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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.

baseball

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.

ET CETERA

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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No. 7 Florida finishes No. 17 Gonzaga in 2OT; No. 1 Duke up next for Gators

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jalen Hudson scored a career-high 35, including eight 3-pointers, and No. 7 Florida downed No. 17 Gonzaga 111-105 in double overtime Friday night at the PK80 Invitational. Senior point guard Chris Chiozza added a career-high 26 poin...
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Region football: Plant 13, Lakeland 10

Region football: Plant 13, Lakeland 10

LAKELAND — The game — and the season — were supposed to be over.Lakeland was set to exact revenge. The Dreadnaughts had the lead and the ball in the final three minutes and were heading for a field goal. Then it happened. The magic continued.Plant’s ...
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Region football: Venice 48, Tampa Bay Tech 17

VENICE — Tampa Bay Tech not only had to stop a hot receiver in Friday night’s Class 7A region final against Venice, but a hot running back as well. That proved to be too much.Indians receiver Jaivon Heiligh caught 14 passes for 193 yards and three to...
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Region football: Armwood 31, Ocala Vanguard 17

SEFFNER — Armwood appeared to be on its way to yet another rout through the first 24 minutes of football Friday night.James Miller delivered a crunching hit on the opening kickoff. The defense looked suffocating, holding Ocala Vanguard to a mere 23 y...
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Region football: Immokalee 42, Lakewood 14

IMMOKALEE — The final score wasn’t truly indicative of what transpired on Friday night.Lakewood fell to a dynamic Immokalee squad 42-14 in a tough environment in a Class 5A region final.The Spartans (9-2) forced three turnovers and held Immokalee (12...
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State semifinal football: Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna 49, Clearwater Central Catholic 3

State semifinal football: Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna 49, Clearwater Central Catholic 3

CLEARWATER — Stocked with a wealth of Division I-A commits and prepared by a heavy-duty schedule, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna spent three months building for Friday night’s Class 3A state semifinal game.The Lions played at another level against top-s...
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Rose leaves Cavs for ‘personal matter’

Rose leaves Cavs for ‘personal matter’

CLEVELAND — Derrick Rose’s injuries might have pushed him to a breaking point. The 2011 league MVP, who has been trying to revive his career with the Cavaliers, left the team Wednesday to handle a personal matter. A team spokesman said Friday that Ro...
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State semifinal football: Hialeah Champagnat Catholic 38, Cambridge Christian 0

TAMPA — Hialeah Champagnat Catholic was well on its way to a third unanswered touchdown, but the Lions just couldn’t stop blocking their own path. In one second-quarter drive during Friday’s 2A state semifinal against Cambridge Christian, Champagnat ...
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Lightning attitude under fire after loss to Capitals

Lightning attitude under fire after loss to Capitals

WASHINGTON — You don’t often sense frustration in captain Steven Stamkos’ voice, at least not this season. With the Lightning off to its best start in franchise history, there haven’t been many reasons to chide. Every criticism seems nitpicky. But af...
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Hogs boot Bielema out after five seasons

Hogs boot Bielema out after five seasons

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas fired football coach Bret Bielema after five disappointing seasons, moments after a season-ending 48-45 loss to Missouri on Friday. Arkansas finished 4-8, capping the second losing season of Bielema’s 12-year career. He ...
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