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Carli Lloyd scored three first-half goals, including one from midfield, and the USA remains in command against Japan in the Women's World Cup final.

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More work for Solo in the final
Women's World Cup 

Hope Solo has made 3 saves against Japan. She had 3 saves combined in the quarterfinals and semifinals.

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Wambach comes on for the United States
Women's World Cup 

Abby Wambach is playing in her 25th career Women's World Cup game. Kristine Lilly is the only player in WWC history to appear in more (30). Follow live

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Strong cheering section for the U.S.
Women's World Cup 

The United States has given Vice President Joe Biden a lot to smile about at the Women's World Cup final. The U.S. leads Japan 5-2 with 20 minutes to play. Follow live

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Set pieces lead to goals in final
Women's World Cup 

Four of the 7 goals between the United States and Japan have been scored on set pieces. Entering the match, the countries had scored a combined 4 goals on set pieces this tournament (2 each). Follow live

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Rapinoe coming off to thunderous applause. Well deserved. She kept this team in it early when really struggling to find their form. #USA

U.S. strikes right back in WWC final
Women's World Cup 

Moments after Japan made it a 2-goal game, Tobin Heath netted her 1st Women's World Cup goal to make the score 5-2 early in the 2nd half. It's the 5th time the U.S. has scored 5 goals in a WWC game. Follow live

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Japan gets another goal, trails 4-2

A Japan free kick deflected ogf U.S. defender Julie Johnston’s head and past Hope Solo to pull Japan closer. It's the first own goal in a WWC final. Follow live

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Lloyd with 6 goals at Women's World Cup
Women's World Cup 

With her hat trick in the final, Carli Lloyd has scored 6 times in the tournament, trailing only Michelle Akers (10 goals in 1991) for the most by a U.S. player in a single WWC.

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RHP Jordan Zimmermann and the Nats are looking for a ninth straight home win, while Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants are looking to avoid their sixth straight loss. Nats OF Bryce Harper has homered in five of his last seven games vs. the Giants. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Cabrera voted to start All-Star Game
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Miguel Cabrera, who was just placed on the DL, was voted in as the AL starter at first base for this year's All-Star Game, but his calf injury will force him to miss the game in Cincinnati.

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United States not used to fast starts
Women's World Cup 

Entering the final, the U.S. had scored a combined 2 goals in the first half this tournament. The U.S. scored 2 goals in the first 6 minutes against Japan, and leads 4-1 at half.

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Bittersweet milestone for Stanton
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Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was voted in as an All-Star starter for the first time (he was selected by the manager to start as the NL's DH last year), but he'll miss the game due to a fractured bone in his hand.

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Donaldson leads All-Star vote-getters
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Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson racked up an MLB-high 14,090,188 votes for the All-Star Game, breaking the single-season record set by Josh Hamilton in 2012.

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