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U.S. Sets Squad for Honduras

Chicago — Defender Timmy Chandler was among 24 players selected yesterday for the United States’ World Cup qualifier at Honduras tomorrow and is set to make his competitive debut for the Americans.

Chandler, eligible to play for the U.S. and Germany, made his American national team debut in March 2011 against Argentina and played in eight games that year, but all were exhibitions. He was not included in the CONCACAF Gold Cup roster by then-coach Bob Bradley, who said he wanted to give Chandler time off following his first season as a regular in the Bundesliga.

Chandler turned down U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s invitation for the U.S. training camp last May ahead of the opening qualifiers of the semifinal round, then returned for the Nov. 14 exhibition at Russia and said he was fully committed to the U.S. team.

If he appears for the U.S. in a competitive match, he would be unable to play for Germany.

Klinsmann did not consider Landon Donovan, who said after last year’s MLS Cup final that he was uncertain he wanted to keep playing. Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said last month he expects Donovan to play at some point this year.

The game is the first of 10 in the final round of qualifying in North and Central America and the Caribbean. The top three nations in the six-team group qualify for next year’s tournament in Brazil, and the No. 4 team advances to a playoff for another berth, likely against New Zealand.

Cooper Returns
To FC Dallas

Frisco, Texas — FC Dallas is bringing back former All-Star forward Kenny Cooper in a trade with the New York Red Bulls.

The deal announced yesterday sends allocation money to New York for Cooper, a former Dallas high school standout who scored 11 goals in 29 starts when he made his MLS debut in 2006.

Cooper had 18 goals and three assists in 30 starts 2008, when he was an All-Star and the league’s comeback player of the year after an injury-shortened 2007 season.

Baseball

A’s Acquire Lowrie

Oakland, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics acquired infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for first baseman Chris Carter and two minor leaguers yesterday.

Right-hander Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi also went to Houston in the deal between franchises that will be playing in the same division for the first time following the Astros’ move from the NL Central to the AL West in 2013.

Lowrie batted .244 with 16 homers and 42 RBIs in 97 games with Houston, missing two months with ankle and thumb injuries. Despite the limited playing time, Lowrie tied for the fourth most homers among all shortstops last year.

Bonds Appeal
Judges Chosen

San Francisco — Barry Bonds’ felony obstruction of justice conviction is in the hands of three federal appeals court judges who were each appointed by a different Democratic president.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday unveiled its February schedule, which showed publicly for the first time the three judges assigned to Bonds’ case.

Senior judges Mary Schroeder and Michael Daly Hawkins along with Judge Mary Murguia will hear oral arguments Feb. 13.

Jimmy Carter appointed Schroeder in 1979. She wrote an opinion in 2010 barring the testimony of a former Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative executive from Bonds’ trial. Bonds was still convicted of giving misleading testimony about his steroid use to a grand jury. He appealed.

Bill Clinton appointed Hawkins in 1994. President Barack Obama appointed Murguia in 2010.

College Hockey

Beanpot Final Set

Boston — Kevin Roy scored three goals, and Northeastern opened the Beanpot tournament with a 3-2 victory over Boston University last night.

Roy netted his second goal off a turnover in the second period and then batted home an attempted clearing pass late in the game that kicked off the 61st annual tournament.

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Chris Rawlings made 32 saves for the Huskies (8-13-3), who will Boston College, which defeated Harvard in the other semifinal, 3-1.

Danny O’Regan and Sahir Gill scored for the Terriers (13-11-1). It is just the fourth time in 30 years that Boston University won’t be playing in the tournament’s title game.

The tournament pits the Boston area’s four Division I hockey programs — located just a few miles apart — annually on the first two Mondays in February.

Northeastern will be trying to claim its fifth Beanpot crown — the fewest by far of the four schools — and its first since 1988.

Defending national champion Boston College has won the last three Beanpots. Boston University owns 29 titles, and Harvard has 10.

With Northeastern clinging to a 2-1 lead, Roy, positioned to the right of the net, swatted in Matt Grzelcyk’s attempted clear from in front of the crease.

BU got within 3-2 on Gill’s goal with 71 seconds left. The Terriers pulled goalie Matt O’Connor for most of the final minute, but were unable to get any scoring chances.

The Huskies, who came into the tournament having beaten all three teams this season, grabbed a 2-1 edge midway into the second period off a giveaway by BU center Ben Rosen.

O’Connor left the crease and got to a loose puck to the right of the net. He fed a pass along the right boards to Rosen, who tried to center a pass to one of his defenseman in front of the uncovered net. But Roy skated in, dived, and tipped the puck into the empty net.

While trailing 2-1, BU had a 5-on-3 power play for 1 minute, 56 seconds, but failed to get many good shots on Rawlings.

Seconds after killing off the power play, the Huskies were short-handed again when Josh Manson was whistled for boarding.

Again, BU was forcing to take long attempts from the outside.

The Huskies took a 1-0 lead 2:09 into the game when Roy banged in a rebound in front before the Terriers tied it on O’Regan’s goal 3 1/2 minutes later.