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U.s. wins with new focus

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — As World Cup qualifying matches go, there was little to see here Friday. The United States had already clinched its place in Brazil next summer. Its opponent, Jamaica, was all but eliminated from contention.

Though U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann was surely pleased to see his team win 2-0 — Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore scored in the second half — the primary focus for all games until the summer is auditioning players.

Klinsmann gave Landon Donovan a pointed reminder of that when he pulled Donovan from the game at halftime after a lackluster first half (Zusi replaced him). Klinsmann gave no indication that removing Donovan was related to anything other than performance.

Donovan acknowledged he played poorly but said he was stunned to have been benched. The two discussed the decision after the game. When asked about the conversation, Donovan said, "We'll keep that private."

More Cup: In other qualifying matches, Germany (win), Belgium (win), Switzerland (win) and Colombia (tie) earned spots in the field. Fourteen of the 32 spots are set. … Australia, which has clinched a spot, fired coach Holger Osieck after a 6-0 exhibition loss at France.


Nadal, Djokovic win in China quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic won their quarterfinals at the Shanghai Masters in China. Nadal topped Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (10-8), 6-1. Djokovic beat Gael Monfils 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4. In the semis, Djokovic faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who defeated Florian Mayer 6-2, 6-3. Nadal meets Juan Martin del Potro, who beat Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-3.

Japan Open: Tampa resident Samantha Stosur reached the semifinals in Osaka, beating Misaki Doi 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Generali Ladies: Top seed Angelique Kerber beat Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals at Linz, Austria, to secure the final spot in the season-ending WTA Championships. Stefanie Voegele upset second-seeded American Sloane Stephens 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 7-5.


college baseball: Former Florida and current Arizona coach Andy Lopez was released from a hospital, four days after triple bypass surgery. "Finally home and it feels great," Lopez, 59, said on Twitter.

NBA: Overall No. 1 draft pick Anthony Bennett scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Cavs beat the host Magic 110-105. … LeBron James scored 20 in the Heat's 86-75 preseason win over the Bobcats in Kansas City, Mo.

olympics: The U.S. Olympic Committee board revised its nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation, a nod to its disapproval of the Russian antigay law passed by the host country of February's Winter Games.

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