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Kings, Nolan reach accord

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings agreed to terms on a new two-year contract with forward Jordan Nolan on Sunday.

He had two goals, four assists and 46 penalty minutes in 44 games with the team last season. He played in seven post-season games, with no points and four penalty minutes.

The 24-year-old forward has played 70 career NHL games with the Kings, who selected him in the seventh round of the 2009 entry draft.

 

U.S. to CONCACAF semis

BALTIMORE -- Clarence Goodson and Joe Corona scored during an eight-minute span of the first half, and the United States beat El Salvador 5-1 on Sunday to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals.

Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan and Mix Diskerud added second-half goals for the Americans, who will play Honduras in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday night.

Honduras beat Costa Rica 1-0 on Sunday night as part of a doubleheader before a sellout crowd at the home stadium of the Baltimore Ravens.

 

Browns sign rookie LB

CLEVELAND -- Nothing else is in rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo's way but some blockers.

The Browns signed the No. 6 overall pick in this year's NFL draft to a four-year contract on Sunday. The deal, which is worth over $16 million, includes a team option in the fifth year.

Mingo's agent, Jeff Guerriero, finalized the package with the Browns early in the morning. Mingo had been the team's only unsigned rookie as the sides clashed over "offset" language. However, the agreement means the speedy outside linebacker will not miss any significant time and will be on the field Thursday when the Browns open their first training camp under first-year coach Rob Chudzinski.

The Browns were able to keep the offset language in the contract, which means they will not have to pay him the remainder of his deal if he is cut before it expires and signs with another team. Mingo will receive his entire signing bonus by December.

 

Tolliver tops in Tahoe

STATELINE, Nev. -- Billy Joe Tolliver won the American Century Championship for the fourth time, beating fellow former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien with a par on the third hole of a playoff Sunday.

They finished regulation at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course tied at 67 in the modified Stableford format that awards graduated points for pars or better.

On the par-5 18th hole in the playoff, they had matching pars and birdies on the first two extra holes. Tolliver then took advantage of Rypien's pitch shot into the water, winning with a two-putt par from 25 feet.

"I'm not sure how we got into a playoff," said Tolliver, also the winner in 1996, 2005 and 2010. "I have never been in a (cold) playoff like this before. I can't feel my hands right now."

 

Water polo women win

BARCELONA, Spain -- Canada's women water polo team won its opening game at the FINA World Championship on Sunday, beating Britain 14-9.

Captain Krystina Alogbo opened the scoring midway through the first quarter and finished with four goals. Emma Wright, from Lindsay, Ont., had three goals in her first appearance at a world championship.

Joelle Bekhazi and Christine Robinson each scored twice, while Sophie Baron La Salle, Katrina Monton and Stephanie Valin rounded out the scoring for Canada.

"There had been a lot of buildup for this game and our team went through some highs and lows over the last several weeks," Alogbo said. "It was great to be able to release some of that energy and this was definitely a nice way to open the tournament."

The preliminary round for the team continues on Tuesday with a game against the Olympic champion Americans.

Canada will then take on the defending world champions from Greece for their last game of the preliminary round on Thursday.

 

Recari wins LPGA battle

SYLVANIA, Ohio -- The head-to-head duel between Beatriz Recari and Paula Creamer in the final round of the Marathon Classic on Sunday was great theatre.

Don't be surprised if there's a sequel.

Recari rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole to take the lead for good and hung on to hold off Creamer for her third LPGA Tour title.

They started the day tied and spent most of the day trading the lead -- as if it were match play. The duel in the heat in suburban Toledo might have been foreshadowing for when both players participate in next month's Solheim Cup at the Colorado Golf Club, Recari for the European side and Paula Creamer for the United States.

"Back and forth, back and forth," Recari said of their Sunday showdown. "It totally felt like the Solheim Cup."

Recari and Creamer, who won the tournament, then known as the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, five years ago, started the day tied for first, three shots ahead of their nearest pursuers. They traded the lead -- never separated by more than one stroke -- and were still even until Recari birdied the par-3 14th.

The 26-year-old Recari closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 17-under 267. She missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the 17th, but made a clutch 5-footer for par at the 18th.

 

Cowboys make moves

OXNARD, Calif. -- The Dallas Cowboys have placed defensive tackle Jay Ratliff and guard Mackenzy Bernadeau on the physically unable to perform list after both sustained hamstring injuries in conditioning tests before training camp.

Ratliff, Bernadeau and guard Nate Livings were sidelined for the first camp workouts Sunday. Livings was placed on the non-football injury list with a foot problem.

All three are projected starters.

Ratliff passed the conditioning test despite the injury. Bernadeau still has to get through the test to be cleared.

 

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 22, 2013 C6

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