The U.S. men's soccer team lost to Canada for the first time in 34 years, allowing second-half goals to Alphonso Davies and Lucas Cavallini in a 2-0 defeat Tuesday night in the CONCACAF Nations League in Toronto.

A little over two years after the Americans failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup by losing at Trinidad and Tobago, their 17-match unbeaten streak against their northern neighbor came to an end.

The U.S., ranked 21st and coming off last week's opening 7-0 home rout of Cuba, had nine wins and eight draws against Canada since a 2-0 exhibition defeat at Vancouver in April 1985.

Canada, ranked 75th, is trying to climb into the top six in the region in FIFA rankings, a key factor in determining who qualifies for the 2022 World Cup.

The U.S. and Canada meet again Nov. 15 in Orlando, and the U.S. faces Cuba four days later in the Cayman Islands.

Koreas play in odd setting

North Korea and South Korea played to a 0-0 draw in a World Cup qualifying match, a historic game played, unexpectedly, in an empty stadium in Pyongyang. Also unexpectedly, South Korean spectators and media were denied entry, no North Korean fans showed up and there was no live broadcast. The game was the first competitive meeting between the national men's teams in the North Korean capital.

NBA

Protesters react to LeBron James' take

Protesters in Hong Kong reacted angrily Tuesday to LeBron James' criticism of a Houston Rockets official who had supported them.

Protesters burned James jerseys and abused photos of him in Hong Kong after James indicated Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey made a mistake in tweeting his support for the democracy supporters. That angered China's government and threatened the NBA's lucrative Chinese market.

James indicated he expected some fallout.

"I think when an issue comes up, if you feel passionate about it or you feel like it's something you want to talk about, then so be it," James said. "I also don't think that every issue should be everybody's problem."

AROUND THE HORN

College football: Maryland starting cornerback Tino Ellis will miss the rest of the season because of an upper-body injury.

Minnesota Scene: Justin Burleson of Valleywood Golf Course won the MGA Mid-Amateur Championship by shooting a final-round 3-over 75 at Bearpath Golf and Country Club in Eden Prairie for a 216 total. Tony Vincelli of Brackett's Crossing was two shots back.

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