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Sports briefs: Four Kickers named all-USL PRO

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Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:00 am

SOCCER

Four Kickers named all-USL PRO

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Four members of the regular-season champion Richmond Kickers were named to the all-USL PRO first team. Three played key roles on a defense that allowed 24 goals in 26 regular-season matches: goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra, whose 0.86 goals-against average was the league’s best; defender William Yomby and defender Henry Kalungi.

Yomby was named to the all-league first team for the fifth consecutive season.

Also selected was veteran midfielder Joseph Ngwenya, a newcomer with eight seasons of MLS experience. Ngwenya led the Kickers with 10 regular-season goals. He added an 11 th in Richmond’s quarterfinal playoff victory over Dayton.

U.S. women throttle Mexico

Abby Wambach extended her world record with her 161st international goal, Sydney Leroux scored four times in the first half, and the U.S. women’s team crushed Mexico 7-0 Tuesday night in a friendly at RFK Stadium in Washington.

Rachel Buehler and Virginia junior midfielder Morgan Brian also scored as the U.S. squad reconvened after a 21/2-month break while the National Women’s Soccer League wrapped up its inaugural season. Brian scored her first goal for the U.S. in the 72nd minute, two minutes after she entered the game.

The Americans, ranked No. 1 in the world, ran their overall unbeaten streak to 35 games and their home unbeaten streak to 73.

YACHT RACING

U.S. entry is penalized

An international jury levied the harshest penalties in the 162-year history of the America’s Cup, docking defending champion Oracle Team USA two points in the finals against Emirates Team Zealand in San Francisco and expelling a key sailor.

The penalties are for illegally modifying prototype boats in warm-up regattas last year and earlier this year.

Oracle Team USA must win 11 races to retain the silver trophy. Team New Zealand must still win nine races in the series, which starts Saturday.

Dirk de Ridder, who trims the wing sail, is barred from sailing in the regatta. Grinder Matt Mitchell has been barred from the first four races.

Oracle Team USA also was fined $250,000.

NBA

Celtics’ Sullinger pleads not guilty

Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger pleaded not guilty Tuesday to domestic violence-related charges in Waltham, Mass., after allegedly repeatedly pinning his girlfriend to a bed and the floor.

Bail for Sullinger, 21, was set at $5,000 after his plea on charges including assault and battery and intimidation of a witness.

Later Tuesday, Sullinger released a statement through the Celtics in which he apologized and called the experience “humbling and embarrassing.”

• The Toronto Raptors waived swingman Quentin Richardson less than two months after he was acquired in a trade with the New York Knicks.

• The Phoenix Suns and Michael Beasley reached an agreement to terminate the contract of the troubled power forward. The move will cost the franchise $7 million, a $2 million savings from what Beasley would have been due had he simply been waived. Beasley was arrested a month ago in suburban Scottsdale on charges of felony marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Hairston pleads guilty to reduced charge

North Carolina’s leading scorer, P.J. Hairston, has pleaded guilty in Salisbury, N.C., to a reduced charge of speeding and an unsafe movement violation after being cited for reckless driving in July. Rowan County District Judge Kevin Eddinger accepted the plea for driving 75 mph in a 65 mph zone from attorney T. Gregory Jones. Hairston was required to pay a $40 fine and court costs.

• The NCAA denied forward Rakeem Buckles’ appeal for a waiver request to play this season after following coach Richard Pitino from Florida International to Minnesota. The school was appealing the NCAA’s initial decision in August that denied Buckles’ waiver petition.

• Blue II, the English bulldog mascot who gained national fame during Butler’s run to the NCAA men’s championship games in 2010 and 2011, has died. The university said the 9-year-old dog died Saturday from complications from congestive heart failure.

ELSEWHERE

Key votes on IOC agenda

With three major votes on the agenda, Olympic leaders begin weeklong meetings today in Buenos Aires that will bring a close to Jacques Rogge’s 12-year reign as IOC president. On Saturday, the IOC members will vote on the 2020 host, a contest among Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul. A day later, the members will choose among wrestling, squash and baseball-softball for a spot in the 2020 Games. And next Tuesday, the IOC will elect a new president from among six contenders.

Rafael Nadal will play in the Davis Cup for Spain next week for the first time since winning the 2011 final. He will team with Tommy Robredo, Fernando Verdasco and Marc Lopez for the World Group playoff against Ukraine in Madrid that starts on Sept. 13.

• The U.S. will send a young team led by Taylor Phinney and Tejay van Garderen to the road cycling world championships Sept. 22-29 in Toscana, Italy. Phinney and van Garderen, members of the U.S. team that competed at the London Olympics last summer, will be joined at the world championships by Andrew Talansky, FreddieRodriguez, Chris Horner, Peter Stetina and Alex Howes in the elite men’s race. Phinney and Talansky also will compete in the time trial.

The elite women’s team includes Carmen Small, Evelyn Stevens, Mara Abbott, Shelley Olds, Jade Wilcoxson, Megan Guarnier and Kristin McGrath. Small and Stevens will race the time trial.

From staff and wire reports

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