Altidore’s Hat Trick Leads U.S. to 4-3 Win Over Bosnia
Sarajevo — Jozy Altidore scored a hat trick to lead an impressive comeback for the U.S. men, who scored all their goals in the second half Wednesday and beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 and extend their record soccer winning streak to 12 games.
Eddie Johnson had the other goal for the Americans, who have the world’s longest active winning streak.
That streak appeared to be in jeopardy when the Americans fell behind 2-0 before halftime. But Altidore set up Johnson’s goal in the 55th minute, then scored his own four minutes later.
He added two more in the 84th and 86th minutes, setting off raucous celebrations for the U.S.
Edin Dzeko scored his second goal in the 90th minute. But it wasn’t enough for the 13th-ranked Dragons.
RG3 Takes 11-on-11 Snaps
Richmond, Va. — At 2:05 p.m., under partly cloudy skies, with a few scattered chants of “R-G-3!” from the crowd, Robert Griffin III took a snap from center Will Montgomery at the 50-yard line and handed the ball to running back Alfred Morris.
History made, Washington Redskins style. Griffin’s first 11-on-11 play of the 2013 training camp. Like the moon landing, the sort of thing where you always remember where you were when it happened.
“Not quite that dramatic,” third-string quarterback Rex Grossman said. “But I hear your point.”
Actually, the payoff didn’t match the hype. Griffin ran 16 plays with the first-string offense against a scout team that was mimicking the Pittsburgh Steelers defense in preparation for the Redskins’ next preseason game.
Wearing his familiar black brace on his right knee, Griffin completed 7 of 10 passes with an interception. He moved well in the pocket, although he didn’t face much of a pass rush.
Griffin had been limited to 7-on-7 drills during camp as he works his way back from reconstructive knee surgery, part of coach Mike Shanahan’s cautious approach that has tested Griffin’s patience.
Chiefs’ Charles Out
St. Joseph, Mo. — Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles remained sidelined by a strained right foot and will likely miss the Kansas City Chiefs’ preseason game Friday night against San Francisco.
Charles left the practice field on Monday and speculation ran rampant that the injury was serious.
X-rays came back negative and the Chiefs still consider him day to day.
Dolphins Kicker Cut
Davie, Fla. — Miami Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter lost his training-camp competition for a job Wednesday to rookie Caleb Sturgis.
Carpenter, Miami’s kicker the past five seasons, had his contract terminated. The move saves the Dolphins considerable money, because he would have received nearly $2.7 million this year in the final season of a four-year deal.
The Dolphins signaled Carpenter’s job was jeopardy when they drafted Sturgis in the fifth round in April. Sturgis set a school record for field goals at Florida, where he went 70 for 88, including eight successful kicks from 50 yards and beyond.
No. 1s Advance
Mason, Ohio — Serena Williams overcame what she described as one of her worst sets before beating qualifier Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday in her opening match at the Western & Southern Open.
Older sister Venus Williams lost her second match of the tournament, falling to Russia’s Elena Vesnina 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. The 33-year-old Williams is slowly working back into shape after missing most of the summer because of a lower back injury.
The top seeds advanced on a windy and cooler-than-usual afternoon. No. 1 Novak Djokovic had a ragged first set while beating Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-2, leaving him 8-0 career against the Argentine.
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray had an easy time in his opening match at the tournament, which he has won twice. The second-seeded Murray needed only 69 minutes to beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3.
In a night match, fourth-seeded Rafael Nadal beat German qualifier Benjamin Becker 6-2, 6-2, running his streak to 11 straight wins on hard courts.
Junior League Player
Charged in Stabbing
Marysville, Mich. — Authorities said a junior hockey player accused of assaulting his girlfriend now faces additional charges for stabbing her 48-year-old father.
Twenty-year-old defenseman Dalton Young has played three seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Saginaw Spirit. Young was arrested Thursday after his 20-year-old girlfriend was assaulted.
He was arraigned in that case and released Saturday.
That night, police say Young stabbed the woman’s father in the back at the family’s home in Marysville, about 50 miles northeast of Detroit. The victim was treated at a hospital and released.
The Times Herald of Port Huron said Young faces charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and home invasion. He’s being held on a bond and doesn’t have an attorney.