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Uruguay defends Suarez as FIFA scrambles PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 June 2014 20:29

RIO DE JANEIRO — As the world was judging Uruguay's Luis Suarez for biting a player in the World Cup, his teammates, coaches and fans in his soccer-crazy country defended the star, blaming the foreign media, his Italian opponents and uneven treatment.
World Cup organizers scrambled Wednesday to quickly decide on a punishment before Uruguay plays Colombia Saturday in the round of 16.
"We have to resolve it either today or tomorrow," FIFA disciplinary panel member Martin Hong told reporters Wednesday. "It's our duty to see justice done."
The disciplinary committee meeting was already underway on Wednesday evening, FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said.
A day after he tangled with defender Giorgio Chiellini, Suarez was coping well, according to the Uruguay football federation president.
"Luis is fine. He's been through 1001 battles," Wilmar Valdez told the online site Tenfield.com. "We all know who Luis is and that's why we have to defend him."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 20:43
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Dallas gets Chandler back in 6-player deal with NY PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 June 2014 20:27
Dallas and the New York Knicks have agreed to a six-player trade that brings center Tyson Chandler back to the Mavericks three years after he helped them win a championship only to leave right away in free agency.
The Mavericks sent guards Jose Calderon, Shane Larkin and Wayne Ellington and center Samuel Dalembert to the Knicks for Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton in the deal announced Wednesday.
The Knicks also get both Dallas picks in Thursday night's draft, a pair of second-round selections at Nos. 34 and 51. New York didn't have a draft pick before the trade.
Chandler was the emotional catalyst for the Dirk Nowitzki-led Mavericks when they beat the Miami Heat in six games to win the franchise's first title in 2011.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 20:45
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Djokovic wins 2nd-round match at Wimbleton PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:54
LONDON (AP) — Top-seeded Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) win Wednesday over Radek Stepanek in a match that featured only two service breaks.
Djokovic, who lost in last year’s Wimbledon final to Andy Murray, gave Stepanek a point at a crucial stage in the 11th game of the fourth set.
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Giants' Lincecum no-hits Padres PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 June 2014 20:25
SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum's days of dominance may be in the past. That doesn't mean he can't dial up flashes of the Freak he once was — especially against the San Diego Padres.
Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner Wednesday and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win.
"I've always been that guy who will kind of go for the strikeout," Lincecum said. "I think my first no-hitter I had 13, so I think I was going for those a little bit more often."
"Today I tried to be a little bit more efficient and take what they were going to give me. They were giving me a lot of groundballs and a lot of pop flies, so I was just going to try to keep attacking the way that I was," he said.
Lincecum totally shut down the weakest-hitting team in the majors, striking out six and walking one in a 113-pitch outing — 35 fewer than he needed last July 13 against the Padres in his first no-hitter.
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Argentina beats Nigeria 3-2 as both teams advance PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 25 June 2014 14:15
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 in their last World Cup group match on Wednesday, with Lionel Messi and Ahmed Musa scoring two goals each before Marcos Rojo kneed in the winner.
Argentina won Group F while Nigeria also advanced despite the loss, becoming the first African team in the round of 16 in Brazil.
Messi opened the scoring in the third minute, slamming in the rebound after Angel Di Maria’s shot bounced off the post. Nigeria replied within a minute as Musa cut in from the left and beat Sergio Romero with a curling shot toward the far post.
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