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Dog tracks cornered by wagering woes, racing foes PDF Print E-mail
Written by By FERNANDO PEINADO / Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 07:46
MIAMI (AP) — A mural-sized photograph at Flagler Dog Track celebrates the good old days, decades gone: Men and women in their finest clothes lean against the fence to catch a glimpse of the greyhounds, the stands emblazoned with red, white and blue bunting, radio men perched in a booth to bring the action to fans at home.
Outside, on a recent Wednesday afternoon, the trumpet sounded, the track announcer introduced the dogs, and almost no one was there to see it. Only a couple dozen patrons looked down from the 7,000-seat grandstand.
“On a good day we can have 100 people on the stands, and they are mostly smokers who come out from the casino floor,” said Isadore “Izzy” Havenick, whose family has owned the track since 1953.
The dog racing business, at once doomed and propped up by casino gambling, has come to a crossroads.
Greyhound racing’s decline began years ago with the spread of casino-style gambling. To appease track operators, states gave them fat subsidies from the new gambling revenue.
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Germany delighted, astonished by Brazil rout PDF Print E-mail
Written by By GEIR MOULSON / Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 07:40
BERLIN (AP) — Germans awoke on Wednesday to discover the 7-1 demolition of Brazil in their World Cup semifinal was not a delightful dream but a scarcely believable reality.
The front-page headline in the country’s biggest-selling newspaper, Bild, read simply: “7-1. No words for it!”
The paper dedicated the next six pages to pictures of the Germany players scoring and celebrating, and marked veteran striker’s Miroslav Klose’s record-breaking 16th World Cup goal by offering readers a poster of “Miro Klose, Football God!”
When it finally got to words, it declared the team “immortal” and wrote: “This 7-1 is worth as much as a title.”
Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup as both player and coach, tweeted: “What was that? Hard to believe.”  
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Germany routs Brazil 7-1, reaches World Cup final PDF Print E-mail
Written by CHRIS LEHOURITES / AP Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014 18:01

HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Germany handed Brazil its heaviest World Cup loss ever on Tuesday with an astounding 7-1 rout in the semifinals that stunned the host nation.

Miroslav Klose scored a record-setting 16th career World Cup goal in a five-goal spurt in the first half as Brazil's defense was torn apart. Brazil's previous biggest World Cup loss was 3-0 to France in the 1998 final.

The Germans will face either Argentina or the Netherlands in Sunday's final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

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Verlander rebounds as Tigers stomp Dodgers PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 July 2014 07:31
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander settled down after a terrible first inning and Detroit rallied in emphatic fashion for a 14-5 victory over the Dodgers.
Verlander (8-7) allowed five runs in the first, but the Dodgers managed only one more hit off the Detroit right-hander, who has had his share of struggles this season. The Tigers tied it with five runs in the second, then added two in the third and four in the fourth to pull away.
Miguel Cabrera was one of five Detroit players with three hits.
Verlander allowed five runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked two.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-5) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 2 1-3 innings.
Juan Uribe hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers in the first, but Verlander retired 13 in a row after that.
The Tigers’ 14 runs set a season high, as did their 20 hits.
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Tour de France returns home from England PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:31
LILLE, France (AP) — The Tour de France is back on home turf after a boisterous three-day start across the channel in England.
Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali is wearing the leader’s yellow jersey for the mostly flat 163.5-kilometer (101-mile) fourth stage along France’s border with Belgium, from Le Touquet-Paris Plage to Lille Metropole.  
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