Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Soccer

Host France wins group

LILLE, France — France's 0-0 draw with Switzerland on Sunday at the European Championship was good enough for both, with the host French winning Group A and the Swiss finishing second to reach the round of 16.

France twice hit the crossbar as it again squandered numerous chances, and a ball was ripped apart when French forward Antoine Griezmann and Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami converged on it.

In Lyon, Albania stunned Romania 1-0 and will have to wait to see if it advances as a third-place team. Also, UEFA said its disciplinary panel will meet Tuesday to judge charges of "crowd disturbances" against Hungary for its fan behavior.

Copa America: The U.S. Soccer Federation's appeals of a red card given to midfielder Jermaine Jones and a yellow card assessed to forward Bobby Wood were dismissed. Both will miss Tuesday's semifinal against Argentina in Houston. Late Saturday, Eduardo Vargas had a career-high four goals and Edson Puch scored two as defending champion Chile routed Mexico 7-0. Chile faces Colombia on Wednesday in Chicago.

Tennis

Murray sets Queen's mark

Britain's Andy Murray claimed a record fifth title at Queen's Club as the top-seeded defending champion rallied to beat Milos Raonic 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3 on grass in London. "It's a tournament that obviously means a lot to me," Murray said. "It always has a great field, and the players I have beaten in the finals a lot of times have been top players." Murray had been one of eight players with four titles since the event began in 1890 and is the first to have retained his title since Andy Roddick did so in 2004 and again in 2005.

Aegon Classic: American Madison Keys beat Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4 in the final in Birmingham, England, only her second career title on grass.

Doping

Two Russians appeal Rio ban

Two Russian athletes appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn the IAAF's ban on the Russian team competing in Olympic track and field. Race-walkers Denis Nizhegorodov and Svetlana Vasilyeva argue that a ban of the entire team is unfair. The IAAF, track's world governing body, on Friday upheld a suspension of the Russian team imposed in November after a World Anti-Doping Agency report detailed widespread, state-sponsored doping.

Et cetera

NHL: The Blackhawks agreed to a three-year contract with forward Nick Schmaltz. Chicago selected Schmaltz in the first round of the 2014 draft. Schmaltz, 20, helped North Dakota win the NCAA championship at the Frozen Four in Tampa this spring.

Women's basketball: France, Belarus, Spain, China and Turkey earned the final spots at the Olympic tournament. … In the WNBA, Maya Moore had 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as visiting Minnesota (12-0) beat Seattle 96-84 to extend its league record for consecutive wins to open a season.

Horses: Cheekaboo, ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, won the $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes for 3-year-old fillies by a head in a three-way blanket finish at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., where the temperature reached 103 degrees.

Cycling: Miguel Angel Lopez won the nine-day Tour of Switzerland by placing fourth in a shortened final stage in Davos.

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