade was scheduled. While the Cup was indeed missing from the parade, it was never actually missing.

Speaking with WEEI.com, a JetBlue representative explained that the Cup was scheduled to fly from Boston to Buffalo on an 8 a.m. flight. It was checked in seven minutes late, however, as its 7:37 a.m. check-in went past the 30-minute cutoff time. As a result, it missed its flight and had to take a later one. Massport told WEEI.com that after checking with both Logan Airport and the State Police, nothing was ever called in about the Stanley Cup being missing.

After things were sorted out with TSA, Horton’s wife tweeted: CUP day...

07/17/2011 - 9:11am
Report: Sox in no rush to trade for OF

According to a report from ESPN's Buster Olney, the Red Sox are not in a rush to make a trade for outfield help.

"Red Sox will give their current outfielders -- Josh Reddick, in particular -- more time before deciding whether to go after somebody else," Olney wrote on Sunday.

Reddick is batting .379 with an OPS of 1.095 in his 66 at-bats this season. There have been trade rumors involving the Sox and Carlos Beltran, who is in the final year of a seven-year, $119 million contract and is owed roughly $7 million over the last two months of 2011.

For more Red Sox news visit weei.com/redsox.

 

 

 


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