Weston McKennie scored in his U.S. debut, goalkeeper Ethan Horvath allowed a seemingly harmless cross to drop between his arms and into the net for an equalizer and the Americans tied Portugal 1-1 Tuesday night at Leiria in their first match since failing to qualify for next year’s World Cup.
The U.S. used eight starters 24 or younger in Dave Sarachan’s first match as interim coach, the start of a five-year rebuilding process ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
McKennie, a 19-year-old from Texas who has played his way into Schalke’s lineup this season, took a pass from C.J. Sapong, used three touches to create space from Ricardo Ferreira and then beat Beto to the inside post with a right-footed shot from 12 yards in the 21st minute.
McKennie became the third-youngest American to score in his debut, behind Juan Agudelo (17) and Landon Donovan (18).
An embarrassing mistake by Horvath led to the tying goal in the 31st minute.
Vitornio Antunes volleyed Bruno Fernandes’ pass toward the goal from a flank, and Horvath missed the ball, which bounced between his legs and into the goal. Horvath, a 22-year-old with Club Brugge, covered his face with his gloved hands. He was making his first appearance since his debut against Cuba in October 2016.
Bill Hamid took over in the second half and tipped Goncalo Paciencia’s shot off the crossbar in the 68th minute.
McKennie was among three Americans to make their debuts. Tyler Adams, an 18-year-old midfielder with the New York Red Bulls, also started.
Cameron Carter-Vickers, a 19-year-old son of former NBA player Howard Carter, replaced John Brooks at the start of the second half and put a header off the crossbar in the 55th minute. Carter-Vickers was loaned this season from Tottenham to second-tier Sheffield United and has started to get playing time.
Sarachan was the top assistant to Bruce Arena, who quit three days after the 2-1 loss last month in Trinidad that ended the Americans’ streak of seven straight Word Cup appearances. Right back DeAndre Yedlin was the only player from the starting lineup in Port-of-Spain to open against the third-ranked Portuguese, who also used a mostly young lineup.
Brooks, who missed last four qualifiers because of a torn thigh muscle, was paired with Matt Miazga in central defense. Brooks headed the ball in the net off a corner kick in the 44th minute, but the goal was called off because of a push away from the ball by Miazga.
Eric Lichaj started at left back. Danny Williams, captaining the U.S. for the first time, was in midfield along with Kellyn Acosta. Agudelo and C.J. Sapong, headed the attack.
Goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez was on the bench but did not make his debut. Josh Sargent, the first American to train with the under-17, under-20 and senior national teams in the same year, did not dress because of a strained right quadriceps.
Indictments faced by 8 of 10 charged in college hoops case: Indictments have been returned against four assistant coaches charged in a bribe-paying college basketball scandal.
The indictments were returned Tuesday in Manhattan federal court against eight of 10 men arrested in September.
The charges and accusations in three indictments largely mirrored criminal complaints filed against the men when they were arrested.
Prosecutors say hundreds of thousands in bribes were paid to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors and agents.
The coaches charged are Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, Tony Bland of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State.
The time to return an indictment was extended for a month for two defendants, including Brad Augustine, the AAU program director who stepped down after his arrest.
Mass shootings prompt college to drop mascot’s name, Shooter: Mass shootings across the nation have prompted Marist College in New York to drop Shooter as the nickname for its sports mascot.
The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that Marist College in New York came up with a new name for the costumed mascot for its Red Foxes men’s and women’s basketball teams after last month’s mass shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas.
The school’s athletics department settled on Frankie, a nod to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was born in nearby Hyde Park.
The private college in Poughkeepsie, north of New York City, debuted the new nickname during last weekend’s season openers for both teams.
The original Shooter nickname was used for years and referred to shooting baskets, not guns.
Gehrig bat from last 2 homers in spring 1939 up for auction: The bat Lou Gehrig used to hit his last two home runs, in an exhibition game in 1939, is being auctioned off again.
Once owned by actor Kurt Russell’s family, the bat is part of a Yankees Legends offering by Heritage Auctions. The entire collection is from one owner and has mostly of Yankees-related memorabilia, including a bat used by Roger Maris in the 1961 season when he hit a then-record 61 homer. There’s also a glove used by Mickey Mantle in 1965 and signed baseballs from various Yankees championship teams.
The online auction opened Tuesday and closes on Dec. 10 at 11 p.m. The collection, which can be viewed on Heritage’s website , also includes a Babe Ruth bat from his rookie season with the Boston Red Sox in 1915, a bat used by Ted Williams in the All-Star game in 1960.
Federer through to ATP Finals semis after win over Zverev: A day after the ATP Finals lost Rafael Nadal to injury, Roger Federer lifted spirits at the O2 Arena by extending his stay to the weekend.
The 19-time Grand Slam champion guaranteed his place in Saturday’s semifinals by defeating Alexander Zverev 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-1 on Tuesday.
The top-ranked Nadal’s withdrawal on Monday meant this was a clash between the two highest-ranked players left in the elite season-ending event, and it was predictably close.
Federer looked in control when he broke in the opening game of the second set, having claimed the first via a tiebreak. But Zverev produced two breaks of his own to level the match.
Undeterred by his 20-year-old opponent’s persistence, Federer regrouped and broke three times in the decider to seal victory.
Zverev, who won his opening match against Marin Cilic, will face Jack Sock on Thursday to decide who will join Federer in the final four.
Sock recorded the United States’ first victory at the event for 10 years by defeating Cilic 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the early match, with the Croat later being eliminated by Federer’s victory.
Sock, who seized qualification by winning the final Masters event of the season in Paris, lost his debut match to Federer, but he is now 1-1.
While others might have been surprised at Sock becoming the first American to win at the elite season-ending event since Andy Roddick in 2007, the man himself wasn’t.
“I wouldn’t be out here playing, competing if I didn’t think I could give myself a chance to win tournaments, to be here,” Sock said.
“I’m not the type of guy that will just enter a draw and be happy to make the third round or the quarters or whatever. I’m here to win matches. I think if I do the right things and I play the right tennis, I can give myself a chance to play on the weekend of any tournament.”
Cilic has now won only one of his eight matches overall at the season-ending tournament.
“Definitely not a great record, but I felt that I played even well last year,” Cilic said. “In those three matches that I played, I had good chances at least to win. These two also. So just, you know, couple points away from closing those matches. A little bit unfortunate with that.”
Tsonga, Pouille to lead France in Davis Cup final: Julien Benneteau’s deep run at the Paris Masters this month earned him a recall by France for the Davis Cup final against Belgium.
Benneteau was summoned beside Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille, Nicolas Mahut, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Richard Gasquet by captain Yannick Noah on Tuesday. All have played at some point for France this year.
At the Paris Masters, Benneteau beat Tsonga, Marin Cilic and David Goffin. The 57th-ranked Benneteau is also a good doubles specialist. He has played in 13 ties since 2010. His first in two years was the quarterfinal win over Britain, against which he won the doubles and lost a singles dead rubber.
Nine-time champion France will host Belgium on hard court at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in the northern city of Lille from Nov. 24-26.
France lost its three previous finals, in 2002, 2010 and 2014. It seeks its first Davis Cup title since 2001.
Belgium, in the final for the second time in three years, is looking for its first.
— Associated Press