Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Women Blank Brazil

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Women Blank Brazil

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Carli Lloyd, Shannon Boxx and Amy Rodriguez scored to power the United States to a 3-0 victory against Brazil in the three-team Kirin Cup Tuesday in Chiba, Japan.

Lloyd picked up a loose ball from Christie Rampone's free kick in the 18th minute and scored from close range. Boxx doubled the lead five minutes later with a header off Lauren Cheney's free kick. Rodriguez completed the scoring in the 83rd, slotting home a loose ball from a free kick by Cheney.

"We scored two good goals in the first half," United States coach Pia Sundhage said. "We looked very good on set pieces and that's something we talked about so I'm happy about that. Playing teams like Japan and Brazil is always good preparation for the Olympics."

Tuesday's game started four hours earlier than scheduled because heavy rain and strong winds were forecast to hit Chiba.

Conditions were calm in the first half but the rain and wind picked up after the break. Because of the rescheduled time only 500 people attended the match at the 18,000-seat Fukuda Denshi Arena.

The exhibition tournament features three of the top four teams in the world. The United States is ranked No. 1, just ahead of Germany, while Japan is No. 3 and Brazil is No. 4.

Tennis

Venus Williams defeated qualifier Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-3, in the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C., her second tournament after a long layoff. Her sister Serena is seeded fifth this week and beat Elena Vesnina of Russia, 6-3, 6-4, in her first match in Charleston since winning the Family Circle title in 2008. The Williams sisters could meet in Saturday's semifinals. Also, 12th-seeded Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium defeated Vania King of the U.S., 6-4, 6-3.

Boxing

Puerto Rico's Professional Boxing Commission has suspended the license of former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez for one year for criticizing a referee after his March 10 loss to Mexico's Orlando Salido. …

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