U.S. captures title in 5-2 rout

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Team USA sits atop the women's soccer world after the Americans' third World Cup crown, but first since 1999.

In an offensive explosion rarely seen in soccer, the Americans scored four goals in the opening 16 minutes -- three on a hat trick by Carli Lloyd -- and routed Japan 5-2 for the Women's World Cup crown. That avenged a loss in the 2011 final when Japan won on penalty kicks. It was the highest-scoring final in Women's World Cup history.

"We just made history," Lloyd said moments after the win. "I was on a mission."

When it was over, Lloyd collapsed to her knees and pumped her fists. Forward Abby Wambach bear-hugged teary-eyed coach Jill Ellis, lifting her off the ground.

Lloyd scored the two fastest goals in Women's World Cup history, scoring twice in the first six minutes of the match. Lauren Holiday gave the U.S. a 3-0 lead when she volleyed a shot into the goal. Lloyd finished her hat trick by catching Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori off her line and scoring from midfield as the U.S. took a stunningly quick 4-0 lead. It the fastest hat trick in Women's World Cup history. Tobin Heath added a second half goal after Japan had climbed within two goals.

With Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill in attendance, the Americans attacked with ferocity and then played smart on defense. U.S. goalie Hope Solo had her streak of 540 shutout minutes end when Japan scored midway through the first half, but Japan never seriously threatened.

The U.S. has had great success against teams from Japan with a record of 25-1-6.


4 Royals elected starters

NEW YORK (AP) — Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City's Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game.

Todd Frazier of the host Cincinnati Reds leapfrogged St. Louis' Matt Carpenter and will be in the NL starting lineup for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park.

AL champion Kansas City will be represented in the starting lineup by outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez and shortstop Alcides Escobar. Four players ties the AL record for fan-elected starters, achieved nine times previously.

Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson, outfielder Mike Trout of the L.A. Angels and Seattle designated hitter Nelson Cruz round out the AL lineup.

Washington outfielder Bryce Harper set a mark for NL players at 13.86 million votes. That topped the previous record of 7.62 million set three years ago by San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, who was elected to start again this year. The NL lineup will also include Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Miami's Dee Gordon and St. Louis shortstop Jhonny Peralta round out the NL starters.

At least two elected starters will miss the game because of injuries: Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton broke a hand on June 26 and Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera hurt his left calf Friday. In addition, the Cardinals' Matt Holliday, who finished third among NL outfielders behind Harper and Stanton, has been sidelined since straining a quadriceps on June 8 and is uncertain on his return.


Cole gets No. 12...Nationals sweep Giants...Tulo's streak at 18

UNDATED (AP) — Gerrit Cole of the Pirates is baseball's first 12-game winner. He survived giving up three early runs to the Indians in a 5-3 victory in the Steel City. Cole went eight innings giving up five hits and striking out five. The Pirates chased loser Danny Salazar with five runs in the fifth inning.

In other baseball:

— Wilson Ramos broke a sixth inning tie with a solo homer and added an RBI single in the eighth as the Washington Nationals finished a three-game sweep of San Francisco 3-1. That's the Giants' sixth straight loss. Winning pitcher Jordan Zimmermann allowed just one run over seven innings of three-hit ball, striking out eight. Zimmmermann has allowed just one run over his last 23 and two-thirds innings.

— Rookie hurler Steven Matz scattered two hits over six scoreless innings, Wilmer Flores went 4 for 5, and the New York Mets blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-0 Sunday to take two out of three from the NL West leaders. Matz won his second straight start had a run-scoring groundout in a three-run fourth inning to give him five RBIs in two games.

— Seattle rookie Mike Montgomery put together another fine start, pitching the Mariners past the Oakland Athletics 2-1. Montgomery was trying to join Randy Johnson as the only players in franchise history to pitch three consecutive shutouts. Sam Fuld homered in the third for the A's.

__ Troy Tulowitzki had a three-run homer to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, Jorge De La Rosa pitched six effective innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 to avoid a four-game sweep.

— Tampa Bay has put an end to its seven-game losing streak with an 8-1 blitzing of the Yankees in New York. James Loney and Logan Forsythe each had a two-run single for the Rays, who had dropped 11 of 13 while falling out of first place in the AL East. In a losing effort Alex Rodriguez slammed his 16th home run of the season and the 670th of his career.

— The Phillies have stopped their six game losing skid with a 4-0 win over the Braves in Philadelphia. Ryan Howard hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to key the win.

— Justin Verlander remained winless in four starts since his return from the disabled list as he allowed seven runs in a 10-5 loss for the Tigers to the Blue Jays. With this most recent outing his earned run average ballooned to 6.75. Verlander gave up seven hits and two walks in five innings, striking out five. He needed 94 pitches to get 15 outs. Detroit reached the midpoint of the season at 41-40, its poorest record since a 39-42 mark for the first half in 2012.

