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Italy, Spain keep perfect records in European qualifiers

Spain and Italy have both kept perfect records in European Championship qualifying, moving to five wins from five, but it was far from easy. Italy was lackluster in attack against Armenia and Spain had a player sent off as it scraped to a 2-1 win over Romania.

William Byron wins Daytona 500 pole, puts Hendrick up front again

William Byron put Hendrick Motorsports in a familiar position: on the pole for the Daytona 500. His bigger goal is to make the starting spot pay dividends for the NASCAR powerhouse. The 21-year-old Byron and 25-year-old teammate Alex Bowman locked in the front row for “The Great American Race” during qualifying laps Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. They comprise the youngest front row in Daytona 500 history.

Lloyd’s hat trick leads U.S. team past Panama

Carli Lloyd scored three goals and the United States beat Panama 5-0 on Sunday in the group stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament. Christen Press added a goal and two assists for the U.S. team, which led 4-0 at halftime.

Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan lead U.S. women in 6-0 rout of Mexico

Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan scored two goals apiece to lead the United States past Mexico 6-0 on Thursday night in each team’s opening match of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament. The U.S. team erupted for five goals in the second half to extend its unbeaten streak to 22 matches.

U.S. rolls past Panama in basketball World Cup qualifying, 78-48

Reggie Hearn scored 12 points, Dwayne Bacon added 10 and the U.S. easily got past Panama 78-48 in a qualifying game Monday night. The Americans have won both of their second-round qualifying games so far, winning them by a combined 87 points.

US back on track for World Cup, Christian Pulisic leads 4-0 rout of Panama

Teenage star Christian Pulisic scored with a brilliant touch to complete a field-length attack just eight minutes in, then split the defense with a pass that set up Jozy Altidore for the first of the forward’s two goals and put the United States back on track for next year’s World Cup with a 4-0 rout of Panama on Friday night.

U.S. vows to ‘come out flying’ in World Cup qualifier vs Panama

The US is in danger of missing next year’s World Cup and promises an aggressive approach from the opening whistle on Friday against Panama. The Americans are fourth in the North and Central American and Caribbean region with two games left, but the Americans still can earn one of the region’s three automatic berths. They likely will need a win against the Panamanians followed by a victory or a draw Tuesday at Trinidad and Tobago.

U.S. World Cup hopes in jeopardy after 2-0 loss to Costa Rica

The United States put its hopes of an eighth straight World Cup berth in peril, giving up a pair of goals to Marco Urena in a 2-0 defeat to Costa Rica that brought the Americans’ resurgence under coach Bruce Arena to a crashing thud. Mistakes by defenders Tim Ream and Geoff Cameron, and goalkeeper Tim Howard led to both goals. The Americans have three games left in qualifying, two on the road.