U.S. advances to Gold Cup semis by topping Jamaica

Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey scored for the United States in a 2-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals in Washington.

On Wednesday in Houston, the United States will face Panama, which upset the Americans during the group phase. Panama beat El Salvador in a shootout after the teams played to a 1-1 draw through extra time.

Jones fired a shot from outside the penalty area and Jamaica defender Jermaine Taylor stuck out his foot, deflecting the ball past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts in the 49th minute. Dempsey scored with 10 minutes remaining against a Jamaica team that was reduced to 10 men after a red card in the 67th minute.

PDL: Joel Theissen scored in the 40th minute for the MPS Portland Phoenix as they played to a 1-1 draw against the Western Mass Pioneers at Deering High School.

Sam DeMello scored the equalizer for Western Mass in the 83rd minute.


INDYCAR: Dario Franchitti took over the lead when Helio Castroneves had a tire problem, then held on for a victory at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis.

It was the third win of the season for Franchitti, who stayed out of trouble as two fellow contenders fell by the wayside. Tony Kanaan crashed with 31 laps to go, and Castroneves gave up the lead when he had to make a late extra pit stop to change a tire that was going flat.

Graham Rahal was second, followed by Oriol Servia, Will Power and Danica Patrick.


EUROPEAN TOUR: Matthew Zions of Australia shot a 2-under 69 to win his first European Tour title at the Saint-Omer Open in Saint-Omer, France.

Zions, the overnight leader, made four birdies and two bogeys for an 8-under 276 total to finish seven strokes ahead of Daniel Denison of England, Peter Gustafsson of Sweden and Craig Lee of Scotland.


NBA: Yao Ming is staying tight lipped about his future once his contract with the Houston Rockets expires at the end of this month.

The oft-injured center declined to answer questions about his plans during an appearance on behalf of the Special Olympics in Beijing, saying he didn’t want to discuss anything not related to his work with the charity.

The 7-foot-6 All-Star has said doctors tell him his surgically repaired left ankle is healing properly, but that he won’t know before later this summer if he will be able to play next season. He becomes a restricted free agent July 1.


TOUR OF SWITZERLAND: Levi Leipheimer of the United States finished third in the final time trial at Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and overtook Damiano Cunego of Italy for the overall victory.

Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland won the time trial, completing the 20-mile route in 41 minutes, 1 second. Leipheimer’s time of 41:14 enabled him to erase a deficit of nearly two minutes and beat Cunego by four seconds.


COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: John Hicks’ RBI single in the seventh inning broke a scoreless tie, and Virginia went on to defeat California 4-1 at Omaha, Neb.

Scott Wingo drilled a bases-loaded single off the right-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning to give defending national champion South Carolina a 5-4 victory over Texas A&M.


WNBA: Seimone Augustus scored 19 points and the Minnesota Lynx beat the host Atlanta Dream 77-64 for their fifth straight victory.

Tina Charles scored 11 of her career-high 31 points in the fourth quarter and had 11 rebounds as host Connecticut took an 83-68 win over Chicago.

Diana Taurasi scored seven of her 32 points in overtime, all on free throws, as the Phoenix Mercury beat the Indiana Fever.