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Published:   |   Updated: July 3, 2014 at 08:28 PM

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TOP STORIES

WCUP-NEYMAR-RODRIGUEZ

FORTALEZA, Brazil Brazil striker Neymar and Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez are leading their teams at the World Cup, attracting everyone's attention by playing well and scoring goals. The 22-year-old stars will go head-to-head in the quarterfinals on Friday, when only one of them will be able to continue his run. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 530 words, photos.

TEN--WIMBLEDON

LONDON Eugenie Bouchard never lost her focus, ignoring all sorts of distractions during her Wimbledon semifinal against third-seeded Simona Halep. In the end, Bouchard won in two sets to become the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam title match, and she'll face 2011 Wimbledon champion in the final. By Tennis Writer Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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TEN--Wimbledon-5 Things. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 650 words, photos.

TEN--Wimbledon Watch. Updated throughout the day.

TEN--Wimbledon Glance.

NBA

BKN--NBA FREE AGENCY

At this time four years ago NBA free agency was a circus. LeBron James was joining Twitter and Chris Bosh was offering regular updates on his free-agent wooing. This time around, teams are holding their cards very close in most cases. Miami's "Big 3" of James, Bosh and Dwyane Wade are basically silent on their plans and the overwhelming majority of free agents don't seem to be anywhere close to finding a team for next season. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.

TOUR DE FRANCE

CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE-5 KEY STAGES

LEEDS, England With more mountain stages, only one time trial, and cobblestones on the menu, there's an exciting smorgasbord of routes in store on the Tour de France. Here's a look at five stages where the contenders could win, or lose, the race. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 620 words, photos.

WORLD CUP

WCUP-WHY SO MANY GOALS?

RIO DE JANEIRO There is no single answer to why the Brazil World Cup is on target to smash the record for total goals. From Day 1, when Brazil put three past Croatia and the Croats got one back, teams have treated the showcase tournament to a goal deluge as sustained as an Amazon forest downpour. The Netherlands 5, Spain 1 was Day 2. Day 4 saw Germany 4, Portugal 0. France vs. Switzerland became a seven-goal score-fest. Better fitness, changing tactics, forwards on fire and other factors explain the feast of attacking. By John Leicester. SENT: 830 words, photos.

WCUP-DISCRIMINATION

RIO DE JANEIRO Tackling discrimination was a FIFA pledge at this World Cup yet several reported incidents have resulted in no sanctions. FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb will explain the strategy at a daily briefing, alongside Cafu, captain of Brazil's 2002 winning team. The lack of prosecuted cases will be explained by FIFA disciplinary committee chairman Claudio Sulser. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 550 words.

BASEBALL

BBO--ALL-STAR LOOKAHEAD

NEW YORK All-Stars from all over the world are ticketed for the Twin Cities, where hometown favorite Joe Mauer will be conspicuously absent from the lineup. Still new to the majors, Masahiro Tanaka, Jose Abreu and Yasiel Puig are just a few of the foreign-born players almost certain to get selected for the July 15 showcase. By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 570 words.

BBO--ALL-STAR PICKS

NEW YORK Without regard to fan or player balloting, here are our selections for the 85th All-Star game July 15 at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins since 2010. There are 34 spots on each roster, with at least 13 reserved for pitchers. Every major league club must be represented. By Mike Fitzpatrick. SENT: 920 words, photos.

NEW/DEVELOPING

AF--PISTORIUS-TRIAL

PRETORIA, South Africa The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius trial tried to cast doubt on the athlete's account that he reacted instinctively to a perceived intruder, saying he armed himself and took other methodical steps before he killed his girlfriend. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 980 words, photos.

US--GIANTS FAN BEATEN

LOS ANGELES Jurors resumed deliberations Thursday after a judge told them to keep talking when they said they couldn't reach a verdict in the negligence lawsuit filed by a San Francisco Giants fan who suffered severe brain damage in a beating at Dodger Stadium. The 12-member Los Angeles County Superior Court panel deliberated for nearly a week before telling Judge Victor E. Chavez Wednesday that it was unable to reach a consensus of at least nine jurors on the question of whether there was negligence by the Dodgers or former owner Frank McCourt. SENT: 380 words.

CAR--NASCAR-DAYTONA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to the site of his breakthrough Daytona 500 victory, which started a season of momentum: He's third in the points and locked into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship standings. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 650 words. By 7 p.m.

GLF--GREENBRIER CLASSIC

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. Bubba Watson and Tom Watson are among the golfers teeing off in the first round of the Greenbrier Classic. By John Raby. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 7 p.m.

CAR--INDYCAR-POCONO FUTURE

The IndyCar Series returned to Pocono Raceway last year after a 24-year absence. But the future looks dim for the series to return to the track following the end of the three-year contract. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING: 500 words, by 5 p.m.

MMA--UFC 175-ROUSEY'S REIGN

LOS ANGELES Ronda Rousey is constructing her escape hatch out of mixed martial arts, even if she's not planning to use it just yet. The UFC bantamweight champion has turned her celebrity and charisma into a budding career as an action film star. Many MMA fighters dream about it, but Rousey is actually doing it: With upcoming parts in "The Expendables 3," the newest "Fast and Furious" chapter and the "Entourage" movie, she's seeking success outside the cage even while her fighting career is near its peak. Rousey (9-0) makes her fourth title defense against Alexis Davis at UFC 175 in Las Vegas on Saturday. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 690 words, photos.

MMA--ONE ARMED FIGHTER

Nick Newell was born with a shortened left arm that ends just below the elbow. He hasn't let that stop him from chasing an MMA career. He's had success at every stop and fights in the main event of the World Series of Fighting's national TV debut Saturday on NBC. By Dan Gelston. UPCOMING. 800 words, photos, by 6 p.m.

BASEBALL

BBN--STREAKING BRAVES

ATLANTA The Braves, who too often have relied on home runs the last two years, have found different ways to score in their seven-game winning streak. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says this is the best his team has played this season. That's good, because NL East rival Washington is streaking at the same time. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING. 550 words, photos by 4 p.m.

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Thursday's Time Schedule

BASEBALL

St. Louis at San Francisco, 3:45 p.m.

Philadelphia at Miami, 6:10 p.m.

Texas at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Arizona at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7:08 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Colorado, 8:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.

Toronto at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.

Houston at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.

WNBA

Tulsa at Connecticut, 7 p.m.

San Antonio at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Los Angeles at Seattle, 10 p.m.

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