Sports in Brief: U.S. women in final for World Cup

Posted: September 06, 2012

The United States women's soccer squad beat Nigeria, 2-0, on Tuesday and will play defending champion Germany for the women's under-20 World Cup title.

Morgan Brian scored in the first half and Kealia Ohai added another goal in the second to send the Americans to the final for the third time. The United States won in 2002 and 2008.

"It was a difficult match physically," U.S. coach Steve Swanson said. "Nigeria gave us all we could handle and a little more. Getting that first goal was key for us."

Germany, trying to become the first team to win consecutive titles, beat host Japan, 3-0. Japan will face Nigeria for third place Saturday before the U.S. meets Germany.

Brian opened the scoring with a header in the 22d minute.

In the 70th minute, Ohai took a through ball from Samantha Mewis and sent a 12-yard, right-footed shot past goalkeeper Ibubeleye Whyte.

BASKETBALL: Villanova will be one of four regional hosts in the 18th annual 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Wildcats open tournament play on Nov. 9 at the Pavilion against the University of the District of Columbia, then take on Marshall at the same site on Nov. 11.

Villanova then moves on to Madison Square Garden for a Nov. 15 game against Purdue, which is the second game of a doubleheader that features Alabama and Oregon State in the opener.

The four teams also play on Nov. 16 at the Garden, with the Nov. 15 losers meeting in the first game and the winners playing in the nightcap.

TENNIS: Without A ndy Roddick or Mardy Fish, the U.S. Davis Cup team will count on a roster of John Isner, Sam Querrey and twins Bob and Mike Bryan for its semifinal at Spain on Sept. 14-16.

Spain will be missing 11-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, who will be out at least two more months because of a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee.

AUTO RACING: Matt Kenseth made his move to Joe Gibbs Racing official, more than two months after he told Roush Fenway Racing he was leaving.

Kenseth will replace Joey Logano.

Logano moved over to Penske Racing to fill a seat that opened when AJ Allmendinger was released after failing a drug test.

FOOTBALL: Carnegie Mellon senior cornerback Liam McGrath (Haverford High) was honored as University Athletic Association (UAA) defenive player of the week.

McGrath played a huge factor in the Tartans' come-from-behind 23-20 victory over Grove City College with his first two career interceptions. The senior also tallied a career-high three solo tackles.

Eight North Dakota State players, including four starters, face fraud charges for allegedly forging signatures on two potential ballot measures. The players were paid $9 an hour to gather signatures to get two citizen initiatives dealing with a state conservation fund and medical marijuana on the ballot. Authorities say many of the petition signatures were copied from phone books or made up.

PARALYMPICS: Wheelchair tennis player Esther Vergeer won her 468th singles match in a row, a streak that dates to 2003.

The latest victory by the 31-year-old Dutchwoman was a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Thailand's Sakhorn Khanthasit in Tuesday's quarterfinals at the London Paralympics.

- Staff and wire reports

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