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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — For all the anguish created by Friday's 2-0 loss to Colombia, the U.S. national team's task in the Copa America Centenario group stage remains unchanged: Collect at least four points and a pass to the quarterfinals.

The margin of error, however, has narrowed.

"We have no choice," captain Michael Bradley said, "but to respond and come back in a big way."

Jurgen Klinsmann's gang will turn its attention to Costa Rica on Tuesday in Chicago. Two teams from Group A will advance to the knockout stage.

The Americans were outclassed by a Colombia team ranked third in the world. Cristian Zapata's volleyed goal off a corner kick took less than eight minutes. DeAndre Yedlin's handball led to James Rodriguez's penalty kick just before intermission.

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COPA CLASH: Paraguay and Costa Rica played to a 0-0 draw in a Copa America Centenario Group A match at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

OLYMPICS

Biologist pushes for emergency cleanup

A leading Brazilian biologist who has fought for the cleanup of Rio de Janeiro's polluted waterways called on interim President Michael Temer to release emergency funds to pay for the dredging of toxic lagoons hugging the Olympic Park. Around 650 million Brazilian reais ($184 million) were earmarked for the project years ago, but it was held up and has yet to begin. Biologist Mario Moscatelli made the call during a seaside protest in Rio de Janeiro attended by surfers, sailors, rowers and other residents.

VOLLEYBALL: France beat Venezuela 3-2 to clinch an Olympic berth at a men's qualification tournament in Tokyo.

WINTER GAMES: China has approved the construction of a $1 billion high-speed rail extension to connect Beijing with the venue for many of the skiing events for the 2022 Winter Olympics, officials said.

ET CETERA

GYMNASTICS: Aly Raisman took another step toward a second straight Olympics, winning the all-around at the Secret U.S. Classic in Hartford, Conn. The 22-year-old from Massachusetts, who won gold in London in the floor exercise, scored 59.25 points to finish just under a point ahead of 18-year-old Rachel Gowey. Douglas and three-time all-around world champion Simone Biles competed in two events in what amounts to a tuneup tournament for the national championships this month in St. Louis.

HORSES: Preakness Stakes-winning jockey Kent Desormeaux has gone to alcohol rehabilitation but will return in time to ride Exaggerator in the Belmont Stakes next weekend.

SWIMMING: Michael Phelps went down again at the Longhorn Elite Invitational in Austin, Texas. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist finished fourth in the 200-meter freestyle. Townley Haas won in 1 minute, 47.86 seconds.

TRACK: World and Olympic long-distance champion Mo Farah said the world championship in 2017 will be his last major competition on the track before he turns his full attention to road running. Farah, a married father of four, said he wants to spend more time with his family.

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Sports in brief 06/04/16 [Last modified: Saturday, June 4, 2016 9:48pm]
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