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GLASGOW, Scotland — The U.S. women's gymnastics team won its third straight world title Tuesday, going nearly mistake free to easily grab the gold and state a case as the heavy favorite to repeat at the 2016 Olympics.

The Americans put together a total of 181.338 points, more than five ahead of second-place China and far ahead of surprising third-place Great Britain during two hours that felt like little more than an exhibition of U.S. dominance.

"We're unstoppable," said Gabby Douglas, the reigning Olympic all-around champion.

Anchored by two-time defending world all-around champion Simone Biles on vault, the Americans took an early lead, then watched everyone fall to the wayside.

The world crown is the fifth for the United States, all since Martha Karolyi took over as national team coordinator in late 2000.


Sharapova wins again in return

Maria Sharapova won her second straight match since her return from injury, beating top-seeded Simona Halep 6-4, 6-4 at the WTA Tour finals in Singapore. The Russian's two wins this week are her only victories since a leg injury sidelined her after the Wimbledon semifinals. "I think I'm quite pleased to be able to beat the No. 2 player in the world," Sharapova said.

SWISS INDOORS: Roger Federer eased to a 6-1, 6-2 first-round win in his hometown of Basel over Mikhail Kukushkin.


Harvick defends late maneuver

Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick shrugged off his critics and insisted he did not intentionally cause a wreck near the end of Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway to preserve his spot in the playoffs and keep his bid for a repeat alive. Harvick was accused by at least four drivers of triggering an 11-car accident at the end of the race to avoid being eliminated.


Ex-boss accuses current chief

In a political feud that could tarnish the reputation of former playing great Franz Beckenbauer, Theo Zwanziger, ex-president of the German federation, accused 2006 World Cup officials of knowing about a questionable payment to the sport's governing body, FIFA, as early as 2002.

Zwanziger said in a statement that current German federation president Wolfgang Niersbach was aware of a $7.38 million payment to FIFA years earlier than previously thought. Zwanziger has called the payment a slush fund used to buy votes for the 2006 World Cup, which was held in Germany. Beckenbauer was the president of the organizing committee


FANTASY: The trade group representing daily and season-long fantasy sports companies hopes to head off outside regulation by regulating itself. The Fantasy Sports Trade Association plans to form the Fantasy Sports Control Agency, led by former acting U.S. Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris.

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