Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Women Lose to Japan in Algarve Semifinal

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Women Lose to Japan in Algarve Semifinal

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Megumi Takase scored on a header in the 84th minute, and world champion Japan beat the United States, 1-0, Monday in the semifinals of the Algarve Cup in Faro, Portugal. It was a rematch of 2011 World Cup championship.

The Americans, who had been seeking their third consecutive title and ninth overall in the annual tournament, finished second in Group B with a 2-1 record and will play Wednesday in the third-place game against Sweden. Japan reached the final against Germany.

Since losing to Japan on penalty kicks in the Women's World Cup final, the U.S. team had been 9-0-2. The Americans had been 8-0 this year, outscoring opponents, 47-2.

BOXING

A Filipino promoter said he is filing a complaint to the Mexican Boxing Commission against an agent who sent the wrong boxer to fight IBF international featherweight champion Rey Bautista. ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer said Bautista was expected to fight Genaro "Poblanito" Garcia, who has a 38-8 record. Instead, a heavier boxer with a poorer record called Genaro "Panterita" Garcia turned up. Garcia was KO'ed in the second round.

* The Western Pennsylvania Athletic League will be stage Golden Glove fight beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the 3 Lakes Golf Course (formerly Alcoma Country Club) in Penn Hills. For tickets, call 412-298-7373.

HORSE RACING

Kentucky Derby hopeful Out of Bounds won't make the May 5 race because of a leg injury that will require surgery. Out of Bounds, who won the Sham Stakes Jan. 7 at Santa Anita, was scheduled to run Saturday in the San Felipe Stakes. Out of Bounds likely will run the other Triple Crown races.

IDITAROD

A grandson of race co-founder Joe Redington was among the early leaders in the 40th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska. Ray Redington Jr. and Hugh Neff, who won the 1,000- mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race a month ago, were among the first mushers into the Rainy Pass checkpoint, about 135 miles into the 1,000-mile race. …

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