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Sloppy Amer­i­can men fall, 3-0, to Venezuela

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Sloppy de­fense, a poor goal­keep­ing de­ci­sion, wasted chances. The United States set an­other his­tor­i­cal marker in its lat­est shutout loss, and it was not the good kind.

Down by three goals af­ter only 36 min­utes, the U.S. na­tional team fell to Venezuela, 3-0, on Sun­day in Cincin­nati in its fi­nal ex­hi­bi­tion tuneup for the Concacaf Gold Cup. A young team showed its in­ex­pe­ri­ence with lit­tle more than a week left be­fore the tour­na­ment opener.

On Wed­nes­day, the United States lost to Ja­maica, 1-0, only its se­cond home de­feat to a Caribbean na­tion in a half­cen­tury. For­ward Josh Sargent and six oth­ers were cut from the ros­ter a day later.

The re­vamped ros­ter had an­other his­tor­i­cal throw­back when Venezuela surged ahead, 3-0, mark­ing the first time the United States trailed by three goals in an open­ing half since June 4, 2011, against world cham­pion Spain.

Salomon Ron­don had two of the goals, mov­ing ahead of Juan Arango for the Venezue­lan ca­reer scor­ing record with 24, as the na­tion beat the Amer­i­cans for the first time af­ter three de­feats and two draws.

Up next is 175th-ranked Guyana in the Gold Cup opener June 18 in St. Paul, Minn . . . .

Six­teen-year-old Gio Reyna and 17-year-old Al­fonso Ocampo-Chavez were in­vited to the U.S. un­der-23 team train­ing camp in Her­ri­man, Utah, by Coach Ja­son Kreis.

Reyna, a son of former U.S. na­tional team cap­tain Clau­dio Reyna, scored a team-high six goals for the Amer­i­cans at last month’s Concacaf Un­der-17 Cham­pi­onship, where the Amer­i­cans lost to Mex­ico in the fi­nal. Ocampo-Chavez scored four goals in the tour­na­ment.

The team is pre­par­ing for Olympic qual­i­fy­ing . . . .

Por­tu­gal won the in­au­gu­ral UEFA Na­tions League tour­na­ment, beat­ing the Nether­lands, 1-0, in the fi­nal in Porto, Por­tu­gal, for its se­cond ti­tle in three years.

Goncalo Guedes scored the win­ner early in the se­cond half to give Por­tu­gal its first tro­phy since the 2016 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship.

Tina Charles scored 21 points and Bria Hart­ley added 17 to help the New York Lib­erty end a fran­chise-worst 17-game los­ing streak with an 88-78 WNBA win over the Las Ve­gas Aces in White Plains, N.Y.

The Lib­erty (1-4) last won a game July 15, 2018, against the Chicago Sky. New York lost its fi­nal 13 games of the sea­son and the first four this year . . . .

Jon­quel Jones had 17 points and 13 re­bounds, Alyssa Thomas also had a dou­ble­dou­ble and the vis­it­ing Connecticu­t Sun de­feated the At­lanta Dream, 65-59 . . . .

Brit­tney Griner scored 26 points, DeWanna Bon­ner added 25, and the Phoenix Mer­cury used a dom­i­nant first half to de­feat the In­di­ana Fever, 94-87, in In­di­anapo­lis . . . .

Cheyenne Parker scored 18 points with 11 re­bounds, and the host Chicago Sky held off the Seat­tle Storm, 78-71 . . . .

The Min­nesota Lynx said rookie for­ward Jes­sica Shep­ard will miss the rest of the sea­son af­ter tear­ing the ACL in her right knee dur­ing Satur­day’s loss to the Los An­ge­les Sparks. The 6foot-3 Shep­ard is av­er­ag­ing 4.8 points.

Track and field’s world gov­ern­ing body is chang­ing its name from the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions to World Ath­let­ics.

The new name and logo will be in­tro­duced in Oc­to­ber. IAAF Pres­i­dent Se­bas­tian Coe said the re­brand­ing is part of a plan to at­tract a younger au­di­ence . . . .

Rus­sia’s ban from in­ter­na­tional track and field was ex­tended over con­cerns it is “back­slid­ing” on dop­ing re­forms.

The IAAF re­fused to lift the ban at a coun­cil meet­ing this week­end al­though Rus­sia had made a long-awaited pay­ment of $3.2 mil­lion to cover costs of mon­i­tor­ing its com­pli­ance with anti-dop­ing rules. The head of the IAAF’s Rus­sia task force, Rune An­der­sen, is con­cerned that banned coaches are al­legedly still work­ing with ath­letes and wants to wait for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into whether Rus­sian of­fi­cials supplied fake med­i­cal doc­u­ments to give an athlete an alibi in a dop­ing case.

A se­cond horse in two days and 29th over­all died at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., where man­age­ment has cho­sen to con­tinue rac­ing for the rest of the cur­rent meet.

Truf­falino col­lapsed in the fi­nal stages of the third race Sun­day. A track spokesman said the 3-year-old filly died of a heart at­tack. A day ear­lier, For­mal Dude pulled up in the 10th race and was vanned off the track af­ter break­ing down near­ing the fin­ish line. The 4year-old geld­ing was eu­th­a­nized.

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