U2? Why yes • On Friday, workers at Busch Stadium completed work on the Claw — a 90-foot structure at the heart of the set for Sunday’s U2 concert. The concert is expected to draw a record crowd of 52,000 people on one of the hottest weekends of the summer: An extreme heat warning is in effect until 7 p.m. June 22.
Fever pitch • The U.S. women’s national team played Japan on Sunday in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final. A win would have provided a storybook ending for a team that took a thrill-ride approach to the championship. But regardless of the outcome, a U.S. team made up of new faces already has earned a loyal fan base of young St. Louis soccer players and given girls a new generation of stars to whom they can look for inspiration. (USA lost to Japan in penalty kicks.)
Sizzling show • Sunday’s sweltering heat made some diehard U2 fans question — at least briefly — their loyalty to the Irish rock band. The dilemma: Melting under a blazing sun all day to snag a highly coveted spot up close to the stage or coming later and viewing the concert from farther away. All told, more than 50,000 fans packed Busch Stadium to see U2. See photos from the concert.