Moises Castillo The Associated Press Costa Rica's Celso Borges celebrates after scoring against the visiting United States in a World Cup soccer qualifying match.

Costa Rica defeats U.S. in World Cup qualifying match

Published: Saturday, Sep. 7, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 9C
Last Modified: Saturday, Sep. 7, 2013 - 7:09 pm

Johnny Acosta and Celso Borges scored as Costa Rica burst ahead in the first nine minutes, Joel Campbell added a goal on a late counterattack, and the Ticos beat the visiting United States 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier Friday night at San Jose.

Clint Dempsey, making his 100th international appearance, converted a penalty kick in the 43rd minute for the United States and nearly tied the score with a 20-yard shot off a post in the 56th minute.

Avenging a March loss to the United States in a Colorado snowstorm, Costa Rica ended the Americans' team-record 12-game win streak.

Pitino heads Hall class

• Five months after leading Louisville to the NCAA title, Rick Pitino and 11 others will be inducted Sunday in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Another member of the class is Jerry Tarkanian, 83, who coached UNLV to the NCAA championship in 1990 and finished his head-coaching career at Fresno State in 2002. Three former NBA All-Stars – Gary Payton, Bernard King and Richie Guerin – and four-time ABA All-Star Roger Brown also will be inducted.

The rest of the class is E.B. Henderson, a pioneer in developing participation in basketball for African Americans; five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley; North Carolina women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell; former University of Houston coach Guy Lewis; NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik; and former Brazilian great Oscar Schmidt.

• The Oklahoma City Thunder waived guard DeAndre Liggins after he was charged with seven felony counts in a domestic-violence case.

• The NBA suspended New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith without pay for five regular-season games for violating the anti-drug program.

• Bosnia-Herzegovina beat Montenegro 76-70 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, for its first victory at the European Championship.

IOC to vote on host city

A day before the host of the 2020 Olympics is selected, Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul made their closing arguments to IOC voters in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Madrid predicted its low budget would become a model for future Games. Tokyo stressed its safety and certainty following the problems in Sochi and Rio de Janeiro. Istanbul pointed to a first Olympics in Turkey and first in a majority-Muslim country.


• Usain Bolt wrapped up his season with another win in the 100 meters, finishing in 9.80 seconds at the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels.

• Backup doping tests have come back positive for former 100-meter world-record holder Asafa Powell, teammate Sherone Simpson and three other Jamaicans.

• Dick Mast took the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's Montreal Championship with a 3-under-par 69.

– The Associated Press

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