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SOCCERU.S. women's team named

The U.S. women say they are ready for anything in the upcoming World Cup. With Hope Solo and Heather Mitts healthy, the roster coach Pia Sundhage released yesterday contained few surprises.

Star scorer Abby Wambach warns the rest of the soccer world to not be surprised by anything the Americans accomplish as they go after their first world title since 1999.

"I will do everything I can to make sure we will be standing on top of the podium," Wambach said.

Among those joining Wambach, Solo and Mitts on the 21-player roster are Christie Rampone, Amy Rodriguez and Heather O'Reilly, all mainstays of the U.S. team since Sundhage took over after a disappointing finish at the 2007 World Cup.

This year's World Cup will be played June 26 to July 17 at nine sites in Germany.

The top-seeded Americans will be seeking their third World Cup title and first since 1999 when they begin play June 28 against North Korea.

The Americans will play Mexico in a June 5 send-off at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

HOCKEYU.S. will play Czechs in quarters

The United States lost to Switzerland, 5-3, at the world championship, a defeat that leaves the Americans facing defending champion Czech Republic in the quarterfinals tomorrow. The U.S. already had qualified for the playoff round, finishing fourth in Group F.

Canada, behind John Tavares' fifth goal of the tournament, beat Sweden, 3-2, to remain perfect in group play. The Canadiens will face Russia in a quarterfinal on Thursday.


Els heads inductees

Three-time major champion Ernie Els was among six people inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla.

The other inductees were Japanese icon Jumbo Ozaki, who was chosen on the International category; Doug Ford and the late Jock Hutchison, who were picked in the Veterans category, and former President George H.W. Bush and the late Frank Chirkinian, the television golf producer for CBS Sports, who were selected through the Lifetime Achievement category.

-- APCOLLEGESSBU'S Comito resigns

Allison Comito has resigned as women's lacrosse coach at Stony Brook University, athletic director Jim Fiore announced. Comito was 42-54 overall and 14-22 in the America East Conference. Stony Brook, 4-11 and 1-5 this season, has not qualified for the conference tournament since 2007. Fiore said the university would begin a national search for Comito's successor.

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