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Reyna, winning return for Team USA soccer

Claudio Reyna made a comeback, and so did his U.S. teammates.

The American captain played for the first time since knee surgery in the fall, and the United States ended a three-game winless streak by beating Paraguay 2-0 in a soccer exhibition Sunday on goals by Landon Donovan and Earnie Stewart.

"It's been a long road," Reyna said. "Everything went well. It was the first of many more steps to keep improving and getting better. For a first game, it was great."

Reyna, who last year became the first American selected for the World Cup All-Star team, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Oct. 26 playing for Sunderland in England's Premier League.

Reyna played as an attacking midfielder _ his presence was missed in France last month when the Americans went 0-2-1 and were eliminated in the first round of the Confederations Cup.

The U.S. team (6-3-2 this year) is preparing to defend its title in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean. The Americans begin the tournament Saturday against El Salvador at Foxboro, Mass. El Salvador upset Mexico 2-1 Sunday.

NFL

Draft pick out of hospital

San Diego's second-round draft pick, Terrence Kiel, was released from a Houston hospital, two days after being shot during an attempted carjacking.

Chargers general manager A.J. Smith, who spoke with Kiel by phone Sunday, said there is a chance the rookie could be ready for the start of training camp July 22. Kiel was shot three times: in the calf, in his knee and in his stomach. They were flesh wounds and not serious injuries.

The former Texas A&M safety was sitting in his car in a mall parking lot when he was shot by an unidentified man, police said.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Missouri player injured

Missouri's Ricky Clemons was in fair condition in a Columbia hospital two days after crashing on an all-terrain vehicle at the residence of the university president.

Wally Bley, Clemons' attorney, said the guard has "a couple of fractured ribs, a punctured lung, a serious laceration on his chin and a serious laceration on his head."

Clemons lost control of the ATV on a gravel driveway leading to president Elson Floyd's home Friday night, university police said. Clemons was at the university president's home for a July 4 gathering, school spokesman David Russell said.

Clemons had been staying at Reality House, a work-release center, while serving a 60-day sentence imposed June 13 for beating up a woman and holding her against her will.

GYMNASTICS

U.S. team adds Hatch

Annia Hatch is going back to the World Championships _ this time as an American.

Hatch, who won a bronze medal on vault at the 1996 worlds when she was competing for her native Cuba, was added to the U.S. women's team for next month's championships in Anaheim, Calif.

Ashley Postell, the reigning world gold medalist on balance beam, and Carly Patterson also were chosen after a camp at Bela and Martha Karolyi's ranch.

ET CETERA

HORSES: Nine months after his third straight victory, Sky Mesa's long-awaited return was upstaged by Strong Hope, who held off Nacheezmo by a neck to win the Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park in New York. Sky Mesa, who finished third, had been out since wrenching an ankle two days before the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in October. Total wagering on Churchill Downs' spring meet surpassed $600-million for the first time.

ROWING: Princeton won the Temple Cup for student eights in the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England, and the University of Washington triumphed in the Ladies Plate for intermediate eights.

TRACK AND FIELD: World-record holder Stacy Dragila won the pole vault, Tyree Washington won the 400 meters and Justin Gatlin took the 100 in the City of Padua meet in Italy.

TRIATHLONS: Germany's Lothar Leder won the Roth Ironman for the fifth time, beating Australian Chris McCormack by three seconds in Roth, Germany.

_ Compiled by Times wires.

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