Former Gopher Jocelyne Lamoureux scored three goals and the United States beat Russia 9-2 on Tuesday in the women's world hockey championship to finish 3-0 in Group A play.

In the semifinals Friday, the defending champion Americans will face the winner of the quarterfinal between Russia and Group A winner Sweden.

Hilary Knight had two goals and an assist, Meghan Duggan, Alex Carpenter and Brianna Decker each had a goal and an assist, Hannah Brandt also scored, and Anne Schleper had three assists.

Canada also advanced to the semifinals, beating Finland 6-2 to finish group play at 2-1.

college football

Haden to boycott Indy meetings

Southern California athletic director Pat Haden will not attend the College Football Playoff selection committee meeting in Indianapolis this week.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence last week signed the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics have argued allows discrimination against gays and lesbians. Pence on Tuesday called for a legislative fix to clarify that the law does not permit discrimination.

Haden posted on Twitter at (at)ADHaden- USC: "I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. (hash)EmbraceDiversity."

Haden is one of five current athletic directors on the 13-member selection committee who picks the four teams to participate in the College Football Playoff and compete for the national championship.

Saban kicks another player off Tide

Nick Saban kicked a second Alabama football player off the team, swiftly dismissing reserve running back Tyren Jones following his arrest for marijuana possession.

Jones is the third player in Saban's program arrested in the past four days, and the second to be dismissed.


Woods plays round at Augusta

Tiger Woods played a practice round Tuesday at Augusta National, a strong indication that the four-time champion could make his return at the Masters.

Mark Steinberg, his agent at Excel Sports Management, confirmed that Woods played 18 holes. Still to be determined is whether he returns for the Masters next week.

Woods has not played since he withdrew at Torrey Pines on Feb. 5 after 11 holes because of tightness in his back during the opening round. He said he would return to competition when he had the game for it.

"My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf," Woods said in a statement Feb. 11. "Like I've said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I'm ready, I'll be back.".


U.S. ties with Switzerland

Jozy Altidore was ejected in the 68th minute for a foul and mouthing off at the referee, and the United States gave up another late goal in a 1-1 tie against Switzerland.

Brek Shea put the U.S. ahead in the 45th minute, his fourth international goal and the first for the Americans on a free kick since Altidore in August 2013.

The game turned when Altidore fouled Francois Moubandje from behind, earning a yellow card. When Altidore said something to Italian referee Luca Banti, the forward was shown a red card. Twelfth-ranked Switzerland tied it in the 80th following a short corner kick.


Ravens sign Schaub

The Ravens signed quarterback Matt Schaub to a one-year contract. The 33-year-old Schaub has 90 career starts but is expected to contend for backup to Joe Flacco.

... The Bears agreed to a one-year contract with running back Jacquizz Rodgers. ... Receiver Miles Austin is joining the Philadelphia Eagles on a 1-year contract. ... The Raiders released starting defensive tackle Antonio Smith after just one season with the team.

auto racing

Newman team caught cheating

NASCAR determined that the race team for Ryan Newman manipulated its tires during a race at Auto Club Speedway in California.

NASCAR fined crew chief Luke Lambert $125,000 and suspended him for the next six races. He was also placed on probation through the end of the year. Tire technician James Bender and engineer Philip Surgen were also suspended six races and placed on probation through Dec. 31. Newman and car owner Childress were docked 75 points each.


Tennis: Andy Murray became the ninth active man to win 500 matches when he beat Kevin Anderson 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the fourth round of the Miami Open.

WNBA: Phoenix re-signed forward DeWanna Bonner, who has spent her entire six-year career with the Mercury, earning the WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year award three times.