More than a half-million tickets for this summer's Women's World Cup already have been sold, with games featuring host Germany, the United States and Brazil generating the most interest.
China holds the attendance record for a Women’s World Cup, drawing almost 1.2 million fans to the 2007 tournament that was won by Germany.
The Women’s World Cup begins June 26, with the final July 17 in Frankfurt.
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The work of replacing the Metrodome’s damaged roof has begun as the Dome’s inside resembles a construction zone, with beeping machinery and lifts to handle the work. It was a December snowstorm in Minneapolis that caused the Dome roof to fail. Insurance is covering most of the replacement cost, and the work will continue six days a week in an effort to finish by Aug. 1, ahead of the Vikings’ season. Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel forwarded emails to Terrelle Pryor’s mentor that accused the star quarterback of selling memorabilia to a man under federal investigation, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper reported that Tressel sent the information to Ted Sarniak, a businessman in Pryor’s hometown of Jeannette, Pa. Tressel will sit out the first five games next season and was fined $250,000 by the university for failing to notify the school about emails he received last April involving two players and questionable activities involving the sale of memorabilia. Martin Laird reached three of the par 5s in two shots, converted one of them into an eagle and wound up with a 7-under 65 for a one-shot lead over K.J. Choi and Spencer Levin in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla. Samuel Dumoulin won the fifth stage of the Volta of Catalunya bike race, and Alberto Contador kept the overall lead in Tarragona, Spain.