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• Italy beat France in a 5-3 shootout to win the World Cup after the two teams played to a 1-1 draw.

• Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in four sets on Sunday (6-0, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3) to earn his fourth straight Wimbledon title and eighth Grand Slam championship.

• Standings at the halfway mark in Major League Baseball – tomorrow is the annual All Star Game:

The Boston Red Sox are atop the American League East, three games ahead of the New York Yankees and five ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays.

The surprising Detroit Tigers are two games ahead of the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central, and 11 games ahead of the Minnesota Twins.

In the tight American League West, the Oakland Athletics are tied for the lead with the Texas Rangers, with the Los Angeles Angels two games back and the Seattle Mariners two-and-a-half games back.

Over in the National League – where the rules are traditional and pitchers have to hit – the Western Division also has a close race, with the San Diego Padres two games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, three and a half games ahead of both the Colorado Rockies and the San Francisco Giants, and five games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In the National League Central, the St. Louis Cardinals are in first place, four games ahead of the Cincinnati Reds, 5.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers, and six games ahead of the Houston Astros.

And – saving the best for last – in the National League East, the miraculous New York Mets are in first place, 12 games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Phillies and 13 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves.

Line of the day comes from NY Mets manager Willie Randolph:

“We haven’t won anything yet.”


But for Mets fans, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
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