The former UW goalkeeper stops a late penalty shot to record her 81st international shutout in 2-0 victory in Portugal.
Solo helps U.S. shut down France, 2-0, for Algarve Cup title
The United States not only avenged last month’s stinging loss to France with its 10th Algarve Cup title, the Americans addressed concerns about their readiness for the Women’s World Cup.
Hope Solo stopped a late penalty kick to preserve her 81st international shutout and lead the U.S. over France 2-0 Wednesday night at Faro, Portugal.
Julie Johnston and Christen Press scored for the second-ranked U.S., which rebounded from a 0-0 draw against Iceland on Monday. Solo, the former UW star, made her 160th start in goal, passing Briana Scurry for the American record.
It was Solo’s third shutout of the tournament, the U.S. team’s last before the World Cup in Canada. She started every Algarve match for the United States.
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“We’re on the right track to peak for the World Cup, which is still three months away,” Solo said. “We’re not at our best yet but we’re getting there.”
No. 3 France had defeated the U.S. 2-0 last month in an exhibition in Lorient, the first win for Les Bleus in 17 games against the Americans. It was the U.S. team’s 20th Algarve Cup appearance and first title since 2013.
Paris Saint-Germain stuns Chelsea in Champions League
Thiago Silva scored on a looping header over goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois in the 114th minute Wednesday night, lifting Paris Saint-Germain over Chelsea and into the Champions League quarterfinals.
Silva’s goal tied the match 2-2 and knotted the aggregate score of the home-and-home series at 3-3. PSG advanced because of its 2-1 margin in away goals.
Pacquiao, Mayweather begin hype for May 2 fight
Manny Pacquiao was out walking the red carpet by the time Floyd Mayweather Jr. arrived, fashionably late for their first appearance together to promote a fight that really needs no promoting.
But it didn’t take long Wednesday for Mayweather to put the fight into perspective in a way that only a fighter nicknamed “Money” can.
“You get to this level where you’re making nine figures in 36 minutes,” Mayweather said, “and you have to be a winner.”
Mayweather had the math right, though he declined to say just how much he will make in the May 2 fight that has stirred excitement far beyond the boxing community. He will get 60 percent of the purse in what is expected to be boxing’s richest fight ever, a haul that could exceed $120 million for Mayweather alone.
Pacquiao won’t do badly, either, in a fight that was five years in the making and will break records in another way — it will cost fans more than any other fight in history to watch both at the MGM Grand arena or in the comfort of their living rooms.
At the only news conference the fighters will do before the week of the fight, promoters announced that tickets would range from $1,500 in the upper reaches of the MGM Garden to $7,500 at ringside. The pay-per-view price wasn’t announced, but is expected to be in the $90-100 range.
• John Daly was still steaming over the PGA Tour’s drug-testing program that he says is too predictable to be random and was “a big joke.”
Daly based his rant on being tested six consecutive years at the Valspar Championship, which starts this week at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla. His biggest complaint: Having to hold it in on the back nine of the tournament knowing he will be selected to provide a urine sample after his round.
“It’s not fair to the tour guys,” Daly said after his pro-am round. “I don’t mind taking a drug test at all. When I’m sitting out here Thursday and Friday thinking I’m going to get drug tested, holding my (urine) for two hours, it affects your golf game.”
• Two-time Iditarod champion Mitch Seavey was the first musher to reach the checkpoint in Ruby, and an up-and-coming musher has been disqualified.
Seavey covered the grueling, 119-mile stretch from Tanana in 18 hours, 35 minutes, arriving in the Ruby checkpoint two minutes ahead of his son, Dallas.
Brent Sass, who last month won the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, was disqualified because the Iditarod race marshal said he had a two-way communications device with him. Mushers are not allowed to have contact with anyone during the race.
• Nick Lindner scored 25 points and Lafayette held off American to win the Patriot League tournament title with a 65-63 victory over the Eagles in Easton, Pa.
The fourth-seeded Leopards (20-12) became the lowest seed to win the league tournament title — and its automatic bid to the NCAA tournament — in its 25-year history.
• Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte was moved to a hospital closer to his home in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, a day after his legs were broken when the van he was driving hit an icy patch of road and flipped on its side.
The 73-year-old Turcotte, who rode Secretariat to the Triple Crown in 1973, has been paralyzed from the waist down after a racing spill in 1978.
• Jenna Cobb scored 20 points to lead Florida Gulf Coast to a 62-42 win over Jacksonville in the Atlantic Sun semifinal and clinch the automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. FGCU (29-2) will play Northern Kentucky for the conference title but the Norse are tournament-ineligible, which means the Eagles automatically get the bid.