Thursday in sports: 5 big moments from World Cup, NBA finals, U.S. Open and more

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From the opening game of the World Cup to the first round of the U.S. open, sports dominated the waves yesterday. In case you couldn't catch everything, here are some of the key highlights.

From AP Sports

1. BRAZIL GETS HELP FROM REF TO BEAT CROATIA IN WORLD CUP OPENER

Brazil v Croatia: Group A - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
Brazil beats Croatia 3-1 in the opening game of the World Cup in a match that hinged on a penalty call for the hosts which Croatian team members called "shameful."

2. SPURS CRUISE PAST HEAT TO TAKE 3-1 LEAD

2014 NBA Finals - Game Four

San Antonio cruises to victory at Miami to take a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals and move within one win of the title.

3. KAYMER SHOOTS 65 TO TAKE 3-SHOT LEAD AT US OPEN

U.S. Open - Round One

Martin Kaymer shoots a 65 at tricky Pinehurst to take a more-than-handy three-shot lead after the first round of the U.S. Open

4. NADAL SUFFERS HEAVY DEFEAT AT HALLE

Gerry Weber Open - Day 4

Rafael Nadal shows what a difference the surface can make as the king of clay is hammered by the obscure Dustin Brown on grass at Halle

5.POLICE AND PROTESTERS CLASH ACROSS BRAZIL

Protestors Rally In Rio On First Day Of 2014 World Cup

Police and protesters clash in four Brazilian cities during first day of World Cup, with dispute centering on cost of hosting the tournament.

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