Sports shorts: 'Wondo' scores 2 goals as US beats Cuba in Gold Cup

2013-07-14T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: 'Wondo' scores 2 goals as US beats Cuba in Gold CupThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SANDY, Utah - Chris Wondolowski is making a case that he should be included in the United States roster when World Cup qualifying resumes in September.

Wondolowski - with his jersey name spelled correctly this time - scored two more goals to raise his total to five in two matches, and the Americans overcame a slow start to beat Cuba 4-1 Saturday and advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals. He became the first American with five goals in one Gold Cup tournament.

"Wondo is doing wonderful," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said. "It's a joy to see him every day." With his jersey misspelled "Wondowlowski" on Tuesday, he had a hat trick in a win over Belize. The superstitious forward had an extra "W" stitched on the inside of his jersey Saturday.

The Americans (2-0) complete the first round Tuesday against Costa Rica in East Hartford, Conn., then play their quarterfinal at Baltimore on July 21. The US won its seventh straight game, tying a team record set in 2007.

The U.S. has World Cup qualifiers at Costa Rica on Sept. 6 and at home against Mexico four days later.

• In Istanbul, France won the Under-20 World Cup for the first time after drawing with Uruguay 0-0 after extra time and winning the penalty shootout 4-1. France goalie Alphonse Areola saved Uruguay's first two penalties before Dimitri Foulquier converted the fourth for France, giving the Europeans an insurmountable lead.

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Mavs sign former Bucks guard Ellis

DALLAS - The Dallas Mavericks made their biggest free agent play, adding former Milwaukee shooting guard Monta Ellis to a backcourt that's been overhauled.

The three-year deal, valued up to $30 million, was reached after first-round pick Shane Larkin broke his right ankle in summer league practice Friday. Dallas also may back out of a three-year, $9 million deal with Devin Harris because of a toe injury. Ellis figures to start alongside point guard Jose Calderon, another free agent.

• Milwaukee signed free agent O.J. Mayo to a three-year, $24 million deal. ... San Antonio re-signed center Tiago Splitter in a four-year, $36 million deal. ... Jeff Teague is staying with Atlanta after the Hawks matched the four-year, $32 million offer sheet the restricted free agent point guard signed with Milwaukee. ... Ben McLemore signed his rookie contract with Sacramento.

• In Oklahoma City, Misato Kawona hit a leadoff homer during a three-run first inning and added an RBI single in a three-run fourth, helping Japan beat the United States 7-4 in the eighth World Cup of Softball. Japan (3-1) clinched a berth in the gold-medal game with its second straight win over the U.S. (2-1) in international play. Still, the U.S. could advance to Sunday night's title game with a win Sunday over Puerto Rico (0-3).

• In horse racing, Book Review rallied to win the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap by 2 1/2 lengths, off a five-month layoff and earn a berth in the Breeders' Cup for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, a UA grad.

• In boxing, unbeaten Khabib Allakhverdiev held on to his WBA and IBO light welterweight titles when the referee stopped the fight against Souleymane M'baye in the 11th round in Monte Carlo. ... Robert Stieglitz kept his minor WBO super middleweight title, stopping Yuzo Kiyota in the 10th round in Dresden, Germany.

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