- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Your Top Plays for Today: AP’s Sports Guide

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—MESSI AND ARGENTINA ADVANCE AT WORLD CUP, HOWARD AND US OUT DESPITE DISPLAY FOR AGES

A moment of Lionel Messi inspiration helped lift an unconvincing Argentina to a 1-0 win over Switzerland after extra time in the Round of 16 , creating the goal scored by Angel Di Maria in the 118th minute. Tim Howard’s stunning shot-stopping performance could not stop the Americans falling to a 2-1 extra-time loss against favored Belgium that had a pulsating finale.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SOC_WCUP_ROUNDUP?SITE=AP&SECTION;=HOME&TEMPLATE;=DEFAULT

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— NADAL LOSES TO BRASH TEEN; SHARAPOVA SUCCUMBS ON 7TH MATCH POINT

Rafael Nadal ran out of comebacks at Wimbledon, losing to a brash, big-serving, between-the-legs-hitting 19-year-old who might just be a future star. Maria Sharapova, somehow, seemed on the verge of a turnaround despite a flurry of unforced errors, saving six match points before finally succumbing on the seventh with a missed shot.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/T/TEN_WIMBLEDON?SITE=AP&SECTION;=HOME&TEMPLATE;=DEFAULT

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—PORCELLO PITCHES 4-HITTER FOR 2ND STRAIGHT SHUTOUT AS TIGERS BEAT A’S 3-0

Rick Porcello allowed just four hits for his second straight shutout to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 3-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BBA_ATHLETICS_TIGERS?SITE=AP&SECTION;=HOME&TEMPLATE;=DEFAULT

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—WOODS IS BACK TO GOLF AMID QUESTIONS ABOUT WHEN THE REAL TIGER RETURNS

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