Arena is making big changes to men’s roster

Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard and Geoff Cameron are back on the U.S. roster after lengthy illness and injury layoffs as Coach Bruce Arena made large-scale changes, hoping to spark the Americans to a rebound in World Cup qualifying.

The U.S. coach from 1998-2006, Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann in November after an 0-2 start in the final round of qualifying, and for the first competitive matches of his second stint he selected just 13 of the 26 players on Klinsmann’s final roster.

The U.S. meets Honduras on March 24 and will be at Panama on March 28.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a series of great saves as host Atletico Madrid held Bayer Leverkusen to a 0-0 draw and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the fourth straight season.

 Midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko’s thumping header sent Monaco through to the quarterfinals as the home side beat Manchester City 3-1 to progress on away goals.


WORLD CUP FINALS: Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia held off a hard-charging Lindsey Vonn to wrap up the overall downhill title at Aspen, Colorado.

Stuhec also kept in place her slim hopes of the overall title, now trailing American Mikaela Shiffrin by 278 points with three races remaining.

 Peter Fill of Italy retained his overall downhill title by finishing second to teammate Dominik Paris.

Fill entered the day trailing Kjetil Jansrud of Norway by 33 points in the standings, but used a strong run to overtake Jansrud, who wound up 11th.


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Novak Djokovic’s 19-match winning streak at Indian Wells, California, ended in a 6-4, 7-6 (3) fourth-round upset loss to Nick Kyrgios. It was Kyrgios’ second win over the world’s second-ranked player in two weeks, having beaten Djokovic in straight sets in Acapulco on March 2.

 Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-3 in a fourth-round match. Federer broke Nadal four times in advancing to the quarterfinals in just over an hour.

Although Nadal owns a 23-13 lead in their series, Federer has won the past three in a row, including an epic comeback in the Australian Open final two months ago.

 Kei Nishikori defeated Donald Young 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals.

• On the women’s side, No. 8 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova beat 19th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-2 to reach the semifinals.


NASCAR: Officials decided not to penalize Kyle Busch, Joey Logano or their crews for a scuffle at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. NASCAR said the sport was built on the kind of racing that Busch and Logano did on the final laps of Sunday’s race. The hard racing for position led to Busch confronting Logano after the race and throwing a punch.

Busch was knocked to the ground by Team Penske crew members and cut his forehead in the scuffle.

Logano has said that he and Busch have spoken since the incident.

“Obviously, we didn’t speak much there, so I got a chance to call him up earlier … to be able to talk to him a little bit and at least tell my side of the story,” Logano said. “We’re going to have two sides to the story like there is all the time, but really the bottom line is we’re two passionate race car drivers. We’re two of the best in the sport that are going to go for wins that are aggressive and we collided.”