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Consider what else has been going on this month in the world of sport:

• Hockey's Stanley Cup drew a big audience for NBC as the Chicago Blackhawks bested the Philadelphia Flyers in six games.

• In tennis, Spaniard Rafael Nadal won his fifth French Open in six years, defeating the opponent who had knocked him out of the event a year earlier.

• In golf, the signature test of skill on American soil – the US Open – is now under way at one of the sport's most famous and scenic venues, a reshaped Pebble Beach course on the California coast. OK, like it or not the plot line also includes the comeback bid by a tarnished Tiger Woods, but there's some good golf happening (with final rounds on NBC this weekend).

Oh yeah, and a little thing called the World Cup is alive and kicking in South Africa. Early in the tournament, there's already been plenty of excitement along with too much noise from those weird vuvuzelas. The US team managed a 2-2 tie in a game against Slovenia Friday.

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