Japan beats U.S. to claim championship

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - The U.S. soccer team blew a 1-0
second-half lead and a 2-1 advantage in extra time before losing to
Japan 3-1 on penalty kicks in the women's World Cup final.

Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath all missed penalties
for the Americans, who squandered dozens of chances throughout the
game and blew a lead just six minutes from winning their third
World Cup title.

The Americans had taken the lead in the 104th minute off a
header by Abby Wambach off a feed from Alex Morgan, who scored the
first goal of the game in the 69th minute.

Japan is the first Asian nation to win the World Cup. They did
it with their first win in 26 tries against the U.S.