France knocks off U.S. women in tuneup

France scored back-to-back goals early in the second half to defeat the U.S. women’s national team 2-0 Sunday in Lorient, France, in a tuneup game for the World Cup.

Eugenie Le Sommer and Jessica Houara scored within a minute for third-ranked France. The goals came against Ashlyn Harris, making just her fifth international appearance in place of suspended goalkeeper Hope Solo.

All-time leading U.S. scorer Abby Wambach, coming off the bench, missed a penalty kick in the 66th minute.

U.S. MEN: Michael Bradley put a corner kick directly into the net in the 27th minute, and the United States snapped a five-game winless skid with a 2-0 victory over Panama in Carson, California.

Clint Dempsey scored his 40th career goal later in the first half for the Americans, who wrapped up a monthlong training camp with their best result in 10 games since winning their opener at last year’s World Cup.

Keeper Sean Johnson replaced Nick Rimando for the second half, finishing up the Americans’ first shutout since their last victory.


MEN’S HOCKEY: The championship and consolation games of the Beanpot tournament scheduled for Monday have been postponed because of heavy snow in the forecast in Boston.

The championship game between Northeastern and Boston University will now take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 at TD Garden. The consolation game between Harvard and Boston College will take place at 4:30 p.m.


FED CUP: Venus Williams defeated Maria Irigoyen of Argentina 6-1, 6-4 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to move the United States into the Fed Cup playoffs in April, giving the Americans a chance to return to the World Group, which comprises the top eight teams.

Williams’ victory on outdoor clay gave the United States an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five World Group II tie.

Earlier Sunday, Paula Ormaechea of Argentina defeated Coco Vandeweghe 6-4, 6-4. Vandeweghe filled in for Serena Williams, who did not play because of illness.

ECUADOR OPEN: Victor Estrella Burgos became the oldest first-time winner of an ATP event in the Open Era, beating top-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain in Quito, Ecuador.

The 34-year-old Dominican won 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) in his first ATP final. He’s the first Dominican to reach a top-level ATP final.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Marcel Hirscher of Austria made up a staggering 3.16 seconds in the slalom portion of the combined event to win the gold medal in Beaver Creek, Colorado, with downhill leader Kjetil Jansrud of Norway hanging on for silver.

Starting first in the afternoon slalom session, Hirscher took advantage of a rut-free course to finish in a combined time of 2 minutes, 36.10 seconds.

Jansrud, the 30th skier to go and with big grooves on the hill, wound up second, 0.19 seconds behind.

American Ted Ligety, the defending champion, was third overall after starting right after Hirscher in the slalom portion.

Horse Racing

MILESTONE WIN: Jockey Javier Castellano got the 4,000th win of his career, prevailing aboard Captain Stan in the 10th race of the day at Gulfstream Park.

– From staff and news services