Women's World Cup started out with shorter games, outsized kits
HONG KONG - Asako Takakura played in the first Women's World Cup in 1991 and recalls with a hint of disdain how the matches lasted 80 minutes instead of the usual 90.

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World Cup set for lift-off with women's football at all-time high
AUCKLAND - The first 32-team Women's World Cup kicks off in Australia and New Zealand on Thursday, with the United States favourites to win an unprecedented third consecutive title in a landmark month for women's football.

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Messi hailed as 'America's number 10' as he greets rapturous Miami fans
FORT LAUDERDALE (UNITED STATES) - It rained on his parade, but Lionel Messi greeted his new Inter Miami fans and was hailed by the club's owner as "America's number 10" at a damp but celebratory unveiling event on Sunday.

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Rain, records, royals: Wimbledon in 10 highlights
LONDON - Wimbledon saw Carlos Alcaraz dethrone Novak Djokovic, Marketa Vondrousova take a surprise women's title while there was also rain, records and royals.

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ISTANBUL - The clock was ticking down Monday on the deal that allows Ukraine to export its grain via the Black Sea, with the agreement set to expire at midnight Istanbul time (2100 GMT).

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Marine animal poisonings overwhelm California volunteers
GAVIOTA (UNITED STATES) - Denise Christ regularly comes across injured wildlife in her work rescuing beached or stranded marine mammals along the California coast.

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