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Americans tie 0-0 at Trinidad

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — Gyasi Zardes' header hit the crossbar early in the second half and the United States finished with a 0-0 tie against Trinidad and Tobago in Group C of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying semifinals Tuesday.

Zardes' effort off of Jozy Altidore's cross 75 seconds into the half was perhaps the best chance for the Americans, who turned up the pressure after a lackluster first half. Jermaine Jones' long strike also hit the crossbar in the 78th minute as T&T goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams leaped to stop it.

In Group A, Mexico won 2-0 at Honduras.

United rivals: In a symbol of defiance and respect, age-old rivals England and France delivered a moving display of solidarity at Wembley Stadium in an exhibition match between the teams four days after deadly terror attacks in Paris. A touching pregame ceremony saw fans of both teams sing the French national anthem, then observe a minute of silence in honor of the 129 people killed. "This will be shown round the world and will show unity," said England captain Wayne Rooney, one of two scorers in his team's 2-0 victory. "Football is a global game and it is not about religion or race. We need to stand tall together in these tough times."

Europe: Sweden and Ukraine earned the final spots for the 2016 European Championship in France. The Swedes tied 2-2 at Denmark to advance 4-3 on two-match aggregate, and Ukraine tied 1-1 at Slovenia to advance 3-1 on aggregate.

Tennis

Federer snaps Djokovic's streak

Roger Federer stopped Novak Djokovic's ATP Finals winning streak at 15 by beating the top-seeded Serb 7-5, 6-2 in London. Federer reached the semifinals of the season-ending tournament for the 13th time in 14 appearances. Also, Kei Nishikori defeated Tomas Berdych 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.

Davis Cup: Andy Murray heads the five-man British team for next week's final at Belgium. Murray is joined by brother Jamie, James Ward, Kyle Edmund and Dominic Inglot for the event, Nov. 27-29 on indoor clay in Ghent.

Track and field

Report: IAAF looking at Kenya

The IAAF has been investigating alleged doping cover-ups in Kenya since last March, track and field's world governing body said four days after Russia was suspended from international competition. German broadcaster ARD alleged Kenyan officials were extorting money from athletes and coaches to cover up failed drug tests, or in return for lenient doping bans.

Et cetera

Obituary: Jonah Lomu, a legendary rugby player for New Zealand before a kidney illness shortened his career, died suddenly early today. He was 40. He scored 15 tries in 11 games at the 1995 and 1999 World Cups but never won the trophy.

Boxing: Miguel Cotto lost his piece of the middleweight title even before his fight Saturday night with Canelo Alvarez. The WBC said it stripped Cotto for not agreeing to the organization's rules.

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