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Sports news briefs — Nov. 10

Compiled from wire reports

SOCCER

U.S. women finish unbeaten campaign

• Sydney Leroux scored twice in the first half and the U.S. women’s soccer team completed its sixth undefeated year with a 4-1 exhibition victory over Brazil on Sunday at the Citrus Bowl. Abby Wambach also scored in the first half, Erika Tymrak added a goal, and goalkeeper Hope Solo made a series of diving saves in the second half. The victory in front of the team’s biggest crowd of the year at 20,274, gave the U.S. a 13-0-3 mark this year. It also pushed the Americans’ unbeaten streak to 38 — and 76 at home. The U.S. controlled the ball and the field for much of the first half, breaking through with goals in the 15th and 17th minute. The first came when midfielder Heather O’Reilly fielded Kristie Mewis’ cross and dropped it to Leroux for a shot to the lower-left corner. A foul then set up Wambach for a penalty kick that America’s career goals leader drilled into the lower-right corner past diving goalkeeper Thais. It was the 163rd goal for the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year, and more importantly ensured the U.S. wouldn’t fall into the same trap as in the team’s last outing, a 1-1 tie against New Zealand in which the team failed to convert many potential winners.

TENNIS

Djokovic, Nadal win, will face off in final

• Defending champion Novak Djokovic set up an enticing final against Rafael Nadal with a 6-3, 6-3 victory Sunday over Stanislas Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. Nadal ended Roger Federer’s hopes of finishing a disappointing season on a high note, defeating the six-time champion 7-5, 6-3 in the other semifinal. Unbeaten in his round-robin matches this week, the second-seeded Djokovic extended his winning streak to 21 matches since losing in the U.S. Open final to Nadal. The two will play for the title today.

BOAT RACING

Granet, Begovich take unlimited title

• Marc Granet and Scott Begovich won the Superboat Unlimited title Sunday in the Key West World Championship offshore powerboat races in Key West, Fla. Piloting Miss Geico, Granet, from Boca Raton, and Begovich, from Jupiter, won the final race Sunday after earlier winning and finishing second in two preliminary races. Granet and Begovich averaged 110.63 mph for 17¾ laps.

SPEEDSKATING

American Fredricks beats world champ

• American Tucker Fredricks won the men’s 500 meters Sunday in a World Cup speedskating event at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Alberta, beating world and Olympic champion Mo Tae-bum of South Korea. Fredricks finished in 34.46 seconds. Mo followed in 34.47. American Heather Richardson took the women’s 1,000 in 1:13.23, beating the Netherlands’ Lotte van Beek by 0.13. The Netherland’s Sven Kramer won the 5,000 in 6:04.46. The Netherlands also won the women’s team pursuit, with van Beek teaming with Ireen Wust and Linda de Vries.

GOLF

Kirk closes to win McGladrey Classic

• Chris Kirk survived a wild back nine Sunday to win the McGladrey Classic at St. Simons Island, Ga., thanks to one big mistake by Briny Baird that kept him winless in 365 starts on the PGA Tour. Kirk closed with a 4-under 66 for his second career win, though he received plenty of help from Baird. They were tied for the lead playing the 18th hole at Sea Island when Baird drove into a fairway bunker, the ball blow his feet. He topped a 4-iron that went about 90 yards and into a hazard. Kirk only had to make par for a one-shot win over Baird (67) and Tim Clark (62).

• Taiwan’s Teresa Lu won the Mizuno Classic on Sunday in Shima, Japan, birdieing the last two holes and six of the final eight for a two-stroke victory. The 25-year-old Lu, a regular on the Japan LPGA Tour after giving up her LPGA Tour membership in 2010, shot an 8-under 64 in windy, wet conditions at Kintetsu Kashikojima. She finished at 14-under 202 and earned $180,000 for her first professional title.

• Laurie Rinker won the season-ending Legends Tour Open on Sunday in Palm Harbor, Fla., parring the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Trish Johnson, Lorie Kane and Barb Mucha. After opening with a 6-under 67 to take a three-stroke lead, the 51-year-old Rinker had a 74 to finish at 5-under 141 on Innisbrook Resort’s Island Course. She earned $30,000.

— From wire reports



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