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Sports briefs: U.S. women’s soccer team loses for first time in 2 years
First Published Mar 07 2014 08:00 pm • Last Updated Mar 07 2014 10:18 pm

soccer • The U.S. women’s soccer team’s two-year unbeaten streak ended at 43 games Friday with a 1-0 loss to Sweden and former coach Pia Sundhage at the Algarve Cup in Albufiera, Portugal.

Lotta Schelin beat goalkeeper Hope Solo with a header in the 24th minute. The U.S. had been 36-0-7 since a 1-0 loss to Japan at the Algarve Cup on March 5, 2012, and 16-0-4 under Tom Sermanni, who took over as coach after Sundhage left in 2012 to lead her native Sweden.

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The U.S. had a chance to take the lead in the 15th minute, but Abby Wambach’s penalty kick was pushed past a post by goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl after American midfielder Amy Rodriguez was fouled.

The Americans (0-1-1) will not advance beyond group play; they will face Denmark on Monday in their Group B finale.

Salt Lake skater wins in 500 meters

speedskating • Heather Richardson of Salt Lake City edged local favorite Judith Hesse by one-hundredth of a second to claim her first 500-meter World Cup victory on Friday in Inzell, Germany. Richardson won in 37.85 seconds.

West Jordan’s Brittany Bowe finished third in the women’s 1,500 meters as the American speedskaters recovered from the disappointment of their medal shutout at the Sochi Olympics. Ireen Wust of the Netherlands won the 1,500 meters in 1 minute, 54.03 seconds, ahead of compatriot Lotte van Beek by 0.67 seconds. Bowe was 1.03 behind.

Austria’s Fenninger takes World Cup lead

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Skiing • Anna Fenninger seized the lead in the overall World Cup standings by winning a giant slalom for the second straight day in Are, Sweden.

The 24-year-old Austrian extended her first-leg lead to beat Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany by 0.61 seconds.

Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden was third, trailing 0.68 behind Fenninger’s combined time of 2 minutes, 00.15 seconds, and retained her lead in the season-long GS standings.

Julia Mancuso was the top American, finishing 20th.

Royals lose reliever to elbow injury

BASEBALL • Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar will have Tommy John surgery that will sideline the pitcher for the season. Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow on the next-to-last pitch of a scoreless two-inning outing Monday against the Chicago White Sox. An MRI on Tuesday revealed a major tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. The 30-year-old Hochevar went 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and two saves in 58 relief appearances last season.

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