U.S. women rout Russia
Carli Lloyd and Christen Press each scored twice to help the U.S. women’s team beat Russia 7-0 on Saturday in an exhibition match in Boca Raton, Fla.
Abby Wambach entered 14 minutes into the second half and scored the seventh goal in the 67th minute. She has a record 164 international goals.
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Heather O’Reilly and Sydney Leroux also scored.
The United States had a 32-3 shots advantage, and Russia managed to get a mere one shot on goal.
American goalkeeper Hope Solo, a former Washington Huskies standout from Richland, posted her 69th career shutout.
“It wasn’t just so much about getting the result,” U.S. coach Tom Sermanni said. “I thought the performance, I thought some of the habits and the things we’ve been training really came into the game today.”
The United States has a 41-match unbeaten streak (35-0-6) that dates to March 2012.
Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling had two goals apiece to lead host Liverpool to a 5-1 victory over Arsenal, which entered the match as the English Premier League leader.
Meanwhile, Eden Hazard scored all the goals in Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over visiting Newcastle that lifted Chelsea into the league lead with 56 points in 25 matches.
Arsenal has 55 points, Manchester City has 54 and Liverpool is in fourth place with 50.
Chudzinski finds a job
Rob Chudzinski, fired by the Cleveland Browns in December after going 4-12 in his only season as their coach, will serve as a special assistant to Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano.
Chudzinski, 45, had three years left on his contract with the Browns when they let him go. ESPN reported the organization owes him $10.5 million, some of which could be offset by his salary with the Colts.
Dodgers get early start
Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers and catchers reported for spring training in Glendale, Ariz.
The reigning NL West champs gathered earlier than usual to prepare for a two-game, season-opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia, on March 22 and 23.
Manager Don Mattingly did nothing to dampen the belief Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, the potent one-two punch at the top of the Dodgers’ rotation, would get Aussie starts.
“We’re obviously not ready to make any kind of announcement, but I think it’s pretty simple, pretty easy, to know which way we want to go,” Mattingly said.
Position players report Wednesday.
Samardzija, Cubs agree
The Chicago Cubs and starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, 29, have agreed to a one-year, $5.345 million contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing.
Meanwhile, San Diego’s Andrew Cashner won and Cleveland’s Vinnie Pestano lost as pitchers split decisions in the first salary-arbitration cases in two years.
Cashner, 27, will make $2.4 million rather than the Padres’ offer of $2.275 million. Pestano, 28, will make $975,000 instead of his request for $1.45 million.
• Karin Knapp and Camila Giorgi won the opening singles matches to give Italy a 2-0 lead over the United States in their best-of-five Fed Cup tennis quarterfinal in Cleveland.
Knapp beat Christina McHale 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the first match and Giorgi cruised past Madison Keys 6-2, 6-1.
• An Ultimate Fighting Champion fighter was being held in a Broward County (Fla.) jail, accused of threatening his wife with a gun, authorities said.
Thiago Silva, 31, was being held without bond after his arrest Thursday on charges that included attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and obstruction without violence. His attorney, Scott Saul, said the charges were downgraded during a court appearance to aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Saul said he entered a not-guilty plea on Silva’s behalf.
UFC officials said Silva’s contract has been terminated.
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