Solo equals U.S. record
Hope Solo posted her record-tying 71st career shutout, Seattle Reign FC teammate Sydney Leroux scored a first-half goal and the U.S. women’s team beat France 1-0 in an exhibition match Saturday in Tampa, Fla.
Solo, a former Washington Huskies standout from Richland, shares the U.S. record for career shutouts with Briana Scurry. Scurry played in 173 matches; Solo has made 152 appearances for the national team.
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“It’s an amazing moment,” said Solo, 32, who made two saves. “It goes down in history. I’m happy it was against a great team. I earned it. I had a couple saves.”
Leroux leads the U.S. team with seven goals this season.
UC Irvine wins at CWS
Taylor Sparks hit his nation-leading ninth triple of the season to fuel UC Irvine’s three-run eighth inning in the Anteaters’ 3-1 victory over Texas in the first game of the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
One of the last four teams selected for the 64-team NCAA tournament, UC Irvine (41-23) continued to amaze during a postseason run in which it knocked off No. 1 national seed Oregon State and swept a super regional at Oklahoma State.
In the second game at the CWS, Vanderbilt beat Louisville 5-3.
Federer to face Falla
Six-time champion Roger Federer of Switzerland will play Alejandro Falla of Colombia in the final of the grass-court Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.
In semifinal matches, Federer beat Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) and Falla defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.
Ivanovic, Strycova win
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia defeated Zhang Shuai of China 6-2, 6-2 in the grass-court Aegon Classic, a Wimbledon warm-up event in Birmingham, England. In the other semifinal, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic beat Australian Casey Dellacqua 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.
• Former Georgia safety Tray Matthews says he is transferring to Auburn.
Matthews, who started six games as a freshman last season, made the announcement on his Twitter account. He was dismissed from the Georgia football program by coach Mark Richt on June 3 after being charged with theft by deception for receiving double payments on checks issued by the athletic association.
• Quarterback Vince Young, who last played an NFL game in 2011, told KXAN-TV in Austin, Texas, “I’m retired,” though he added “unless we get a great opportunity, something guaranteed … ” Young, 31, was cut by the Cleveland Browns last month.
•Demetrious Johnson won a unanimous decision over Ali Bagautinov to retain his flyweight title at UFC 174 in Vancouver, B.C.
• Dutch cyclist Lieuwe Westra of the Astana team won the seventh stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in France and defending champion Chris Froome of the Sky team lost the overall lead to Spaniard Alberto Contador of Tinkoff-Saxo.
Contador leads Froome by eight seconds entering Sunday’s final stage of the race.
• Danielle Robinson scored 24 points and the host San Antonio Stars rolled to a 101-74 WNBA victory over Los Angeles.
• In horse racing, Moonshine Mullin ($22 to win) took the Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The 6-year-old, trained by Randy Morse and ridden by Calvin Borel, ran 11/8 miles in 1 minute, 49.66 seconds and beat 5-2 favorite Will Take Charge by 1¾ lengths in the $552,500 race.
Meanwhile, Joe Talamo rode the winners of both Grade I races at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., 6-year-old gelding Obviously ($5.40) in the $400,500 Shoemaker Mile on turf and 4-year-old filly Iotapa ($11.20) in the $300,250 Vanity on dirt.
• Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko and Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim each cleared 7 feet, 11¼ inches in the high jump — the best ever in the United States — at the Adidas Grand Prix meet in New York.
Jamaica’s Warren Weir won the 200 meters in a world-best 19.82 seconds.
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