The Washington Post
Sloppy American men fall, 3-0, to Venezuela
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.