Ar­gentina ad­vances in Copa

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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.”

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