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Associated Press

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 1 at 3:01 AM

SOCCER

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil won a heated matchup of past and present soccer powers, boosting its confidence as it prepares to host next year's World Cup.

Fred scored two goals, Neymar added another and Brazil defeated world champion Spain 3-0 in the Confederations Cup final on Sunday night as protesters clashed with riot police outside Maracana Stadium.

Brazil, a five-time world champion, beat the reigning world and European champion and ended Spain's 29-game, three-year winning streak in competitive matches.

Fred put Brazil ahead in the second minute, Neymar doubled the lead in the 44th with his fourth goal of the tournament and Fred added his fifth in the 47th.

Brazil, which won its third straight Confederations Cup, has not lost a competitive home match since 1975.

Spain had not lost a competitive game since its 2010 World Cup opener against Switzerland.

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GOLF

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Inbee Park won the U.S. Women's Open on Sunday to make history with titles in the year's first three majors.

The world's top-ranked player finished at 8 under to win by four strokes. Her 2-over 74 in the final round was more than enough, with Sebonack's trying conditions keeping any rivals from making a run. Only three players were under par for the tournament.

Fellow South Korean I.K. Kim also shot 74 for her second runner-up finish at a major.

No player had ever won the first three majors in a year with at least four.

Ahead by four strokes at the start of the round, Park birdied the ninth and 10th holes to extend her lead. She has won six times already this year, including three straight tournaments. Park added a second U.S. Women's Open title to another historic victory in 2008, when she became the event's youngest champion at age 19.

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Bill Haas won the AT&T National on Sunday and joined some distinguished company.

Haas pulled away from a crowd of contenders with three straight birdies, two key pars and one good hop out of the rough. It led to a 5-under 66 on a muggy day at Congressional and a three-shot win over Roberto Castro.

Haas has won at least one PGA Tour event in each of the last four years, joining Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose. And with a half-dozen players trying to win for the first time on tour, Haas kept a high pedigree of winner at the AT&T National. In the seven-year history of the tournament, Rose was the lowest-ranked player to win. He was at No. 35 in 2010 at Aronimink.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kenny Perry won the Senior Players for his first major title, overtaking Fred Couples on Sunday with a final round 6-under 64.

Perry finished his four rounds in 19-under 261 at Fox Chapel, two shots ahead of Couples and Duffy Waldorf.

Perry was runner-up in the 1996 PGA Championship and 2009 Masters while playing as a regular on the PGA Tour. He tied for second in the Senior PGA Championship last month.

MAYNOOTH, Ireland (AP) — Paul Casey made a 50-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole Sunday and won the Irish Open by three strokes.

The 35-year-old Englishman trailed by four shots entering the final round. He closed with a 5-under 67 that featured a stretch of five birdies in six holes from No. 8 to No. 13. He finished at 14-under 274 in winning his 14th career title.

KASAOKA, Japan (AP) — Australia's Brendan Jones shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday to win the Mizuno Open and earn a spot in the field for the British Open.

The 38-year-old Jones, who started the final round with a two-stroke lead over South Korea's Kim Tae-kyung, eagled the par-5 No. 6 at the Setonaikai Golf Club and added five birdies against three bogeys to finish at 19-under 269.

NEWBURGH, Ind. (AP) — Billy Hurley III, Joe Affrunti, Ashley Hall and Ben Martin were tied at 11 under after regulation Sunday when darkness suspended play in the Web.com Tour's United Leasing Championship.

They will return to Victoria National on Monday for a sudden-death playoff.

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HOCKEY

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche made 17-year-old Nathan MacKinnon the first pick of the NHL draft on Sunday at the Prudential Center.

The Avalanche won the draft lottery for the first time in team history and Joe Sakic, the man put in charge of Colorado's rebuilding project, had made it clear that MacKinnon was going to be the top pick. He was the first player drafted No. 1 overall out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League since the Pittsburgh Penguins selected Sidney Crosby in 2005.

MacKinnon and Crosby are both from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

New Jersey pulled off the biggest trade of the draft when it acquired goaltender Cory Schneider from the Vancouver Canucks for the ninth pick. The Canucks selected center Bo Horvat. Current Devils goalie Martin Brodeur helped steal the show when he made the announcement that New Jersey had drafted his son, Anthony.

The Florida Panthers made center Aleksander Barkov, the top-ranked European skater, the second overall pick. Tampa Bay took forward Jonathan Drouin, also out of Halifax, with the third overall pick.

The Nashville Predators pounced on defenseman Seth Jones with the fourth overall pick. Jones, the top player on the NHL Central Scouting's final list of North American skaters, is the son of former NBA forward Popeye Jones.

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AUTO RACING

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Matt Kenseth's fuel-only pit stop gamble helped him beat Jimmie Johnson late and win Sunday's rescheduled 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

A race that was Johnson's to lose ultimately became Kenseth's series-high fourth victory of the season after crew chief Jason Ratcliff passed on putting new tires on the No. 20 Toyota following the race's ninth caution.

Kenseth led twice for 38 laps, including the final 23. Johnson, the five-time champion and current series points leader, finished ninth and leads Carl Edwards by 38.

The restart bothered Johnson, who accused Kenseth of breaking the pace car speed. But he took solace in salvaging his 11th top-10 despite between sandwiched in the logjam that could have been worse.

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BASEBALL

BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis set a Baltimore Orioles record by hitting his 31st home run before the All-Star break.

Davis connected in the second inning against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda on Sunday night. It was the slugger's third home run in two games.

The previous franchise record for home runs before the All-Star break was 30, by Brady Anderson in 1996. That season, Anderson set the club record for homers in a season with 50. Davis leads the majors in home runs and has 80 RBIs, second in the AL behind Detroit's Miguel Cabrera.

Davis is the first player in major league history to have at least 30 homers and 25 doubles before July.

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FOOTBALL

WASHINGTON (AP) — Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was arrested early Saturday after officers found a semi-automatic pistol in the car he was riding in, police said.

Lefeged was a front-seat passenger in a Chevy Camaro that fled a traffic stop for speeding in northeast Washington just after midnight. Officers smelled marijuana in the car and found a plastic bottle of vodka and orange juice in the center console and a semi-automatic pistol under the front passenger seat, police documents show. A receipt and purchase paperwork showed Lefeged bought the gun this year for about $900, police said.

BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of relatives, friends and teammates wept together and hugged Saturday at the funeral of a semi-pro football player whose killing led to murder and weapons charges against former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.

The body of Odin Lloyd was found June 17 near Hernandez's home. Police arrested Hernandez on Wednesday and charged him with orchestrating the execution-style shooting.

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