US women blank Mex­ico for slot in Olympic soc­cer

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Samantha Mewis’ goal on a blis­ter­ing free kick in the sec­ond half against Mex­ico left no doubt that the United States was on its way to the Olympics.

Mewis scored twice and the U.S. na­tional team se­cured its place in Tokyo this sum­mer with a 4-0 semi­fi­nal vic­tory Fri­day night in the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment.

“I hope so,” she said about her state­ment-mak­ing goal putting the U.S. firmly in con­trol. “There were ups and downs in the game. I thought Mex­ico played re­ally well, they did a great job and they were a hard team to beat. I think ev­ery time we were able to score it helped us kind of re­set our­selves.”

Rose Lavelle and Chris­ten Press also scored for the United States, which ex­tended its un­beaten streak to 27 games.

The United States will face Canada in the tour­na­ment’s ti­tle game Sun­day. Canada earned the re­gion’s other Olympic berth with a 1-0 vic­tory over sur­pris­ingly re­silient Costa Rica in the early match Fri­day.

MLS: Ma­jor League Soc­cer’s New York City team and the Yan­kees have re­vived plans for a 25,000-seat soc­cer sta­dium near the base­ball park in the Bronx, seven years af­ter a pro­posal fell through. New York City’s Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Corp. said Fri­day it is at­tempt­ing to put to­gether a deal that would in­clude a soc­cer sta­dium built on the site of cur­rent park­ing lots along what was the first-base side of old Yankee Sta­dium. The old ball­park was torn down in 2009 and re­placed by park­land to make up for park space used for the new Yankee Sta­dium, just to the north.

French league: Ney­mar will miss Paris Saint-Ger­main’s home game against Lyon in the French league Sun­day as he con­tin­ues to re­cover from a rib in­jury.

Golf

LPGA: In Bar­won Heads, Aus­tralia, Ayean Cho shot a 2-un­der 70 on a dif­fi­cult day for scor­ing to take a one-stroke lead over Made­lene Sagstrom af­ter three rounds of the Vic Open. The tour­na­ment at the 13th Beach Golf Links also fea­ture a Euro­pean Tour men’s tour­na­ment run­ning along­side the women’s event. In the men’s event, Min Woo Lee ea­gled the 18th hole for 4-un­der 68 to take a three-stroke lead over three-time Euro­pean Tour win­ner Mar­cus Fraser and fel­low Aus­tralian Travis Smyth.

Hockey

Obit­u­ary: Brian Glen­nie, a hard-hit­ting de­fense­man who spent most of his 10-year NHL ca­reer with the Toronto Maple Leafs, has died. He was 73. Glen­nie, who was in­ducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, helped the na­tional team win Olympic bronze at the 1968 Win­ter Games in Greno­ble, France.

Mo­tor­sports

NASCAR: Kevin Har­vick agreed to a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with Ste­wart-Haas Rac­ing that will take the 44-year-old NASCAR cham­pion through the 2023 sea­son

Ten­nis

Fed Cup: In Everett, Wash., Ser­ena Wil­liams strug­gled for stretches Fri­day night but re­mained per­fect. Wil­liams im­proved to 14-0 in Fed Cup sin­gles matches, de­feat­ing Je­lena Ostapenko in straight sets to give the United States a 2-0 lead over Latvia.

Wil­liams out­lasted Ostapenko 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) to put the U.S. on the cusp of ad­vanc­ing to the Fed Cup Fi­nals in Bu­dapest, Hun­gary, in April. The U.S. needed just one vic­tory in the three sched­uled matches Satur­day to ad­vance.

The U.S. was given an early ad­van­tage af­ter Aus­tralian Open cham­pion Sofia Kenin rolled with a dom­i­nant 6-2, 6-2 win against Anas­tasija Sev­as­tova in the open­ing match.

Win­ter Sports

Men’s slalom: In Cha­monix, France, Cle­ment Noel pleased his home crowd by win­ning his third men’s World Cup slalom of the sea­son Satur­day af­ter first-run leader Daniel Yule of Switzer­land skied out early in his fi­nal run. Women’s down­hill: In Garmisch-Partenkirc­hen, Ger­many, Vik­to­ria Rebens­burg mas­tered the Kan­da­har course on Satur­day for her first ca­reer win in a women’s World Cup down­hill. Af­ter two months of rather dis­ap­point­ing re­sults, which led to a fall­out with the Ger­man ski fed­er­a­tion,

Rebens­burg had a nearflaw­less run to beat Fed­er­ica Brignone by 0.61 sec­onds. The Ital­ian’s third straight podium fin­ish in a down­hill helped her close the gap on leader Mikaela Shiffrin in the over­all stand­ings to 190 points. The Amer­i­can three-time over­all cham­pion is tak­ing a break from ski rac­ing since the death of her fa­ther, Jeff Shiffrin, last week.

Fig­ure Skat­ing: Ja­panese teenager Rika Ki­hira won the women’s free skate in Seoul to cap­ture the Four Con­ti­nents fig­ure skat­ing ti­tle for the sec­ond straight year. She is the first skater to win back-to­back events in the his­tory of the event. The 17-yearold Ki­hira re­ceived 151.16 points for a to­tal of 232.34. South Korea’s Young You moved up to sec­ond place with a to­tal of 223.23 points while Bradie Ten­nell of the United States, sec­ond af­ter the short pro­gram, fin­ished third with 222.97.

No­table

Swim­ming: Former Olympic swim­ming cham­pion Roland Schoe­man said Satur­day that con­tam­i­nated sup­ple­ments were re­spon­si­ble for him fail­ing a dop­ing test and be­ing banned for a year.

ELAINE THOMP­SON AP

The United States’ Ser­ena Wil­liams re­turns a shot against Latvia’s Je­lena Ostapenko dur­ing a Fed Cup qual­i­fy­ing match Fri­day in Everett, Wash.

CHRIS CARL­SON AP

Mex­ico for­ward Daniela Espinosa heads the ball away from U.S. for­ward Megan Rapi­noe dur­ing Fri­day’s Olympic qual­i­fy­ing match in Car­son, Calif.

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