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Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Americans look to capture Group C

By Amanda Rykoff

Women's World Cup: The 2011 Women's World Cup continues today with four matches. At noon, Brazil takes on Equatorial Guinea (ESPN, ESPN3.com). Brazil has already clinched a quarterfinal berth and will win Group D with a win, tie, or even a loss pending the Australia-Norway result. Equatorial Guinea has been eliminated. ... Australia and Norway take the pitch with a quarterfinals bid on the line. Australia will advance with a draw; Norway needs a victory to move on. Norway has never failed to advance out of the Women's World Cup group stage (noon, ESPN2).

In the headline match at 2:45 p.m. (ESPN, ESPN3.com), the U.S. takes on Sweden for the top of Group C. Both squads have already advanced to the quarterfinals, but each wants to win the group to avoid a likely quarterfinal match against powerhouse Brazil. A draw would clinch Group C for the U.S. due to its superior goal differential. Sweden's captain, Caroline Seger, will miss the match due to yellow cards assessed in previous matches. ... North Korea takes on Colombia at 2:45 (ESPN2, ESPN3.com). Both have already been eliminated. Get the latest news, games previews and more on espnW's Women's World Cup page.

MLB: It's a full slate today, including a few day games, so check your local listings for games in your market. Of note, ESPN's "Wednesday Night Baseball" has Phil Hughes return to the Yankees' rotation (his first start since April 14) against Cleveland (Hughes vs. Justin Masterson, 7 p.m.). In case you hadn't heard, Derek Jeter is now just four hits shy of 3,000. ... Tim Wakefield and Boston host Jose Bautista and Toronto (Ricky Romero vs. Wakefield, 7:10 p.m.). Bautista is 0-7 in his career against the crafty knuckleballer. ... Orioles' starter Jeremy Guthrie hopes to avoid the dubious distinction of becoming the first pitcher with 11 losses this season when the O's visit the Rangers (Guthrie vs. Alexi Ogando, 8:05 p.m.).

Milwaukee has the fewest home losses in the major leagues but is looking to avoid being swept at home by the Diamondbacks (Josh Collmenter vs. Yovani Gallardo, 2:10 p.m.). ... Braves' starter Jair Jurrjens looks to join CC Sabathia as a 12-game winner before the All-Star break when Atlanta hosts the struggling Rockies (Aaron Cook vs. Jurrjens, 7:10 p.m.). ... St. Louis seeks a three-game sweep of AL Central rival Cincinnati at Busch Stadium (Bronson Arroyo vs. Jake Westbrook, 8:15 p.m.).

Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.