- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

Your Top Plays for Today: AP’s Sports Guide

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—BARTOLO COLON FLIRTS WITH PERFECTION, SETTLES FOR WIN AS METS KNOCK OFF MARINERS 3-2

Bartolo Colon came within seven outs of a perfect game, giving up a single to Robinson Cano with two outs in the seventh inning as the New York Mets held off a late comeback to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 .

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

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—FROM BAGPIPERS TO LOCH NESS MONSTER, SCOTTISHNESS CELEBRATED AS COMMONWEALTH GAMES OPEN

The Loch Ness Monster, tartan-clad bagpipers and giant pieces of shortbread took the place of footballers on the Celtic Park pitch as the Commonwealth Games began with a celebration of Scottish mythology and exports.

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_307134/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=EFY2A2iW

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—MAJKA WINS SHORT, STEEP 17TH STAGE OF TOUR DE FRANCE IN PYRENEES AS NIBALI RETAINS LEAD

Poland’s Rafal Majka led a late breakaway on the last of four tough climbs in the Pyrenees to win the 17th stage of the Tour de France as Vincenzo Nibali took another step toward overall victory.

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

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—BRAZIL LOOKING FOR MEDAL ‘BOUNCE’ IN RIO OLYMPICS; HOPES TO NEARLY DOUBLE 17 WON IN LONDON

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