— The first-place Royals of the American League Central split their four-game weekend set with second-place Minnesota by winning the final game 3-2. Eric Hosmer drove in Lorenzo Cain with nobody out in the ninth inning to give the defending AL champs the win.

— Jonathan Schoop homered in his first at-bat since coming off the disabled list and Miguel Gonzalez threw six solid innings as the Baltimore Orioles routed the Chicago White Sox 9-1. Adam Jones had two doubles and Steve Pearce had three hits as the Orioles snapped a three-game losing streak. The White Sox committed four errors and saw their four-game winning streak end.

— Hanley Ramirez hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 5-4. Ryan Hanigan and Pablo Sandoval each had three hits as the Red Sox won their third straight series. They hadn't done that since taking their first three of the season.

— Rookie outfielder Tommy Pham homered, doubled and drove in three runs in the Cardinals 3-1 win over the Padres. The Cards improved to a majors-best 31-11 at home with their second successive win following a four-game losing streak. San Diego has lost five of seven. Winner Lance Lynn has not lost in his last six starts.

— Kyle Hendricks went 7 1-3 innings and Chris Coghlan had an RBI single as the Cubs blanked the Marlins 2-0. Henricks, who is 4-4, allowed five hits and struck out six.

__The L.A. Angels ended their weekend sweep in Texas scoring 25 runs in their final two victories. The Angels built a 12-1 lead and beat the Rangers 12-6. Albert Pujols hit his AL-leading 25th home run. Kole Calhoun homered and drove in four runs.

—Rookie Taylor Jungmann allowed four hits in eight innings and the Milwaukee Brewers extended their winning streak to eight games with a 6-1 victory over the Reds. The victory gave the Brewers their second undefeated road trip of at least seven games in franchise history. Jungmann, who made his major league debut on June 9, retired the first 12 batters he faced before Jay Bruce led off the fifth with a double.


Cards, Nats and Dodgers lose players to the DL

UNDATED (AP) — St. Louis left-hander Jaime Garcia has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a groin strain. Garcia, who missed his previous scheduled start, suffered the injury running the bases on June 24 at Miami. He is 3-3 with a 1.69 earned run average in seven starts.

— Dodgers starter Carlos Frias has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with lower back tightness. He experienced lower back stiffness in his past two starts, and only went five innings in both. Manager Don Mattingly says an MRI showed no structural damage.

— The Washington Nationals have put pitcher Stephen Strasburg back on the 15-day disabled list, this time with a strained left oblique. He missed nearly four weeks earlier in the season with neck tightness. Strasburg left Saturday's game against the Giants after 3 2/3 scoreless innings because of tightness in his left side.


Lakers to sign sixth man of year Lou Williams

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers say they plan to sign guard Lou Williams, last season's Sixth Man of the Year, and forward Brandon Bass. Williams averaged a career-high 15.5 points and helped Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games last season.

Bass averaged 10.6 points while playing all 82 games for Boston.

Deals can't be signed until Thursday. But Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak says the Lakers are negotiating with both players and intend to sign them once the free agent moratorium ends.


Hamilton wins, again

SILVERSTONE, Eng. (AP) — It was another 1-2 finish for Mercedes in a Grand Prix race. This time it was the British GP in Silverstone, England, and the winner was defending series champion Lewis Hamilton with teammate Nico Rosberg second and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel third.

The current world driver standings reflect the finish of the race with Hamilton on top followed by Rosberg and Vettel third.


Lee wins in playoff

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Danny Lee parred the second hole of a four-man playoff to win The Greenbrier Classic. It was his first PGA Tour victory.

The South Korean-born New Zealander became the ninth first-time winner on the tour this season.

Lee, David Hearn, Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb were tied at 13 under after four rounds on the Old White TPC course in West Virginia.

Tiger Woods finished play at 7-under after a 3-under-67 in the final round. The former World No. 1 shot sub-par golf in three of the four rounds this week.


A day off in London

LONDON (AP) — There was no action at Wimbledon as the first Sunday of the tournament is always a day of rest.

Play resumes on Monday with both of the top-seeds, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, in action. For Williams the fourth round match has her facing her older sister Venus. Serena tops the series 14-11.


Steadman passes away

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Longtime Chiefs executive Jack Steadman, the architect of the only Super Bowl-winning team in franchise history, has died. He was 86. The team says Steadman died early of natural causes after dealing with Alzheimer's disease in recent years. A longtime friend of Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, Steadman helped establish the American Football League and the Dallas Texans, the franchise that would ultimately move to Kansas City.


Second stage completed

NEELTJE JANS, Netherlands (AP) — German rider Andre Greipel won a rain-drenched second stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish. The course, which took the riders along the Dutch coastline, proved treacherous as heavy winds and driving rain caused spills throughout the field.