U.S. midfielder Spector scores two goals in West Ham’s win over Manchester United

Jonathan Spector scored his first two goals for West Ham in his first appearance for the Hammers in three months, a 4-0 rout of defending champion Manchester United that sent West Ham to the League Cup semifinals.

Spector, a defender from Arlington Heights, Ill., was moved to midfielder and scored in the 22nd and 37th minutes. He began his career in English soccer with United during the 2004-05 season.

Arsenal beat Wigan 2-0 on Antolin Alcaraz own goal and Nicklas Bendtner’s close-range finish.


QMJHL: Zach Evans-Renaud scored 4:15 into overtime to give the visiting Lewiston Maineiacs a 2-1 win over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League game.

Following a pass from Jess Tanguy, Evans-Renaud slipped in a backhander behind Cape Breton goalie Andrew Hayes, who had 49 saves, 17 in the first period.

Antoine Houde-Caron also scored and Andrey Makarov made 10 saves for Lewiston.


NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS: Open-class featherweight Liz Leddy of the Portland Boxing Club won her fifth New England title with a unanimous decision over Roberta Pappas of Haverhill, Mass., on Saturday in Portland.

Subnovice lightweight John Lopez also won a unanimous decision over Luke Iannucci of Haverhill, Mass., while novice lightweight Lindsay Kyajohnian lost to Amanda Pavoe of Burlington, Mass., and junior subnovice lightweight Christian Castaneda lost to William Whitley of Springfield, Mass.


FED CUP: Maria Sharapova will lead Russia in its first-round match against France next season.

Russian Tennis Federation President Shamil Tarpischev, who is also the Fed Cup captain, says Sharapova has agreed to play in the competition for the first time since making her debut in Russia’s 4-1 first-round win over Israel in 2008.


NASCAR: Pocono Raceway expects a safer track in 2011 and beyond. The NASCAR track should be finished by the end of this year with significant safety upgrades that include a soft-wall barrier and catch fence. Work on the multimillion-dollar project started in October.

The new fence will run from the end of the front stretch and connect with the existing catch fence in Turn 2. The 6,155-foot fence will now surround the entire 2.5-mile race track.