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U.S. women crush Denmark, eye finals

By wire services
Published March 12, 2006


FARO, Portugal - Heather O'Reilly scored twice and the U.S. women's soccer team beat Denmark 5-0 in the Algarve Cup on Saturday.

Captain Kristine Lilly, Abby Wambach and Natasha Kai also scored for the U.S. Lilly's goal was the 108th of her career, moving her into sole possession of second place on the women's international scoring list behind former teammate Mia Hamm (158 career goals).

The U.S. needs only a tie with France on Monday to qualify for the March 15 final vs. Germany.

RACING: King takes Iditarod lead

RUBY, Alaska - Three-time Iditarod winner Jeff King pulled to the front of the field after leaving the Yukon River town of Galena.

King took the lead from Paul Gebhardt, who halted his dogs in Galena for a mandatory 24-hour rest after leading since the halfway point, about 140 miles earlier in Cripple. Every other musher in the top half of the 76-team field has taken the day-long break, and many expect to pass Gebhardt in Galena.

TRACK: Sprinter adds a medal

Terrence Trammell won the 60-meter hurdles in 7.43 seconds, making him the first double medalist at the world indoor track and field championships in Moscow.

His victory kept the U.S. atop the gold medal standings with four, holding off the charging Russians, who got yet another title from pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva.

Tatyana Lebedeva set the season's longest mark of 49 feet, 3/4 inch to win the women's triple jump, while Yaroslav Rybakov cleared 7-91/4 to win the men's high jump.

ET CETERA

BOXING: Felix Sturm (25-1, 11 KO) took Maselino Masoe's WBA middleweight title with a unanimous decision in Hamburg, Germany. ... RauShee Warren successfully defended his 112-pound title in the U.S. Championships, stopping Oscar Venegas after building a 21-2 margin early in the second round in Colorado Springs, Colo.

CURLING: The Olympic bronze medal-winning curling team led by Pete Fenson earned the right to represent the U.S. in the world championships with a 4-3 win over Craig Disher in the World Team Trials in Bemidji, Minn.

CYCLING: Andrey Kashechkin of Kazakhstan won the sixth stage of the Paris to Nice race, while American Floyd Landis holds the overall lead with a day remaining.

FIGURE SKATING: Julia Vlassov and Drew Meekins became the first U.S. team in almost a decade to win gold in the pairs, beating defending champions Kendra Moyle and Andy Seitz in the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Takahiko Kozuka of Japan won gold in the men's program, while South Korea's Kim Yun-a won the women's.

HORSE RACING: Kazoo romped to a four-length victory in the Grade 3, $107,400 Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct in New York. ... Cause to Believe moved a step closer to the Kentucky Derby, beating Sinister Minister in the $100,000 California Derby in Albany, Calif.

SAILING: Dutch yacht ABN AMRO ONE won the fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race after more than 20 days at sea from New Zealand to Brazil, finishing four hours ahead of American yacht Pirates of the Caribbean.

SKIING: Anja Paerson of Sweden won a women's World Cup slalom in Levi, Finland, while Croatia's Janica Kostelic clinched the season slalom title by finishing second. ... France's Sandrine Bailly won a World Cup biathlon 10km pursuit in Pokljuka, Slovenia, beating points leader Kati Wilhelm of Germany by 16.5 seconds. ... Thomas Morgenstern of Austria scored 289 on two jumps to win a World Cup ski jump in Lillehammer, Norway. ... Anders Sodergren of Sweden and Julia Tchepalova of Russia won long-distance freestyle races in a World Cup cross country meet in Oslo, Norway.

SNOWBOARDING: Gretchen Bleiler and Tommy Czeschin won the U.S. Snowboard Cup halfpipe competition in Lake Placid, N.Y.

TENNIS: James Blake overcame foul weather and a strong challenge from a high school senior to move into the third round of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif. The match was delayed by rain for more than an hour before Blake defeated 18-year-old Sam Querrey 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.