Clint Dempsey scored in the 47th minute to give the United States men's soccer team a 1-0 victory over Haiti in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Friday night in Foxborough, Mass.
Brad Guzan made a pair of point-blank saves in the second half for the Americans. The defending champions improved to 2-0 in the opening round and clinched the group title. They will play in the quarterfinal in Baltimore on July 18.
Gyasi Zardes entered as a substitute for Jozy Altidore at the start of the second half, and the move immediately paid off. Greg Garza played the ball forward to Zardes, and Zardes cut a pass back to Dempsey, who scored with a right-footed shot from about 12 yards.
Dempsey has scored in the past four games he's played for the U.S. national team, one shy of the record Altidore set two years ago.
The Americans have reached the knockout stage of all 13 Gold Cup tournaments. They have one game remaining in the group stage, vs. Panama on Monday in Kansas City, Kan.
Yang leads Women's Open by 3
Amy Yang rolled in four consecutive birdies in a round of 4-under 66 Friday for a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the U.S. Women's Open at Lancaster (Pa.) Country Club.
Stacy Lewis, last year's runner-up, and Shiho Oyama were tied for second at 4-under 136.
Marina Alex, part of a three-way tie for the lead Thursday, carded a 1-over 71 and was next at 137. Karrie Webb, also a first-round co-leader, had a 2-over 72 and was in a large group at 138.
Wayzata High School product Sarah Burnham shot 74 and missed the cut at 13 over.
• Jordan Spieth shot 7-under-par 64 to go from at risk of missing the cut to moving within five shots of the lead halfway through the PGA Tour John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill. Spieth, who will try for his third consecutive major title next week at the British Open, shot four birdies in six holes and an eagle Friday. Justin Thomas shot a 4-under 67 to take a 1-shot lead.
• Lee Janzen birdied three consecutive holes Friday to close his front nine and went on to shoot a 7-under 65 at North Shore Country Club to share the first-round lead in the Encompass Championship with Fred Funk, David Frost and Brad Bryant.
Hardy's suspension reduced to 4
Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy's NFL suspension for his role in a domestic violence case was reduced from 10 games to four.
Arbitrator Harold Henderson, who heard Hardy's appeal, upheld Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Hardy. But he said the length was "simply too much" since the league had decided last year that suspensions in domestic cases would start at six games.
Hardy missed all but one game last year with Carolina, but was paid his $13 million salary while on the commissioner's exempt list. Goodell suspended Hardy in April.
AROUND THE HORN
Minnesota Scene: Angelo Songco went 2-for-5 with a triple and three RBI to lead the St. Paul Saints to a 10-2 victory at Winnipeg. Alonzo Harris, Willie Argo and Mike Kvasnicka all hit homers for the Saints. … Two of Canterbury Park's richest races of the season, the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Stakes and the $100,000 Mystic Lake Mile, will highlight Saturday's 10-race card at the Shakopee track.
College football: Quarterback Braxton Miller said he is almost fully recovered from his latest shoulder injury, and he is staying at Ohio State. Miller got his degree and could transfer and play immediately for another school, but told the Columbus Dispatch he will stay with the national champion Buckeyes and try to win a three-way competition to start. … Florida State indefinitely suspended leading running back Dalvin Cook after he was charged with punching a woman in the face. Cook led Florida State last year with 1,008 rushing yards as a freshman and scored eight touchdowns.
Cycling: Mark Cavendish won a sprint finish for his 26th career Tour de France stage victory and his first since 2013 after crashing out last year. He dedicated his win to teammate Tony Martin, who broke a collarbone in a crash Thursday, forcing him to withdraw while wearing the race leader's yellow jersey.
NBA: Deron Williams, the hometown kid who turned down the Mavericks in free agency three years ago, is set to soften the blow of Dallas losing center DeAndre Jordan to a last-minute change of heart. The 31-year-old point guard who grew up in a Dallas suburb is lined up to join the Mavs if he clears waivers after reaching a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets, two people with knowledge of the arrangement told the Associated Press. … The Nets signed guard Wayne Ellington, who played for the Lakers last season.
NHL: Gustav Nyquist agreed to a $19 million, four-year deal with Detroit. The 25-year-old Swedish forward was the only Red Wings player to file for arbitration. … Montreal star forward Max Pacioretty has a knee injury and could miss most of the preseason.
Auto racing: Rain returned to Kentucky Speedway, canceling qualifying for the Sprint Cup and Xfinity series races. With the starting grids set on practice speeds, Kyle Larson will be on the pole beside Brad Keselowski for Saturday night's 400-mile Cup race. … Keselowski held off Erik Jones to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kentucky.