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FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- It will be payback time for the U.S. women's soccer team on Sunday when it takes on Japan in the World Cup final -- a rematch of the 2011 championship game they lost.

The teams will face off in Vancouver's BC Place Stadium, where the Americans are hoping to win a third World Cup title. The U.S. previously won the World Cup in 1991 in China and in 1999 on home turf.

The U.S. reached this year's final after defeating No. 1-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday in Montreal, while Japan beat England 2-1 in Edmonton. The final is a rematch of the heartbreaking 2011 championship game the United States lost to Japan in a penalty-kick shootout.

Here are three things you need to know about the final:

1. Here we go again

The game will be the rubber match between both nations. In the 2011 World Cup title game, Japan defeated the U.S. on penalties after the game ended 2-2 following extra time.

The United States exacted some revenge a year later, beating Japan to win Olympic gold in London.

2. Playing defense

The United States is hoping to stay unbeatable at this tournament, having not given up a goal in 513 minutes. In fact, the team has only allowed one goal during the entire tournament -- against Australia on June 8. The Americans won the game, 3-1.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo, 33, who received the Adidas Golden Glove award when Japan defeated the U.S. in the 2011 final, will be in front of the net again on Sunday. Although she has been tested little throughout the tournament, her experience and skill offer the U.S. assurance in the back should the lively Japanese offense kick into high gear.

3. Oh my Lloyd

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Carli Lloyd, 32, is not only the team's captain, she's also Team USA's top scorer with three goals. Her well-executed penalty-kick goal against Germany remains one for the ages.

Although the goals are nice, Lloyd is looking to lift the trophy on Sunday night.

"I've just been training my butt off the last 12 years. These are the moments I live for," she told ESPN. "This is kind of when I roll up my sleeves up and say to myself, 'I need to step up.'"

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Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The NFL offseason will be a bit longer for Antonio Gates.

The tight end with the San Diego Chargers is being hit with a four game suspension for performance enhancing drugs.  

In a statement released by the team, Gates said he did not knowingly take a banned substance, but acknowledged he did take supplements this offseason and accepts the consequences, ESPN reports.

"I take full responsibility for my actions," Gates said. "I'd like to express my sincere apologies to the Chargers, my teammates, coaches, fans and the league who have always supported me and expected and gotten nothing but the highest level of integrity from me."

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Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(LONDON) -- A low qualifier knocked off the might Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday.

Nadal lost to Dustin Bround, ranked 102nd in the world in four sets.

Nadal, a 30-year-old journeyman, had to qualify just to get into the tournament.

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Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Hip-hop mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs will not face felony charges after he allegedly assaulted and threatened a coach with a kettlebell weight at UCLA, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

"We've referred the case to the City Attorney’s Office for misdemeanor filing consideration," the D.A.'s office told ABC News on Thursday.

Combs, 45, was originally arrested on several counts of assault with a deadly weapon, among other charges, according to UCLA's police department. Combs' son Justin is a defensive back for UCLA.

A source familiar with Combs' version of the dust-up told ABC News the incident occurred after the rapper's son was sent home from practice by Sal Alosi, one of the school's coaches.

The source said Combs went to chat with the coach, but Alosi refused to talk. The situation then got heated and Combs went to call police, only to have Alosi allegedly grab his phone, the source continued, saying that's when Combs used the kettlebell as a defense.

ESPN's Shelley Smith added that Combs' son Justin was "berated" for being lazy and not giving his all by Alosi just before the two got into it.

Alosi did not immediately respond to ABC News's request for comment.

A rep for Combs said that the "various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate" and that "any actions taken by Mr. Combs were solely defensive in nature to protect himself and his son."

The rep added, "We are confident that once the true facts are revealed, the case will be dismissed."

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Andraz Gregoric/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and arguably the most anticipated of the four Grand Slam events every year.

It takes place every summer in London and attracts about half a million spectators over the two-week competition. Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam event still played on grass, and boasts 41 courts, including 19 championships grass courts.

Inside the gates, spectators can watch the best players in the world go head to head, including Americans Serena and Venus Williams.

This year, ABC News’ Bob Woodruff goes on an insider's tour of the historic tournament. He gets up close to the famous grass courts and gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the grounds, which are hallowed grounds for tennis aficionados.

For the players, Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code and a team of highly trained ball girls and boys. For spectators, snacks of strawberries and cream and a drink called Pimm's are de rigueur while watching matches.

On the hottest day in Wimbledon’s history, Woodruff watches as top-seeded Serena Williams defeats Timea Babos of Hungary. Both Williams sisters won second-round matches on July 1. That means with a few more wins, they could meet on the court in the fourth round.

Over the course of the 2015 championships, £26.75 million in prize money will be awarded to competitors.

Watch the video below for all the details.


ABC US News | World News

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GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- The stage for the 2015 Women's World Cup final is set -- and it's a familiar one.

Japan defeated England 2-1 in the semifinal round Wednesday night to advance to the final. It was a tough loss for England as its defender, Laura Bassett, inadvertently kicked the ball into her own goal, scoring the winning point for Japan.

Japan will now go up against the U.S. in the final -- a rematch of the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany. In that game, Japan beat Team USA on penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw.

The 2015 final will take place Sunday at 7 p.m. ET in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York have formally requested the extradition of seven FIFA defendants who were arrested on May 27 in Zurich during a corruption crackdown.

The defendants are facing charges in the U.S. involving $100 million in bribes paid in exchange for media, marketing and sponsorship rights.

The U.S. embassy in Bern, Switzerland submitted the formal request for extradition to the Swiss Federal Office of Justice.

There will be a hearing and attorneys will have 14 days to respond. A decision is expected in a few weeks.

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iStock Editoria/Thinkstock(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — The Sprint Cup Series will race under the lights Sunday night.

The drivers will return to Daytona International Speedway, the site of the season-opening Daytona 500, for the Coke Zero 400. NBC's coverage of the race begins at 7:45 p.m. Eastern time.

Kevin Harvick sits atop the Cup standings. He has a 53-point lead over Martin Truex Jr.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 2, Minnesota 1
Oakland 4, Colorado 1
Seattle 7, San Diego 0
Pittsburgh 9, Detroit 3
Chi White Sox 7, St. Louis 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Toronto 11, Boston 2
N-Y Yankees 3, L.A. Angels 1
Baltimore 4, Texas 2
Cleveland 8, Tampa Bay 1
Houston 6, Kansas City 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Milwaukee 9, Philadelphia 5
Chi Cubs 2, N-Y Mets 0, 11 Innings
Miami 6, San Francisco 5
Atlanta 4, Washington 1
L.A. Dodgers 4, Arizona 3

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Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN(NEW YORK) -– Paul Pierce will join the Los Angeles Clippers after agreeing to a three-year, $10.6 million deal, according to a report by ESPN.

Pierce shot 52.4 percent from behind the arc during the playoffs, and bumped his points per game average from 11.9 in the regular season to 14.6 for the postseason.

Pierce, the one-time NBA champion and veteran of three teams, was the eighth-oldest player in the NBA this past season.

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