The United States gave Tom Sermanni a title in his first tournament as coach of the American women's team. Alex Morgan, who played for the...
U.S. women beat Germany for Algarve Cup
The United States gave Tom Sermanni a title in his first tournament as coach of the American women’s team.
Alex Morgan, who played for the Sounders Women last season, scored twice in the first half, and the U.S. defeated Germany 2-0 Wednesday night in the final of the Algarve Cup at Faro, Portugal. The Americans won the prestigious tournament for the ninth time in 18 appearances.
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“It’s great to continue the winning tradition that the U.S. team has,” said Sermanni, who took over this year after Pia Sundhage left to coach her native Sweden. “At least I haven’t been a jinx in the short term.”
The Americans have won three straight Olympic gold medals, including two under Sundhage, but have not won the Women’s World Cup since 1999.
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who will be a member of the Seattle Reign, was selected tournament MVP despite missing the final after straining a muscle in pregame warmups.
“This is obviously very unexpected. I thought I was getting punked when our liaison told me,” she said.
Bayern eliminates Arsenal
Bayern Munich barely staved off an improbable comeback attempt by Arsenal and advanced in the Champions League despite a 2-0 loss Wednesday night, leaving England without a team in the quarterfinals for the first time in 17 years.
Vonn wins World Cup downhill without racing
Lindsey Vonn had the weather on her side this time when it came down to deciding a World Cup title in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
Fog canceled racing on Wednesday, giving the injured Vonn a record sixth straight World Cup downhill title without having to show up on the mountain. The title comes five weeks after a crash and season-ending knee injury for the American.
The cancellation allowed Vonn to retain her title — just one point ahead of overall champion Tina Maze of Slovenia.
“Omg I won the World Cup Downhill title!!!!! 6 in a row with a bum knee!” Vonn wrote on her Facebook page.
Two years ago, Vonn was denied a chance at a fourth straight overall title by similar weather conditions in Lenzerheide. The season-ending giant slalom was canceled and Vonn lost by three points to her good friend Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany.
Also, Aksel Lund Svindal won his first seasonlong World Cup downhill title without even racing, then all but conceded the bigger prize of the all-disciplines title. Fog forced the cancellation of the final race of the season, allowing the tall Norwegian to maintain his 58-point lead over 2012 downhill champion Klaus Kroell of Austria.
Anaheim’s Perry receives four-game suspension
Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry has been suspended for four games without pay by the NHL for a high, late check on Minnesota’s Jason Zucker.
The punishment was announced by the league on Wednesday.
Zucker was leveled by a violent hit from Perry in the second period nearly a full second after he passed the puck in Tuesday’s 2-1 win by the Ducks. Perry received a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct.
Seavey, 53, becomes oldest Iditarod winner
Mitch Seavey became the oldest winner of Alaska’s Iditarod dog-sled race at 53, one year after his son became the annual event’s youngest champion.
The older Seavey, a Seward, Alaska, resident who also won the Iditarod in 2004, finished the course in 9 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes, 56 seconds, beating Aliy Zirkle by 24 minutes. Seavey’s son Dallas finished fourth, a year after becoming the youngest winner at age 25.
Chan sets short program record
Patrick Chan delivered the biggest thrill in a night full of them. The two-time defending champion shattered the world record for the short program, restoring order to standings that no one could have predicted when the World Figure Skating Championships began in London, Ontario.
Chan’s score of 98.37 for his elegantly sublime performance beat the previous world record by more than three points.
“This feels almost as great as the Vancouver Olympics,” Chan said. “I love the Canadian fans. They’re inspirational and create excitement.”
• Four-time Solheim Cup player Laura Diaz has been appointed vice captain of the U.S. team for the August matches against Europe at Colorado Golf Club.
• Tennis player Maria Kirilenko and NHL star Alex Ovechkin are talking wedding plans between their busy schedules, although the Russian couple hasn’t set a date. “Now it’s a little bit difficult because I’m playing and Alex is playing,” Kirilenko said after winning her quarterfinal match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
Defending champion Roger Federer rallied for a 6-3, 6-7 (6-4), 7-5 victory over Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka to reach the quarterfinals. Rafael Nadal ended the run of Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory.
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