Sunday, December 8, 2013
Shea's goal gives U.S. a 1-0 win over Costa Rica for top spot in Gold Cup group
Brek Shea scored his first international goal off a feed from Landon Donovan in the 82nd minute Tuesday night at East Hartford, Conn., to give the United States a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica and the top spot in its Gold Cup group.
Donovan's pass hit Shea in stride, and the Stoke City player sent a left-footed shot from 15 yards off goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton for the winner, the Americans' eighth straight, a team record.
They will play El Salvador on Sunday in Baltimore, while Costa Rica meets Honduras.
• Ariel Martinez ended Cuba's long Gold Cup drought with three goals and Jeniel Molina's last-second score lifted the Cubans into the quarterfinals with a 4-0 rout of overmatched Belize in the first game of a soccer doubleheader at East Hartford, Conn.
It was Cuba's first victory in 14 Gold Cup games, including 12 losses.
FRANCE: Paris Saint-Germain broke the French league transfer record by signing Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani to a five-year contract for a reported fee of $84 million.
Monaco held the previous record, recently paying Atletico Madrid an estimated $79 million for Colombia striker Radamel Falcao.
WOMEN'S GOLDEN GLOVES: Portland Boxing Club featherweight Liz Leddy took bronze at the women's national Golden Gloves last weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., losing by decision in the semifinals to eventual champion Melissa Parker of Houston.
Leddy now has 10 medals in national competition -- two gold, six silver and two bronze. She was the featherweight champion in 2011 and the lightweight champion in 2012.
GERMAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: Third-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain advanced to the third round at Hamburg, Germany, defeating Tobias Kamke of Germany, 6-3, 6-3.
Two other seeded players lost. Florian Mayer of Germany defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 6-4, and Dmitry Tursunov of Russia upset Jeremy Chardy of France, 6-4, 7-6 (1).
GASTEIN LADIES: Second-seeded Annika Beck of Germany overcame 12 double-faults to beat Shahar Peer 7-5, 6-3 in the first round at Bad Gastein, Austria.
TRACK AND FIELD
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Olympic gold medalist David Rudisha pulled out of the 800 meters at next month's world championships because of a knee injury, according to his coach.
His withdrawal robs the year's top track meet of another star attraction, with sprinter Tyson Gay already skipping the event after a positive doping test. The 24-year-old Kenyan created a sensation at the 2012 London Olympics when he won gold in world-record time.
NHL: The Los Angeles Kings acquired forward Daniel Carcillo in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks, who beat the Kings in the Western Conference finals on their way to the Stanley Cup title, received a conditional selection in the 2015 draft.
Carcillo, 28, had two goals and an assist in 23 games this season with Chicago.
• Left wing Dustin Penner, a former UMaine player, signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks, the club that originally signed him as a free agent in 2004.
Penner spent last season with the rival Los Angeles Kings.
• The Detroit Red Wings agreed to a two-year contract with defenseman Brendan Smith. A former first-round draft pick, Smith, 24, played in 34 games for the Red Wings in 2012-13. In 48 career games, he has a goal and 14 assists along with 49 penalty minutes.
--From staff and news services