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Germany routs Brazil 7-1, reaches World Cup final
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:11 PM

Associated Press

 

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — With Neymar out injured, just about everyone in Brazil knew it would be tough against Germany.

Nobody ever expected this.

The Germans tore apart Brazil’s porous defense time and time again Tuesday, routing the hosts 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals, the largest margin of defeat at this stage in the history of the tournament.

“We wanted to make the people happy … unfortunately we couldn’t,” said Brazil defender David Luiz, who had scored in each of the last two matches. “We apologize to all Brazilians.”

The astounding scoreline is sure to overshadow Miroslav Klose’s record-setting 16th career World Cup goal. The strike pushed Klose past Brazil great Ronaldo, who was at the Mineirao Stadium on Tuesday as the Germans advanced to their eighth World Cup final.

Germany will face either Argentina or the Netherlands on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro with a chance to win for the fourth time.

Brazil was playing without Neymar, the team’s key player and the poster boy for the World Cup. He scored four goals in the group stage but Brazil’s attack seemed to get weaker and weaker as the tournament progressed. The Barcelona striker was ruled out of the tournament with a broken vertebra after getting kneed in the back in the quarterfinal win over Colombia, weakening the sputtering attack even more.

With Neymar sidelined and captain Thiago Silva suspended, the collective hopes of a nation remained high even if expectations were lowered.

The atmosphere at the start of the match was spine-tingling but the euphoria of the yellow-shirted thousands soon turned to tears as the Germans scored five goals in the first 30 minutes — four of them in a 7-minute span.

“It was very important to stay calm, cool and courageous in facing Brazilian passion,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said.

The loss matched Brazil’s most-lopsided defeat ever and it’s the first time the team has lost in an official competitive match on home soil since 1975, when Peru won 3-1 at the very same stadium in the Copa America. Its last loss at home came in a friendly with Paraguay in 2002.

Previously, Brazil’s biggest World Cup loss was 3-0 to France in the 1998 final. In the 1920 the South American championship, the predecessor of the Copa America, Brazil lost 6-0 to Uruguay.

 
Brantley homers, drives in 3; Indians beat Yankees
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:11 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley homered and had three RBIs, Nick Swisher hit a go-ahead 2-run shot and the Cleveland Indians stopped rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka’s bid to become the major league’s first 13-game winner Tuesday night with a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees.

Brantley hit a leadoff homer in the seventh. The first-time All-Star also had RBI doubles in the first and fifth, raising his average to .328.

Tanaka (12-4) allowed season worsts of five runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander, who lost for the third time in four starts, took a 3-2 lead into the sixth before Swisher, a former Yankee, hit a 2-run homer that put Cleveland on top.

Trevor Bauer (3-4) allowed three runs in seven innings and retired 13 of the last 14 hitters he faced. New York’s only base-runner in that stretch came on Swisher’s fifth-inning error. Bauer struck out six and walked two in winning for the first time since June 16.

Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

The Yankees were held to four hits, none coming after Brian McCann had a 1-out single in the third.

The Indians committed three errors, giving them a major league-high 75 for the season.

 
Sports Brief
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

RACING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR has penalized Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team for failing a post-race inspection at Daytona International Speedway.

Crew chief Daniel Knost was fined $10,000 on Tuesday because the track bar on Busch’s Chevrolet exceeded the maximum separation. Busch finished third in Sunday’s rain-shortened and rescheduled race.

Busch was also docked 10 driver points; Gene Haas was docked 10 owner points.

The penalty dropped Busch from 24th to 26th in the standings. But the 2004 NASCAR champion still has a 156-point advantage on the 31st-place driver. Busch only needs to be ranked in the top 30 to be eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

INDIANAPOLIS — Jack Hawksworth has been cleared by IndyCar to race at Iowa after sitting out Sunday’s event at Pocono with a heart contusion.

The British driver was injured when he crashed in practice on Saturday. He was initially checked, cleared and released from the infield car center but went to a Pennsylvania hospital later that day because he felt ill.

Hawksworth was diagnosed with a heart contusion and held overnight for observation. He was released Sunday and had to be seen by IndyCar medical director Dr. Michael Olinger for clearance to race.

Hawksworth was cleared Tuesday to race this weekend at Iowa. The rookie has three top-10 finishes in IndyCar this season driving for BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian.

 
Bruce helps Reds rally for DH sweep of Cubs
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:00 PM

By JOE KAY

Associated Press

 

CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce homered in the opener, then helped the Cincinnati Reds pull off their biggest comeback of the season for a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday, 4-2 and 6-5 over the Chicago Cubs.

The Reds overcame a 5-0 deficit in the second game, sending Chicago to its fifth straight loss.

 
NCAA suggests contact limits for football practice
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, July 07, 2014 8:00 PM

Associated Press

 

The NCAA is suggesting that football teams hold no more than two contact practices per week during the season in guidelines that grew out of a safety and concussion summit early this year.

Practice limits were among several recommendations released Monday by the NCAA, which called them guidelines that could change "in real time" rather than rules passed through legislation.

The practice guidelines also recommend four contact practices per week during the preseason and no more than eight of the 15 sessions during spring football. The NCAA already has legislation regarding preseason and spring practices.

 
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