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U.S. loses Wambach finale

NEW ORLEANS — Abby Wambach threatened to score several times in the final game of her extraordinary career, but China shut out the World Cup champion United States 1-0 Wednesday to hand the Americans their first loss on home soil in more than a decade.

Wambach played 72 minutes, managing two threatening headers and a shot from inside the penalty area before the former Gator was subbed out of a match for the final time. The career goals leader in international play for men and women with 184 kicked off her cleats and hugged each teammate on the field before walking to the bench, smiling, to embrace her coaches and remaining teammates as the crowd chanted her name.

"I love this team," Wambach, 35, said. "It has been my pleasure and my honor to represent you all, the fans for as long as I've been able to.

"The future is so bright. These women are going to kill it."

The United States had gone 104 home games without losing since falling 3-1 to Denmark in 2004.

The game wrapped up the United States' nine-game World Cup victory tour in which it went 7-1-1, outscoring opponents 40-3.

MORE SOCCER: Fighting for their careers, suspended Michel Platini planned to boycott his hearing at the ethics court of the sport's world governing body, FIFA, on Friday and suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter was expected to attend his today. Platini, president of Europe's governing body, believes his case has been pre-judged, his lawyers said. The suspensions center on Platini getting about $2 million from FIFA in 2011 as uncontracted salary for working as an adviser for Blatter in 1999-2002. … A total of 1.013 billion people watched the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina on TV, FIFA said. Germany won 1-0 in extra time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


All-Star Frazier goes to White Sox in 3-team deal

The White Sox were looking to add some pop while solidifying third base, and they are counting on Todd Frazier to provide it. The All-Star was acquired from the Reds as part of a three-team, seven-player trade that also included the Dodgers.

Los Angeles received outfielder Trayce Thompson, right-hander Frankie Montas and second baseman Micah Johnson from the White Sox. Cincinnati got infielders Brandon Dixon and Jose Peraza, and outfielder Scott Schebler from the Dodgers. Frazier, 29, won last summer's All-Star Home Run Derby. "I'm pretty excited," he said.

Deal roundup: The Indians agreed with free agent first baseman Mike Napoli on a $7 million, one-year deal, the Associated Press reported. … Bartolo Colon, 42, agreed to a $7.25 million, one-year deal to remain with the Mets, reports said. … Former Ray Sean Rodriguez agreed to remain with the Pirates for a one-year deal worth $2.5 million, reports said.

Cardinals: Catcher Yadier Molina had his second left thumb ligament surgery of the offseason after the initial surgery did not take but is expected to be ready for opening day, GM John Mozeliak said.

Yankees: Pitcher CC Sabathia, who checked himself into a 30-day rehab stint for alcoholism the day before the Yankees lost the AL wild-card playoff game to the Astros, said he feels fantastic. "I think it's just a weight coming off my shoulders," he said at the team holiday food drive.


boxing: The late Hector "Macho" Camacho, a three-division champion and flamboyant showman, was among seven people elected to the International Hall of Fame. He died in November 2012 at 50 after being shot in his native Puerto Rico.

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