BRAZIL BEAT: Watching World Cup from Wimbledon

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ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JUNE 21-22 - FILE - In this July 5, 2013, file photo, Andy Murray, of Britain, plays a shot to Jerzy Janowicz, of Poland, during their men's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
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LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray says the World Cup is a big focus of conversation at Wimbledon.

"Pretty much when you walk into the locker room most mornings, that's what almost all of the players are talking about," Murray said Sunday on the eve of his title defense.

England has failed to advance out of the group stage, meaning more interest might be focused on Wimbledon and Murray's play here. Defending champion Spain, with Rafael Nadal one its biggest boosters, is also out after losing both group matches.

"I mean, a lot of the Spanish guys have been a little bit quiet the last few days," Murray said, smiling.

He said the World Cup also "gives me something to do in the evenings."

"I don't have to listen to people talking about me playing at Wimbledon," he said. "I can just watch the football."

— By Dennis Passa — http://twitter.com/DennisPassa

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TWITTER GAFFE

MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Landon Donovan is still the biggest name in American soccer. He's just not playing for the U.S. at the World Cup.

So an unfortunate tweet from Samsung Mobile Arabia went viral for all the wrong reasons Sunday when the company posted: "Best of luck to Landon Donovan & the USA team."

The 32-year-old Donovan, the American career leader in goals and assists, was cut from the squad last month. He was part of a Samsung ad campaign that included the likes of Argentina star Lionel Messi and England's Wayne Rooney.

The account also tweeted well-wishes to another endorser Sunday: "Cristiano Ronaldo is all set for today's match. We wish Portugal team all the very best." At least Ronaldo is indeed on Portugal's squad for the game against the United States.

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GOALS APLENTY

SAO PAULO (AP) — With his team already comfortably qualified for the round of 16, and only positioning at stake in a matchup with Chile, Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal turned his attention to World Cup games at large, saying he was pleased with the offensive brand of football seen so far.

"The forwards are proving themselves here, especially the strikers who play in European leagues. They've all scored, more than once," he said Sunday.

Van Gaal had particularly warm words for German striker Miroslav Klose, his former player at Bayern Munich, who with a goal against Ghana on Saturday tied Brazilian great Ronaldo as the top career World Cup scorer with 15.

"That is very impressive," Van Gaal said. "I congratulate him."

Van Gaal noted that Klose "comes on for two minutes — he's done it for me too— and scores."

— By Aron Heller — www.twitter.com/aronhellerap

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