Saturday, November 18, 2017
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u.s. women top germany, win tourney

BOCA RATON — Alex Morgan and Samantha Mewis scored and the United States rallied to beat Germany 2-1 Wednesday night at FAU Stadium to win the SheBelieves Cup.

The World Cup champion Americans, ranked No. 1 in the world, won the four-team round-robin tournament that began at Raymond James Stadium last Thursday, finishing 3-0-0. No. 2-ranked Germany (2-1-0) was second.

Fifth-ranked England finished third after playing third-ranked France to a 0-0 tie in the night's first game. England was 0-2-1 and scored one goal. Third-ranked France was 0-2-1 and didn't score in the tournament.

Champions League: Zlatan Ibrahimovic steered Paris Saint-Germain into the quarterfinals with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 victory at Chelsea of the English Premier League. The French club advanced on 4-2 aggregate. … Portugal's Benfica advanced with a 2-1 win over Russian host Zenit St. Petersburg on 3-1 aggregate.

Premier league: Fans of visiting teams at all matches will pay no more than $43 for tickets for the next three seasons. The decision was made at a meeting of top teams after mounting criticism from fans about the cost of attending matches as revenue from the league's 2016-19 TV rights hits $12 billion.

drugs

Russian trouble with meldonium

The fallout from tennis star Maria Sharapova's suspension for a failed drug test has ensnared her native Russia, as it becomes clear that the drug behind it is poised to create wider problems for Russian sports.

Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam winner, said Monday she tested positive for the banned drug meldonium at the Australian Open in January. Meldonium, a heart medicine, had been a common treatment for Russian athletes before it was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list Jan. 1. In the two days since Sharapova's announcement, seven Russian athletes have confirmed testing positive for meldonium, including an Olympic short-track speed skating champion and a speed skating sprint world champion. The skaters were sabotaged by teammates, skating federation president Alexei Kravtsov said.

The positive tests are another headache for Russia, already under an international track and field ban over accusations it conducted a massive doping program.

Meanwhile, the Latvian scientist who invented meldonium, Ivars Kalvins, said the drug doesn't enhance athletic performance.

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COLLEGE BASEBALL: Three Florida State pitchers combined on a no-hitter in the host Seminoles' 3-2 victory over Toledo. The Rockets scored two unearned runs against Cobi Johnson out of Mitchell High in the fourth inning on a hit batter, a walk and a two-out throwing error on SS Taylor Walls. Cole Sands pitched the first three innings for FSU (10-3), Johnson the fourth and fifth, and Jim Voyles the rest. They combined for eight strikeouts and one walk. Matt Henderson drove in the winning run for FSU with one out in the bottom of the ninth, making Voyles the winner.

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