Goetze ends Germany's 24-year drought
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Mario Goetze (gohtz) produced the piece of individual skill that Lionel Messi couldn't muster.
With two quick, deft touches, Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title — and denied Messi the one title he needs to forever take his place among soccer's all-time greats.
Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina in a tight and tense World Cup final. Goetz beat Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the 113th minute.
The win is Germany's first as a united country. West Germany won the World Cup in 1954, 1974 and 1990.
Don't cry for us, Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Sad-but-proud Argentine soccer fans applauded their national team for giving it all against a powerful German squad, losing 1-0 in extra time Sunday in the country's first World Cup finals appearance in 24 years.
It was a bittersweet loss and a somber sense of resignation quickly turned into a celebration of the team's gutsy performance. Thousands dressed in Argentina's blue-and-white colors poured into downtown Buenos Aires, saying they have nothing to regret from their team's runner-up finish.
A-Listers turn out for soccer
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) chatted with Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl), and David Beckham hugged Pele (PAY'-lay) at the World Cup final. And they weren't alone.
Celebrities rubbed shoulders at the stadium, starting with Shakira singing and Carlos Santana playing guitar during the closing ceremony Tom Brady looked on from the VIP seats when his wife Gisele Bundchen (jih-ZEHL' BUN'-chen) brought the trophy on the field before the game.
Mick Jagger and LeBron James were also in the Maracana Stadium to see Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time.
Slamming them before the break
UNDATED (AP) — On the final day of action before the four-day All-Star break, the San Francisco Giants made some baseball history.
Madison Bumgarner became the first pitcher in 48 years to hit two grand slams in a season, and Buster Posey also hit a slam in the Giants' 8-4 win over Arizona. Posey and Bumgarner are the first batterymates in major league history to hit grand slams in the same game.
Posey connected in the fifth and Bumgarner homered the next inning. Bumgarner also hit a slam on April 11 against Colorado.
The last pitcher to launch two slams in a season was Tony Cloninger (KLAHN'-ihn-jur), for Atlanta in 1966
In other baseball:
— Jayson Werth tormented his former team with home run and four runs batted in as the Nationals beat the Phillies 10-3. Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond also drove in two runs apiece. Werth also homered and drove in three runs in Washington's victory over the Phils Saturday night.
— Chris Johnson had three hits, including his third homer in two days, and the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 10-7. The Braves enter the All-Star break a percentage point back of Washington in the National League East.
— Kris Negron hit his first career home run, a three-run shot, and All-Star Todd Frazier added a two-run homer as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pirates 6-3. The Reds went 8-3 on their 11-game home stand against Central Division opponents Milwaukee, the Cubs and Pittsburgh. The Pirates completed a seven game road trip 2-5.
— Elian Herrera got five hits while filling in for mourning shortstop Jean Segura and the Milwaukee Brewers ended a seven-game losing streak by routing the St. Louis Cardinals 11-2. The Brewers tied a season high with 19 hits and took a one-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central at the All-Star break. Segura is away from the team after the death of his infant child.
— For the second straight day the L.A. Dodgers blanked San Diego 1-0. Hyun-Jin Ryu (hee-YUHN'-jihn YOO) struck out 10 and outpitched first-time All-Star Tyson Ross. Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL' pweeg) singled home the only run in the sixth.
— Eric Hosmer's (HAHS'-murz) RBI double capped a five-run seventh inning and Kansas City avoided a four-game sweep with a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Four of the runs were charged to Justin Verlander, who fell to 8-8. The come-from-behind win leaves the second-place Royals 6½ games behind the Tigers in the AL Central. Since June 18 when K.C. beat the Tigers for their 10th straight win and went a season-best seven games over .500, the Royals have gone 9-14 while the Tigers went 17-6.
— Clay Buchholz (BUHK'-ohlts) allowed three hits and struck out a career-high 12 in his fifth career shutout as the Red Sox blanked the Astros 11-0. Brock Holt had a career-best five hits, including a leadoff homer, to help the Red Sox to their fourth victory in five games heading into the All-Star break.
— No question the team that goes into the All-Star break needing a rest is the Texas Rangers, who have the worst record in the majors at 38-57 after their eighth straight defeat, 10-7 to the L.A. Angels. The Angels, a major league-best 26-9 since June 6, swept a four-game series against Texas for the first time in their history.
— Sonny Gray limited the Seattle Mariners to just six hits and one unearned run and the Oakland Athletics earned a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Gray earned his 10th victory and Sean Doolittle recorded the final four outs for his 14th save.
—The Indians beat the White Sox 3-2 as Yan Gomes hit a two-run home run in the home-half of the eighth inning. Gomes drove in all three Cleveland runs. The Indians enter the break with a .500 record while the Sox are six games under the .500 mark.
— The Mets wrapped up the first half on a run with three wins in a row. They stopped the Marlins 9-1 to reach the All-Star break with a record of 45-50. The Marlins have lost four straight and are 44-50. David Wright drove in two runs for the victorious Mets.
— Brian Dozier cranked up for the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game with two homers and the Minnesota Twins beat the Colorado Rockies 13-5.
— Tampa Bay got a win in its last game before the break, beating the Blue Jays 3-0. All-Star David Price scattered five hits in eight-plus innings to win his fourth consecutive start. Because Price pitched on Sunday, he is ineligible to play in the All-Star game Tuesday night in Minnesota. His roster spot was taken by his former teammate, Seattle closer Fernando Rodney. The Jays are 49-46 while the Rays are 44-53.
