Sports briefs: Mexico, Panama win Gold Cup quarterfinals
SOCCER • Raul Jimenez scored in the 84th minute to lead Mexico to a 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup on Saturday night in Dallas. Mexico will face Panama in the semifinals on Wednesday. Panama beat 10-man Cuba 6-1 on Saturday.
NCAA on defensive over concussions
COLLEGE ATHLETICS • Rejecting claims made in a lawsuit concerning concussions, the NCAA said Saturday it has taken steps to protect student athletes from head injuries and that player safety is among the college sports association's core principles. Attorneys suing the NCAA over its handling of head injuries asked a federal judge Friday to let them expand the lawsuit to include thousands of plaintiffs nationwide. The motion seeking class-action status was filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, where the original lawsuit was filed in 2011 on behalf of former Eastern Illinois football player Adrian Arrington and several other former athletes.
The plaintiffs say the NCAA was lax in establishing a clear policy about dealing with concussions, leaving key decisions to individual schools or leagues.
Federer loses in German semifinal
TENNIS • Roger Federer lost to Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4) Saturday in the semifinals of the German Tennis Championships. Federer, a four-time champion in Hamburg, was outplayed by the 114th-ranked left-hander who advanced to his first career final. In the final, Delbonis will play Italy's Fabio Fognini, who beat third-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (1).
USC swimmer wins world championship
SWIMMING • American Haley Anderson, a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, and Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli won the 5K open water race Saturday at the world championships in Barcelona, Spain. Anderson edged Poliana Okimoto of Brazil in a sprint finish in the Barcelona harbor. She finished in 56 minutes, 34.2 seconds, 0.02 ahead of Okimoto. Mellouli clocked 53 minutes, 30.4 seconds. Eric Hedlin of Canada took silver, 1.2 seconds behind.
The Associated Press