Sports Digest

March 8

The U.S. women’s national team suffered its first defeat in two years Friday, a 1-0 loss to Sweden at the Algarve Cup that ended its unbeaten streak at 43. The Americans (0-1-1) dropped out of championship contention after winning eight of the previous 11 titles at the annual tournament in Portugal.

Their previous defeat came at the Algarve, 1-0 to Japan in March 2012. Since then, the United States had recorded a 36-0-7 record, eight games short of the program’s undefeated milestone set between 2004 and ’07 (43-0-8).

Swedish star Lotta Schelin scored on a header midway through the first half in Albufeira, and the U.S. team missed numerous opportunities throughout the afternoon.

The loss came two days after a 1-1 draw with Japan. The last time the Americans had gone two consecutive matches without winning was with a pair of draws with Germany in October 2012.

They will close the group stage in Portugal on Monday against Denmark before playing in a placement match Wednesday.

— Steven Goff

Fans yelled racist insults at a Brazilian soccer player interviewed by reporters after a match, the latest case of racism in the country that will host the World Cup in a few months.

Santos midfielder Arouca, who played for Brazil’s national team last year, was on the field talking to reporters after a 5-2 win in the Sao Paulo state championship on Thursday when fans in the stands reportedly yelled the insults. . . .

Mexico will host Israel on May 26 in Azteca Stadium as part of its preparations for the World Cup. . . .

FC Dallas of MLS re-signed midfielder Victor Ullao and reached an agreement with forward Eric Hassli to terminate his contract.

Auto racing

Joey Logano won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, turning a qualifying lap at a track-record 193.28 mph.

Logano will start on the front row next to Penske Ford teammate Brad Keselowski, who came in second at 193.099.

The Penske drivers swept the top two spots for the second straight race, reversing their qualifying finish in Phoenix a week ago.

College football

Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini received a one-year contract extension through February 2019.

Athletic department spokeswoman Chris Anderson confirmed the extension, which was first reported by CBSSports.com. Anderson said terms were not immediately available for release.

Pelini is 57-24 in six seasons, but there was speculation about his job status at the end of last season as the Cornhuskers’ streak of no conference championships stretched to 14 years. . . .

Former Tennessee football star and coach Johnny Majors is in stable condition at the University of Tennessee Medical Center after a heart valve procedure.

Misc.

Agnieszka Radwanska opened the second round of women’s singles in the BNP Paribas Open with a routine victory. Radwanska, the Polish player seeded No. 2 in the $10.5 million event at Indian Wells (Calif.) Tennis Garden, began the day on stadium court by beating qualifier Heather Watson of Britain, 6-4, 6-3. . . .

U.S. immigration officials say IBF light middleweight champion Carlos Molina was deported once before and that he faces removal again following his arrest in Las Vegas ahead of a scheduled weekend fight. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official Lori Haley in California said the 30-year-old Molina was previously deported in 2006. . . .

Ahead of Saturday’s 60 hurdles, pole vault and concluding 1,000 meters, Ashton Eaton is only one point shy of his world record pace of 3,654 points after four events of the heptathlon at the world indoor championships. in Sopot, Poland. . . .

Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson wrapped up the TTR World Snowboard Tour slopestyle title with a victory in snowy conditions in Vail, Colo. . . .

Olympic bronze medalist Matt Antoine won the men’s title and Savannah Graybill took the women’s crown at the U.S. national skeleton championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.

— From news services

and staff reports

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