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BRAZIL GETS HELP FROM REF TO BEAT CROATIA IN WORLD CUP OPENER

Brazil beats Croatia 3-1 in the opening game of the World Cup in a match that hinged on a penalty call for the hosts which Croatian team members called ''shameful.''

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db-268759/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=JtWTp7Qk

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SPURS CRUISE PAST HEAT TO TAKE 3-1 LEAD

San Antonio cruises to victory at Miami to take a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals and move within one win of the title.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/spurs-ahead-55-36-halftime-game-4

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KAYMER SHOOTS 65 TO TAKE 3-SHOT LEAD AT US OPEN

Martin Kaymer shoots a 65 at tricky Pinehurst to take a more-than-handy three-shot lead after the first round of the U.S. Open

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db-268750/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=RryrFvyJ

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NADAL SUFFERS HEAVY DEFEAT AT HALLE

Rafael Nadal shows what a difference the surface can make as the king of clay is hammered by the obscure Dustin Brown on grass at Halle

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/roger-federer-wins-halle-opener-3-sets

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POLICE AND PROTESTERS CLASH ACROSS BRAZIL

Police and protesters clash in four Brazilian cities during first day of World Cup, with dispute centering on cost of hosting the tournament.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/police-and-world-cup-protesters-clash-brazil

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