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The Journal Gazette

Friday, October 05, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

US women's soccer team whips Mexico

Staff, news services

CARY, N.C. – Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan scored two goals apiece to lead the United States past Mexico 6-0 on Thursday night in the group stage opener for both teams at 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. Ranked No. 1 in the world, the United States dominated throughout.

Rapinoe opened the scoring with a goal in the third minute, but that's all the United States managed on 11 shots in the first half.

Julie Ertz broke through in the 47th minute, starting a stretch in which the U.S. team scored four goals in less than 24 minutes.

Mexico, ranked No. 24 in the world, was held without a shot until the 48th minute.

Baseball

Betts, deGrom, Treinen honored

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has been chosen major league player of the year by Baseball Digest. Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets was picked as the pitcher of the year and Oakland's Blake Treinen was the top reliever.

BASKETBALL

Summit honors PFW's Konchar

Purdue Fort Wayne's John Konchar was named to the Preseason All-Summit League Men's Basketball Team by a vote of the league's head coaches, media and sports information directors. Konchar is a three-time All-Summit League first-team member. The preseason poll placed PFW fourth.

Irving wants to stay a Celtic

Boston point guard Kyrie Irving says he intends to re-sign with the Celtics next summer. At a fan event at TD Garden, Irving told the crowd, “If you guys will have me back, I plan on re-signing here.” Irving signed a five-year, $94 million deal with Cleveland prior to the 2015-16 season but asked for a trade last summer. He has a player option for next season and can become an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

Golf

Roundup

Phil Mickelson had six straight birdies and shot a 7-under 65 to pull within two strokes of leader Sepp Straka, birdied the final three holes for a 63, in the PGA Tour's season-opening Safeway Open. ... Defending champion Tyrrell Hatton bounced back from a poor start, including a wayward tee shot that struck a spectator on the head, to shoot a 2-under 70 and move within two strokes of the first-round lead at the Dunhill Links Championship. ... The United States had a mixed start on the opening day of the UL International Crown team golf tournament, splitting the fourballs against Sweden, while favorite South Korea collected a maximum four points with two wins over Taiwan.

Miscellaneous

Columnist dies

Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist Dave Anderson of The New York Times has died at 89. Anderson worked at the Times from 1966 to 2007. He received the 1994 Red Smith Award for outstanding contributions to sports journalism from the Associated Press Sports Editors. He was inducted into the National Sports Writers and Sportscasters Hall of Fame in 1990.

Olympics

Turkey out as 2026 winter locale

The IOC has dropped the Turkish city of Erzurum from a 2026 Winter Olympic bidding contest which had previously seen other possible bids fail. Turkey's latest sporting rejection on came one week after it lost out to Germany over the right to stage soccer's 2024 European Championship. The country had also failed with bids to host Euro 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Tennis

China Open results

Naomi Osaka maintained her strong form since winning the U.S. Open by reaching the China Open quarterfinals by crushing Julia Goerges 6-1, 6-2. She will play Zhang Shuai, who beat third-ranked Angelique Kerber 6-1, 2-6, 6-0. Also, 2010 champion Caroline Wozniacki beat Anett Kontaveit 7-5, 6-4. On the men's side, fourth-seeded Fabio Fognini downed Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-3, Marton Fucsovics of Hungary beat Marco Cecchinato of Italy 6-4, 6-2, and Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia beat Fernando Verdasco of Spain 7-6(3), 6-4.