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Sports in brief: Tampa Bay Rowdies reach third round of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup


rowdies move on to third round of u.s. open cup

JACKSONVILLE — The Tampa Bay Rowdies advanced to the third round of the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 3-0 victory over Jacksonville United on Tuesday night at Patton Park.

After a one-hour lightning delay, the Rowdies jumped on top early when forward Mike Ambersley connected in the second minute off a pass from forward Daniel Antoniuk.

Tampa Bay's hard work paid off again in the 19th minute. Ambersley fired a shot that was saved by goalkeeper Stuart McCrory, but the rebound landed to Antoniuk, who deposited it into the back of the net for a 2-0 advantage.

The Rowdies will host the MLS's Colorado Rapids in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup on May 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg.


Former French Open champ Schiavone dominates

Second-seeded Francesca Schiavone eased into the second round of the Strasbourg (France) International after beating Alexandra Cadantu 6-1, 6-2.

The former French Open champion broke Cadantu's serve six times and will play qualifier Mirjana Lucic, who rallied to beat Anne Keothavong 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Third-seeded Maria Kirilenko, No. 5 Mona Barthel and No. 6 Marina Erakovic were eliminated.

Clijsters to end career at u.s. open: Kim Clijsters says this year's U.S. Open will be her last tournament before retiring. The former No. 1 had already announced this would be her final season and said she expects to quit after Flushing Meadows, where she is a three-time champion. Clijsters initially retired in 2007 because of injuries but returned in 2009, winning her second U.S. Open that year.

et cetera

WNBA: Seimone Augustus scored 22 and defending champion Minnesota cruised to a 80-62 victory over host New York. Maya Moore had 15 points for the Lynx. … Candice Dupree scored 31 and had a key offensive rebound that led to Samantha Prahalis' winning free throws with 22.2 seconds left and visiting Phoenix held off Tulsa 89-87. Diana Taurasi started for the Mercury, but played only 10 minutes and scored three points in her first playing time of the season while recovering from a strained left hip flexor.

Olympics: The U.S. men's eight boat is among three crews from the United States that secured their places at the London Games by winning races at the last-chance qualification regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland. This marked the first time in modern Olympic history the Americans had failed to qualify this boat in the world championships.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Tampa Bay Rowdies reach third round of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup 05/22/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 12:32am]
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