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SLIPPING AWAY U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard (in orange) and defender Clarence Goodson watched as a shot by Mexico's Giovani dos Santos rolled just wide in the first half of the Gold Cup final at the Rose Bowl last Saturday. Howard and crew were less lucky as the evening wore on. El Tri fought back from a 2--0 deficit with four unanswered goals to win the CONCACAF championship. The reward was a berth in the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil, a valuable dry run for the World Cup the following year.


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TAPE PLEASURE Kellie Wells of Richmond (second from left) exulted after her victory in the 100-meter hurdles at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Sunday (page 50). Wells's time of 12.50 seconds is best in the world this year, and with the win the 28-year-old earned her first trip to the world championships, which will be held in Daegu, South Korea, from Aug. 27 to Sept. 4.


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LOOSE CANNON Midfielder Greg Downing of the Boston Cannons let fly against Chesapeake Bayhawks goalie Brian Phipps as Bayhawks midfielder Jeff Reynolds (far right) got a stick in during a Major League Lacrosse match in Annapolis, Md., last Saturday. Downing failed to score on the play, but Boston won the game 17--10 and was tied for the league lead after six games.