VANCOUVER - The U.S. women's soccer team qualified for the London Olympics on Friday night with a 3-0 victory over Costa Rica.
Tobin Heath scored in the first half, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan added goals in the second and the Americans won the CONCACAF tournament semifinal to earn one of two berths from the region. Canada hosted Mexico late in the other semifinal.
The Americans are the two-time defending Olympic champions.
ALL-AMERICAN MEETING: Landon Donovan set up both goals for host Everton, which rallied to beat Fulham and fellow U.S. star Clint Dempsey 2-1 for a berth in the round of 16 in the FA Cup. Donovan is on loan to the EPL club from Los Angeles of MLS. A third American, goalkeeper Tim Howard, earned the win.
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Top ice dance pair take solid lead
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the first Americans to win a world title in ice dance, took a comfortable lead at the U.S. Championships after the short dance. Their score of 76.89 in San Jose, Calif., was more than four points ahead of Maia and Alex Shibutani. The free dance is today. The men's short program was not over at press time.
EURO CHAMPIONSHIPS: Italian Carolina Kostner led the women's competition after the short program in Sheffield, England. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France won the ice dance title.
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Rachel Alexandra, foal checked out
Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 horse of the year, and her new colt went to an equine clinic for pain management related to the birth. Spokeswoman Caroline Shaw said in an email that the horses should return to Stonestreet Farm in Lexington, Ky., in a couple of days. Rachel Alexandra is owned by Barbara Banke, also majority owner of Curlin, the 2007 and 2008 horse of the year and sire of the foal born Sunday.
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Vonn's victory extends Cup lead
Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup super-combined event in St. Moritz, Switzerland, to extend her lead in the overall standings against second-place Tina Maze. The American had a combined two-run time of 2 minutes, 28.35 seconds for her 48th career World Cup victory and leads Maze, of Slovenia, by 302 points.
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JURISPRUDENCE: A Ukrainian hockey coach charged with fondling a teen player in Philadelphia will remain in custody until a bail hearing next week. A public defender told a judge he needs more time to find local friends of Ivan Pravilov, 48, because Pravilov has not had access to his cell phone contacts while in custody.
X GAMES: Olympic gold medalist Shaun White withdrew from the slopestyle event in Aspen, Colo., after hurting his left ankle in a warmup run. White said he still plans to compete in the halfpipe Sunday.
SAILING: American boat Puma was hit by unidentified debris near the Malacca Strait, the most hazardous stretch of water the boats will face in the Volvo Ocean Race. The strait is between Malaysia and Indonesia and runs to the Indian Ocean.