— Baltimore is leading the New York Yankees 3-1 in the final game before the All-Star break. Brett Gardner opened with a leadoff home. But Chris Davis hit a two-run homer in the Orioles' three-run fourth inning. The game was delayed by rain in the fifth inning.
Uggla suspended... Cowgill heads to DL
UNDATED(AP) — Dan Uggla's future in Atlanta was in question after the Braves suspended the struggling second baseman for their final game before the All-Star break. No details of the suspension were announced. The team announced the suspension on its Twitter feed. Manager Fredi Gonzalez calls it an "internal matter," offering no details.
Uggla has played sparingly since rookie Tommy La Stella was promoted from Triple-A on May 28. The 34-year-old Uggla is batting .162 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 48 games.
In other baseball news:
— The Los Angeles Angels have placed outfielder Collin Cowgill on the 15-day disabled list with a broken nose suffered Saturday night when he missed a bunt.
MLB-ALL STAR GAME
National League roster changes
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — San Francisco's Tim Hudson, Cincinnati's Alfredo Simon, San Diego's Huston Street and Washington's Tyler Clippard have been added to the National League roster for Tuesday's All-Star game. They replace a quartet of pitchers who started Sunday: the Giants' Madison Bumgarner, the Reds' Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh), the Padres' Tyson Ross and the Atlanta Braves' Julio Teheran (TEH'-rahn).
MLB-ALL STAR FUTURES
Rangers prospect Gallo leads 3-2 US win
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo showed off his power with a soaring two-run homer in the sixth inning to give the U.S. team the lead for good in a 3-2 victory over the World squad Sunday at the All-Star Futures Game for baseball's best minor leaguers.
Gallo's one-out drive to right field off Houston Astros right-hander Michael Feliz was estimated at 419 feet. The 20-year-old third baseman for Double-A Frisco hit several other balls farther than that during a head-turning batting practice display at Target Field.
The assumed successor for four-time All-Star Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) with the Rangers, Gallo has 31 homers and 73 RBIs this season in 85 games.
GOLF-SENIOR U.S. OPEN
Monty wins in playoff
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Colin Montgomerie won a three-hole playoff against Gene Sauers to win the U.S. Senior Open title Sunday at Oak Tree National.
Both entered the playoff at 5 under. Montgomerie entered the third extra hole with a one-shot lead, then made a putt on No. 18 to par the hole and claim the win.
Montgomerie became the fifth golfer to win both the Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open in the same year.
GOLF-JOHN DEERE CLASSIC.
Harman wins John Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Brian Harman finished 22-under-par to finish 1 shot in front of Zach Johnson to win the PGA's John Deere Classic. Harman had a final round 5-under-66 while Johnson closed out with a 7-under-64.
Rose wins in Scotland
ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) — Justin Rose finished in front of the field to win the Scottish Open. Rose shot a final round 6-under-65 to finish 16-under par, two shots in front of Kristoffer Broberg.
Phil Mickelson had a good round of golf, shooting a 6-under 65 to finish play at 8-under.
This was the final tune-up tournament before this week's upcoming British Open. Mickelson won both the Scottish and British Opens last year.
WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN
Martin takes first
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Mo Martin of the U.S. has won the Women's British Open. The 31-year-old shot a final-round even-par 72 to finish 1-under, one shot in front of Shanshan Feng (fung) and Suzann Pettersen. Inbee Park, the leader after three rounds, skied to a 5-over 77 to finish two shots back of Martin, who played golf at UCLA.
The 5-foot-2 Martin started play on the LPGA Tour as a pro two years ago and clinched the Open championship with an eagle on the 18th hole.
NBA-FREE AGENT SIGNINGS
Anthony returns to New York...Deng to the Heat, Lin to the Lakers
UNDATED (AP) — Carmelo Anthony is remaining with the Knicks. He posted the news on his website by saying, "in the end, I am a New York Knick at heart." It's believed the Knicks can pay the All-Star forward they acquired in February 2011 nearly $130 million over five years.
Anthony met with Chicago, Houston, Dallas and the Lakers after terminating the final year of his contract and becoming a free agent July 1.
In other NBA moves:
— One of the agents for free agent forward Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) says his client has agreed to a $20 million, two-year deal with the Miami Heat. Deng has averaged 16.0 points per game in his career, almost entirely with the Chicago Bulls.
— Jeremy Lin has joined the Lakers in a trade with the Houston Rockets, who also gave up first- and second-round draft picks in 2015 for the rights to European center Sergei Lishchuk. Lin will make about $15 million this season in the last year of a deal that counts only $8 million against the salary cap. The Lakers have the cap room to absorb Lin's contract.
— Chandler Parsons is going to the Dallas Mavericks after the Houston Rockets decided not to match the restricted free agent's three-year offer sheet worth more than $45 million.
Another win for Keselowski
LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag in the Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He finished in front of pole sitter Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson under a green-white checkered finish. This is Keselowski's third win of the season, tying him with Jimmie Johnson.
The past 13 races at New Hampshire have produced a different champion every time.
NASCAR takes next week.
TOUR DE FRANCE
A German wins the ninth stage
MULHOUSE, France (AP) — German rider Tony Martin broke ahead early and comfortably held on to win the ninth stage of the Tour de France, while Frenchman Tony Gallopin took the yellow jersey from overnight leader Vincenzo Nibali of Italy. The 29-year-old German is a three-time world time trial champion.
Gallopin finished several minutes after his German compatriot but did well enough to erase his deficit of more than three minutes to Nibali.