US women win soccer gold

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United States players celebrate the second goal by teammate Carli Lloyd during the women's soccer gold medal match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoLefteris Pitarakis)
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United States' Lauren Cheney (12) and Abby Wambach (14) celebrate as Japan's Asuna Tanaka (14) and Yukari Kinga (2) react after the United States won the women's soccer gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoBen Curtis)
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Japan's Asuna Tanaka reacts during the women's soccer gold medal match against the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoKirsty Wigglesworth)
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Japan's Miho Fukumoto fails to stop a goal by United States' Carli Lloyd during the women's gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoAndrew Medichini)
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United States' Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates her goal in front of Japan's Shinobu Ohno while celebrating a goal during the women's soccer gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoJulie Jacobson)
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United States' Carli Lloyd, center facing, celebrates her goal with teammates Megan Rapinoe (15), Kelley O'Harawith (5) and Alex Morgan (13) during the women's soccer gold medal match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoJulie Jacobson)
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United States' Alex Morgan, top, is pressured by Japan's Saki Kumagai during the women's soccer gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoJulie Jacobson)
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United States' Tobin Heath, center, is pressured by Japan's Aya Sameshima, left, and Nahomi Kawasumi, right, during the women's soccer gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoJulie Jacobson)
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Japan's Homare Sawa, right, and United States' Shannon Boxx battle for control of the ball during the women's soccer gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoAndrew Medichini)
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United States' Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates after scoring against Japan goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto (1) during the women's soccer gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoAndrew Medichini)
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Japan's Yuki Ogimi, top, falls in front of United States' Rachel Buehler (16) during the women's soccer gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoKirsty Wigglesworth)
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United States' Carli Lloyd (10) celebrates her goal with teammate Tobin Heath (17) during the women's soccer gold medal match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoBen Curtis)
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United States' Abby Wambach (14) celebrates a goal by teammate Carli Lloyd during the women's soccer gold medal match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoBen Curtis)
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United States' Abby Wambach heads the ball during the women's soccer gold medal match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoBen Curtis)
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Japan's Mizuho Sakaguchi reacts after a missed chance to score during the women's soccer gold medal match against the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoAndrew Medichini)
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United States' Alex Morgan (13) moves the ball past Japan's Saki Kumagai (4) during the women's soccer gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoKirsty Wigglesworth)
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United States' Carli Lloyd, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring during the women's soccer gold medal match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoBen Curtis)
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United States' Carli Lloyd (10) scores against Japan during the women's soccer gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoAndrew Medichini)
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United States players celebrate a goal by Carli Lloyd during the women's gold medal match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoLefteris Pitarakis)
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United States' Tobin Heath fights to control the ball against Japan during the women's soccer gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoBen Curtis)
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Japan's Nahomi Kawasumi, left, fights for control of the ball with United States' Megan Rapinoe during the women's soccer gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoAndrew Medichini)
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United States goalkeeper Hope Solo (1) makes a save against Japan during the women's soccer gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP PhotoBen Curtis)

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The United States won its third consecutive Olympic gold in women's soccer Thursday, beating Japan in a World Cup final rematch. 

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