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You say it's an upset?

The holy grail of a pure upset is elusive, but when it appears, we'll let you know

Updated: July 3, 2012, 7:09 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

Italy beats Germany. It's an upset. Spain beats Italy. It's expected, business as usual. The U.S. beats Spain, it's a huge upset. The U.S. beats Germany and Italy? It's the war in Europe circa 1945, and we've lost track of our sports premise.

Expectations and upsets.

As I'm sitting here, first-seeded Maria Sharapova has been "upset" -- in all its primary definitions, except perhaps to butt-weld as in metalwork -- by No. 15 seed Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon. ...

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