Carli Lloyd scored twice, Christen Press added a goal and the US women’s national soccer team held off Sweden, 3-2, on Thursday night at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, giving Vlatko Andonovski a victory in his first match as head coach. The US is 19-1-3 in 2019 and has a 22-match unbeaten streak. The US dominated early in the friendly, as Lloyd took a pass in the third minute from Press with a right-footed shot from the center of the box and put it past goalkeeper Hedviq Lindahl to the bottom right corner. Press followed in the 28th minute, faking out a pair of defenders with fancy footwork and burying a ball from Lindsey Horan for her 50th goal in international competition. Press is just the 11th American to reach that milestone. Three minutes later, Lloyd found the back of the net again with a right-footed shot just inside the box, off a chip pass from Tobin Heath.
Clippers fined $50,000 over Leonard’s status
One day after Kawhi Leonard sat out a nationally televised home game against the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA fined the Los Angeles Clippers $50,000 for comments made by coach Doc Rivers about the health status of the NBA Finals MVP. At issue was whether Leonard, who played just nine games during the 2017-18 season due to injury, is officially healthy. In 2017, the NBA implemented a new rule that subjected teams to fines of up to $100,000 if they rested healthy players for nationally televised games. According to the NBA, Leonard, 28, is ‘‘suffering from an ongoing injury to the patella tendon in his left knee’’ that exempts him from those rules. The league confirmed Thursday the Clippers acted appropriately in resting Leonard on Wednesday as part of an ‘‘injury protocol’’ that calls for him to avoid playing in back-to-back games. The Clippers drew the fine because Rivers suggested Wednesday Leonard was healthy, leading observers to assume that the rest was a precaution and therefore a potential violation of the league’s load management rules.
Red Sox spring tickets go on sale Dec. 7
Tickets for Red Sox spring training games will go on sale Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla., and online at redsox.com. The Red Sox will play 18 exhibition games at JetBlue Park — 17 Grapefruit League contests and one against Northeastern — beginning Feb. 21, 2020 . . . Houston Astros president Reid Ryan, the son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, is shifting to a lesser role in the organization and owner Jim Crane’s son, Jared, is joining the executive team, moves announced 11 days after the 65-year-old Crane apologized to a Sports Illustrated reporter and retracted a statement by the club accusing her of trying to ‘‘fabricate a story.’’
Blues’ Steen (ankle) out four weeks
St. Louis Blues winger Alex Steen will miss at least four weeks because of a high ankle sprain suffered in a collision with Edmonton’s Alex Chaisson late in the second period of St. Louis’s 5-2 win over the Oilers on Wednesday night. The 35-year-old Swede had five assists in 17 games this season, his 12th with St. Louis, and had 5 points in the playoffs to help the Blues win their first Stanley Cup title in franchise history.
Havard-Yale kickoff set for noon Nov. 23
The kickoff time for the 136th playing of The Game — the annual football clash between Ivy League rivals Harvard and Yale to be televised by ESPNU — has been set for noon on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Yale Bowl in New Haven . . . UConn freshman guard James Bouknight, 19, of New York City, was suspended three games over allegations he fled from a Sept. 27 car crash . . . Southern California hired Mike Bohn, the 58-year-old athletic director at the University of Cincinnati, as its new AD.
Woods uses Presidents Cup pick on himself
US captain Tiger Woods used one of his four wild-card selections for the Presidents Cup on himself. He will become the first playing captain since Hale Irwin in the inaugural edition 25 years ago. Woods, the Masters champion who is No. 6 in the world rankings, also took Tony Finau, US Open champion Gary Woodland and Patrick Reed. The Presidents Cup is Dec. 12-15 at Royal Melbourne . . . Authorities identified an Alabama man wanted in connection with the disappearance of Aniah Blanchard, the 19-year-old stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris. A warrant for first-degree kidnapping was issued for 30-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed, who was inside a convenience store where Blanchard was last seen on Oct. 23.