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Sunday afternoon, Tom Sermanni coached the U.S. women's team to a 2-0 win over China in an exhibition.

By Sunday night, he was out of a job.

U.S. Soccer fired Sermanni (above) 16 months after he took over the program - and six months before the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the 2015 World Cup takes place in Mexico.

"We want to thank Tom for his service over the past year and half, but we felt that we needed to go in a different direction at this time," U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement.

The U.S. squad was unbeaten (13-0-3) last year under Sermanni, but went 1-2-1 last month at the Algarve Cup, an annual competition in Portugal that the Americans have won nine times.

The firing was announced hours after Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe scored in the Americans' victory over China in Commerce City, Colo.

"I'm disappointed that things didn't work out, but I'd like to thank U.S. Soccer for the opportunity to have coached this team and also the staff and players for all their hard work," Sermanni said in the national governing body's statement.

England:Steven Gerrard scored twice from the penalty spot as Liverpool won its ninth straight, 2-1 at West Ham, to take the lead in the Premier League by two points over Chelsea. ... Norwich, in 17th place, fired manager Chris Hughton and hired Neil Adams with five matches left.

MLS:Robbie Keane and Stefan Ishizaki scored late in the first half as the Galaxy defeated city rival Chivas USA 3-0.


Federer leads Swiss to semis

Roger Federer moved closer to adding one of the few trophies he lacks by leading Switzerland to the Davis Cup semifinals. Italy and France also swept two singles matches to cap comeback victories. Federer defeated Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev7-6 (7-0), 6-2, 6-3 after teammate Stanislas Wawrinka beat Mikhail Kukushkin as host Switzerland won 3-2 in Geneva. Host Italy ousted Britain when Andreas Seppi defeated James Ward and Fabio Fognini stunned two-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in Naples. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils won as France beat visiting Germany by erasing a 2-0 deficit in Nancy. In September the French face defending champion Czech Republic, a 5-0 winner over host Japan, and Italy faces Switzerland.

Family Circle Cup: No.40 ranked Andrea Petkovic ended a surprising week in Charleston, S.C., with her first WTA title in three years by defeating Jana Cepelova 7-5, 6-2. Petkovic, 26, was once ranked ninth before injuries slowed her progress and cost her much of the 2012 season. Cepelova, 20, was in her first WTA final.


UCF takes 2 of 3 from USF

Tommy Williams hit two two-run home runs to lead visiting UCF past USF 6-3. The Knights (20-13, 8-1 American Athletic Conference) took two of three in the series. Buddy Putnam had two hits, a run and an RBI for the Bulls (18-14, 5-4).

More baseball: Florida State (26-5, 13-2 ACC), ranked No.1 by Baseball America, swept Notre Dame in a doubleheader, 11-2 and 4-3. ... No.13 Florida (20-12, 7-5 SEC) lost 9-8 at No.22 Kentucky after scoring five runs in the ninth and leaving the possible tying run stranded in the ninth.

Football: Miami QB Ryan Williams, who tore his right ACL in practice Friday, will have surgery this week; the presumptive starter's chances of playing in the fall are unknown. His injury leaves former Countryside QB Gray Crow as the backup for now behind freshman Kevin Olsen.


Manziel visiting Raiders

Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel spent Sunday and will spend today visiting the Raiders, reported. The website said the Texas A&M quarterback flew to Oakland after appearing Saturday at the NCAA Final Four. The Raiders own the No.5 overall pick in next month's draft.

Elsewhere: The Bears agreed to a one-year free agent contract with former Saints center Brian de la Puente. ... Former Cowboys and Ravens defensive lineman Marcus Spears retired. The former LSU standout joins SEC Network as an analyst.

Times wires