Quick hits — soccer, college softball and more

June 1, 2014 

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KURT STRAZDINS

Soccer

U.S. tops Turkey

At Harrison, N.J., Fabian Johnson scored his first international goal, Clint Dempsey (Furman) doubled the lead off a defensive lapse and the United States beat Turkey 2-1 Sunday in the second of three World Cup warm-up matches for the Americans before they head to Brazil.

Tim Howard played the first half in his 99th international appearance, and with his 54th win surpassed Kasey Keller to set the American record for wins by a goalkeeper.

The U.S. went ahead when Johnson made a run and laid the ball off to Michael Bradley. As Johnson continued his run, Bradley chipped the ball over the defense to Johnson, who slotted in with a left-footed volley from 6 yards in the 26th minute. Johnson, playing a right back, had not scored in 20 previous international appearances.

Auto racing

Castroneves wins in Detroit

At Detroit, Helio Castroneves easily won the second Detroit Grand Prix race of the weekend, finishing 1.6836 seconds ahead of Penske Racing teammate Will Power.

Castroneves’ lead was so large that when he made his final pit stop on Lap 49 he still was ahead when he got back on the track.

The competition got closer after cautions led to restarts with seven and three laps left, but Castroneves could not be caught.

The Brazilian has 29 IndyCar victories, tying Rick Mears for 11th on the career. Castroneves finished 0.060 seconds behind Ryan Hunter-Reay last week in the Indianapolis 500 in his bid to join Mears as a four-time winner in open-wheel racing’s signature event.

College softball

Alabama, Florida advance to final

At Oklahoma City, Haylie McCleney homered in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie, and Alabama beat Oregon 2-0, setting up an all-SEC best-of-three championship series in the Women’s College World Series.

The Crimson Tide will play Florida for the championship, starting Monday night. The Gators beat Baylor 6-3 earlier Sunday.

Alabama led 2-0 heading into the top of the seventh, giving the Ducks one last shot. Oregon’s Kailee Cuico’s single brought the tying run to the plate with no outs. Janelle Lindvall put one over the left-field fence, but it barely sailed foul, and she struck out looking on the next pitch.

Koral Costa singled with two outs to keep the Ducks alive, but Jaclyn Traina struck out the final batter to preserve her four-hitter.

From Wire Reports

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