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Sports in brief: U.S. soccer team defeats Slovenia 3-2


u.s. team finds offense in win over slovenia

In the fog at Stozice Stadium, the U.S. offense became visible for the first time since Jurgen Klinsmann became coach.

On a night when the Americans celebrated captain Carlos Bocanegra's 100th international appearance, Edson Buddle, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore scored Tuesday in a 3-2 victory over Slovenia in Ljubljana.

"We have a three-month break until our next game, so to get the win tonight was the biggest thing for us," said Bocanegra, who became the 12th American to reach the century mark. "It wasn't the prettiest game we've played, but the result was what we were looking for."

The Americans had been outscored 5-2 in going 1-4-1 since Klinsmann replaced Bob Bradley in late July, and they had been 0-5 in Europe since a March 2008 victory at Poland.


Patrick crew chief Eury fined $10,000

NASCAR has penalized Danica Patrick's crew chief for a rules violation last weekend at Phoenix. Tony Eury Jr. was fined $10,000 and placed on probation through March.

The penalty was for an improperly attached weight on Patrick's car in the Nationwide Series race Saturday. Patrick was involved in an early accident and finished 21st.

NHRA champ to retire: Six-time NHRA champion Kenny Bernstein, 67, is retiring after 30 years of racing. Bernstein was the first NHRA driver to eclipse 300 mph in Gainesville in 1992 and won four straight Funny Car titles from 1985-88. He followed with Top Fuel titles in 1996 and 2001.

Dispute stops work on F1 track: Construction of a racetrack in Austin, Texas, to host the U.S. Grand Prix starting next year has been halted in a contract dispute between Formula One, race promoters and developers, casting doubt about the future of the race.

et cetera

NBA: Locked-out players including Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant filed class-action antitrust lawsuits against the league in at least two states, moving pro basketball's labor dispute to federal court. Attorney David Boies, who represented the NFL during its work stoppage, said the lockout violates antitrust laws by refusing to allow players to work. Meanwhile, the league reportedly canceled games through Dec. 15.

Tennis: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will meet in the opening phase of the ATP World Tour Finals after both were drawn into Group B at the season-ending tournament. The round-robin tournament for the world's top eight starts Sunday in London.

Times wires

Sports in brief: U.S. soccer team defeats Slovenia 3-2 11/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 10:59pm]
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