Javier Hernandez scored after U.S. newcomer Sergino Dest was nutmegged in the 21st minute, Erick Gutierrez and Uriel Antuna added late goals and Mexico defeated the United States 3-0 in a a soccer friendly in East Rutherford, N.J., Friday night for its biggest victory margin over its regional rival in a decade.
Mexico had total control of the match after an even first 20 minutes. Gutierrez scored the second goal in the 78th, a minute after entering, following a poor clearance by American goalkeeper Zack Steffen that was intercepted. Antuna, another late substitute, added an 82nd-minute goal on a counterattack.
The Americans lost to Mexico by at least three goals for the first time since a 5-0 defeat in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup final. El Tri beat the U.S. 1-0 two months ago in the latest Gold Cup final in July and has won four of the past six meetings, with one draw.
Josh Sargent, an 19-year-old American, took a penalty kick in the 88th minute rather than star Christian Pulisic and was stopped by Jonathan Orozco, who dived to his right.
NHL: The NHL for the first time selected four female officials to work on the ice at prospect tournaments held this weekend. Katie Guay and Kelly Cooke were selected as referees, while Kirsten Welsh and Kendall Hanley will work as linespersons. It’s the first time women have officiated at the pretraining camp prospects tournament level.
• The Carolina Hurricanes signed defenseman Jake Gardiner for four years and $16.2 million. He had three goals and 27 assists in 62 games with Toronto last season.
Baseball: Major League Baseball and the players’ association will discuss the possibility of more widespread testing for opioids following the July 1 death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.
• Chris Duncan, an outfielder who helped the Cardinals win the 2006 World Series, died of brain cancer at age 38. He is the son of former big-league pitching coach Dave Duncan.
WNBA: Emma Meesseman scored 23 of her 25 points in the first half and the Washington Mystics beat the visiting Dallas Wings 86-73 to spoil rookie Arike Ogunbowale’s record-tying fourth straight game with 30-plus points. The Mystics clinched the regular-season title later when the Connecticut Sun lost.
• Diamond DeShields scored a career-high 30 and the visiting Chicago Sky beat the Sun 109-104 in overtime.
• The New York Liberty clinched the best chance to win the WNBA draft lottery by losing to Indiana 86-81.
• Odyssey Sims scored 22 to lead the visiting Minnesota Lynx past the Phoenix Mercury 83-69.
Golf: Scottish rookie Robert MacIntyre carded a bogey-free 7-under-par 65 to take a four-stroke lead at 11-under after the second round of the European Open in Hamburg, Germany.
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