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Sports log: Costa Rica loses again; US win stands

SOCCER

FIFA has dismissed Costa Rica’s protest about losing to the United States, 1-0, at Commerce City, Colo., in a World Cup qualifying match played in a snowstorm because of a technicality: It was not filed correctly. ‘‘Therefore, the result of the match played on March 22 stands and is considered as valid,’’ FIFA said in a statement. FIFA referred to a clause in its 2014 World Cup Regulations, which Costa Rica had to fulfill to force a replay of last Friday’s match . . . The Boston Breakers will play Sky Blue FC of New Jersey Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville. Admission is free. The Breakers open their National Women’s Soccer League season April 14 against the Washington Spirit at Dilboy Stadium.

COLLEGES

No drugs, alcohol in Seton Hill crash

A coroner said there were no signs of drugs or alcohol found in the body of the bus driver involved in a crash that killed a pregnant college lacrosse coach this month in central Pennsylvania. The bus was carrying 23 players and coaches with the Seton Hill University women’s lacrosse team when it crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on the way to a game at Millersville University. The accident killed 30-year-old women’s lacrosse coach Kristina Quigley, her unborn child, and the bus driver, 61-year-old Johnstown resident Anthony Guaetta. The cause of the crash hasn’t been determined . . .  A Washington State University football player has regained consciousness after a Sunday brawl in Pullman, Wash., that involved players from the neighboring University of Idaho. Receiver Mansel Simmons was found unconscious early Sunday morning in a parking lot with injuries to his head. The fight was fueled by alcohol.

NBA

Howard: ‘I will remember’ Lee elbow

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The Golden State Warriors hit the Los Angeles Lakers in the face during Monday night’s 109-103 victory at Oakland, and star center Dwight Howard has three stitches as proof. Howard was elbowed by Warriors center David Lee and it cut his lip. Howard was given a technical on the play but Lee was not penalized. “He got away with a shot,’’ Howard told ESPN.com. “I will remember that shot. He said he wasn’t trying to do it. You can look at the play and see it for yourself. I will take care of it later.’’ . . . Sacramento is in a stronger position to convince the NBA to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle with a deal now in place to build an 18,500-seat arena downtown. The Sacramento City Council voted 7-2 to approve a deal that contributes $258 million to the $447 million project.

GOLF

Poulter lifts Albany at Tavistock Cup

Ian Poulter birdied the first hole of a playoff to lift Albany past Lake Nona in the Tavistock Cup at Windermere, Fla., ending Lake Nona’s event winning streak at four in the team tournament. Poulter shot an even-par 72 at Isleworth, then teamed with Tiger Woods in the best-ball playoff against Lake Nona’s Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson. Albany tied Lake Nona at 7 over, with Woods and Tim Clark shooting 73, and Justin Rose finishing with a 77. The event was shortened to one day of stroke play because of the Monday finish in Arnold Palmer Invitational.

TENNIS

Serena ties women’s mark at the Sony

Five-time champion Serena Williams has advanced to the Sony Open semifinals and tied the women’s record for career victories in the tournament by beating No. 5-seeded Li Na, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) at Key Biscayne, Fla. Williams, who won her most recent Key Biscayne title in 2008, improved to 59-7 in the tournament. Steffi Graf, another five-time champion, went 59-6. Sam Querrey lost his fourth-round match, and for the first time the tournament will have no American in the men’s quarterfinals. Querrey, playing his first tournament as the top-ranked American on the ATP Tour, lost to Tomas Berdych, 6-1, 6-1, in 50 minutes. No. 3 David Ferrer advanced to the men’s quarterfinals by beating No. 13 Kei Nishikori, 6-4, 6-2. Ferrer’s next opponent will be unseeded Jurgen Melzer, who rallied past Albert Ramos, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 . . . As expected, Querrey, John Isner, and Mike and Bob Bryan are on the US roster for the Davis Cup quarterfinal against Serbia and top-ranked Novak Djokovic April 5-7 at Boise, Idaho.

MISCELLANY

Hurricanes waive slumping Jokinen

The Carolina Hurricanes placed forwards Jussi Jokinen and Tim Wallace on waivers. Jokinen has just five goals and five assists in 30 games with the Hurricanes. He is in the second year of a three-year contract that pays him $3 million per season. Wallace has one goal and 17 penalty minutes in 21 games with the Hurricanes . . . Longtime NHL assistant coach Wayne Fleming died in Calgary, Alberta of brain cancer. He was 62 . . . Ricky Burns will defend his WBO lightweight title against Puerto Rico’s Jose Gonzalez in Glasgow May 11 . .  The National Collegiate Boxing Championships, comprised of 35 universities and four military academies, will be April 4-6 at Foxwoods in Ledyard, Conn.

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