Mexico rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to earn a 2-2 draw with the United States men in an exhibition match Wednesday night in Glendale, Ariz.
Touted 18-year-old Julian Green made his senior U.S. debut, coming on in the 59th minute as a substitute for midfielder Graham Zusi.
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Green is the product of German club Bayern Munich’s developmental system who recently committed his international soccer future to the United States national team.
Michael Bradley and Chris Wondolowski scored in the first half for the U.S. Captain Clint Dempsey from Sounders FC was involved in the buildup to the Wondolowski goal.
Rafael Marquez and Alan Pulido scored in the second half for Mexico.
Barcelona was banned by FIFA from signing new players for next season after being found guilty of repeatedly breaching transfer regulations in bringing youth players to its renowned La Masia program.
The sanction covers the summer and January transfer periods. It followed an investigation over the past year into Barcelona’s signing of players under 18 from 2009 to 2013.
Barcelona released a 14-point rebuttal, vowing to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if it did not succeed in reversing the decision with soccer’s governing body.
With first-leg victories, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are in good position to reach the Champions League semifinals.
PSG took advantage of Chelsea’s sloppy defending in a 3-1 win as substitute Javier Pastore scored a brilliant late goal on a solo run. Madrid won 3-0 at home against Borussia Dortmund as Cristiano Ronaldo got his record-tying 14th goal of this season’s competition.
Sampson to coach Houston
Kelvin Sampson, who committed numerous NCAA violations in past coaching jobs, is Houston’s new men’s coach.
Sampson, an assistant with the Houston Rockets since 2011, replaces James Dickey, who stepped down last month citing family matters.
Sampson coached at Washington State, Oklahoma and Indiana. He made 11 NCAA tournaments during his tenure at Oklahoma, reaching the round of 16 in 1999, the Final Four in 2002 and the round of eight in 2003.
He received a five-year show cause order from the NCAA in 2008 after violations regarding impermissible calls to recruits at both Oklahoma and Indiana, which effectively barred him from coaching in college. That order expired in 2013.
Tulsa coach Danny Manning toured the Wake Forest campus as he interviewed for the Demon Deacons’ men’s job.
Union vote scheduled
Northwestern University athletes pressed their case for collective-bargaining rights during meetings in Washington, D.C., with lawmakers as a vote was scheduled for them to decide whether to authorize a union. The vote will be held April 25, according to Ramogi Huma, president of the College Athletes Players Association.
Toews shut down until playoffs
Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will miss the rest of the regular season with an upper-body injury. The team said it expects Toews to be “100 percent” for the playoffs.
Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar scored power-play goals, Jonathan Quick made 17 saves in his sixth shutout of the season and the host Los Angeles Kings clinched a playoff spot with a 4-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.
North Korea opens up
For the first time, North Korea is opening up the streets of its capital to runner-tourists for the annual Pyongyang marathon. Tourism companies say they are getting inundated by requests to sign up for the April 13 event, which this year will include amateur runners from around the world. The race includes a full marathon — with a handful of world-class, invitation-only athletes — a half marathon and a 10-kilometer run.
Phil Mickelson, the four-time major winner who withdrew from last week’s Texas Open after pulling a muscle in his right side, said he would play in this week’s Houston Open.
• Missouri junior guard Jabari Brown, an All-SEC pick who led the conference in scoring, announced he will enter his name in the NBA draft.
• Georgia men’s basketball coach Mark Fox was given a two-year contract extension.
• Alabama tailback Altee Tenpenny was charged with marijuana possession after an arrest in his Arkansas hometown of North Little Rock over spring break.
• California Chrome gets a chance to solidify his status as the West’s leading Kentucky Derby candidate when he runs as the 6-5 favorite in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Saturday in Arcadia, Calif. The colt drew the No. 5 post.
• Social Inclusion is the 2-1 morning-line favorite despite drawing the outside post for Saturday’s $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in Jamaica, N.Y.
• Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., announced it will switch its main track surface from synthetic Polytrack material to dirt in time for the fall meet.
• The Los Angeles Sparks signed free-agent guard Candice Wiggins, who has averaged double-figure scoring in four of her six WNBA seasons.
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