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The United States stunned top-ranked Spain, 2-0, Wednesday night in South Africa on goals by Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, advancing to the Confederations Cup final with one of the Americans' biggest soccer victories.Altidore scored in the 27th minute and Dempsey in the 74th as the Americans became the first team to defeat Spain since Romania in November 2006.The chances of such a U.S.

victory seemed slim a few days ago.

The 14th-ranked Americans lost their first two games in the Confederations Cup, an eight-nation World Cup warm-up, and were on the verge of elimination."I can't explain it any more than you can," U.S.

goalie Tim Howard said.Now the team will play defending champ Brazil or South Africa on Sunday."It's exciting, a great team effort.

To beat an amazing team like Spain and make the final, it's big," coach Bob Bradley said.Spain, the European champion, had set an international record with 15 straight victories and had tied Brazil's record unbeaten streak of 35 games.COLLEGE BASEBALL: LSU won its sixth national title, breaking open Game 3 of the College World Series finals with a five-run sixth inning that carried them to an 11-4 victory over Texas.

Jared Mitchell hit a three-run homer in the first inning as LSU (56-17) built a 4-0 lead.

Texas (50-16-1) pulled even, but Mikie Mahtook's tie-breaking double ignited the Tigers' big sixth.NFL: Green Bay wide receiver Greg Jennings was given a three-year, $27-million contract extension.

Jennings reportedly received $16 million in guaranteed money in the deal, which adds three years to his contract.

Jennings was set to receive a $535,000 base salary this year, the final year of the deal he signed as a second-round pick from Western Michigan in 2006.

...Julius Peppers' stalemate with the Panthers is over.

Peppers signed a one-year, $16.7-million tender, five months after the four-time Pro Bowl selection said he wanted to leave.Honors: Michael Phelps has 14 Olympic gold medals but only one ESPY.

That's likely to change after he led the way with four nominations for next month's ESPY Awards.

The Wolverine-trained swimmer is nominated for male athlete, championship performance, record-breaking performance and U.S.

male Olympian.Free press news services
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