Sports Digest

November 9, 2013

Virginia Tech shattered Virginia’s perfect women’s soccer season Friday night, upsetting the top-ranked Cavaliers, 4-2, in the ACC women’s tournament semifinals in Cary, N.C.

The fifth-ranked Hokies, seeded No. 4 in the nation’s premier conference, went ahead to stay in the 18th minute and built a three-goal lead before handing top seed Virginia its first blemish after a program-record 20 consecutive victories. Virginia Tech (16-3-2) will face second-seeded Florida State — a 2-1 overtime winner over third-seeded North Carolina — in Sunday’s final.

Jazmine Reeves scored twice in the first half and Murielle Tiernan (Stone Bridge) and Katie Yensen (McLean) scored after the break for the Hokies, who dropped a 2-0 decision at Virginia in the regular season finale last week.

— Steven Goff

The Georgetown’s women’s soccer team lost to DePaul, 1-0, at the Big East semifinals in Milwaukee. The 15th-ranked Hoyas fell to 15-2-2. Erin Pekovitch scored for the Blue Demons. . . .

In Big East regular season men’s soccer, the eighth-ranked Georgetown men beat visiting Villanova, 1-0. Brandon Allen scored in the 22nd minute for the Hoyas (13-4-1, 6-2-1). . . .

The Virginia’s men’s soccer team beat Boston College, 1-0 in overtime, on a goal by Brian James in the 98th minute. The 15th-ranked Cavaliers improved to 9-4-4, 4-3-4 in the ACC. . . .

Patrick Mullins scored in overtime to lift No. 5 Maryland to a 2-1 soccer win at Virginia Tech. The Terrapins improved to 10-3-5, 7-1-3 ACC. The Hokies dropped to 4-8-5, 1-5-5. . . .

Junior all-conference field hockey midfielder Maxine Fluharty scored in overtime to lift No. 1 Maryland to a 3-2 overtime win over No. 4 Duke in the ACC semifinals in Newton, Mass. Maryland (19-1) will play North Carolina in Sunday’s championship. . . .

In an American Athletic Conference football game in East Hartford, Conn., Teddy Bridgewater threw for 288 yards and a touchdown to lead No. 20 Louisville to a 31-10 victory over Connecticut (0-8, 0-4). The Cardinals are 8-1, 4-1.

Golf

Tiger Woods shot a 9-under-par 63 to trim a six-shot deficit to one after the second round of the Turkish Open in Belek.

Woods completed seven holes of his rain-delayed first round for a 70 on Friday morning. After an hour lunch break, he had nine birdies in the second round.

It left Woods in fifth place on 11 under, just a shot behind the leading foursome of Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (68), England’s Ian Poulter (66), Frenchman Victor Dubuisson (65) and South African Justin Walters (66).

Woods last won on the European Tour at the co-sanctioned 2009 Australian Masters. . . .

Chris Kirk was at his best when the wind was at its worst in the PGA’s McGladrey Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga.

Kirk rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt from off the green, chipped in from nearly 60 feet for birdie on another hole and wound up with another 4-under-par 66 to take a one-shot lead going into the weekend. . . .

Japan’s Shiho Oyama shot a 4-under 68 to take the first-round lead in the Mizuno Classic in Shima, Japan, the last of the LPGA Tour’s five-event Asian swing.

Tennis

Stanislas Wawrinka beat David Ferrer to reach the semifinals in his first appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

The seventh-seeded Wawrinka rallied to win, 6-7 (7-3), 6-4, 6-1 in his final round-robin match.

Wawrinka still needed Rafael Nadal to beat Thomas Berdych in the late match in order to advance. The top-ranked Nadal had already clinched a place in the semis but didn’t falter, winning 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to finish the group stage with a 3-0 record.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic has won Group B — meaning he’ll play Wawrinka in the last four — and the winner of Saturday’s match between Juan Martin del Potro and Roger Federer will face Nadal.

Misc.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter says soccer’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be pushed back to autumn rather than moved up to winter.

Blatter said FIFA officials and others “are starting now the consultations” on whether to move the World Cup from its traditional June-July slot to avoid summer heat in the Gulf, a decision that could drag into 2015.

“And when I say winter, I mean it can only be November and December,” he told reporters in Abu Dhabi. “It can no way be January or February.” . . .

Jimmie Johnson, his eyes squarely on a sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, set the tone for what could be yet another dominating weekend in the desert by winning the pole at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz.

— From news services
and staff reports

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