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donovan's assist helps u.s. secure top spot in gold cup group

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Brek Shea scored his first international goal off a feed from Landon Donovan in the 82nd minute Tuesday night to give the United States a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica and the top spot in its Gold Cup group.

Seconds after Sean Johnson made a brilliant save off a corner kick, Joe Corona cleared the ball, setting up the winning sequence. The veteran Donovan, trying to work his way back into a starring role on the national team after a self-imposed hiatus, took the ball on the right side. He quickly spotted Shea, who came on just five minutes earlier, streaking down the middle.

Donovan's pass hit Shea in stride, and the Stoke City player sent a left-footed shot from 15 yards off goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton for the winner. The U.S. team faces El Salvador on Sunday in Baltimore.

U.S. captain DaMarcus Beasley took a nasty spill and was run over by Rodney Wallace early in the match. A woozy Beasley sat out three minutes before returning — and almost immediately stripped the ball from Wallace.

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Knicks' Smith has surgery, may miss start of season

Guard J.R. Smith had patella tendon surgery and an arthroscopy on his left knee to repair a tear in the lateral meniscus Monday.

Smith dealt with knee pain all season. The Sixth Man of the Year is expected to miss 12 to 16 weeks, meaning he may not be back until after the season starts.

Heat: Guard Mike Miller was designated as the amnesty player, a move that may save the Heat more than $30 million in luxury tax payments. Miller, who spent three seasons in Miami and helped the Heat win two titles, would have made $6.2 million this season, and $6.6 million next season. The ex-Gator gets that money, but his salary will not count against Miami's cap.

Mavericks: Rookie guard Shane Larkin, a former Miami standout, had surgery to repair his broken right ankle.

Nets: Coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and was placed on interim probation a year after he smashed his SUV into a utility pole on eastern Long Island. In exchange, Kidd agreed to speak to high school students about the dangers of drunken driving. If he fulfills his community service, his plea will be reduced to a violation.

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Close call irks Tour leader

Chris Froome preserved his healthy overall lead after a nervous finish to the 16th stage in Gap, France, then blamed his main Tour de France rival Alberto Contador for a downhill incident that could have ended their races.

Portuguese rider Rui Costa won the stage with a solo breakaway, while behind him the subplot between Contador and Froome thickened with a few days left until the finish line in Paris.

"One little accident and it could be the end of your Tour," Froome said. "In my opinion it was a bit dangerous from Alberto to ride like that, it's not good."

On the final descent from the Col de Manse, Froome and Contador were undone by a sharp right turn. Froome went off the road and had to plant his foot to stop from toppling off completely. Contador hit his knee on the ground before jumping back up on the bike.

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NHL: The Red Wings agreed to a two-year contract with defenseman Brendan Smith. The former first-round pick played in 34 games for the Red Wings in 2012-13. In 48 career games, he has a goal and 14 assists, along with 49 penalty minutes.

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