Sydney Leroux scores 4 goals in 7-0 U.S. victory over Mexico
Sydney Leroux scored four times in the first half to lead the U.S. women’s soccer team to a 7-0 rout of Mexico in an exhibition in Washington, D.C.
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Leroux scores 4 for U.S.in 7-0 victory over Mexico
Sydney Leroux scored four times in the first half to lead the U.S. women’s soccer team to a 7-0 rout of Mexico in an exhibition match Tuesday at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Leroux played for the Sounders Women last year. She has 42 goals in 18 matches for the national team.
Abby Wambach, Rachel Buehler and Morgan Brian also scored for the U.S. team, which is ranked No. 1 in the world. The United States has two impressive unbeaten streaks — 35 matches overall and 73 at home.
The U.S. women are 27-1-1 in matches against Mexico, which is ranked 24th.
Goalkeepers Hope Solo (first half) and Nicole Barnhart (second) combined for the shutout and made a total of three saves. Solo is a former Washington Huskies standout from Richland.
Oracle is docked 2 points
Hours after being hit with the harshest penalties in the 162-year history of the America’s Cup, skipper Jimmy Spithill defiantly declared defending champion Oracle Team USA to be an underdog that “will come out fighting” against Emirates Team New Zealand starting Saturday on San Francisco Bay.
“I’m expecting the fight of my life,” Spithill, a 34-year-old Australian, said.
Oracle Team USA was docked two points in the America’s Cup match and Dirk de Ridder, a key crewman who had trimmed the massive wing sail on the team’s high-performance, 72-foot catamaran, was banished from the regatta by an international jury. The syndicate also was fined $250,000.
Oracle essentially starts the match at minus-2, meaning it must win 11 races to retain the oldest trophy in international sports. Team New Zealand must still win nine races to claim the silver trophy.
Stewart plans Feb. return
An upbeat Tony Stewart won his first race since suffering a broken right leg in a sprint-car accident when he beat an employee around the office at Stewart-Haas Racing in his wheelchair.
His injury? The three-time NASCAR champion called it “a small bump in the road” and expects to be back in a race car in time to drive in the Feb. 23 Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Stewart, 42, was injured Aug. 5 in Iowa.
“I’ve watched Oprah for four weeks,” he said. “I’m absolutely tired of watching TV.”
Stewart has tried not to look at the extent of his injuries when he goes in for treatment but can’t resist. He invariably does, he said, “and then I spend the rest of the time with a wet cloth on my forehead, trying to regain consciousness.”
Kahne will be part of Chase
Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw has secured at least a wild-card spot in the 12-driver, 10-race NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.
The Chase field will be set after Saturday night’s Federated Auto Parts 400 in Richmond, Va.
Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth also have qualified for the Chase. Ten drivers have a chance to earn one of the five other spots.
Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., is ninth in points. According to NASCAR officials, no matter what any other driver does, Biffle can guarantee himself a berth in the Chase if he finishes ninth or better Saturday; or places 10th with at least one lap led; or finishes 11th with the most laps led.
•North Carolina junior P.J. Hairston, the basketball team’s leading scorer last season, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of speeding and an unsafe-movement violation after being cited for reckless driving in July.
Rowan County District Judge Kevin Eddinger accepted Hairston’s plea for driving 75 mph in a 65 mph zone from attorney T. Gregory Jones. Hairston has to pay a $40 fine and court costs.
Hairston was cited for driving 93 mph on Interstate 85 on July 28. The school indefinitely suspended him hours later.
It was the third off-court misstep this offseason for Hairston, who was twice cited in a month while driving a rental car linked to a felon. He was driving a car registered to a friend when cited in July.
• Blue II, the English bulldog mascot who gained national attention during Butler’s run to the NCAA basketball title games in 2010 and 2011, died Saturday of complications from congestive heart failure. He was 9.
Blue II was retired from mascot duties May 20. He has been succeeded by Blue III.
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