Wambach breaks record
Abby Wambach scored four times in the first half to break Mia Hamm’s record for international career goals with room to spare in a 5-0 victory over South Korea on Thursday night in Harrison, N.J.
The four goals gave the 33-year-old Wambach 160, two more than Hamm had in a storied career that ended in 2004.
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Wambach connected three times in the first 29 minutes to break Hamm’s mark of 158 international goals, and Wambach added another in injury time.
The historic 159th came on a line-drive header that ripped into the twine in the back of the net off a corner kick by Seattle Reign product Megan Rapinoe.
“I can tell my teammates were trying to get me those goals in the first half,” Wambach said. “I’m only as good as my teammates allow me to be. Yes, I score a lot of goals. Yes, I put myself in position to score goals. But I can’t thank my teammates enough.”
Goalkeeper Hope Solo made her first start for the United States since having wrist surgery in early March. The former Huskies star and current Reign starter faced one weak shot as the ball stayed in the South Korean half most of the game.
O’Brien gets $1M raise
Bill O’Brien is getting a nearly $1 million raise after his debut 8-4 season as Penn State’s coach.
His contract when he arrived in January 2012 called for a base salary of $950,000. That’s going up to $1.9 million starting July 1, the school said.
Counting compensation for radio and television work and a Nike contract, O’Brien’s total deal this year would be worth more than $3.2 million.
U.S. qualifier in semis
Qualifier Jamie Hampton became the first American since Jennifer Capriati in 2003 to reach the Eastbourne semifinals after rallying past Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 in England. She’ll play Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who rallied past Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Class-action suit sought
Former college basketball standout Ed O’Bannon and his lawyers sought to dramatically expand his lawsuit challenging the NCAA’s ban on compensating athletes in a move that could expose the organization and its member schools to billions of dollars in damages.
O’Bannon and his lawyers asked a federal court judge in Oakland, Calif., to turn their antitrust lawsuit into a class action, representing thousands of former and current college athletes.
Track and field
Gay, Gatlin breeze
Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin breezed through the first round of the 100 meters, turning in rather pedestrian performances but advancing at the U.S. track championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Shock ends skid
Nicole Powell had a season-high 18 points and Riquana Williams came off the bench to score a team-high 21 as the host Tulsa Shock (2-7) snapped a three-game losing skid with a 83-74 decision over the Chicago Sky (4-3).
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• Former Grand Slam doubles champion Bob Hewitt was served a summons to appear in a South African court to face allegations he sexually abused girls he coached decades ago, prosecutors said.
• Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final was watched by an average of 6.5 million people, the most viewers for a Stanley Cup Game 4 since records started being kept in 1987.
• Left wing Raffi Torres and the San Jose Sharks agreed on a three-year, $6 million extension.
• The Connecticut Sun acquired forward Kayla Pedersen from the Tulsa Shock for a second-round pick in next season’s WNBA draft.
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