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In brief: Late goal against Trinidad and Tobago lifts Mexico into Gold Cup semifinals

Sun., July 21, 2013

Soccer: Raul Jimenez scored in the 84th minute to lead Mexico to a 1-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup on Saturday night in Atlanta.

Jimenez used his right foot to redirect Miguel Layun’s shot attempt from the right side with a sweeping move that helped the ball sail past diving goalkeeper Jan Williams and into the left corner of the net.

Three of Mexico’s 11 shots in the first half were on goal, but Williams only had to dive once to make a save. The other two attempts went right into his hands.

Torres propels Panama past Cuba: Gabriel Torres scored two goals in the first half to help Panama beat 10-man Cuba 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup in Atlanta.

Panama, which has three wins and a tie in four Gold Cup games this year, advanced to the semifinals where it will face Mexico in Dallas on Wednesday.

Recari, Creamer share Marathon lead

Golf: Spain’s Beatriz Recari birdied the two closing par 5s to catch Paula Creamer atop the leaderboard through 54 holes in the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

Recari matched Creamer’s 4-under 67. Both are at 12-under 201.

Creamer led by as many as two shots before Recari’s late surge at Highland Meadows.

Wendy Ward (Edwall, Wash.) shot a 71 for an even par 213.

Thompson, Summerhays share lead: Nicholas Thompson and Daniel Summerhays are tied for the lead going into the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Madison, Miss., at 17-under 199.

Summerhays waited out a rain delay of 1 hour, 17 minutes before making a 19-foot putt for birdie, finishing with a 3-under 69.Thompson bogeyed his first hole in the third round, but was nearly flawless after that with a 65 to share the lead.

Niebrugge wins U.S. Amateur Public Links: Oklahoma State sophomore Jordan Niebrugge won the U.S. Amateur Public Links at Laurel Hill in Lorton, Va., beating California junior Michael Kim 1 up in the 36-hole final.

The 19-year-old Niebrugge, from Mequon, Wis., was 1 up after the morning round and increased the margin to four in the first six holes in the afternoon.

The winner, if still an amateur, traditionally receives a spot in the Masters.

Qualifier upsets Federer in Hamburg

Tennis: Roger Federer lost to Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4) in the semifinals of the German Tennis Championships.

Federer, a four-time champion in Hamburg, Germany, was outplayed by the 114th-ranked left-hander, who made his first career final.

In the final, Delbonis will play Italy’s Fabio Fognini, who defeated third-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (1).

Serena moves on to Swedish Open final: Serena Williams defeated Klara Zakopalova 6-0, 6-4 in the semifinals of the Swedish Open in Bastad, Sweden.

After losing the first eight games, the Czech managed to break Williams’ serve and tie the set at 2-2 but top-ranked Williams broke back to take the set and the match.

In the other semifinal, Sweden’s Johanna Larsson rallied to overpower Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Finnegan leads USA to win over Cuba

College baseball: Texas Christian sophomore Brandon Finnegan limited Cuba to three hits in seven innings in Team USA’s 1-0 win in Omaha, Neb.

Finnegan struck out seven and walked one.

Cuban starter Norge Ruiz allowed three hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out 11 and walked two.

Game 4 of the five-game exhibition series is tonight in Cary, N.C.

Californians shine at 5K open water swim

Miscellany: American swimmer Haley Anderson, a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, opened the swimming world championships in Barcelona with a gold medal in the 5-kilometer open water and USC-based Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia won the men’s event.

Anderson clocked in at 56 minutes, 34.2 seconds. while Mellouli finished in 53 minutes, 30.4 seconds.

• U.S. women earn lacrosse World Cup title: Katie Rowan led the United States to the women’s lacrosse World Cup title, scoring eight goals and adding two assists in a 19-5 victory over Canada in Oshawa, Ontario.

Danielle Etrasco and Katrina Dowd each scored three goals, and Dowd added three assists.

• Royal Delta wins Delaware Handicap: Royal Delta went right to the front at the start of the Grade I $750,000 Delaware Handicap in Stanton, Del., and led all the way in a 10 3/4-length victory over four overmatched rivals.

• Princess of Sylmar takes Saratoga feature: Princess of Sylmar pulled away for a 6-length victory in the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

• Market Share wins Maple Leaf Trot: Market Share won the $543,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario, beating Mister Herbie by 2 1/2 lengths.


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