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Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- The U.S. Women's National Soccer team defeated Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the final of the World Cup.

The U.S. narrowly avoided calamity in the second half when defender Julie Johnston took down German attacker Alexandra Popp in the box for a penalty kick. Celia Sasic missed the kick, however, putting the ball just wide of net.

The U.S. responded in the 69th minute with a penalty kick of their own, which found the back of the net off the foot of Carli Lloyd. The Americans added a second goal thanks to a beautiful play from Lloyd and Kelly O'Hara in the 84th minute.

The U.S. had shut out its previous two opponents, defeating Colombia 2-0 and China 1-0.

The U.S. team will advance to play the winner of Wednesday's semifinal match featuring England and Japan.

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Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- In a sentence that's becoming commonplace this summer, Luke Ridnour, the veteran NBA point guard, has been traded.

Ridnour has been dealt four times since the NBA season ended, in part because his contract does not become guaranteed until July 11. Since the season's end, Ridnour has been sent from the Orlando Magic to the Memphis Grizzlies, to the Charlotte Hornets, to the Oklahoma City Thunder and now to the Toronto Raptors.

Ridnour, 34, has played in 12 NBA seasons, appearing in 47 games last year for Orlando.

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Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Blackhawks traded forward Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday as part of a seven-player trade.

Saad, 22, has tallied 52 goals and 74 assists in 208 career regular-season games. He will become a restricted free agent.

Saad, forward Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta were sent to Columbus in exchange for forwards Artem Anisimov, Mark Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a 2016 draft pick.

Saad chipped in eight postseason goals and three assists in the Blackhawks' run to the Stanley Cup title this year.

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Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Start up the rumors, Brett Favre says he thinks he could still put on a jersey and play in the NFL.

Favre's comments in an interview with Sports Illustrated show that the 45-year-old is competitive as ever. "I think I could play," Favre says. "I could make all the throws I made before, I just couldn't throw it near as far, but that never matters anyway."

The legendary quarterback noted that he can still throw a football about 50 yards.

Favre's jersey number will be retired on July 18 in an induction to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, and will be raised to the facade at Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving night, ESPN reports.

Favre spent 16 years with the Packers before playing with the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings. He retired for good -- so far -- after the 2010 season.

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Elsa/Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- The United States soccer team takes on top-ranked Germany Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Women's World Cup at Montreal's Olympic Stadium -- putting it just one step away from Sunday's final.

The U.S., ranked No. 2 in the world, is looking to win its first World Cup since 1999. Germany, on the other hand, last won the World Cup in 2007. Both the United States and Germany have each won two world titles.

Ahead of the game, here are five storylines to follow:

1. U.S. defense and Hope Solo have been unbeatable

In five matches the U.S. has played at the World Cup this year, the team has only allowed one goal. That was against Australia on June 8, which ended with the U.S. victorious by 3-1. ESPN commentator and former U.S. star Julie Foudy said that Solo and "rock-solid defense will be what the U.S. women ride to victory."

2. Waiting on Abby Wambach

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach, 35, was the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year. She's a veteran of the U.S. team since 2001. A World Cup title is the only thing missing from her resume. It remains to be seen whether she can contribute further in a meaningful way in Tuesday night's game.

Called "the heir" to Mia Hamm by ESPN, Wambach may or may not play in next summer's Olympics in Brazil. Wambach surpassed Hamm as the world's all-time leading goal scorer for men and women on June 20, 2013. She currently has 183 goals in 247 national team appearances. The oldest (and most capped player), however, on the U.S. team is defender Christie Rampone, 40, who has amassed 307 international appearances.

3. Will Alex Morgan be fit enough to play 90 minutes?

With a bone bruise on her left knee from April, U.S. forward Alex Morgan, 25, entered this year's World Cup on the bench before joining the match against Australia as a late sub.

Morgan hopes she will have more to her legacy than the one goal she scored at this tournament. The striker will turn 26 on Thursday. It remains to be seen if she can play the whole 90 minutes against the physically tough Germans.

4. How did Germany get so good?

The Germans are the best team in women's soccer and currently ranked No. 1 in the world by FIFA. Germany is considered by many to be a favorite to reach the championship game, according to odds from FiveThirtyEight. With German striker Celia Sasic leading the tournament with six goals, it's not hard to believe. While the strength of the U.S. may be its defense, the Germans score with their winning offense.

The U.S. has met Germany three previous times at a Women's World Cup. The last time they met in the tournament was the 2003 semifinals, when Team USA lost. Their most recent matchup was April 5, 2013, in a game that ended 3-3.

5. Can U.S. fans create a home-field advantage?

With only a country border away from the U.S., Montreal could be inundated with an abundance of American fans.

"It’s a World Cup with a little bit of a difference,” Morgan told FIFA.com. “There have been so many USA fans at the last few games that it’s felt like we’ve been playing at home, even though we’re in Canada. We have a lot of support and our families come to see us more often."

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FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- The U.S. women's soccer team is readying to take on top seed Germany in the semifinal round of the World Cup Tuesday night.

"We've been watching Germany a lot this tournament knowing that we could very well see them in the semifinal and the day's finally come," U.S. forward Alex Morgan said ahead of the 7 p.m. ET game in Montreal.

The winner of Tuesday's match will advance to the World Cup final on Sunday and play either England or Japan. Those two teams will face off on Wednesday in the other semifinal game.

U.S. head coach Jill Ellis said the matchup against Germany will be challenging.

"They're a good team in every line. They've got personalities and players, and I think it's going to be a great test for us but I certainly think we have players that will step up," she said.

She expects it to be a competitive match.

"They're a terrific team and I think it’s going to be a fantastic match. Two great teams worthy of a semifinal matchup," Ellis said.


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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The husband-and-wife producing team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey will work with NASCAR to develop a scripted TV drama focusing on the racing world.

A press release from NASCAR didn't provide specifics on the plot, though it did note, "The series will weave exciting dramatic stories within the backdrop of this beloved sports franchise."

Burnett and Downey, who will serve as executive producers of the project, said, "From the first time we got to attend NASCAR, we fell in love with their racing world. The teams, the drivers, the fans, it's an electric atmosphere and is quintessentially American."  

The show does not yet have a network home.

Burnett is best known for producing hit reality shows like Survivor, The Voice, and Shark Tank. With Downey, he produced the hit miniseries The Bible.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 11, Minnesota 7
Oakland 7, Colorado 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Texas 8, Baltimore 1
Boston 3, Toronto 1
Cleveland 7, Tampa Bay 1
Houston 6, Kansas City 1
L.A. Angels 4, N-Y Yankees 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Milwaukee 7, Philadelphia 4
Arizona 10, Los Angeles 6

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SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Organizers released an updated proposal for Boston to potentially host the Olympic Games in 2024 on Monday.

The updated proposal would include 8,000 units of housing, new hotels, a 15-acre city park among 12 million square feet of permanent development. The plan would cost over $4 billion, funded by private developers.

Residents of Boston responded coolly to the initial proposal, with concerns about transportation and crowding raised by some.

The U.S. Olympic Committee must choose a city to represent its bid by September.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(MIAMI) -- Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade will become a free agent after choosing not to pick up a player option for next season.

Wade was set to make $16.1 million next year, but after choosing to decline the option, will automatically become a free agent. The 33-year-old guard is believed to be seeking a multi-year contract for about the same annual value.

Wade has spent the entirety of his 12-year career with the Heat.

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