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United defends Carolina Challenge title

Sunday, March 13, 2011; D02

Charlie Davies scored in the early moments and D.C. United overcame a second-half deficit Saturday to tie shorthanded Toronto FC, 2-2, in Charleston, S.C., securing the Carolina Challenge Cup title for the second consecutive year.

In what might've been a preview of United's lineup for next Saturday's MLS opener against the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium, Davies started for the second time in four days. He played all 90 minutes against the Chicago Fire on Wednesday and paired with Joseph Ngwenya against Toronto before departing at halftime.

In the 12th minute, Chris Pontius assisted on Davies's fourth goal in preseason. Toronto drew even nine minutes later on Dwayne De Rosario's penalty kick and went ahead in the 28th when Maicon Santos finished goalkeeper Stefan Frei's long ball.

Toronto defender Mikael Yourassowsky was sent off late in the first half after receiving two yellow cards in a two-minute span for taking down United players that had beaten him on the right side.

After making eight changes at halftime, United tied it in the 62nd minute when Ngwenya converted Santino Quaranta's pass for his team-high sixth preseason goal. United was 2-0-1 in the tournament and 7-0-2 overall in preseason, though only three matches were against MLS opponents.

- Steven Goff

Manchester United reached the FA Cup semifinals with a 2-0 victory over Arsenal. Left back Fabio da Silva, playing in midfield, scored and striker Wayne Rooney headed in another goal in the second half.

In Saturday's other quarterfinal, U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden helped Bolton defeat Birmingham, 3-2, and reach the semifinals for the first time in 11 years. Chung-Yong Lee secured the victory with a 90th-minute header.

Speedskating

Simon Cho, 19, of Laurel made history in Sheffield, England, where he became the youngest U.S. skater to win an individual short-track speedskating world championship. The victory in the 500 meters also put Cho atop the overall men's world championship standings - where he joined Katherine Reutter, the women's leader. This is the first time in 35 years an American duo has led the overall world championship standings.

The reigning 500 World Cup champion, Cho won gold with a time of 42.307, topping Canada's Oliver Jean (42.429) and China's Wenhao Liang (42.493).

"For me, the race wasn't in the final race itself today, but also in the five rounds to get onto the podium, that's where the real fight was," Cho said.

- Amy Shipley

College Basketball

Paul Hewitt, who went 190-162 in 11 seasons at Georgia Tech and led the Yellow Jackets to the Final Four in 2004, was fired after his fourth losing season in six years. . . .

Utah fired Jim Boylen as men's coach, two days after the Utes ended a second straight losing season with a loss in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals. Boylen was 69-60 in four seasons.

Skiing

In Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic, Marlies Schild of Austria won her sixth World Cup slalom this season and clinched the discipline title, while Lindsey Vonn narrowed the gap for the overall title after Maria Riesch did not finish.

Vonn, the three-time defending overall champion, was tied for 16th on the day, but decreased Riesch's overall lead from 38 points to 23 with four more events remaining. . . .

Michael Walchhofer of Austria, retiring next week, won a World Cup downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway, while Ivica Kostelic of Croatia clinched the overall title. Kostelic finished 21st to claim the overall championship for the first time.

MISC.

Florida and Oregon won the men's and women's team titles for the second straight year at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field championships in College Station, Tex. . . .

Donald Young beat fifth-ranked Andy Murray in straight sets in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

Young, a former junior champion who has struggled on the ATP Tour, began the week with a 1-3 match record and ranked 143rd.

Former Virginia star Somdev Devvarman of India beat No. 22 Marcos Baghdatis, 7-5, 6-0. . . .

Fighting for the second time as a pro, Baltimore Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski stopped Richard Bryant at 1 minute 45 seconds of the first round of a scheduled four-round fight on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Ricardo Mayorga 154-pound title fight in Las Vegas.

- From news services

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