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Sports briefs: U.S. women's soccer team rallies past Australia

Published September 16, 2012 6:11 pm

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soccer • Alex Morgan scored one goal and set up the second as the U.S. women's national soccer team rallied from a first-half deficit to beat Australia 2-1 Sunday in Carson, Calif., in the second game of its post-Olympic tour.

Morgan scored the tying goal in the 55th minute and won the penalty kick that fellow Southern Californian Shannon Boxx converted eight minutes later as the Americans, who last month won the gold medal at the London Games, shook off a rough first 45 minutes to improve to 2-0 on the 10-game tour.

Australia, which started six players 19 or younger, went ahead in the 34th minute when Lisa de Vanna beat U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo after outsprinting two defenders on a run from midfield.

It was the penultimate game for U.S. coach Pia Sundhage, who will guide the Americans for the final time in Wednesday's rematch with Australia in Commerce City, Colo. She is returning home to Sweden to coach her homeland's national team.

Spain beats U.S. in Davis Cup semifinal

tennis • David Ferrer beat John Isner 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in Gijon, Spain, to send defending champion Spain back to the Davis Cup final with a 3-1 semifinal victory over the United States.

Even without Rafael Nadal, the Spaniards will try to win their fourth title in five years. Spain will play at the Czech Republic in November's final. The Czech Republic beat Argentina in the other semifinal.

Williams, Kastles wrap up team title

TENNIS • Venus Williams helped Washington catch up, then beat Coco Vandeweghe in a last-game tiebreaker as the Kastles completed their second straight undefeated championship season in World Team Tennis with a 20-19 victory over Sacramento in Charleston, S.C.

Washington (16-0) has won 32 straight matches the past two seasons.

Williams, the seven-time Grand Slam champion, was front and center for Washington's latest title run. She teamed with Anastasia Rodionova to win the women's doubles match 5-1. She also teamed with Leander Paes to win in mixed doubles, and wrapped up the title by beating Vandeweghe.

The Associated Press