Facing former coach Pia Sundhage for the first time, the United States tied Sweden 1-1 in Lagos, Portugal, to advance to the Algarve Cup final for the 10th time in 11 years.
U.S. ties Sundhage-coached
Sweden team in Portugal
There was a familiar face on the sideline during the U.S. women’s soccer match. Only this time, Pia Sundhage was trying to beat the Americans.
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Facing its former coach for the first time, the United States tied Sweden 1-1 Monday in Lagos, Portugal, to advance to the Algarve Cup final for the 10th time in 11 years.
Alex Morgan scored the equalizer in the 56th minute for the Americans, who extended their unbeaten streak to 28 matches and face Germany in Wednesday’s title game. The Americans are seeking their ninth title in 18 trips to the tournament.
Morgan played for the Sounders Women last year.
Sundhage left the U.S. team after last summer’s Olympics, where the Americans won their second consecutive gold medal, to return to her native Sweden. Tom Sermanni replaced her as U.S. coach this year.
“I tried to tune Pia out, and the fact that she was speaking Swedish helped a little bit,” Morgan said. “After the match, it was a frustrating feeling having tied and having so many opportunities in the last 10 minutes, so I didn’t want to go over and hug her. But then I was like, no, she’s done so much for us, so I went over and gave her a hug and, as always, she was so happy to see all of us.”
Track and field
Pistorius is ‘not suicidal,’
family members say
Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius, charged with the Valentine’s Day murder of his girlfriend in South Africa, is not suicidal, his family announced.
Pistorius “is in deep mourning but despite the tragic circumstances he is certainly not suicidal,” said a statement issued by Pistorius’ uncle, Arnold Pistorius.
The family’s denial came after reports Oscar Pistorius, 26, was distraught and contemplating taking his life. The double-amputee runner, who races on carbon-fiber blades, is charged with the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, 29, at his home.
Pistorius says he mistakenly shot Steenkamp, thinking she was an intruder. Prosecutors contend Pistorius killed her intentionally after an argument.
“Oscar, broken as he currently is, believes he has a purpose in life and is working towards that,” Arnold Pistorius said.
Seavey leads in Iditarod
Mitch Seavey, who led Sunday but was passed by four-time champion Jeff King on Monday, regained the lead Monday night in the 998-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska.
King was the first musher to leave the Koyuk checkpoint, which is 171 miles from the finish in Nome. Seavey was the first to arrive in Koyuk, but decided to rest his team.
Seavey was the first to get to the Elim checkpoint, which is 123 miles from the finish. King appeared in Elim 1 hour, 56 minutes later than Seavey.
Jan Steves of Edmonds was in 59th place.
Federer advances with ease
Defending champion Roger Federer of Switzerland beat Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-3, 6-1 in a third-round match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
Federer is a four-time Indian Wells champion.
A 4.7 magnitude earthquake struck at 9:55 a.m. near Indian Wells. Fifth-seeded Rafael Nadal was preparing to play when the earth shook — scaring the Spaniard, who had not experienced a quake.
• Sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica was honored as the 2012 sportsman of the year at the Laureus Sports Awards, and Europe’s Ryder Cup golfers were selected the best team. British heptathlete Jessica Ennis was voted sportswoman of the year.
• Jack Parker, who has guided Boston University to three NCAA hockey titles, announced he will retire from coaching after the postseason and move into a fundraising job at the school. Parker, 68, has an 894-471-115 record with the Terriers.
“I always thought of BU as a family,” Parker said. “I’ve got two daughters and 226 sons.”
Sixty-six players coached by Parker at BU have advanced to the NHL.
“We’ve got games to play, and we’ve got practice tomorrow,” Parker said. “I don’t feel like I’m no longer the coach. It probably won’t hit me until October.”
• Family members say retired boxer Tony Martin, 52, was fatally shot in an altercation with a visitor at one of his rental properties in Philadelphia on Friday.
Martin had a 34-6-1 record, with 12 knockouts, and his last bout was in 1997.
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