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Sports news briefs — July 14

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SOFTBALL

Japan defeats U.S. in World Cup final

• Yuki Hayashi went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Japan beat the United States 6-3 on Sunday night in Oklahoma City to win the gold medal in the eighth World Cup of Softball, ending the long reign of the Americans in the international event.

Yuka Ichiguchi tripled and drove in two runs for Japan, which beat the U.S. for the second time in as many days and extended its winning streak over the Americans to three games. Japan also beat the U.S. in the gold-medal game of last year’s world championships.

The six runs surrendered by the U.S. matched the second-most it had ever allowed in a major international tournament. Japan beat the U.S. 7-4 on Saturday to set that record.

Lauren Gibson homered for the U.S., which had won the last six World Cups since Japan took the inaugural event in 2005.

NFL

Giants’ Cruz sorry for Twitter comment

• New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has apologized for a message he sent on Twitter in the wake of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Cruz sent a series of tweets Sunday calling his message from a night earlier a “mistake,” adding that he “never will advocate violence under any circumstances.”

College football

Heisman-winning QB Manziel sent home

• Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel left the Manning family’s football camp a day early after missing some of his assignments as a counselor and coach. “After missing and being late for some practice assignments, Johnny explained that he had been feeling ill. Consequently, we agreed that it was in everyone’s best interest for him to go home a day early,” said a statement emailed Sunday by a camp spokesman. The camp is run by former Saints quarterback Archie Manning and his two NFL quarterback sons, the Denver Broncos’ Peyton Manning and the New York Giants’ Eli Manning. The Texas A&M quarterback is the only freshman to win the Heisman Trophy.

Soccer

Panama’s perfect bid ends in draw

• Panama missed a chance to finish group play with a perfect record, tying winless 0-0 Sunday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Panama (2-0-1, Group A) had already secured a berth in the quarterfinals with wins over Mexico and Martinique. Panama’s Gabriel Torres, who had three goals in the victories, rested against Canada, which was eliminated after failing to score a goal in any of its three games, finishing 0-2-1.

• Marco Fabian and Luis Montes scored goals 13 minutes apart in the first half and Mexico defeated Martinique 3-1 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday. Miguel Ponce scored for Mexico in the 90th minute to secure the win. Mexico, the two-time defending tournament champions, moved to the quarterfinals after losing its first game of pool play to Panama.

NBA

Pacers sign former Knick Copeland

• The Indiana Pacers announced they signed free-agent forward Chris Copeland, who spent last season with the New York Knicks. Copeland averaged 8.7 points on 47.9 percent shooting, including 42.1 percent from 3-point range, and 2.1 rebounds per game while helping lead the Knicks to the Atlantic Division title. Before signing with the Knicks, Copeland played overseas in Belgium, Germany and Spain.

— From wire reports


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