Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Women Top Dutch

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Women Top Dutch

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Christen Press scored twice and the U.S. women's soccer team beat the Netherlands, 3-1, in an exhibition Tuesday in The Hague, Netherlands, that extended its unbeaten streak to 31 games.

Tobin Heath scored for the Olympic champions in the 36th minute and Press added goals in the 45th and 60th, giving her six goals in seven international appearances.

Outshot ,19-5, the Dutch got a goal in the 81st minute when Manon Melis lobbed goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris.

U.S. coach Tom Sermanni kept his most experienced players on the bench. The Americans tied Germany, 3-3, Friday in the opening of the two-game tour.

AUTO RACING

There's going to be a Party in the Poconos, NASCAR style. The June 9 Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., will be named the Party in the Poconos 400 after the results of a fan vote sponsored by Walmart. Walmart teamed up with Pocono Raceway to offer fans a chance to suggest names and vote via Walmart's local Facebook page. They can also name a signature concession. Fans will have the opportunity to vote between three different types of pierogies, starting April 9.

* It's been a pretty good year so far for five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. The reigning Daytona 500 winner announced he and wife Chandra are expecting their second child in September. The announcement came two days after he picked up his eighth career victory at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.

* A bill that could allow Darlington Raceway to watch out for both its fans' bottoms and the track's bottom line is headed to the South Carolina Senate. The Senate Finance Committee passed a proposal that would allow the track to keep its 5 percent tax on tickets even if the speedway's capacity falls below 60,000 people -- in the event bigger seats are one day needed to accommodate fans. Darlington Raceway currently seats 62,000 people. But track president Chris Browning said the speedway is considering widening its 18-inch wide seats as an amenity for the crowds.

TENNIS

Two-time defending champion Pablo Andujar was ousted from the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco, losing, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, in the first round to qualifier Pablo Carreno-Busta in a match between Spaniards. …

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