- Associated Press - Thursday, June 26, 2014

Your Top Plays for Today: AP’s Sports Guide

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—MESSI DRAWS LEVEL WITH BARCELONA TEAMMATE NEYMAR IN WORLD CUP GOLDEN BOOT STAKES

The race for the World Cup golden boot turned into a Barcelona battle as Lionel Messi scored twice to lead Argentina to an entertaining 3-2 win over Nigeria and match Neymar’s tournament-leading four goals in three games for Brazil.

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

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— AGAIN A FACTOR, VENUS WILLIAMS INTO WIMBLEDON’S 3RD ROUND

Venus Williams overcame a slow start for a 7-6 (4), 6-1 victory over 41st-ranked Kurumi Nara of Japan to reach the third round at a Grand Slam tournament for only the second time in her past 10 appearances.

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

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—GIANTS’ TIM LINCECUM PITCHES 2ND NO-HITTER VS PADRES, LEADS GIANTS TO 4-0 WIN

Tim Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win.

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

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—HINGIS RETURNS TO WIMBLEDON BUT LOSES IN 1ST ROUND OF DOUBLES

Martina Hingis lost in the first round of women’s doubles in her return to Wimbledon, seven years after a positive test for cocaine during the tournament led to one of her temporary retirements.

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

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—MAVERICKS BRING TITLE-WINNING TYSON CHANDLER BACK TO DALLAS IN 6-PLAYER DEAL WITH KNICKS

The Mavericks and New York Knicks agreed to a six-player trade that returns center Tyson Chandler to Dallas three years after he helped win a championship only to leave right away in free agency.

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

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