Wambach moves up list in victory
In Vancouver, British Columbia, Abby Wambach scored twice in the first half to move into third on the career goals list for women’s international soccer, and the United States beat Guatemala 13-0 on Sunday to clinch a berth in the semifinals of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the London Olympics.
A left-foot tap in the 12th minute and a header in the 14th gave Wambach 129 career goals for the U.S. team, moving her past Germany’s Birgit Prinz (128) and behind only Mia Hamm (158) and Kristine Lilly (130).
The only active player in Wambach’s range is Canada’s Christine Sinclair with 125 – including five in this tournament.
Newcomer Sydney Leroux scored five goals as Wambach’s halftime substitute – tying the U.S. record for most in a game.
• In Glendale, Ariz., Ricardo Clark headed home Jermaine Jones’ corner in the 7th minute of stopping time to help the United States to a 1-0 victory over 10-man Venezuela in a friendly late Saturday night.
The U.S. had dominated play with nothing to show for it before Clark beat goalkeeper Jose Morales for his third international goal and first since September 2009. Clark entered the game as a substitute in the 86th minute.
The first match between the countries in five years featured the “B’’ teams of both nations because the top players are with their professional clubs, mainly in Europe.
• In London, Manchester City scored a dramatic 3-2 victory over Tottenham on Sunday, leaving Manchester United its only likely rival for the Premier League title.
Third-place Tottenham rallied from 2-0 down to tie the score. But Jermain Defoe missed an injury-time chance for Tottenham and Mario Balotelli won the game for City with a penalty kick he earned himself.
Fouled by Tottenham’s Ledley King, the Italy striker took a step, paused and shot past U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel to give City its 11th win from 11 home games.
City is eight points ahead of Tottenham.
Defending champion United is three behind in second place after a 2-1 win at Arsenal.
Bruins’ Ference gets suspension
Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has been suspended for three games by the NHL for his Saturday hit on New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
Ference will forfeit $36,486.48 in salary during the suspension. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Ference was assessed a five-minute major for charging and given a game misconduct for his hit on New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh at the 1:50 mark of overtime.
The Rangers capitalized on the opportunity and scored a power-play goal with 3.6 seconds remaining in OT for a 3-2 win.
Westbrook has deal done early
The Oklahoma City Thunder signed All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook to a multiyear contract extension on Thursday.
Westbrook was set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, meaning the Thunder would have had to match any offer he received from another team.
Instead, they locked him up with a new deal 15 games into this season. Terms were not disclosed.
Oklahoma City has the best record in the Western Conference, with Westbrook averaging 20.5 points, 5.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds.