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Associated Press

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 6:37 AM

WORLD CUP

U.S. beats old nemesis

UNDATED (AP) — Ghana has eliminated the United States from World Cup play the last two tournaments. The Americans may have landed the knockout punch this time.

John Brooks came off the bench to score the game-winner in the 86th minute and give the Americans a much-needed 2-1 win over Ghana in the World Cup opener for both teams. Graham Zusi (ZOO'-see) sent a corner kick toward the net and watched as Brooks headed it in, four minutes after Ghana tied the score. Brooks became the first substitute to score a goal for the United States in World Cup competition.

Brooks had appeared in just four U.S. national matches before entering this one at halftime.

The Americans got off to a quick start as Clint Dempsey put them ahead just 29 seconds into the game. It was the fifth-fastest goal in World Cup history, and the fastest by a U.S. player.

Dempsey also became the first U.S. player to score in three different World Cups, and the lead held up until Andre Ayew (ay-OO') beat Tim Howard in the 82nd minute.

The Yanks closed out the win without forward Jozy Altidore (JOH'-zee AL'-tah-dohr), who was carried off on a stretcher after his left hamstring gave out in the 21st minute. He awaits tests that will determine whether he can return for this World Cup.

Also in World Cup play:

— Thomas Mueller scored a hat trick as Germany ripped Portugal 4-0.

— Nigeria and Iran played to a 0-0 stalemate, the first draw of the World Cup.

OBIT-GWYNN

Hall of Famer dies at 54

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has passed away at the age of 54 from cancer. The eight-time National League batting champ and 15-time All-Star spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007. Gwynn finished his career with a .338 average, 3,141 hits, five Gold Gloves and 319 stolen bases.

He made headlines in 1994 when he toyed with a .400 batting average, something not achieved in decades. He finished the strike-shortened season with a .394 average.

Gwynn had two operations for cancer in his right cheek between August 2010 and February 2012. The second surgery was complicated, with surgeons removing a facial nerve because it was intertwined with a tumor inside his right cheek.

Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux says on Twitter that Gwynn was "the best pure hitter I ever faced." Gwynn owned a .415 lifetime average against Maddux, who never struck him out in 107 at-bats.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer says "our city is a little darker today without him but immeasurably better because of him."

Gwynn had said he believed the cancer was from chewing tobacco.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Royals extend streak

UNDATED (AP) — The sputtering Detroit Tigers erupted for six runs in the bottom of the ninth against Kansas City on Monday. Problem was, the Tigers trailed by nine when the rally began.

The Royals picked up their eighth straight win by outscoring the first-place Tigers 11-8 in Detroit. Kansas City rocked Justin Verlander for seven runs and 12 hits in six innings, including Omar Infante's (ihn-FAHN'-tayz) three-run homer in the sixth.

Infante had four RBIs, Billy Butler drove in three runs and Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain each had three of the Royals' 17 hits. That was more than enough support for Jason Vargas, who is 7-2 after allowing two runs and seven hits in seven innings.

J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam while the Tigers were scoring six runs in the ninth.

Detroit is an American League-worst 9-18 since May 18, allowing the Royals to pull within a half-game of the Central Division leaders.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Asdrubal (as-DROO'-bul) Cabrera hit a two-run homer, and Carlos Santana added a tiebreaking, solo blast in Cleveland's 4-3 victory against the Angels. Michael Bourn had two hits and scored twice to help the Indians snag their third straight win.

— Rubby (ROO'-bee) De La Rosa allowed just one hit in seven shutout innings to pitch Boston past Minnesota 1-0. The lone run came on A.J. Pierzynski's (peer-ZIHN'-skees) sacrifice fly in the fifth.

— Jerry Sands smacked a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning of Tampa Bay's 5-4 verdict over Baltimore. Yunel (yoo-NEHL') Escobar and Ryan Hanigan homered for the Rays, who've won four of five since a 1-14 skid.

— Chris Young was sharp in Seattle's 5-1 win over San Diego, holding his former team to four hits in six shutout innings. Kyle Seager belted a three-run homer and Brad Miller added a solo shot while Seattle was building a 5-0 lead in the first two innings.

— Scooter Gennett hit a solo homer and was among four Brewers with two RBIs in a 9-3 romp over the Diamondbacks in Arizona. Ryan Braun, Aramis (ah-RAH'-mihs) Ramirez and Khris Davis drove in two runs apiece to back Wily Peralta, (WIHL'-ee peh-RAHL'-tah) who worked seven innings for his seventh win.

