Sports briefs: U.S. women's soccer beats Scotland in coach's debut
Soccer • Tom Sermanni coached the U.S. women's soccer team to a 4-1 win over Scotland on Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., making the most of two first-half goals by Christen Press.
It was quite the debut for Sermanni, who was born in Scotland and spent the last eight years as Australia's coach, He was hired by the U.S. Soccer Federation in October.
Press figured in each of the United States' first three goals in the exhibition game, scoring twice and assisting on the third.
American's win ties Fed Cup
Tennis • American Varvara Lepchenko won in her Fed Cup singles debut to lift the U.S. team to a 1-1 tie against Italy on Saturday, after Sara Errani beat Jamie Hampton 6-2, 6-1.
Lepchenko rallied past Roberta Vinci 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 after the Italian struggled with a leg cramp in the final set, which featured seven breaks of serve. She had treatment on her left thigh and rallied from 5-1 down in the third to tie it 5-5.
From wire reports