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Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd power USWNT win

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 08: Alex Morgan #13 of United States shoots the ball defended by Cecilia Santiago #12 of Mexico in the second half at BBVA Compass Stadium on April 8, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Alex Morgan shoots the ball on Mexico goaltender Cecilia Santiago in the second half Sunday in Houston.

Carli Lloyd became the sixth American to score 100 international goals, putting the United States women’s national soccer team ahead as it rallied for a 6-2 win over Mexico in an exhibition Sunday in Houston. Alex Morgan scored twice for the second straight game as the Americans played another prep match ahead of World Cup qualifying in October. Megan Rapinoe chipped the goalkeeper to score from 35 yards and had four assists, one short of the US record. Lloyd, a two-time FIFA Player of the Year, scored in the 34th minute. Rapinoe’s cross went all the way across the field, and Lindsey Horan kicked the ball back into the penalty area, where it was deflected by goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago. Mallory Pugh’s volley ricocheted off the crossbar and Lloyd headed the ball into the open net from at the goal line . . . Vahid Halilhodzic is expected to be dismissed as Japan’s head coach Monday following two disappointing international friendly matches and with the World Cup opening in just over two months.


Sixers win 14th straight

JJ Redick scored 18 points, and the surging Philadelphia 76ers matched a franchise record with their 14th consecutive victory, 109-97, over the visiting Dallas Mavericks. Ben Simmons added 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists, and Robert Covington had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Two years after going 10-72, the Sixers (50-30) clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs and secured their first 50-win season since Allen Iverson’s 2000-01 team, which lost in the Finals. The only other time the Sixers won 14 straight in a single season, Julius Erving and Moses Malone delivered Philadelphia its last NBA title in 1983 . . . Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points to help the Utah Jazz clinch a playoff berth with a 112-97 win over the host Los Angeles Lakers. Utah is the fourth team in the crowded Western Conference to lock up a postseason spot, with five teams still in the running for the other four positions before the regular season ends Wednesday . . . The Charlotte Hornets hired the 63-year-old Mitch Kupchak as president of basketball operations and general manager. As a player and executive, Kupchak has been a part of 10 NBA championship teams. He won three as a player — one with the Washington Bullets and two with in Los Angeles Lakers — and seven as a Lakers executive.


Rider dies at Paris-Roubaix race

World champion Peter Sagan outsprinted Silvan Dillier to the finish line to win the prestigious Paris-Roubaix race, but his first victory in the race known as the Queen of the Classics was overshadowed by the death of Belgian rider Michael Goolaerts. His team said the 23-year-old rider died in a Lille hospital where he had been admitted following his collapse at the one-day event. Goolaerts had been evacuated by helicopter after crashing about 93 miles from the finish. TV footage showed Goolaerts lying unresponsive on the side of the road as the peloton passed him. He was quickly attended by a medical team and appeared to receive CPR. The team said Goolaerts died ‘‘in the presence of his family members and loved ones, who we keep in our thoughts.’’


US on to Davis Cup semifinals


Ryan Harrison wrapped up a 4-0 Davis Cup victory over Belgium in Nashville in essentially an exhibition match with the US already clinching a semifinal berth against Croatia in September. Harrison, ranked 54th in the world in singles, beat Ruben Bemelmans, 6-3, 6-4 in 65 minutes. Croatia advanced rather easily with Marin Cilic downing Mikhail Kukushkin, 6-1, 6-1, 6-1. Spain needed all five matches to advance 3-2 to a semifinal against France. Rafael Nadal started the rally by beating Alexander Zverev, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4, and David Ferrer clinched the quarterfinal for the Spaniards by downing Philipp Kohlschreiber, 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-5 . . . Kiki Bertens overpowered Julia Goerges to cap a long day at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, S.C., with a 6-2, 6-1 victory for her fourth career WTA title. Bertens and Goerges each had a pair of matches to play with rain washing out Saturday’s semifinals. Bertens had a grueling, three-setter to oust Madison Keys while Goerges completed her match with Anastasija Sevastova — the two got to 4-all in the opening set before the rains came — in about 25 minutes.


Reds lose Suarez to broken thumb

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Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez broke his right thumb when he was hit by a pitch during a 5-0 loss in Pittsburgh. Suarez, who entered leading the Reds in RBIs, winced after a pitch from Jameson Taillon caught him on the right hand leading off the fourth inning. Taillon dominated the struggling Reds, allowing just Tyler Mahle’s single to center with one out in the third while picking up the first career shutout . . . The Brewers placed Christian Yelich on the 10-day disabled list with an oblique strain, four days after one of their prized offseason acquisitions got hurt . . . Indians right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall is expected to be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks after straining his right calf, an injury similar to the one that caused him to miss nearly two months last season.


UFC belt headed to Russia

Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov capped one the rockiest weeks in UFC’s 25-year-history with a dominant outing over a bloodied Al Iaquinta to win the 155-pound championship by unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 223 on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn . . . Authorities say former Raiders and 49ers football player Aldon Smith is back in a California jail after violating a condition of his bail. Online records show the 28-year-old Smith was being held in San Francisco County Jail on $500,000 bond . . . Paul Lonyangata retained his title at the Paris Marathon in 28 years, finishing in 2 hours 6 minutes 25 seconds, and Betsy Saina (2:22:56) completed a Kenya sweep by winning the women’s race . . . The United States won wrestling’s World Cup for the first time in 15 years, beating Azerbaijan in the final in Iowa City, Iowa. The victory marked the second consecutive major international tournament won by the Americans, who won the team crown at last year’s world championships. This title came with something of an asterisk because wrestling powerhouses Russia and Iran weren’t in the field. The Russians blamed their absence on visa issues, while Iran’s national federation has been in flux since its president’s recent departure.