U.S. men sur­prise Dutch with 4-3 victory

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The United States had been 0-4 against the Nether­lands and had just given up two sec­ond-half goals, keep­ing up the pat­tern of de­fen­sive mis­takes that has plagued the Amer­i­cans since last year’s World Cup.

Then the U.S. bounced back — in stunning fash­ion.

The Amer­i­cans ral­lied to beat the Dutch, 4-3, in an ex­hi­bi­tion Fri­day night in Am­s­ter­dam, giv­ing Coach Juer­gen Klins­mann an­other mile­stone, fol­low­ing the Amer­i­cans’ first victory against Italy and first win at Mex­ico.

Danny Wil­liams got the ty­ing goal in the 88th minute and Bobby Wood scored 96 sec­onds later, the first in­ter­na­tional goal for each. Both were part of a lineup filled with sec­ond-half sub­sti­tutes.

“I was just kind of in shock,” Wood said.

Klaas-Jan Hun­te­laar split the cen­tral de­fend­ers and scored on head­ers in the 27th and 49th min­utes and as­sisted on Mem­phis De­pay’s 53rd-minute goal as the sixth-ranked Nether­lands built a 3-1 lead.

The Galaxy’s Gyasi Zardes got his first in­ter­na­tional goal in the 33rd for the U.S., which reached half­time in a 1-1 tie de­spite hav­ing only 39% pos­ses­sion.

Tackle Davis joins list of 49ers re­tirees

Right tackle An­thony Davis an­nounced his re­tire­ment from the San Fran­cisco 49ers in yet an­other shock­ing loss for the team this off­sea­son, and it was un­clear whether the de­ci­sion stemmed from his dif­fi­cul­ties with a con­cus­sion last year.

The 25-year-old Davis in­formed the team Fri­day through a text mes­sage to Coach Jim Tom­sula be­fore the team prac­ticed.

“Af­ter a few years of thought, I’ve de­cided it will be best for me to take a year or so away from the NFL. This will be a time for me to al­low my brain and body a chance to heal. I know many won’t un­der­stand my de­ci­sion, that’s OK,” Davis said in a state­ment pro­vided by agent Drew Rosen­haus.

Davis be­comes the fourth prom­i­nent 49ers player to re­tire in three months — join­ing lineback­ers Pa­trick Wil­lis and Chris Bor­land and de­fen­sive end Justin Smith.

Miami Dol­phins first-round draft pick DeVante Parker un­der­went left foot surgery and prob­a­bly will miss the start of train­ing camp, but he’s ex­pected to be ready for the be­gin­ning of the regular sea- son. The for­mer Louisville re­ceiver had surgery on the same foot last year, when he sat out the first seven games of his se­nior sea­son. He had an­other pro­ce­dure to re­place a screw.

Wel­ter­weight Robert Guer­rero (32-3-1, 18 KOs) tries to re­vive his boxing ca­reer as he faces East L.A.’s Aron Martinez (19-3-1, 4 KOs) Satur­day at StubHub Cen­ter in a sched­uled 10-round bout.

Guer­rero has lost two of his last three fights, in­clud­ing a one-sided de­ci­sion loss to Floyd May­weather Jr. in May 2013, and Guer­rero was knocked down in an­other lop­sided de­ci­sion loss to Keith Thur­man in March in a WBA wel­ter­weight ti­tle bout in Las Ve­gas. This is Martinez’s first bout since los­ing by TKO in the fifth round against Jos­esito Lopez in April 2014.

— Barry Stavro

Brit­tney Griner filed for an an- nul­ment with Glory John­sonGriner on Fri­day, a day af­ter John­son-Griner an­nounced she’s preg­nant and a month af­ter the two WNBA play­ers were mar­ried.

Griner, the 6-foot-8 Phoenix Mer­cury star, mar­ried John­sonGriner on May 9, three weeks af­ter they were ar­rested in Ari­zona on do­mes­tic vi­o­lence charges for a fight at their home in sub­ur­ban Phoenix.

Kurt Busch turned a lap at 177.599 mph and won the NASCAR Sprint Cup pole at Po­cono Race­way in Long Pond, Pa., af­ter a bizarre qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion that saw five cars fail to com­plete a lap in the fi­nal round.

Carl Ed­wards joins Kurt Busch on the front row.

Matt Crafton held off a hard­charg­ing Daniel Suarez on two late restarts to win the NASCAR Truck Se­ries race at Fort Worth.

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