Argentina advances in Copa
Argentina defeated Colombia, 5- 4, on penalty kicks after a 0- 0 tie Friday night and will play Brazil or Paraguay next week in a Copa America semifinal.
Following a scoreless regulation, the game, played at Vina del Mar, Chile, went straight to a shootout and Carlos Tevez converted the winning kick after Argentina squandered two earlier chances to end the match. Lucas Biglia shot wide in the shootout and Marcos Rojo hit the crossbar.
Argentina is trying to win its first major title since the 1993 Copa America. In Monday’s semifinal, host Chile meets Peru.
Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher has signed a two- year, $ 8.8- million contract that will keep him with the team. The contract will pay Fisher $ 4.8 million in 2015- 16 and $ 4 million in 2016- 17.
The 35- year- old Fisher had 19 goals and 20 assists in 59 games last season after returning from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon that kept him out for the Predators’ first 21 games.
Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings has had surgery on his right ankle and will be reevaluated in three months. The Red Wings said the procedure was to repair ruptured tendons in the ankle.
Datsyuk, who turns 37 next month, had 26 goals and 39 assists in 63 games last season. He hasn’t played 80 games in a season since 2010.
Tyson Gay fell behind early only to make up ground in a hurry to win the 100 meters at the U. S. championships at Eugene, Ore.
Gay f inished in 9.87 seconds to secure a spot at the world championships in Beijing this summer. Gay f lew past Baylor standout Trayvon Bromell and then sidestepped cameramen on the track as he applied the brakes. Michael Rodgers was third to join Justin Gatlin on the world squad. Gatlin didn’t compete because he had an automatic bye courtesy of his Diamond League title.
Tori Bowie used a late surge to sneak by English Gardner, taking the women’s crown in 10.81. Oregon star Jasmine Todd wound up third.
Sam Querrey came from a set down to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov and reach the final of the Nottingham Open in England, where the American will play Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
The 12th- seeded Querrey won, 4- 6, 6- 3, 7- 5.
Caroline Wozniacki retired three games into her semifinal at the grass- court Nottingham Open in England, handing 18- year- old Swiss Belinda Bencic a place in the f inal against former Wimbledon runner- up Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat Sloane Stephens of the United States, 6- 1, 6- 7 ( 3), 6- 2.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s most popular driver, called the Confederate f lag “offensive to an entire race” Friday while voicing his support for its being removed from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse.
NASCAR this week said it backs South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s call to remove the f lag from the grounds, and noted that it bars the f lag symbol in any official NASCAR capacity. Earnhardt backed NASCAR’s position when asked about the issue before practice at Sonoma Raceway in Northern California.
“I stand behind NASCAR’s stance to remove it,” Earnhardt said. “I think if it’s offensive to an entire race, it really does nothing for anybody to be there f lying. It belongs in the history books, that’s about it.”