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With just 10 and half months separating us from pure soccer euphoria, it’s finally setting in: the World Cup is almost here.  But until then, it was business again on Sunday for the men’s national team as they faced off against Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final.  The Stars and Stripes were heavily favored heading into the contest despite missing head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, who will be serving a one game suspension.

CONCACAF Gold Cup 2013 USA vs Panama Alberto Quintero Kyle Beckerman

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For generations, Cubs’ fans have been searching, praying for a winner.  This season, much like the ones before, have only produced heartache and disappointment for the north side of Chicago.  On Wednesday, Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs traveled to Arizona with high hopes as they took on the surprising Diamondbacks.

Not long ago, the Washington Nationals were widely favored to win the National League pennant, some thought they would clinch a World Series championship.   A lot has happened since then and with the postseason right around the corner, the Nationals find themselves looking for something, anything to help turn their season around.  That journey began on Friday as the Nats and Mets went head-to-head in the nation’s capital in game 2 of a day-night doubleheader.

Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees Derek Jeter Evan Longoria

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For the New York Yankees, this season has been a year full of questions that often left fans scratching their heads in confusion.  One of those questions was answered Sunday afternoon as the Yankees welcomed back their all-star shortstop, Derek Jeter, as New York hosted the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays in the Bronx.

Scoreboard:

College Sports Professional Sports Scores CONCACAF Gold Cup Final USA Panama Chicago Cubs Arizona Diamondbacks Washington Nationals New York Mets New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays July 2013

Need a Replay?

U.S. midfielder Brek Shea pokes in the game-winning goal early in the second half to earn Jurgen Klinsmann his first trophy as head coach of the U.S. national team.

This one sure isn’t the most beautiful goal, but let’s take one more look:

CONCACAF Gold Cup USA Brek Shea Goal July 28 2013

In his second stint with the Yankees, newly acquired Alfonso Soriano reminds New Yorkers how great he is after registering a walk-off single to give the Yanks a pivotal victory over the Rays.

One last look for you Yankee fans:

Alfonso Soriano New York Yankees Walk Off Single July 28 2013

In The News:

University of Pittsburgh Panthers vs UCONN Huskies Football Rushel Shell

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  • On Friday, former University of Pittsburgh running back Rushel Shell told ESPN he will transfer to West Virginia.  Due to NCAA regulations, Shell will sit out the entire 2013 season but will have three years of eligibility when he returns.  Shell was a standout running back in high school and was Pitt’s second-leading rusher in 2012.  Shell is a strong addition to a high-powered Mountaineer offense looking to replace Geno Smith and Tavon Austin.

Oregon vs Oklahoma State Basketball Marcus Smart

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  • Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  Oklahoma State fans rejoiced months ago when freshman star Marcus Smart decided to return to Stillwater for his sophomore season.  Just days ago Smart announced this will in fact be his last season on campus as he fully intends to enter the 2014 NBA Draft and that “nothing” will change his mind.  Smart led the Cowboys to a 24-9 record in 2012 and was widely considered to be a sure top-10 pick in this past NBA Draft.
  • The 2013 college football season hasn’t even begun yet and the Michigan Wolverines are already preparing for years to come.  Over the weekend, Michigan landed top athlete and no. 3-ranked overall prospect, George Campbell, for the class of 2015.  Campbell confirmed the commitment via text and attributes his decision to the strong family setting in Ann Arbor.  Campbell’s unique combination of size and speed already has Michigan fans drooling over the possibilities of what he can bring to the Big House.  Campbell is already Michigan’s third commitment from the class of 2015.

 What was your favorite moment in college sports this week?

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