USC, UCLA women ad­vance in soc­cer

Los Angeles Times - - THE DAY IN SPORTS -

The USC and UCLA women’s soc­cer teams breezed to vic­to­ries in the first round of the NCAA tour­na­ment on Fri­day.

The Tro­jans got goals from six play­ers in a 6-0 win over Long Beach State at USC’s McAlis­ter Field, im­prov­ing their record to 162-2. Natalie Ja­cobs and Alea Hy­att scored in the first half. Tara McKe­own, Leah Pruitt, Sa­van­nah DeMelo and Hai­ley Hite scored in the sec­ond half as USC posted its largest mar­gin of vic­tory in a tour­na­ment game. The six goals is a USC record for a post­sea­son game.

USC will play the win­ner of the game Sun­day be­tween host Louisiana State and Bos­ton in the sec­ond round. The game will be played Thurs­day in Tal­la­has­see, Fla.

Led by Ash­ley Sanchez, Jessie Flem­ing and Hailie Mace, UCLA cruised to a 5-0 vic­tory over San Jose State. Sanchez scored two goals, Flem­ing had a goal and two as­sists, and Mace recorded two as­sists.

UCLA (15-3-1) will host Min­nesota in the sec­ond round Fri­day at 7:30 p.m. The Go­phers ad­vanced af­ter a 2-0 win over Auburn. park and the use of a new car. The NCAA also ac­cepted the univer­sity’s self-im­posed penal­ties of re­duc­ing one schol­ar­ship, dis­as­so­ci­a­tion of one of its boost­ers and a $5,000 fine.

The univer­sity said that it plans to ap­peal the de­ci­sion be­cause it con­sid­ers the va­cat­ing of wins to be too harsh and not con­sis­tent with re­cent cases.

Min­nesota Twins star Joe Mauer has de­cided to re­tire af­ter 15 sea­sons. The Min­neapo­lis Star Tri­bune re­ported that Mauer has taken out an ad in its Sun­day pa­per to an­nounce his re­tire­ment. The news­pa­per re­ported that Mauer, who missed sig­nif­i­cant time this sea­son be­cause of a con­cus­sion, says in the ad that his de­ci­sion “came down to my health and my fam­ily.”

Mauer is 35 and his eight-year, $184-mil­lion con­tract ex­pired af­ter this sea­son.

Trevor Rosen­thal could earn $30 mil­lion over two years if he be­comes the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als’ closer and reg­u­larly fin­ishes games.

Matt Kuchar es­caped his only big mess with a 35-foot bo­gey putt on the 12th hole, and he rode eight birdies to a seven-un­der 64 that gave him a two-shot lead over PGA Tour rookie Cameron Champ go­ing into the week­end at the Mayakoba Golf Clas­sic at Playa Del Car­men, Mex­ico . ... Ser­gio Gar­cia barely held onto his lead as Louis Oosthuizen’s sec­ond-round charge took him to within a shot of the Spa­niard at the Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenge in Sun City, South Africa. Gar­cia’s one-un­der 71 moved him to nine-un­der 135 over­all, but his four-shot ad­van­tage from the first day dis­ap­peared as Oosthuizen (67) made an ea­gle and five birdies at Gary Player Coun­try Club . ... Gaby Lopez turned 25 and cel­e­brated with a hole-in-one that helped her to a six-un­der 66 and a one-stroke lead over Ariya Ju­tanu­garn af­ter the third round of the Blue Bay LPGA tour­na­ment in Hainan Is­land, China.

Stephen Curry has a mild to moder­ate left groin strain and will miss Golden State’s home game against Brook­lyn on Sat­ur­day night . ... Den­ver Nuggets for­ward Will Bar­ton is start­ing to take a few shots as he re­cov­ers from surgery to fix core and hip mus­cle in­juries. ... The Cava­liers’ in­jury list con­tin­ues to grow with start­ing for­ward Cedi Os­man the lat­est ad­di­tion. Os­man will miss Sat­ur­day’s game at Chicago with back spasms that forced him to leave Wed­nes­day’s loss to Or­lando.

The Bos­ton Bru­ins say goal­tender Tuukka Rask has been granted a leave of ab­sence from the team for a per­sonal mat­ter.

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