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AMERICANS TIE CANADA 0-0

HOUSTON — The United States prepared for its opener in the final round of World Cup qualifying with a dull 0-0 draw Tuesday against Canada as defender Omar Gonzalez returned to the American national team after a two-year absence. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann changed all 11 starters from November's 2-2 draw at Russia and is likely to change the entire lineup again for the Feb. 6 qualifier at Honduras. Three U.S. starters made their national team debuts: Tony Beltran, Matt Besler and Justin Morrow. Will Bruin and Alfredo Morales made their debuts when they entered in the 74th minute.

ALTIDORE TARGET OF RACISM: American forward Jozy Altidore was the target of racist chants during AZ Alkmaar's 5-0 win at Den Bosch in the quarterfinals of the Dutch Cup. Altidore, who is black, said he had never faced such serious abuse. "There's nothing I can do about it," he told Dutch television. "All I can do is pray for them and hope they can become better people." Altidore scored a goal and had an assist in the match.

COLLEGES

Gators open by sweeping Bulls

Danielle Collins of St. Petersburg won her college dual match debut, 7-5, 6-0 over USF's Fanny Fracassi, as the top-ranked Florida women's tennis team opened with a 7-0 victory over the visiting Bulls (1-2).

LACROSSE

Match slated for St. Petersburg

Al Lang Stadium will host the first Major League Lacrosse match in St. Petersburg when the Rochester Rattlers play the defending champion Chesapeake Bayhawks at 7:30 p.m. April 27. MLL, contemplating expansion, had its All-Star Game in Boca Raton last season. See MLLTampaBay.com for tickets, which go on sale Saturday, and other information.

ET CETERA

CYCLING: The World Anti-Doping Agency called the International Cycling Union "deceitful" for closing its independent doping panel in the wake of Lance Armstrong's scandal, and said it won't participate in the governing body's amnesty commission.

AUTOS: Indy Lights champion Tristan Vautier will move up to IndyCar with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports this season, joining Simon Pagenaud on a two-car team.

TENNIS: No. 2 seed Maria Kirilenko and No. 4 Sorana Cirstea won in straight sets in the first round of the Pattaya (Thailand) Open.

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Sports in brief 01/29/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:21am]
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