U.S. women hope history won’t repeat itself

Japan's Mana Iwabuchi, back, jumps onto teammates Aya Sameshima, back left, Yuki Ogimi, right, and Aya Miyama, front, during a practice session in Vancouver, British Columbia, in Canada, on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Japan and the United States are scheduled to play in the final of the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament on Sunday in Vancouver. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Abby Wambach remembers the date by heart: July 17, 2011. That was the day the United States lost to Japan in the Women’s World Cup title match in Germany.

Harper uses patriotic themed bat to help Nats win

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper (34) watches his two-run homer as he holds his Independence Day themed bat during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Nationals Park, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seems like every bat Bryce Harper uses this season provides fireworks for the Washington Nationals.

Jankovic tops 2-time Wimbledon champ Kvitova

Jelena Jankovic of Serbia celebrates defeating Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their singles match against at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday July 4, 2015. Jankovic won the match 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

LONDON (AP) — About an hour after flopping on her back and kicking her feet overhead to celebrate a stunning comeback against defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Jelena Jankovic still was giddy.

Earnhardt to start on pole

Race fans take photos of NASCAR auto race driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., left, as he walks to the media center for a news conference at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned the pole for Sunday’s race at Daytona International Speedway because his crew chief correctly predicted the weather.

Jason Bohn tied for lead at Greenbrier

Bryce Molder tees off on the 17th hole during the third round of the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament at Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Saturday, July 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Jason Bohn’s main goal after barely making the cut at The Greenbrier Classic was to get some extra rest before the final round.

Dempsey, Chandler score as U.S. beats Guatemala

U.S. midfielder Gyasi Zardes (20) celebrates with Chris Wondolowski, center, after Wondolowski scored against Guatemala during the second half of an international friendly soccer match Friday, July 3, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. At right is Clint Dempsey (8). The United States won 4-0. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Clint Dempsey wants to look ahead to helping the U.S. defend its CONCACAF Gold Cup title and not back to his confrontation with a referee that caused American coach Jurgen Klinsmann to replace the fiery forward as captain for the tournament.

4 home runs too much for A’s to overcome

Seattle Mariners' Nelson Cruz (23) celebrates with teammates after hitting a two-run home run that scored Robinson Cano (22) during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jesse Chavez still can’t get a win against the Seattle Mariners. Towering two-run home runs by Logan Morrison and Seth Smith made sure of that.

2 points from loss, Serena wins at Wimbledon

Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning a point against Heather Watson of Britain, during their singles match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Friday July 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

LONDON (AP) — Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd.

Vegas, Langley share lead at Greenbrier Classic

Scott Langley watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during the second round of the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament at Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Friday, July 3, 2015. Rain caused delays in play. Langley has a share of the lead with 9 under par for the two rounds. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Jhonattan Vegas hasn’t had much success since winning his second PGA Tour event as a rookie in 2011. The Greenbrier Classic could give him that needed boost.

Daytona adds soft walls, more asphalt to track

Race fans with an American flag and various other flags watch cars on the track from the top of a motorhome during a NASCAR Sprint Cup practice session at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, July 3, 2015, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR’s most famous race track is seemingly safer and possibly more politically correct as the series returned to its birthplace Friday.

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