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Tuesday's Sports In Brief

Published:   |   Updated: July 9, 2014 at 07:57 AM

WORLD CUP

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) With Neymar out injured, just about everyone in Brazil knew it would be tough against Germany.

Nobody ever expected this.

The Germans tore apart Brazil's porous defense time and time again, routing the hosts 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals, the largest margin of defeat at this stage in the history of the tournament.

The astounding scoreline is sure to overshadow Miroslav Klose's record-setting 16th career World Cup goal. The strike pushed Klose past Brazil great Ronaldo as the Germans advanced to their eighth World Cup final.

Germany will face either Argentina or the Netherlands on Sunday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro with a chance to win for the fourth time.

NBA

LAS VEGAS (AP) In another summer of NBA Free Agent Frenziness, if LeBron James knows where he will be playing next season, he still isn't saying.

Asked by The Associated Press how free agency was going when his afternoon meeting agenda was apparently complete, the four-time MVP said "no complaints." He offered a quick greeting, and provided no hints of anything including when his next "Decision" will be known before leaving with a wave.

The entire exchange lasted about eight seconds. James, who has been relatively quiet while weighing his options, never broke stride.

He was upstairs in an exclusive part of a Las Vegas hotel, holding court for a little more than three hours before emerging in the lobby, walking toward his assembled brain trust including longtime manager Maverick Carter and Nike representatives, a sponsor of the LeBron James Skills Academy he'll be hosting in Las Vegas starting Wednesday and got whisked away.

LOS ANGELES (AP) Donald Sterling, challenging the sale of his Los Angeles Clippers, gave testy, bombastic testimony Tuesday, contending he's mentally sound, sparring with his wife's lawyer and repeatedly drawing laughter from spectators.

The 80-year-old billionaire also called doctors who've declared he has Alzheimer's disease "hired guns," pleaded a faulty memory about some of his most controversial remarks and declared he could top the $2 billion offer for the Clippers by $10 billion by selling TV rights to Fox and winning an antitrust suit he's filed against the NBA.

He also repeatedly told soft-voiced attorny Bert Fields that he couldn't hear him, but at one point during the 90-minute appearance also said he was a good lawyer.

As Sterling made continued outbursts, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas tried futilely to take control of the situation, at one point telling him: "Go back to answering questions rather than making somewhat entertaining comments."

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) Jose Bautista and Troy Tulowitzki have announced three members of their respective teams for Monday night's Home Run Derby at Target Field.

Joining Bautista on the American League team are Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes, who was last year's Derby winner, Baltimore's Adam Jones and Brian Dozier of the host Twins.

Tulowitzki will have Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, who entered Tuesday leading the National League in homers, the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig and Cincinnati's Todd Frazier on his side.

The final competitor in each league will be announced on Thursday.

ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia will undergo thoracic outlet surgery Friday to relieve nerve issues in his pitching arm, shoulder and hand. Garcia and doctors believe the injury has dogged him for several years.

Garcia referred to the procedure, which involved the removal of the first rib, as the "most logical and only option I have."

The recovery period is three to four months, and the oft-injured Garcia is confident he will be back next season for the final year of a $27 million, four-year contract.

The Cardinals, who already had ruled Garcia out for the year, were initially surprised by the pitcher's decision to have the procedure done by an outside specialist and rejecting other treatment options, and then revealing plans before informing the team. Garcia is having the surgery done by Dr. Robert Thompson of St. Louis.

SAILING

SAN DIEGO (AP) The Windy City got the heave-ho from the race to host the 2017 America's Cup. Sailing's marquee regatta is either headed back to San Diego or will be held on the northern tip of the Bermuda Triangle.

Russell Coutts, CEO of defending champion Oracle Team USA, said it was a tough decision to eliminate Chicago.

Despite Chicago's nickname, "the variability of the wind was quite a major uncertainty for us," Coutts told The Associated Press by phone from his home in New Zealand.

Chicago will be offered the chance to host a stop on the America's Cup World Series, a set of warmup regattas that will begin next year.

The America's Cup has never been held on a lake. Lake Michigan's wind is variable because it comes from weather systems rather than the thermal effect that helps generate sea breezes.

WNBA

NEW YORK (AP) Minnesota star Maya Moore was the leading vote-getter for the WNBA All-Star game.

She will start for the Western Conference alongside Phoenix's Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner, Tulsa's Skylar Diggins and Los Angeles' Candace Parker.

Elena Delle Donne received the most votes in the Eastern Conference, earning her second straight trip to the All-Star game. She became the first rookie to lead the league's All-Star balloting last year, but wasn't able to play after she suffered a concussion a few days before the game.

Delle Donne is sidelined with a flare-up of Lyme Disease and has only played once for Chicago in the past 10 games.

New York's Cappie Pondexter, Indiana's Tamika Catchings, and Atlanta's Shoni Schimmel and Angel McCoughtry round out the rest of the East starters for the July 19 game in Phoenix.

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