New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Seattle. Colon, who was perfect until Mariners' Robinson Cano singled in the seventh inning, led the Mets to a 3-2 win. (AP Photo)

New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Seattle. Colon, who was perfect until Mariners’ Robinson Cano singled in the seventh inning, led the Mets to a 3-2 win. (AP Photo)

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–BARTOLO COLON FLIRTS WITH PERFECTION, SETTLES FOR WIN AS METS KNOCK OFF MARINERS 3-2

Bartolo Colon came within seven outs of a perfect game, giving up a single to Robinson Cano with two outs in the seventh inning as the New York Mets held off a late comeback to beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 .

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–FROM BAGPIPERS TO LOCH NESS MONSTER, SCOTTISHNESS CELEBRATED AS COMMONWEALTH GAMES OPEN

The Loch Ness Monster, tartan-clad bagpipers and giant pieces of shortbread took the place of footballers on the Celtic Park pitch as the Commonwealth Games began with a celebration of Scottish mythology and exports.

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–MAJKA WINS SHORT, STEEP 17TH STAGE OF TOUR DE FRANCE IN PYRENEES AS NIBALI RETAINS LEAD

Poland’s Rafal Majka led a late breakaway on the last of four tough climbs in the Pyrenees to win the 17th stage of the Tour de France as Vincenzo Nibali took another step toward overall victory.

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–BRAZIL LOOKING FOR MEDAL ‘BOUNCE’ IN RIO OLYMPICS; HOPES TO NEARLY DOUBLE 17 WON IN LONDON

Brazil hopes to nearly double its medal total for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, using increased funding to follow the pattern of recent Olympic host nations Britain and China.

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–DEFENDING CHAMPION TOMMY ROBREDO AND MARIN CILIC REACH QUARTERFINALS OF CROATIA OPEN

Defending champion Tommy Robredo beat fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-4 on to reach the quarterfinals of the Croatia Open.

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