Alex Morgan redirected Lauren Holiday's free kick for a goal some nine minutes into the second half and the U.S. women's national team went on to defeat Switzerland 3-0 on Friday in group play at the Algarve Cup.

Amy Rodriguez added a goal in the 72nd minute before Abby Wambach came off the bench to score for the team, which improved to 2-0-0 in its last international tournament before the Women's World Cup in Canada later this year.

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo preserved the lead with a key save of a blast from Lara Dickenmann in the 60th minute. It was her 79th career shutout.

Switzerland, ranked No. 19 in the world, falls to 1-1-0 in Group B with the loss. The United States, sitting atop the group, plays Iceland in the final group match Monday.

The Americans have won the Algarve Cup nine times in the tournament's 22-year history. The 12-team field this year includes nine teams that will play in the Women's World Cup starting in June.

•The top-ranked German national team was stung Friday when midfielder Luisa Wensing broke her leg in Algarve Cup play, shortly after the team announced that reigning FIFA women's player of the year Nadine Kessler will have knee surgery.

dog sledding

Iditarod start moves north

Much of the start of the world's most famous sled dog race is covered in barren gravel, forcing Iditarod organizers to move the start farther north where there is snow and ice.

A weather pattern that buried the eastern U.S. in snow has left Alaska fairly warm and relatively snow-free this winter.

"If I have one more person say to me to move the Iditarod to Boston, I'm going to shake my head," said race director Mark Nordman.

The nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race starts Saturday with a ceremonial run through Anchorage.

But the official start two days later has been moved 225 miles north, over the Alaska Range, to Fairbanks to avoid the area that left many mushers bruised and bloodied last year. Iditarod officials said the conditions are worse this year.


Brits take 2-0 lead over U.S.

James Ward came from two sets down to beat John Isner in a Davis Cup match that lasted almost five hours Friday, giving Britain a 2-0 lead over the United States in the first round.

The 111th-ranked Ward produced a big upset, clinching a 6-7 (4), 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 15-13 victory on his sixth match point against the 20th-ranked American at Emirates Arena.

Earlier, Andy Murray beat Donald Young 6-1, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 in his first match in his native Scotland since winning Wimbledon in 2013.

Britain is on course to beat the U.S. team for the second consecutive year at this stage in the World Group.

Britain would clinch the match on Saturday if it wins the doubles.


Gordon takes pole

Jeff Gordon won the pole for Sunday's race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

It is Gordon's first career pole at Las Vegas and 79th of his career. The four-time series champion has now won a pole at every active NASCAR track except Kansas and Kentucky. He's retiring at the end of this season.

Gordon turned a lap at 194.679 mph in his Chevrolet and gave a hard pump of his arm into the air as he climbed from the car.

Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano qualified second and was followed by the Hendrick Motorsports-powered cars of Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Larson. Seven of the top 12 drivers have Hendrick engines.

college football

Buckeye didn't have brain trauma

An Ohio State athlete who committed suicide had suffered concussions but didn't show evidence of trauma affecting the brain, a coroner said Friday.

Wrestler and football scout team member Kosta Karageorge, who was 22, had been missing for several days when his body was found in a trash bin in Columbus not far from his campus-area apartment on Nov. 30. A handgun was found near his right hand.

Friday's announcement by Dr. Anahi Ortiz had awaited neuropathology reports about Karageorge's brain. Ortiz had previously said Karageorge killed himself with a gunshot to the head. She says her determination that it was a suicide won't change.


College football: Michigan State wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. was arrested last weekend because he kicked an East Lansing parking enforcement vehicle and then resisted arrest, an East Lansing police spokesman said Friday.

Skiing: Steven Nyman of the United States was fastest in the final training session Friday for a World Cup downhill race in Kvitfjell, Norway. Nyman clocked 1 minute, 47.72 seconds, beating Guillermo Fayed by 0.41 seconds.

Swimming: David Nolan of Stanford set the American record in the 200-yard individual medley at the Pac-12 Conference swimming championships, finishing in 1 minute, 40.07 seconds.