It's the United States vs. most of Europe in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals.

The Netherlands defeated Japan 2-1 on Tuesday in Rennes, France, and Italy topped China 2-0 in Montpellier, leaving the tournament with a record seven European teams and the United States in the final eight.

A new handball rule gave the Netherlands the break it needed. Lieke Martens' second goal of the game came on a penalty kick after referee Melissa Borjas awarded the penalty because Saki Kumagai's hand blocked Vivianne Miedema's shot, even though there it was not clear she hit the ball intentionally.

The Netherlands will take on Italy on Saturday. Italy coach Milena Bertolini said her team reached its first quarterfinal since 1991 because her players are striving for a larger goal.

"They have a mission. Their mission is to try and have the Italian public to discover and appreciate the women's game," Bertolini said. "I really believe this side has allowed the women's game to break new ground back home."

Minnesota Scene

Wisconsin golfer Danielson in 3M

Charlie Danielson accepted a sponsor's exemption to play in next week's inaugural 3M Open in Blaine. In the U.S. Open early this month, the 25-year-old from Osceola, Wis., made the cut and finished tied for 58th.

Charles Schwab Challenge winner Kevin Na has committed and is one of 24 players who have won on tour the past two seasons to do so.

U gets football commitment

• The Gophers brought their 2020 football class to 21 members with the commitment of Itayvion Brown, a 6-3, 210-pound linebacker/defensive end from St. Louis. ranks him a three-star recruit.

• Taylor Reiss of Southwest Minnesota State's volleyball team was selected Division II Athlete of the Year by the Collegiate Women's Sports Awards. She was NSIC Player of the Year three times.

• The Texas Airhogs rallied for five runs in the ninth to defeat the Saints 6-3 at CHS Field. The Saints had been 19-0 this season when taking a lead into the ninth inning.


NHL: After 15 NHL seasons and two Stanley Cups, Brooks Orpik announced his retirement. Orpik, a 38-year-old defenseman, played 1,171 regular-season and playoff games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. He won the Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009 and Washington in 2018.

Hockey: Canadian women's star Hayley Wickenheiser was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility. The rest of the 2019 class: NHL players Sergei Zubov and Guy Carbonneau, Czech star Vaclav Nedomansky and builders Jim Rutherford and Jerry York.

NFL: Cincinnati rookie offensive tackle Jonah Williams is expected to miss the season after surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He was drafted No. 11 overall in April.

Tennis: Top-seeded Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah defeated Andy Murray and Brazilian partner Marcelo Melo 6-2, 6-4 in the first round at Eastbourne in England. Murray was on the winning doubles team Sunday at Queen's Club, his first competition since hip surgery.

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