U.S. beats El Salvador in Gold Cup quarterfinals

Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj scored late in the first half Wednesday night and the United States beat El Salvador 2-0 in a Gold Cup quarterfinal at Philadelphia in which El Salvador defender Henry Romero appeared to bite Jozy Altidore on the back of a shoulder.

Canadian referee Drew Fischer, a Major League Soccer regular, didn’t penalize the incident, which occurred during a skirmish on the goal line in the 57th minute ahead of a U.S. corner kick. A furious Altidore fell to the ground but remained in the game.

The Americans, who started five veterans added for the tournament’s knockout phase, overcame shaky defensive play and poor passing, advancing to a semifinal Saturday night against Costa Rica at Arlington, Texas.


WINTER OLYMPICS: Players on American Hockey League contracts will be eligible to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

President and CEO David Andrews confirmed through a league spokesman that teams were informed they could loan players on AHL contracts to national teams for the purposes of participating in the Pyeongchang Olympics. The AHL sent a memo to its 30 clubs saying players could only be loaned for Olympic participation from Feb. 5-26.


NFL: Green Bay receiver Geronimo Allison was suspended without pay for the season opener against Seattle for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.


NBA: Aron Baynes, a 6-foot-10 Australian, signed with the Boston Celtics as a free agent.

Baynes played for the Pistons and Spurs, and has averaged 5.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in his career.

Manu Ginobili re-signed with San Antonio for a 16th season.

• Mario Chalmers signed with Memphis, nearly 11/2 years after he ruptured his right Achilles tendon playing for the team.


WIMBLEDON: The Tennis Integrity Unit said four matches at Wimbledon and the French Open were flagged for unusual betting patterns.

The TIU’s quarterly report says 53 match alerts were received from April to June out of a total of more than 31,000 pro matches.

Three were at Wimbledon – two in qualifying, one in the main draw – and one was at Roland Garros. Only four were at ATP or WTA tour events.

The TIU said that each alert is assessed but is not, on its own, evidence of match-fixing.

CROATIA OPEN: Top-seeded David Goffin, the 14th-ranked Belgian, marked his return from injury with a 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-2 victory over 174th-ranked qualifier Attila Balazs of Hungary in the second round.


FORMULA ONE: Motor sport’s governing body said the “halo” cockpit protection system will be used on Formula One cars from next year onward.

The FIA has been looking at ways to improve cockpit protection after French F1 driver Jules Bianchi died in July 2015 and British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died a month later.


TOUR DE FRANCE: Speeding downhill at 45 mph on unprotected Alpine roads, Tour de France rookie Primoz Roglic scaled the race’s highest peak and then barreled down the other side while holding off the competition on the famed Galibier climb to win Stage 17.