Thursday, December 5, 2013
U.S. beats El Salvador 5-1, advances to Gold Cup final
Clarence Goodson and Joe Corona scored during an eight-minute span of the first half, and the United States cruised past El Salvador 5-1 Sunday at Baltimore, to advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan and Mix Diskerud added second-half goals for the Americans.
The U.S. will next play in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday against Honduras, a 1-0 winner over Costa Rica in the second game of the sold-out doubleheader at Baltimore.
FAN VIOLENCE: Two Boca Juniors fans in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were killed in a shootout between rival factions of hooligan gangs that support the famous club.
OBITUARY: Phil Woosnam, the former Welsh soccer star who served as the North American Soccer League's commissioner and had a brief stint as coach of the U.S. national team, died in Dunwoody, Ga. He was 80.
LPGA: Spain's Beatriz Recari outdueled Paula Creamer in a head-to-head battle in the Marathon Classic at Sylvania, Ohio, rolling in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole to take the lead for good en route to her third LPGA Tour title.
PGA: Woody Austin won the Sanderson Farms Classic at Madison, Miss., for his first PGA Tour victory since 2007, beating Cameron Beckman and Daniel Summerhays with an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.
Austin, 49, is the eighth oldest winner in PGA Tour history and the oldest since Fred Funk won at 50 in 2007.
NASCAR: Joey Logano held off Sam Hornish Jr. to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
Logano, the lone Sprint Cup regular in the race, earned his second Nationwide win of the year and No. 20 for his career. He also won at Dover in June.
Hornish held on for second, giving car owner Roger Penske the top two spots. Austin Dillon finished third.
Eliott Sadler finished fourth, and was followed by Brian Vickers, Parker Kligerman and Trevor Bayne. Illinois native Justin Allgaier, Brad Sweet and Matt Crafton rounded out the top 10.
SWEDISH OPEN: Serena Williams won her 53rd WTA title, beating Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-1 in the final at Bastad.
Larsson, a 24-year-old Swede, broke to lead 3-1 in the first set before Williams fought back to 3-3 and then used her strong serve to pull away.
CLARO OPEN: Croatia's Ivo Karlovic won at Bogota, Colombia, spoiling hometown favorite Alejandro Falla's bid for his first ATP Tour title.
GERMAN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS: Fabio Fognini saved three match points before beating Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-2 at Hamburg for his second title in two weeks.
The 12th-seeded Italian extended his winning run to 10 matches. He won his first career title, also on clay, last week in Stuttgart.
NFL: The Cleveland Browns signed rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo to a four-year contract worth over $16 million.
Mingo was the No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft
WNBA: Tamika Catchings had 23 points and 10 rebounds as the surging Indiana Fever swept the home-and-home series from the Washington Mystics with a 65-52 win at Washington.
The Fever (7-8) have won six of seven games after a seven-game losing streak.
• Glory Johnson had 24 points and 10 rebounds and Liz Cambage added 23 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Tulsa Shock to a 90-63 win at Tulsa, Okla.
• Maya Moore hit a 3-pointer, stole an inbounds pass and made a layup in the final minute to lift the Minnesota Lynx to their sixth straight victory, an 82-77 win over the host Phoenix Mercury.
-- From news services