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Sports in brief: Storm falls to New Orleans

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Storm Rally falls Short in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — Storm quarterback Randy Hippeard led a 25-point fourth-quarter rally, but Tampa Bay fell 54-51 to New Orleans before 4,758 in the Superdome on Saturday.

Early in the game, Storm QB Adrian McPherson surpassed 10,000 career passing yards and scored two rushing touchdowns but he threw two interceptions as Tampa Bay fell behind. Hippeard relieved the former Seminole in the third quarter and threw for 195 yards and two TDs.

The Storm (7-6) entered the fourth quarter trailing 47-26, but two TD runs by Hippeard and Jean Fanor's 45-yard interception return for a score pulled Tampa Bay to within 54-44. Then Hippeard hit Michael Lindsay for a 23-yard TD and the deficit was only three with 3:48 left.

But the VooDoo (3-9), which got six TD passes from Kurt Rocco, went on a drive that ran out the clock.

Soccer

Wambach nears Hamm's goal mark

Former Gators star Abby Wambach scored her 156th career international goal to move within two of Mia Hamm's U.S. women's record in the Americans' 4-1 victory over South Korea at Foxborough, Mass.

Wambach scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time after Alex Morgan was fouled inside the area.

The United States is unbeaten since March 2012, going 29-0-4.

tennis

Federer closer to year's first title

Roger Federer rallied past defending champion Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the final of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.

Federer lost last year's final to the German veteran. But he's on course for his first title of the year.

Federer today will play Mikhail Youzhny, who upset second-seeded Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2 in less than an hour.

Queen's Club: Top-seeded Andy Murray and defending champ Marin Cilic reached the final in London. Murray beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, while fifth-seeded Cilic ousted Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

et cetera

Cycling: Peter Sagan won the 111-mile eighth stage of the Tour de Suisse and Mathias Frank retained the yellow jersey by 13 seconds over Rui Alberto Costa heading into the final day time trial.

Track: Warren Blake, the head of Jamaican track, said one of the sprinting powerhouse's athletes failed a doping test, but officials are awaiting the result of the backup sample before disclosing a name.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Storm falls to New Orleans

06/15/13 [Last modified: Sunday, June 16, 2013 1:07am]

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