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Photo by William Volcov/LatinContent/Getty Images(VANCOUVER) -- Carli Lloyd scored twice in the first five minutes on the way to the fastest hat trick in World Cup history and the the U.S. made the margin stand up, defeating Japan 5-2 to win the 2015 Women's World Cup.

With the victory, the American women avenged their 2011 World Cup finals loss to Japan, a game they lost on penalty kicks.

The U.S. struck first, in just the third minute of the game, when Lloyd drilled a shot out of a crowd in front of the net that found the net to Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori's right.

The goal, coming off a corner kick by Megan Rapinoe, was the fastest goal in a finals game in Women's World Cup history, amd had Japan trailing for the first time in the tournament.

Lloyd scored again less than two minutes later to put the U.S. up 2-0, flipping a shot through a defender's legs that trickled into the goal off a free kick.

The U.S. stretched the lead to 3-0 when a charging Lauren Holiday pounded in a shot from the edge of the box in the 14th minute, after a header from Japan defender Azusa Iwashimizu went straight up in the air.

Lloyd made it 4-0 less than two minutes later when her blast from midfield got over the goal keeper's outstretched hand.

With the goal, Lloyd became the first woman to score a hat trick in the World Cup final, and just the third U.S. woman to score a hat trick in any World Cup match. Michelle Akers and Carin Jennings Gabarra both accomplished the feat in the 1991 tournament.

Japan finally got on the board in the 27th minute, when Yuki Ogimi turned right in front of the net and chipped a shot over the outstretched hand of U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo.

It was first goal scored against the U.S. since the opening match of the tournament against Australia.

Japan cut the margin to 4-2 on an own goal off Julie Johnston's head, but Tobin Heath put the U.S. up 5-2 in the 54th minute, scoring out of a crowd in front of the net.

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Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered an injury to his hands in a July Fourth fireworks accident.

ESPN sources and multiple reports confirmed the injury. Pierre-Paul was meeting with doctors on Sunday.

The extent of his injuries was not immediately known.

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Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images(WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va.) -- Tiger Woods finished his weekend at the Greenbrier Classic with his first bogey-free scorecard in 55 rounds, a finish that he says is encouraging.

"It's the best I've hit in a very long time," Woods said on Sunday, "I had full control for all clubs." Tiger had been coming off of some of the worst golf of his career, shooting a third-round 85 at June's Memorial Tournament and missing the cut at the U.S. Open.

Saying that he felt like he took a step forward at the Memorial Tournament, Tiger said that if he had made a few more putts, "this week could have been completely different."

"It's not a short-term fix," Woods added, "it takes time to build it." Expressing confidence in his ability to get his game back to the level he's accustomed to, he says he's "pleased" with what he is able to do."

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Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lamarcus Aldridge has decided to sign with the San Antonio Spurs, the star announced on his Twitter page on Saturday afternoon.

Aldridge, who is from Texas, said he is "excited to join the team and be close to my family and friends." The former Portland Trail Blazers forward had been among the most coveted free agents of the NBA offseason, garnering interest from the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns, among others.

ESPN reports the contract Aldridge signs will be for four years, with the option for him to opt-out after the third year. It will be worth over $80 million.

Aldridge, who had spent the first nine years of his NBA career in Portland, met twice with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

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Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson weighed in on the Confederate flag debate on Friday, saying he would paint over the symbol on the General Lee -- the vehicle driven by the Duke brothers on 1980s television show The Dukes of Hazzard.

Watson tweeted on Friday saying that "All men ARE created equal," and that he would paint the American flag over the Confederate flag on the car.

Watson purchased the vehicle at auction in 2012, and in January had it autographed by John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the show.

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Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- Detroit Tigers star and two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career on Saturday, just one day after he suffered a strained calf while running the bases.

Cabrera was attempting to take second base on a hit-and-run Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays when he came up lame with an apparent leg injury. The team later confirmed that he was diagnosed with a left calf strain, after an MRI showed no injury to his Achilles tendon.

Cabrera is expected to be examined again on Saturday.

The Tigers won Friday night to climb back above .500 with a 40-39 record. Detroit remained in a disappointing third place in the American League Central, behind the Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- 

INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland 5,  Pittsburgh 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N-Y Yankees 7,  Tampa Bay 5, 12 Innings
Detroit 8,  Toronto 6
Houston 12,  Boston 8, 10 Innings
L.A. Angels 8,  Texas 2
Chi White Sox 1,  Baltimore 0
Kansas City 3,  Minnesota 2, 10 Innings
Seattle 9,  Oakland 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 2,  Chi Cubs 1
Washington 2,  San Francisco 1
Milwaukee 12,  Cincinnati 1
Atlanta 2,  Philadelphia 1
San Diego 2,  St. Louis 1
Arizona 4,  Colorado 3, 10 Innings
N-Y Mets 2,  L.A. Dodgers 1

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Tar_Heel_Rob/iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- DeAndre Jordan is leaving the Los Angeles Clippers to join the Dallas Mavericks, according to a report by ESPN.

Jordan and the Mavericks agreed to a four-year maximum contract worth more than $80 million that includes a player option after the third season to allow the center to return to free agency in July 2018, ESPN reports.

Jordan also met with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, but his decision had been expected to come down to the Mavs and Clippers.

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Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Becky Hammon will coach San Antonio's summer league team in Las Vegas, the Spurs announced Friday.

She will be the first female head coach in summer league history. Natalie Nakase served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014.

Hammon became the first female full-time assistant coach in NBA history when she joined the Spurs before the 2014-15 season. She played 16 seasons in the WNBA, making the All-Star team six times, and moved to the Spurs bench upon her retirement.

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Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Serena Williams was forced to three sets against Heather Watson in the third round of Wimbledon Friday, but managed to come out on top to continue her quest towards winning a Grand Slam.

Williams, the top-seeded player, beat Britain's Watson 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

She will now play her sister, Venus Williams, in the fourth round.

Should Serena Williams win at Wimbledon and then the US Open later this summer, she would become the first player to win all four legs of the Grand Slam in the same year since Steffi Graf did it in 1988.

Williams defeated Maria Sharapova and Lucie Safarova earlier this year to win the Australian Open and French Open, respectively.

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