U.S. TEAM: Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley highlight the U.S. team chosen by Jurgen Klinsmann for exhibition matches against Denmark and Switzerland.

Seattle’s Dempsey and the two Toronto stars are among six Major League Soccer players selected for the 23-man side. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando of Real Salt Lake joins defender Brek Shea of expansion Orlando City SC, midfielder Gyasi Zardes of the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The rest of the roster is comprised mostly of players in Europe.

The U.S. is set to face Denmark in Aarhus on March 25, and Switzerland in Zurich on March 31.


NFL: The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed outside linebacker James Harrison to a two-year contract to provide depth and possibly start.


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2 to win his fourth BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.

In women’s play, Simona Halep beat Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 7-5, 6-4, giving the Romanian the biggest title of her career and a WTA Tour-leading third victory of the year.


WORLD CUP: Marcel Hirscher celebrated his fourth straight overall title in style with a commanding win in a slalom race in the final race at the season-ending finals in Meribel, France.

In the women’s competition, Austrian racer Anna Fenninger withstood a strong challenge from rival Tina Maze to successfully defend her World Cup and giant slalom titles after winning the season-ending GS race.

 Severin Freund of Germany won the overall ski jump title in Planica, Slovenia, claiming the crystal globe on a tiebreaker rule after tying for points in the standings with Peter Prevc of Slovenia.


ROME MARATHON: Abebe Degefa of Ethiopia won a rain-sodden marathon, beating compatriot Bhirhanu Addis.

Degefa won in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 23 seconds, nine seconds ahead of Addis.

There was also an Ethiopian one-two in the women’s race, with Meseret Tolwalk crossing the line in 2:30:25, 36 seconds ahead of Fikre Wilke.


WORLD CUP: America’s Heather Richardson clinched the women’s overall title at the last meet of the season in Erfurt, Germany.

– From staff and news services