US women blank Mexico for slot in Olympic soccer
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The United States’ Serena Williams returns a shot against Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko during a Fed Cup qualifying match Friday in Everett, Wash.
Mexico forward Daniela Espinosa heads the ball away from U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe during Friday’s Olympic qualifying match in Carson, Calif.