Altidore, Johnson lead U.S. to 2-0 win over Panama in World Cup qualifier

Jozy Altidore scored for the third straight game and Eddie Johnson added a goal as the United States beat Panama 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier Tuesday night in Seattle.

The U.S. (3-1-1) moved to the top of the CONCACAF standings with 10 points after five matches, midway through the final round of qualifying. The top three teams advance to next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Altidore scored in the 36th minute, slotting the ball into the corner of the net after a cross from the left wing by Fabian Johnson. Eddie Johnson, filling in for Graham Suzi because of a yellow card suspension, made it 2-0 in the 53rd minute off a feed from Geoff Cameron. Cameron also was a substitute starter for Jermaine Jones, who has a concussion.

n In other CONCACAF qualifiers, Honduras climbed back into contention with a 2-0 home win against Jamaica, and Mexico was held to a scoreless draw at home by Costa Rica. Costa Rica and Mexico are tied for second in the standings with eight points, but Mexico has played one more match than both the U.S. and Costa Rica.

ASIA: Australia improved its chances of qualifying for a third consecutive World Cup with a 4-0 win over Jordan, and South Korea moved within a point of reach soccer’s showcase for the eighth straight time by beating Uzbekistan 1-0.

Argentina: A soccer player was expelled from a minor league game and fired from his team for mistreating a dog that wandered onto the field.

Broadcast images showed the player use both hands to grab the mid-size dog by the collar and throw it toward the bleachers. The dog struck a chain-link fence, but got up and ran away.


BASEBALL: North Carolina (57-10) beat South Carolina 5-4 at Chapel Hill, N.C., winning the decisive third game in the weather-delayed super regional series and sending the No. 1 overall seed to the College World Series.

The Tar Heels (57-10), who will be making their sixth trip to Omaha in eight seasons.


GERRY WEBER OPEN: Gael Monfils defeated fifth-seeded Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2 in the first round at Halle, Germany. Also, Mirza Basic stunned seventh-seeded Jerzy Janowicz 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (5).

AEGON CLASSIC: Sixth-seeded Mona Barthel of Germany, advanced to the third round at Birmingham, England, with a 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 victory over Serbia’s Vesna Dolonc.


WNBA: Lindsey Whalen scored 23 points to help break open a close game in the final 12 minutes as Minnesota cruised to an 87-72 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars for the Lynx’s franchise-best 11th straight home win.


INDYCAR: Team Penske was fined $35,000 and docked 15 entrant points because the underwing on Helio Castroneves’ winning car at Texas failed specifications.

—From staff and news services