— Matt Adams and Allen Craig each had two RBIs and Jon Jay scored three times as St. Louis roughed up the New York Mets 6-2. Adams continued his hot streak by going 2-for-4 with an RBI triple after homering his previous three games since coming off the disabled list.

— Reid Brignac's (BRIHN'-yaks) two-run triple capped a five-run 13th inning that gave Philadelphia a 6-1 victory in Atlanta. Freddie Freeman's error led to three unearned runs by the Phillies in the last inning.

— Pitcher Travis Wood came through as a pinch-hitter by lacing a tiebreaking double in the 13th inning of the Cubs' 5-4 win at Miami. Starlin Castro slammed a three-run homer for Chicago.

— Dee Gordon went 4-for-4 and scored twice in the Dodgers' 6-1 win against Colorado. Hyun-Jim Ryu is 8-3 after limiting the Rockies to a run and three hits in six innings.

— Donnie Murphy hit two of the Rangers' four home runs in a 14-8 assault on the A's in Oakland. Michael Choice and Robinson Chirinos also homered and had three ribbies for Texas, while Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) drove in three.

MLB-ORIOLES

Wieters to have season-ending elbow surgery

UNDATED (AP) — Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) will undergo season-ending surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday.

Wieters had his ailing elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday after sitting out since May 10. He was hitting .309 with five home runs and 18 RBIs in 26 games.

In other major league news:

— Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Bronson Arroyo is headed to the disabled list for the first time in his 15-year career. He had gone 369 career starts without a stint on the DL until he developed elbow tendinitis. He is 7-4 with a 4.08 ERA in 14 starts this season.

— The Cleveland Indians have recalled right-hander Mark Lowe from Triple-A Columbus and optioned left-hander T.J. House to the same club. Lowe made four relief appearances with the Indians last month, compiling a 2.08 ERA.

— Miami has signed pitcher Tyler Kolek, the second overall pick in this year's draft. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Kolek pitched for Shepherd High School in Texas, where his fastball consistently registered in the upper 90s and exceeded 100 mph.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

Louisville ousted

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Louisville has been eliminated in the College World Series.

Texas stayed alive with a 4-1 win over the Cardinals. Parker French and Travis Duke combined for a four-hitter to help the Longhorns end a four-game College World Series losing streak dating to 2009.

Texas scored runs on a sacrifice fly, a groundout and a throwing error.

Also at Omaha, Vanderbilt beat UC Irvine 6-4 as Walker Buehler pitched 5 1/3 innings of no-hit relief. The Commodores will play in a bracket final Friday against the winner of Wednesday's elimination game between Irvine and Texas.

NBA-CLIPPERS/FRONT OFFICE

Clippers shake up management

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have restructured their front office after winning the Pacific Division title and advancing to the second round of the NBA playoffs this year.

Doc Rivers remains the head coach and will serve as the team's president of basketball operations.

Kevin Eastman is the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations and will report directly to Rivers, his longtime mentor. Pro scouting director Dave Wohl (wohl) replaces general manager Gary Sacks, who has been demoted to assistant GM.

NFL-COWBOYS/MARTIN

Cowboys ink top pick

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Cowboys have signed first-round pick Zack Martin, leaving second-rounder and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence as the only Dallas rookie not under contract. Martin inked a four-year package worth $9 million, including a $4.8 million signing bonus. The Notre Dame product is the third offensive lineman taken in the first round by the Cowboys in the past four drafts.

SCHUMACHER RELEASED

Veteran F1 driver leaves the hospital

BERLIN (AP) — The manager for seven-time World Driving champion Michael Schumacher (SHOO'-mah-kur) says the Formula One great is no longer in a coma and has left a French hospital where he had been receiving treatment since a skiing accident in December. His manager says Schumacher will continue his long rehabilitation "away from the public eye."

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NOTRE DAME

Irish backup receiver arrested in Ohio

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame reserve Will Mahone is facing felony charges of assault on a police officer, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism after being arrested in his Ohio hometown.

Mahone appeared before an Austintown, Ohio, judge to face the three felony charges as well as misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct for an incident Saturday night.

SUPREME COURT-SCOTTIE PIPPEN

High court rejects Scottie Pippen defamation case

Former NBA star Scottie Pippen has failed to convince the Supreme Court that he was defamed by several media outlets. The Supreme Court has declined to revive a defamation lawsuit that the former Chicago Bulls star filed against several media companies for falsely reporting he had filed for bankruptcy. Lower courts found that as a public figure, Pippen could not show the reports were published with actual malice.

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