Clint Dempsey scored on a fourth-minute header, added a pair of second-half goals for his first international hat trick, and the United States routed Cuba 6-0 on Saturday in Baltimore to reach its eighth straight CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal.
Dempsey converted a penalty kick early in the second half and added a late goal to raise his tournament-leading total to six. Dempsey's 57 international goals are 10 behind Landon Donovan's American record.
Gyasi Zardes, Aron Johannsson and Omar Gonzalez also scored as the Americans built a 4-0 halftime lead against a Cuban team depleted by five absent players who may have defected.
In Wednesday's semifinal at Atlanta, the Americans will play Jamaica, which beat Haiti 1-0 to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 1998.
With its highest victory margin in the championship of soccer's North and Central American and Caribbean region, the U.S. improved to 8-1 in Gold Cup quarterfinals, the only blemish a penalty-kicks loss to Colombia in 2000.
It was more than 90 degrees at kickoff, causing Costa Rican referee Henry Bejarano to call for a water break after the third goal.
Recovering: Soccer legend Pele, 74, who successfully underwent back surgery for nerve root decompression in Sao Paulo.
Inducted: Amelie Mauresmo into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. Mauresmo spent 39 weeks at No. 1 in the WTA rankings.
Postponed: Saturday's WNBA game in Uncasville, Conn. Indiana's flight out of Washington was held up because of weather and mechanical problems.
tour de france
Race leader doused with urine
About 50 to 60 kilometers into the 14th stage of the Tour de France, a man threw urine at the overall leader, Britain's Chris Froome, and shouted "dopé" or doped, Froome said.
Froome blamed "very irresponsible" reporters for turning public opinion against him. He was referring to widespread reporting on claims that his strong performance, and those of others on his Team Sky, is related to doping, an allegation they have firmly denied.
Hamlin wins testy Xfinity race
Denny Hamlin nudged Austin Dillon out of the lead and raced to his second NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the season.
Hamlin led 145 of the 200 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and clearly had the car to beat. But when Dillon briefly took the lead, Hamlin put his No. 20 into the left side of Dillon's car at lap 179 and knocked him out of the way.
Dillon lashed out after the race and said Hamlin purposely tried to wreck him.
FIFA official pleads not guilty
Jeffrey Webb, the first FIFA official to be extradited to the United States in the sweeping corruption scandal that has enveloped the global soccer organization, pleaded not guilty at an arraignment in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., to charges that he solicited bribes to parcel out lucrative soccer media and marketing deals.
By entering a not guilty plea, Webb seemed to be indicating that he would not be cooperating with the authorities in their case against 14 soccer officials and sports marketing and media executives who were arrested in one of the biggest international sports corruption inquiries.
$44KThe auction selling price ($43,740 to be exact) on a ball used by the New England Patriots in last season's AFC Championship Game. The ball, which was sold by auction house Lelands.com, is the only known ball tied to the Deflategate game that is in the public domain, ESPN reported. The ball was sold by Laura Anthony, who was handed the ball following a third-quarter touchdown by Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount. Whether the ball was ever used in an underinflated state is unknown.