In Brief: Altidore Leads U.S. Past Nigeria
Jacksonville, Fla. — Jozy Altidore ended a six-month scoreless streak with a pair of goals, leading the United States over Nigeria 2-1 Saturday night in the Americans’ World Cup send-off match.
Altidore tapped in Fabian Johnson’s cross in the 31st minute, stopping a 27-match scoreless streak for club and country with his first goal since Dec. 4 for Sunderland against Chelsea.
He doubled the lead in the 68th, running onto Michael Bradley’s looping 30-yard pass over the defense, taking a touch with each foot as he cut inside of Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo and beating goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama with a right-footed shot from 12 yards.
The Americans were undefeated in their send-off series for the first time, beating the African champions following a 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan and a 2-1 win over Turkey.
Making their seventh straight World Cup appearance, the Americans head to Brazil tonight and open June 16 against Ghana, the team that eliminated them from the last two tournaments.
Crane Still in Front
Memphis, Tenn. — Ben Crane went more than 28 hours between competitive shots due to weather delays, and he stayed atop the leaderboard through six holes Saturday before another storm stopped play again at the St. Jude Classic.
Crane birdied his first hole, putting him at 13 under for the tournament. After that, no one got closer than four strokes at rain-softened TPC Southwind.
Troy Merritt, a group ahead of Crane, was at 9 under, with playing partner Peter Malnati at 8 under. Billy Horschel, Retief Goosen and Camilo Villegas were at 7 under on their front nines.
Haas, Jacobsen Lead Legends of Golf
Ridgedale, Mo. — Jay Haas and Peter Jacobsen took the second-round lead Saturday in the Champions Tour’s Legends of Golf, teaming for a 6-under 48 on the par-3 Top of the Rock course.
Feng Takes Lpga Lead
Waterloo, Ontario — Shanshan Feng took a two-stroke lead in the LPGA Tour’s Manulife Financial Classic, shooting a 4-under 67 in calm conditions at Grey Silo.
Clippers Owner Hasn’t Inked Deal
Los Angeles — Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling still hasn’t signed off on the deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer because the NBA won’t revoke its $2.5 million fine and lifetime ban.
A person with knowledge of the negotiations who wasn’t authorized to talk publicly said Sterling had agreed to sell the team and drop his $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA assuming “all their differences had been resolved.”
But now he’s considering continuing the suit after being told by intermediaries the NBA won’t budge on the punishments doled out by Commissioner Adam Silver after Sterling’s racist comments were publicized.
Sterling’s consent to his wife’s potentially record-breaking $2 billion deal was the first sign of an end to weeks of uncertainty. The NBA must approve.