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FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images(MONTREAL) -- The U.S. women's soccer team is readying to take on top seed Germany in the semifinal round of the World Cup Tuesday night.

"We've been watching Germany a lot this tournament knowing that we could very well see them in the semifinal and the day's finally come," U.S. forward Alex Morgan said ahead of the 7 p.m. ET game in Montreal.

The winner of Tuesday's match will advance to the World Cup final on Sunday and play either England or Japan. Those two teams will face off on Wednesday in the other semifinal game.

U.S. head coach Jill Ellis said the matchup against Germany will be challenging.

"They're a good team in every line. They've got personalities and players, and I think it's going to be a great test for us but I certainly think we have players that will step up," she said.

She expects it to be a competitive match.

"They're a terrific team and I think it’s going to be a fantastic match. Two great teams worthy of a semifinal matchup," Ellis said.


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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The husband-and-wife producing team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey will work with NASCAR to develop a scripted TV drama focusing on the racing world.

A press release from NASCAR didn't provide specifics on the plot, though it did note, "The series will weave exciting dramatic stories within the backdrop of this beloved sports franchise."

Burnett and Downey, who will serve as executive producers of the project, said, "From the first time we got to attend NASCAR, we fell in love with their racing world. The teams, the drivers, the fans, it's an electric atmosphere and is quintessentially American."  

The show does not yet have a network home.

Burnett is best known for producing hit reality shows like Survivor, The Voice, and Shark Tank. With Downey, he produced the hit miniseries The Bible.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 11, Minnesota 7
Oakland 7, Colorado 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Texas 8, Baltimore 1
Boston 3, Toronto 1
Cleveland 7, Tampa Bay 1
Houston 6, Kansas City 1
L.A. Angels 4, N-Y Yankees 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Milwaukee 7, Philadelphia 4
Arizona 10, Los Angeles 6

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SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Organizers released an updated proposal for Boston to potentially host the Olympic Games in 2024 on Monday.

The updated proposal would include 8,000 units of housing, new hotels, a 15-acre city park among 12 million square feet of permanent development. The plan would cost over $4 billion, funded by private developers.

Residents of Boston responded coolly to the initial proposal, with concerns about transportation and crowding raised by some.

The U.S. Olympic Committee must choose a city to represent its bid by September.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(MIAMI) -- Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade will become a free agent after choosing not to pick up a player option for next season.

Wade was set to make $16.1 million next year, but after choosing to decline the option, will automatically become a free agent. The 33-year-old guard is believed to be seeking a multi-year contract for about the same annual value.

Wade has spent the entirety of his 12-year career with the Heat.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(MADISON, Wisc.) -- University of Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan will retire after the upcoming season, the school announced on Monday.

Ryan has helmed the Badgers for 18 seasons, and brought them to the national championship game in April. In a statement posted to the university's men's basketball program's Twitter account, Ryan said that he discussed the possibility of retirement "in the days after the national championship game" with athletics director Barry Alvarez.

After taking time to consider the idea, Ryan said, he "considered retiring this summer or coaching one more season."

In the end, Ryan will spent one more season on the sidelines for the Badgers, "with the hope that my longtime assistant Greg Gard eventually becomes the head coach at Wisconsin."

Ryan, 67, is coming off of consecutive Final Four appearances and has racked up an outstanding 357-125 record during his tenure in Wisconsin.

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Shaun Botterill/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Serena Williams inched her way closer to a Grand Slam on Monday, defeating Margarita Gasparyan in the first round of Wimbledon.

She beat Gasparyan in two straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.

If she takes Wimbledon and then the US Open later this summer, Williams would become the first player to win all four legs of the Grand Slam in the same year since Steffi Graf did it in 1988. Williams defeated Maria Sharapova and Lucie Safarova earlier this year to win the Australian Open and French Open, respectively.

"I don't feel any pressure to win all four. I've been saying that, but I really don't feel that pressure. I mean maybe if I were to happen to win here then maybe I might start feeling it after that," Williams said after the match.

The No. 1 seed will next face off against Timea Babos.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Free agency doesn't officially begin in the NBA until July 1, but the wheels have already started turning.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has informed the team he'll opt out of the final year of his deal, and ESPN NBA reporter Brian Windhorst says money is one reason why.

"He wants to make sure he's a free agent next year, and so he wants to roll the contract over a year at a time. The reason he wants to be a free agent next year is that the salary cap is going to explode," says Windhorst.

He also says James will probably come back to the Cavs, but he wants to make sure he's re-signing to a team that has talent.

"He's going to wait and see and make sure they get Tristan Thompson to sign, do what they can with Kevin Love, Iman Shumpert -- and all the signs look like the Cavs are going to do that," Windhorst explains.

Meanwhile, the Portland Trail Blazers are preparing to lose All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge. But to which team?

"LaMarcus Aldridge is gone. The question is where is he going. Is he going to San Antonio? Is he going to Dallas? Is he going to Los Angeles? I think it's probably going to be one of those three," Windhorst says.

And while Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan will be pursued by other teams, Windhorst says Jordan should probably just stay put.

"It would be a mistake for him to leave L.A. That is a terrific situation for him. They can offer him the most money; he's on a team that is ready to compete at the highest level now," notes Windhorst.

Free agents can officially sign with new teams on Wednesday.

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(SONOMA, Calif.) — The Busch brothers had quite a day at Sonoma Raceway.

Kyle Busch won the Sprint Cup's Toyota/Save Mart 350, a road course race, on Sunday. It was his fifth start since suffering a leg and foot injury in February that sidelined him for a few months.

His brother, Kurt Busch, finished second. Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano rounded out the top three.

Here are the top 10 drivers in the Toyota/Save Mart 350, held at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California:

1. Kyle Busch
2. Kurt Busch
3. Clint Bowyer
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Joey Logano
6. Jimmie Johnson
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
8. Kasey Kahne
9. Ryan Newman
10. Sam Hornish Jr.

Here's a look at the updated standings:

1. Kevin Harvick -- 616 points.
2. Martin Truex Jr. -- 563 points.
3. Joey Logano -- 559 points.
4. Jimmie Johnson -- 546 points.
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- 545 points.
6. Brad Keselowski -- 505 points.
7. Jamie McMurray -- 497 points.
8. Kasey Kahne -- 483 points.
9. Matt Kenseth -- 479 points.
10. Kurt Busch -- 469 points.
11. Jeff Gordon -- 462 points.
12. Paul Menard -- 452 points.
13. Denny Hamlin -- 438 points.
14. Ryan Newman -- 435 points.
15. Aric Almirola -- 431 points.
16. Clint Bowyer -- 430 points.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — INTERLEAGUE
Milwaukee 5, Minnesota 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 3, Texas 2
Detroit 5, Chi White Sox 4
Boston 5, Tampa Bay 3
Baltimore 4, Cleveland 0 (first game)
Baltimore 8, Cleveland 0 (second game)
Houston 3, N-Y Yankees 1
L.A. Angels 3, Seattle 2, 10 Innings
Kansas City 5, Oakland 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 3, Philadelphia 2 (first game)
Philadelphia 8, Washington 5 (second game)
L.A. Dodgers 2, Miami 0
Atlanta 2, Pittsburgh 1
San Francisco 6, Colorado 3
Arizona 6, San Diego 4
N-Y Mets 2, Cincinnati 1 (13 Innings, continuation of Saturday's game)
N-Y Mets 7, Cincinnati 2
St. Louis 4, Chicago 1

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