Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sports in brief


Related News/Archive

U.S. loses Wambach finale

NEW ORLEANS — Abby Wambach threatened to score several times in the final game of her extraordinary career, but China shut out the World Cup champion United States 1-0 Wednesday to hand the Americans their first loss on home soil in more than a decade.

Wambach played 72 minutes, managing two threatening headers and a shot from inside the penalty area before the former Gator was subbed out of a match for the final time. The career goals leader in international play for men and women with 184 kicked off her cleats and hugged each teammate on the field before walking to the bench, smiling, to embrace her coaches and remaining teammates as the crowd chanted her name.

"I love this team," Wambach, 35, said. "It has been my pleasure and my honor to represent you all, the fans for as long as I've been able to.

"The future is so bright. These women are going to kill it."

The United States had gone 104 home games without losing since falling 3-1 to Denmark in 2004.

The game wrapped up the United States' nine-game World Cup victory tour in which it went 7-1-1, outscoring opponents 40-3.

MORE SOCCER: Fighting for their careers, suspended Michel Platini planned to boycott his hearing at the ethics court of the sport's world governing body, FIFA, on Friday and suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter was expected to attend his today. Platini, president of Europe's governing body, believes his case has been pre-judged, his lawyers said. The suspensions center on Platini getting about $2 million from FIFA in 2011 as uncontracted salary for working as an adviser for Blatter in 1999-2002. … A total of 1.013 billion people watched the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina on TV, FIFA said. Germany won 1-0 in extra time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


All-Star Frazier goes to White Sox in 3-team deal

The White Sox were looking to add some pop while solidifying third base, and they are counting on Todd Frazier to provide it. The All-Star was acquired from the Reds as part of a three-team, seven-player trade that also included the Dodgers.

Los Angeles received outfielder Trayce Thompson, right-hander Frankie Montas and second baseman Micah Johnson from the White Sox. Cincinnati got infielders Brandon Dixon and Jose Peraza, and outfielder Scott Schebler from the Dodgers. Frazier, 29, won last summer's All-Star Home Run Derby. "I'm pretty excited," he said.

Deal roundup: The Indians agreed with free agent first baseman Mike Napoli on a $7 million, one-year deal, the Associated Press reported. … Bartolo Colon, 42, agreed to a $7.25 million, one-year deal to remain with the Mets, reports said. … Former Ray Sean Rodriguez agreed to remain with the Pirates for a one-year deal worth $2.5 million, reports said.

Cardinals: Catcher Yadier Molina had his second left thumb ligament surgery of the offseason after the initial surgery did not take but is expected to be ready for opening day, GM John Mozeliak said.

Yankees: Pitcher CC Sabathia, who checked himself into a 30-day rehab stint for alcoholism the day before the Yankees lost the AL wild-card playoff game to the Astros, said he feels fantastic. "I think it's just a weight coming off my shoulders," he said at the team holiday food drive.


boxing: The late Hector "Macho" Camacho, a three-division champion and flamboyant showman, was among seven people elected to the International Hall of Fame. He died in November 2012 at 50 after being shot in his native Puerto Rico.

Times wires

Sports in brief 12/16/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 11:32pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. St. Petersburg's Sebastien Bourdais vows to return for IndyCar finale

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Sebastien Bourdais was in one of the best race cars he'd ever had, so fast that most of his competitors thought he would win the pole for the Indianapolis 500.

    Sebastien Bourdais does physical therapy at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana in Indianapolis. Bourdais broke his pelvis, hip and two ribs in an accident during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 on May 20. He plans to return home to St. Petersburg soon to continue therapy. [Associated Press]
  2. Yellow cards stall Rowdies offense in tie with St. Louis


    ST. PETERSBURG — It's not the result they wanted, but it certainly could have been worse. Neill Collins' 87th-minute header off a corner kick was the reward the Rowdies settled for Saturday night during a 1-1 draw with St. Louis before an announced 6,068 at Al Lang Stadium.

  3. Calvary Christian routs Pensacola Catholic to win state baseball title


    FORT MYERS — Calvary Christian left no doubt as to which baseball team in Class 4A was the best in Florida this season. The Warriors defeated Pensacola Catholic 11-1 in six innings Saturday night at Hammond Stadium to claim the school's first state championship in any team sport. It also solidified a 30-0 season. …

    Matheu Nelson celebrates after scoring on a wild pitch during the first inning, when Calvary Christian took a 6-0 lead.
  4. Numerous lapses add up to frustrating Rays loss to Twins

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — While the Rays made some good defensive plays, threw a couple of big pitches when they needed to and got a few, and just a few, key hits, there were some obvious things they did wrong that led to them losing Saturday's game to the Twins 5-3:

    Rays reliever Tommy Hunter says the Twins’ tiebreaking homer came on a pitch that was “close to where I wanted it.”
  5. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. laughing right along after comical dive

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Souza being Souza.

    That seemed to be the best way to describe the entertaining — and comically bad — dive Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. attempted in Friday's game, and the good humor he showed in handling the fallout, including a standing ovation his next at-bat from the …