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Argentina beat Dutch in shootout to set up Germany final

RIO DE JANEIRO - Argentina reached their first World Cup final in 24 years on Wednesday, beating the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties after the first scoreless semi in the tournament's history, with old foes Germany awaiting them in Sunday's showpiece.

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Dutch shootout demons return to haunt them

SAO PAULO - Traditional Dutch frailty in penalty shootouts again proved their Achilles heel when they lost 4-2 on spot-kicks to Argentina after a goalless World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

09 Jul 2014

Colombia offers Zuniga security after insults over Neymar

BOGOTA - Colombia's football federation will provide security measures for defender Camilo Zuniga over threats he has received for a foul that ended Brazilian forward Neymar's World Cup, the ruling body said on Wednesday.

09 Jul 2014

Romero tells Argentines to savor the moment

SAO PAULO - Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero told his compatriots to "enjoy the moment" after saving two penalties in the semi-final shootout win over the Netherlands on Wednesday to send his country into their first World Cup final since 1990.

09 Jul 2014

Yankees' Tanaka to have MRI on pitching arm

- New York Yankees rookie ace Masahiro Tanaka, who leads Major League Baseball in wins, has been put on the disabled list with tightness in his pitching elbow, the team said on Wednesday.

09 Jul 2014

Defending champion Froome abandons Tour after crash

ARENBERG PORTE DU HAINAUT France - Chris Froome's attempt to win a second successive Tour de France ended in bitter disappointment after less than a week of the race on Wednesday when he crashed out on stage five.

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Romero the hero as Argentina edge Dutch in shootout

SAO PAULO - Argentina's launched himself left and right to save two penalties in a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands on Wednesday that sealed the South Americans' first World Cup final appearance in 24 years.

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Soccer-Argentina beat Dutch in shootout to reach final

SAO PAULO - Argentina's Sergio Romero saved two penalties in a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands to seal their first World Cup final place in 24 years after the first ever goalless semi-final at the end of extra time on Wednesday.

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Argentina beat Dutch in shootout to reach final

SAO PAULO - Argentina's Sergio Romero saved two penalties in a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands to seal their first World Cup final place in 24 years after the first ever goalless semi-final at the end of extra time on Wednesday.

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Tour de France underway

Cyclists chase the yellow jersey in the race across France.

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Brazil fans weep

Brazil fans react to their World Cup defeat.