Crystal Dunn tied a national team record with five goals and U.S. women routed Puerto Rico 10-0 on Monday night to win Group A in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the Rio Olympics.
The top-ranked Americans scored three times within 1:56 during the second half and outshot Puerto Rico 32-1.
The U.S. can clinch one of the 12 slots in Brazil with a win in its CONCACAF semifinal game Friday in Houston. It will face the runner-up of Group B, which will finish play Tuesday. Canada is expected to win that group with Guyana or Trinidad & Tobago finishing second.
The U.S. remained unbeaten in all-time CONCACAF qualifying play at 16-0-1, having scored 91 goals and allowing four.
The tournament is the Americans' first competitive play since winning last summer's World Cup in Canada. They have won three straight Olympic titles and four of the five that have been staged in women's soccer.
Group A's other semifinalist is Costa Rica, which edged Mexico 2-1 in Monday's first game at Toyota Stadium.
Dunn's scores came in the sixth, 21st, 62nd, 85th and 87th minutes. She had five career goals going into the game. The other five goals came from Carli Lloyd (on a penalty kick), Kelley O'Hara, Christen Press, Samantha Mewis (her first career score) and on an own goal.
Platini states his case
Suspended UEFA President Michel Platini spent eight hours in an appeal case at FIFA headquarters, fighting his eight-year ban over a $2 million payment approved by Sepp Blatter.
"I am rather happy with how it went,'' Platini said. ''As for their interpretation, we'll see how it goes."
... Brazilian authorities have moved to block assets of Barcelona star Neymar, including a yacht, a jet and several properties in his home nation. Last year, Neymar, his family and related businesses were found guilty of evading 63 million reals in Brazil taxes (almost $16 million) between 2011 and 2013.
Shiffrin regains form quickly
Mikaela Shiffrin had two perfect runs to win a women's World Cup slalom in Crans-Montana, Switzerland by almost a half-second in her first race after two months out because of injury. Crossing the line smiling after her second run, Shiffrin turned to look at the timings board then put her head in her hands at the realization she had won.
It was Shiffrin's first race since tearing a ligament in her right knee in December. The Olympic and world slalom champion started skiing again only two weeks ago.
Leading after the first run, Shiffrin finished 0.45 seconds faster than Nastasia Noens of France and 0.50 ahead of Marie-Michele Gagnon of Canada as several of her rivals struggled in difficult conditions.
McIlroy to face Fowler in match
Golf is getting another prime-time exhibition. Except this one will be live — under the lights. Quicken Loans is finalizing details for a match involving Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler a week before the U.S. Open. The match would be at Detroit Golf Club on June 7, the Tuesday before U.S. Open week begins at Oakmont outside of Pittsburgh.
AROUND THE HORN
Baseball: Reliever Craig Breslow left the Red Sox and agreed to a minor league contract with the Marlins, who would be his seventh major league team. The 35-year-old lefthander, who will attend big league spring training, is 22-27 with a 3.31 ERA in two starts and 522 relief appearances in 10 major league seasons. He was 0-4 with a 4.15 ERA for Boston in 45 games last year, striking out 46 and walking 23 in 65 innings.
Tennis: American CoCo Vandeweghe won her first match of the year with a 7-6 (5), 6-1 upset against sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the first round at the Dubai Tennis Championships.