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Costa Rica to protest loss to U.S., report says

Costa Rica planned to file a protest with the sport's governing body about Friday's 1-0 loss to the United States in a World Cup qualifier played in a Colorado snowstorm, Reuters reported Saturday.

Costa Rica had 24 hours to file a written protest with the governing body, FIFA.

Soft snow started falling in Commerce, Colo., and kept getting heavier as the game progressed. Plows and shovels were used to clear the penalty areas, center circle and midfield stripe, and a yellow and purple ball was used.

In the 55th minute, with the United States leading, referee Joel Aguilar of El Salvador and match commissioner Victor Daniel of Grenada stopped the game. Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto wanted the game suspended. U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann made a case for playing on.

After a heated discussion, play continued.

"I asked them to stop," Pinto said after the game. "It was an embarrassment."


Serena bikes to Key Biscayne win

With Key Biscayne's main road clogged, Serena Williams borrowed a bike, rode to her match and beat Ayumi Morita in the third round of the Sony Open, 6-3, 6-3.

"The traffic was crazy and everyone was like, 'I have been here for an hour, and I'm staying like eight minutes away,'" Williams said. "I'm like, 'Okay, I'm not going to make my match.' So I asked for a golf cart, and the hotel didn't have a golf cart. Then they were like, 'We have a motor bike.' I'm like, 'I don't do motor bikes.' They said, 'We have a bicycle.' I said, 'I really don't do bicycles, but I will today.' "

Venus Williams withdrew because of a back injury shortly before her match against Sloane Stephens. Stephens next plays Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-3. No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki lost to wild card Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-4.

On the men's side, Sam Querrey won in his first match as the top-ranked American, rallying past Lukasz Kubot 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Querrey, ranked 20th, last week moved ahead of No. 23 and Tampa resident John Isner, who beat Ivan Dodig, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5). No. 2 seed Andy Murray beat Bernard Tomic.

Et cetera

COLLEGES: Georgia dethroned two-time champ Cal at the NCAA women's swimming and diving championships in Indianapolis, finishing with 477 points, followed by Cal with 393. Florida was sixth. Georgia capped the meet by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay with a team that included three-time 2012 Olympic gold medalist Allison Schmitt and St. Petersburg's Megan Romano. … Penn State won its third straight NCAA wrestling title at Des Moines, Iowa, and Cornell's Kyle Dake became the first to win four titles in four weight classes. … Florida won its second consecutive SEC tournament gymnastics title, edging two-time defending NCAA champion Alabama 198.00-197.80 in Little Rock, Ark. … Kelsey Horton of Valrico hit a two-out, two-strike walkoff home run to lead host Florida (31-3, 7-2 SEC) over Arkansas 1-0.

Body building: Joe Weider, a legendary figure in the sport who helped popularize it worldwide and played a key role in introducing Arnold Schwarzenegger to the world, died of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles at 93. "He was the godfather of fitness who told all of us to be somebody with a body," Schwarzenegger said in a statement on his website.

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Sports in brief 03/23/13 [Last modified: Sunday, March 24, 2013 12:15am]
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