Germany wins 2014 World Cup

They pummeled Portugal 4-0. They beat Brazil 7-1. And although they needed 30 extra minutes in the final against Argentina, Germany managed a wondrous goal from Mario Gotze to win 1-0 and claim the 2014 World Cup. This put a cap on a tournament filled with tremendous games, intriguing storylines (including a surprising U.S. run) and, occasionally, some major controversy. What's your take?

What grade would you give the 2014 World Cup?

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  • Which of these was the most memorable moment of the World Cup?

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  • Argentina's Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball award for best player at the 2014 World Cup. Who deserved it?

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  • Does Lionel Messi need to win a World Cup to be considered an all-time great?

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  • How much of the World Cup did you watch?

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  • How will the United States' run in the 2014 World Cup affect the popularity of soccer in America?

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  • How would you characterize the United States' run at the 2014 World Cup?

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  • Would you describe yourself as a soccer fan?

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  • Will you be following European soccer this season?

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  • Will soccer ever be a major sport in the U.S.?

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  • Will the United States win a World Cup in your lifetime?

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Carmelo Anthony stays with Knicks

LeBron James is moving. But Carmelo Anthony is staying, re-signing with the New York Knicks for a reported five years and $122 million. Anthony chose New York over the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers among others, deciding to stick with new team president Phil Jackson. But will the Knicks, who recently traded Tyson Chandler, compete anytime soon?

Did Carmelo Anthony make the right decision in returning to the Knicks?

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  • Which would have been the best choice for Carmelo Anthony?

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  • How will the Knicks fare in 2014-15?

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  • How many years will it take for Phil Jackson to build the Knicks into title contenders?

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  • Will Carmelo Anthony ever play in an NBA Finals?

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LeBron James returns to Cavs

It's official: LeBron James has returned to his first NBA team, agreeing to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers four years after he left them for the Miami Heat. Suddenly the moribund franchise is a contender again, just as it was before James' exit. Still, many questions surround James' decision to team up with owner Dan Gilbert, new coach David Blatt, holdover star Kyrie Irving and No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. What's your take?

  • How surprised are you that LeBron James is going back to Cleveland?

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  • If you were a Cavaliers fan, would you forgive LeBron James for leaving in 2010?

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  • Should Cavs owner Dan Gilbert publicly apologize to LeBron James for his critical letter following James' departure in 2010?

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  • What jersey number should LeBron James wear with the Cavaliers?

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  • Which are you more looking forward to seeing?

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  • How would you characterize LeBron James' four years in Miami with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh? (2 MVPs, 2 titles, 4 Finals appearances)

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  • What is your opinion of LeBron James?

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  • How has your opinion of LeBron James changed since his first stint with the Cavaliers?

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  • Which statement better characterizes LeBron James leaving Miami to go back to Cleveland?

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  • What should Cavaliers fans be most worried about concerning the return of LeBron James?

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  • How many championships will LeBron James win in Cleveland?

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Tanaka to miss at least 6 weeks

A generally average year for the New York Yankees has been propped up by one major positive: Masahiro Tanaka, the first-year right-handed pitcher with a 2.39 ERA in 18 starts for the hovering-around-.500 team. But bad news hit hard this week, as Tanaka first was put on the 15-day DL, then was determined to need at least six weeks off with a partially torn elbow ligament. The $175 million man might even eventually need Tommy John surgery if rehab does not fix the issue. What does this mean for the suddenly struggling franchise?

  • Will Masahiro Tanaka pitch for the Yankees again this season?

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  • If you were a Yankees fan, how worried would you be about the long-term effects of Masahiro Tanaka's elbow injury?

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The lineups for the 2014 Home Run Derby have been set, with National League captain Troy Tulowitzki picking Todd Frazier, Yasiel Puig, NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton and Rockies teammate Justin Morneau, while AL caption Jose Bautista selected defending derby champion Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Donaldson, Adam Jones and, in somewhat of a surprise move, second baseman Brian Dozier of the hometown Minnesota Twins. How would you rank these eight sluggers? Set your list below!

More: Your thoughts on All-Star Game rosters?

HR Derby Participants

Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista

Blue Jays
17 HR

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes

Athletics
14 HR

Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson

Athletics
20 HR

Brian Dozier

Brian Dozier

Twins
16 HR

Todd Frazier

Todd Frazier

Reds
17 HR

Adam Jones

Adam Jones

Orioles
16 HR

Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau

Rockies
13 HR

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig

Dodgers
12 HR

Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton

Marlins
21 HR

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki

Rockies
20 HR

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