March 25, 2013

Sports Digest

SOCCER

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: Costa Rica is asking soccer's governing body for a replay of Friday's match against the United States, won 1-0 by the Americans during a snowstorm at Commerce City, Colo.

The Costa Rican federation said the climatic conditions threatened the physical integrity of the players, left the sidelines and markings on the field largely not visible and led to the entry onto the field of snow-clearing personnel, which it said was not permitted.

The federation also argued that "ball movement became impossible given the quantity of snow on the field" and called on FIFA to punish the match officials who allowed the game to proceed.

U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones will miss Tuesday's game at Mexico after spraining his left ankle against Costa Rica.

The U.S. Soccer Federation said Jones didn't travel with the team to Mexico, and no replacement will be added to the 23-man roster.

GOLF

LPGA: Beatriz Recari sank an 18-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the second hole of a playoff with I.K. Kim to win the Kia Classic at Carlsbad, Calif.

Recari closed with a 2-over 74 to match Kim at 9 under. Kim shot a 71.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Michael Allen shot a 5-under 67 to win the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Saucier, Miss.

Allen missed a short putt for par on 18, briefly falling into a tie with Bernhard Langer at 11 under. But Langer made a bogey minutes later on 16, and couldn't make up the stroke on the final two holes.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat won the rain-shortened Malaysian Open, shooting a 2-under 70 in the third round for a one-stroke victory over Italy's Eduardo Molinari.

Kiradech finished at 11-under 205.

TENNIS

SONY OPEN: Maria Sharapova beat fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the fourth round at Key Biscayne, Fla.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, seeking his fourth Key Biscayne title and third in a row, defeated Somdev Devvarman 6-2, 6-4.

AUTO RACING

INDYCAR: James Hinchcliffe picked up his first career victory, winning the season opener at St. Petersburg, Fla.

Hinchcliffe passed Helio Castroneves on the final restart to take the lead and held on to win by 1.09 seconds over Castroneves, last year's winner.

FORMULA ONE: Three-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel passed Red Bull teammate Mark Webber to win the Malaysian Grand Prix, then apologized for ignoring team instructions to stay behind Webber and cruise to a 1-2 finish.

The German's move left Webber fuming and had team officials remonstrating Vettel publicly after the race. Vettel apologized, but said he didn't realize he had been told to hold back. 

-- From staff and news services

 

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