U.S. women rout Australia
Coach Tom Sermanni could have been forgiven for any pangs of nostalgia when facing his old team. His new players, though, had no similar emotional attachment.
Lauren Holiday and Carli Lloyd scored in the first half and the U.S. women’s team overpowered Australia 4-0 Sunday in San Antonio, giving Sermanni a victory in his first match against his former squad.
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“The reality is, as a coach, you have to be detached once the game starts,” Sermanni said. “We knew it was going to be a difficult game. I’m pleased to have come out of it unscathed.”
Holiday and Lloyd scored on powerful volleys, and Abby Wambach extended her international record with her 162nd goal, connecting with delicate flick off the outside of her right foot that trickled into the corner. Christen Press scored in stoppage time.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo, a former Washington Huskies standout who is from Richland, made five saves. The shutout, Solo’s first this year, was the 67th of her career. The U.S. leader in that category is Briana Scurry, who had 71 from 1994 to 2008.
The victory extended the Americans’ unbeaten streak to 36 matches and pushed Sermanni’s record with the U.S. team to 11-0-2 in his first season.
Sermanni coached Australia for eight years, leading the Matildas to two World Cup appearances and an Asian Cup title.
Australia coach Hersterine de Reus said, “Giving up four goals is a bit too much for me.”
Canucks lose in Columbus
R.J. Umberger scored his first goal of the season with 8:46 left and the host Columbus Blue Jackets ended a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
Curtis McElhinney, making his first appearance for the Blue Jackets in place of Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky, had 37 saves. Bobrovsky was given the night off.
Marian Gaborik and Ryan Johansen also scored for the Blue Jackets.
Henrik Sedin scored a power-play goal for the Canucks at 10:42 of the second period that tied the score.
Eddie Lack stopped 26 shots in place of Roberto Luongo, who was rested on the second night of back-to-back games for Vancouver. The Canucks lost 4-3 in a shootout at Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Vancouver outshot Columbus 13-2 in the first period, yet trailed 1-0.
Asada glides to victory
Mao Asada of Japan beat American Ashley Wagner at Skate America in Detroit.
Asada, the leader going into the free skate, won despite a fall on her triple axel and a two-footed landing on her triple lutz. She scored 204.55 points, thanks to her elevated technical difficulty.
“I am not completely satisfied with my performance today,” Asada said, through a translator.
Wagner, the 2012 Skate America champion, finished with 193.81.
Russia’s Elena Radionova, a 14-year-old, finished third at 183.95 in her first ISU Grand Prix event.
In pairs, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia set a world record in a successful defense of their Skate America title, finishing with 237.71 points.
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• Damian Lillard scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half, helping the host Portland Trail Blazers beat Sacramento 109-105 in an NBA exhibition game. Ex-UW Husky Isaiah Thomas had 15 points and 10 assists for the Kings.
• In another NBA exhibition, Orlando edged visiting Detroit 87-86.
Detroit rookie guard Peyton Siva, a former standout at Louisville and Franklin High School in Seattle, played 47 minutes because teammate Will Bynum had food poisoning. Siva had 12 points and seven assists, but he also made nine turnovers.
• Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark won her first tennis tournament of the year, beating German 19-year-old Annika Beck 6-2, 6-2 in the Luxembourg Open.
• In Kremlin Cup tennis finals in Moscow, Richard Gasquet of France beat qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and Simona Halep of Romania defeated Samantha Stosur of Australia 7-6 (7-1), 6-2.
• Michael Phelps, winner of a record 18 Olympic gold medals, has been working out with former coach Bob Bowman at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. There is no word on whether the 28-year-old Phelps plans to end his retirement and make a comeback for the 2016 Olympics.
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