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Two-time defending champion Germany made a grand start to the Women's World Cup, defeating Canada 2-1 before a capacity crowd of 73,680 at Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Kerstin Garefrekes and Celia Okoyino Da Mbabi scored for the two-time defending champions in the official opening game. Christine Sinclair of Canada scored on a free kick in the 82nd minute.... France defeated Nigeria 1-0 in an opening-round game. Marie-Laure Delie scored in the 56th minute before a boisterous crowd of more than 25,000 fans at Susheim, Germany.

* Tyson Wahl and Alvaro Fernandez scored six minutes apart late in the first half to rally the Seattle Sounders to a 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution.... Marco Pappa's long-distance goal in the 58th minute lifted Chicago to a 1-1 tie with New York.


Jia Perkins scored 25 points, rookie Danielle Adams added 19 and the surging San Antonio Silver Stars beat the Atlanta Dream 92-86 to improve to 6-1. San Antonio is off to the best start in its 15-year WNBA history.... Katie Douglas scored 22 points for Indiana, including the go-ahead basket with just over a minute to play in a 78-75 win over Minnesota.... Cappie Pondexter scored 22 points to lead New York to the 77-67 victory over Los Angeles.... Crystal Langhorne scored 23 points, Nicky Anosike added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Washington snapped a four-game losing streak with an 83-63 win over Tulsa.

* Denver Nuggets center Nene will not join Brazil's national team at the FIBA Americas Championship, the regional qualifying tournament for the 2012 London Olympics.

The Brazilian basketball confederation said Nene asked to be released on Friday, citing "personal" and "contractual" reasons.

The confederation said Nene's one-sentence statement did not provide any further explanation for his request.

The FIBA Americas Championship will be held in Argentina from August 30 to September 11.


Mike Neff raced to his third Funny Car victory of the season, beating Ron Capps in the final of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Norwalk, Ohio.

Neff had a 4.211-second run at 289.94 mph in his Ford Mustang.

Neff kept the points lead, while Capps jumped from ninth to sixth.

Del Worsham (Top Fuel), Vincent Nobile (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won.

Worsham powered his dragster to his fourth win of the season and 29th overall, finishing at 3.905 and 298.14 to beat Spencer Massey. Worsham tops the season standings.

Nobile held off Larry Morgan, driving his Dodge Avenger to a 6.615 at 208.26 mph for his second victory of the season. In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Krawiec held off Matt Smith for his second victory of the season and ninth overall.