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U.S. soccer women beat Iceland, 3-0 | A.M. Briefing

Abby Wambach got her 154th goal, leaving her four shy of Mia Hamm's record, and Rachel Buehler scored in her 100th appearance as the American...

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Soccer

U.S. women beat Iceland

Abby Wambach got her 154th goal, leaving her four shy of Mia Hamm's record, and Rachel Buehler scored in her 100th appearance as the American women rebounded from a sluggish first half to beat Iceland 3-0 Wednesday in the opener of the Algarve Cup in Faro, Portugal.

Shannon Boxx also scored for the Olympic champions, who got all three goals and 12 of their 18 shots in the second half.

The U.S. will play Friday against China, which drew 1-1 with Sweden in the other Group B game. In Group A, Norway beat Japan 2-0 and Denmark and Germany tied 0-0. In Group C, host Portugal beat Wales 2-0 and Mexico beat Hungary 1-0.

Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain advance in Champions League

Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain protected their leads from the first legs to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Juventus avoided any slip-ups against Celtic, finishing off the Scottish team with a 2-0 win to advance 5-0 on aggregate. PSG faced a tougher challenge against Valencia, but Ezequiel Lavezzi equalized in the second half for a 1-1 tie that was enough to put the French team into the quarterfinals for the first time since 1995.

Slid-dog racing

Mackey leads Iditarod

Four-time champion Lance Mackey was the leader of the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska.

Mackey, from Fairbanks, blew out of Ophir 23 miles past Takotna at 5:45 a.m. to begin the 80-mile run to the next checkpoint at the ghost town of Iditarod. Mackey has not yet taken his mandatory 24-hour layover.

Veteran musher Aaron Burmeister of Nome was in sixth place as he took his mandatory 24-hour rest at Takotna.

Defending champion Dallas Seavey of Willow was in 11th place.

NHL

Blackhawks win 11th straight, extend points streak

Daniel Carcillo scored the tiebreaking goal with 49.3 seconds left in regulation and the host Chicago Blackhawks won their 11th consecutive game, beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 to extend the best start in NHL history.

Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw also scored for Chicago (21-0-3), which reached the halfway point of a lockout-shortened season without losing in regulation. The remarkable Blackhawks have earned at least one point in their first 24 games, stretching their NHL record.

Dating back to last year's regular season, the points streak is 30 games.

Doctors optimistic Rangers' Staal will recover

Doctors are optimistic that New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, 26, will recover fully after being struck in the eye by a deflected puck.

Staal was injured Tuesday against Philadelphia. The defenseman will be sidelined indefinitely but was already showing improvement. The Rangers added veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik to take Staal's spot on the roster.

Tennis

Kuznetsova wins opener

Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, making a comeback after six months on the sidelines due to a right-knee injury, took another step forward with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Andrea Hlavackova in the opening round of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif.

Skiing

Kearney wins moguls

Olympic and World Cup champion Hannah Kearney of the United States won the women's gold medal in moguls at the freestyle world championships in Voss, Norway.

Mikael Kingsbury beat Canadian teammate Alex Bilodeau for the men's title. Patrick Deneen of Cle Elum, the 2009 world champ, was third.

Elsewhere

• One of the investigators who worked on the NCAA's inquiry of Miami athletics wrote a letter on behalf of former booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro just days before he was sentenced two years ago. In the letter, dated June 3, 2011, Ameen Najjar even suggested the NCAA could eventually hire Shapiro. Najjar is no longer with the NCAA, and the organization said, "Nevin Shapiro has not been and will not be a consultant for the NCAA."

• American Andrew Talansky held off six riders in a sprint finish to win the third stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race in Brioude, France, to take the leader's yellow jersey.

Mark Cavendish took the early lead of the Tirreno-Adriatico after Omega Pharma-QuickStep won the team time trial on a rainy opening day in Donoratico, Italy.

• USA Luge has accepted the resignation of Ron Rossi, its executive director for 28 years.

• East Carolina is hiring Jeff Compher from Northern Illinois as its athletic director.

• World Cup slalom champion Marlies Schild of Austria will sit out the remainder of the alpine ski season to rest the knee she hurt in a training crash in December.

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