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Phil Mickelson of the US plays out of a bunker by the 2nd green during a practice round at Royal Liverpool Golf Club prior to the start of the British Open Golf Championship, in Hoylake, England, Monday, July 14, 2014. The 2014 British Open Championship starts on Thursday, July 17. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

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--ARGENTINA'S TEAM GETS WARN WELCOME AFTER GUTSY PERFORMANCE AT THE WORLD CUP FINAL

Argentina's national team was welcomed home Monday by thousands of fans celebrating its gutsy performance in the World Cup final. The team arrived in Buenos Aires on a plane painted with images of the players and a large sign reading: ''Thank you Argentina.''

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--ITALY'S NIBALI RIDES HIGH IN TOUR DE FRANCE 10TH STAGE AFTER 2ND BIG RIVAL CRASHES OUT

After just 10 stages, the two pre-race favorites have crashed out of the Tour de France. And Vincenzo Nibali is wasting little time in showing that he's now the man to beat.

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--RETURNING AS BRITISH OPEN CHAMPION, MICKELSON MORE CONFIDENT ABOUT COURSE THAN GAME

Phil Mickelson rolled long putts across the practice green in front of the Royal Liverpool clubhouse, some of them going in, most of them the right distance. He chatted to the caddie of Brandt Snedeker about their money game, a Mickelson tradition at the majors.

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--JUSTIN GATLIN WINS 100 METERS IN 9.82, SETS NEW MEETING RECORD AT GUGL GAMES IN AUSTRIA

Justin Gatlin extended his season's unbeaten streak in the 100 meters to 10 races by trashing the 20-year-old best mark of the Gugl Games.

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--YOENIS CESPEDES WINS AGAIN, TOPPING TODD FRAZIER IN HOME RUN DERBY FINAL ROUND 9-1

Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes became the first repeat winner of the All-Star home run derby in 15 years, powering his way past Cincinnati's Todd Frazier by a whopping 9-1 in the final round.

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