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Brazil takes stock after World Cup comes to an end

RIO DE JANEIRO — As the last of the World Cup visitors headed for the airports Monday, Brazilians began to reclaim the pristine beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema while traffic in Sao Paulo returned to its regular weekday snarl and the seaside hotels in Salvador, Recife and Natal emptied.

M’s edge A’s, 3-2

SEATTLE — Almost the moment Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon made the announcement last week, there was plenty of debate about the decision to move Felix Hernandez’s scheduled start back a day to Friday to face the Oakland A’s.