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Morning Coffee! Baseball's Second Half Begins

Good morning, New York/New Jersey sports fans! The New York Yankees begin the nominal second half of the baseball season Thursday night in Toronto. The New York Mets have another day off before hosting the Philadelphia Phillies. With that in mind, let's get to the top stories of the day.

Women's World Cup 2011: USA Defeats France, 3-1, To Reach Finals: Not a New York story, but still very cool. The USA  is in the finals for the first time since 1999 and will face Japan, which defeated Sweden.

Alex Rodriguez: How Will The Yankees Replace A-Rod?: Eduardo Nunez will play third base, but there is a roster spot open with A-Rod heading to the disabled list. Should Jesus Montero fill it.

Mets Trade Rumors: Brian Wilson Says Giants Are In Talks To Acquire Carlos Beltran: The Mets say they are not giving up on 2011 after trading closer Francisco Rodriguez. Beltran, though, is a guy they pretty much have to move. San Francisco would make sense.

NFL Lockout 2011: Players, League Trade Pointless Public Statements: More posturing, no progress made on Wednesday. This is getting old, and disturbing. At this rate it is looking more and more like there could be some delay in the start of NFL training camps.

Goalkeeper Frank Rost Signed By New York Red Bulls: Unhappy with the player of their goalkeepers thus far, the Red Bulls have made a major move to try and upgrade that spot.