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Women's World Cup offers hope amid FIFA crisis

VANCOUVER - A World Cup that kicked off amidst one of the biggest scandals in football history ended in joyous celebration on Sunday as the United States defeated Japan 5-2 in a free-wheeling clash that offered some hope of better days ahead for the so-called Beautiful Game.

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VANCOUVER - United States striker Abby Wambach was coy on her plans for the future on Sunday, saying just that she was proud of her team's win over Japan after finally hoisting the World Cup trophy for the first time in her 12-year career with the national squad.

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