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TAURASI, BIRD, Catchings TOP U.S. TEAM

Four-time Olympians Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings headline the U.S. women's national team roster heading to Brazil for the Rio Games this summer.

The trio will be joined by newcomers Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner and Breanna Stewart.

Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen, Angel McCoughtry, Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles round out the American squad announced Wednesday.

The roster gives coach Geno Auriemma plenty of options as the Americans go for their sixth consecutive gold medal.

"When you look at the team, there's a little bit of everything. A little bit of youth, a little bit of the middle and then there is the veterans," he said. "Everyone that's on the team is on … for a purpose. They feel like they can do something that's unique for the team."

Horses

Espinoza gets three-peat shot

Victor Espinoza will have a chance for an unprecedented three-peat in the Kentucky Derby, after all. The jockey who won the Derby with California Chrome in 2014 and with eventual Triple Crown-winner American Pharoah in 2015 has landed aboard long shot Whitmore, Espinoza's agent, Brian Beach, said. The Derby at Churchill Downs is May 7. Espinoza, 43, is one of six riders who have won consecutive Derbys.

SOCCER

Liverpool honors after verdict

The northern English city of Liverpool honored the 96 fans who were crushed to death in a crowded stadium in 1989 by calling out each one by name as Britain faced a moment of soul-searching on how it responded to the tragedy. Banners reading "Truth" and "Justice" were hung just above 96 lanterns to be lit to mark each life lost. Fans tied Liverpool team scarves on a nearby lamppost. On Tuesday, a jury found that police and emergency services were to blame for the April 15, 1989, disaster at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, exonerating the behavior of the crowd and saying it didn't contribute to the tragedy. The original inquest in 1991 recorded verdicts of accidental death. Those verdicts were overturned in 2012 after a far-reaching inquiry into the disaster examined previously secret documents and exposed wrongdoing and mistakes by police.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: An early goal by Saul Niguez gave host Atletico Madrid a 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their semifinal. In other Atletico news, the Spanish soccer federation upheld the three-match ban for Diego Simeone, meaning he will not be allowed to coach Atletico for the remaining three matches of the Spanish league season as his team fights with Barcelona for the title.

ET CETERA

Tennis: Top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced to the quarterfinals of the Prague Open in the Czech Republic by beating unseeded Madison Brengle 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. … No. 2 seed Nick Kyrgios beat Inigo Cervantes 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Estoril (Portugal) Open.

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