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POSTED July 10, 2013 1:11 a.m.

SOCCER

• Earthquake Wondolowski helps US men rout Belize: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Maybe next time they’ll spell Chris Wondolowski’s name right.

The striker scored a first-half hat trick in a 6-1 victory for the U.S. men’s national team over Belize in the opening round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Tuesday night.

Landon Donovan added a goal and two assists, becoming the first player with at least 50 career goals and 50 assists for the national team.

Wondolowski, who plays for Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes, sported an extra “W’’ on the back of his red and white jersey for the first international meeting between the two teams.

Costa Rica defeated Cuba 3-0 in an earlier match Tuesday at Jeld-Wen Field. The 12-team Gold Cup, which includes national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean, is played every two years.



HOCKEY

• Chelios, Niedermayer top 2013 Hockey Hall class: TORONTO (AP) — Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

They’ll be joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined in the hall, and coach Fred Shero, who led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup in 1974 and ‘75. He was selected posthumously in the builder category.

Chelios and Niedermayer made it in their first year of eligibility.

The official induction ceremony is scheduled for November.

Niedermayer won four Stanley Cups in 17 full NHL seasons to go along with a Norris Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy.

Chelios played 23 full seasons and parts of three more, taking part in his final NHL game at age 48. Among the game’s best U.S.-born players, Chelios won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman three times.

Shanahan finished his career with 656 goals and 698 assists. He won three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, an Olympic gold medal and was the quintessential scoring power winger of his era.



TENNIS

• WTT’s Kastles win 34th straight, passing Lakers: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Kastles of World TeamTennis have won their 34th consecutive match, putting them one ahead of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Martina Hingis and the Kastles routed the Boston Lobsters 25-12 Tuesday night at their D.C. waterfront stadium.

The Kastles claim they now hold the longest winning streak “in major U.S. pro sports history.” That’s a matter of debate, considering that the WTT usually isn’t considered a “major” sports league and that its top players appear only in selected matches.

The streak has nevertheless brought invaluable publicity to a league that packs its entire season into a three-week span in July.

The Kastles are 2-0 this season. They’ve won back-to-back WTT titles, going undefeated both years. Their last loss came July 22, 2010, also against the Lobsters.



CYCLING

• Texas judge allows lawsuit to proceed: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge has refused Lance Armstrong’s request to dismiss an insurance company’s lawsuit seeking $3 million in bonuses it paid him from 1999 to 2001.

Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance Holdings sued Armstrong, saying he cheated by using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. Armstrong’s attorneys argue the statute of limitations for fraud and breach of contract claims expired by 2011.

The company says the clock didn’t start until Armstrong admitted to doping last January.

Travis County Judge Darlene Byrne on Monday denied Armstrong’s request to dismiss. Armstrong’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit is one of several pending against Armstrong, including a federal case seeking to recover more than $40 million paid to Armstrong and his team by the U.S. Postal Service.



FOOTBALL

• AP source: Lions, Stafford agree to $53M extension: DETROIT (AP) — A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Detroit Lions have agreed to terms on a $53 million, three-year contract extension with Matthew Stafford.

The person, who spoke Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced, says Stafford will make $41.5 million in guarantees as part of a deal that keep him under contract through the 2017 season.

Detroit drafted Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009 and signed him to a six-year contract worth as much as $78 million with $41.7 million in guarantees. After two injury-shortened seasons, he helped the franchise reach the playoffs two years ago for the first time in more than a decade.



BASKETBALL

• Rockets fined $150,000 by NBA for Howard comments: NEW YORK (AP) — The Houston Rockets talked too much, too soon about Dwight Howard.

A league spokesman confirms the team and its personnel were fined $150,000 by the NBA for comments made about the All-Star center during the moratorium period.

Howard committed to leave the Los Angeles Lakers and join the Rockets on Friday, and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey gave an interview later that night with Comcast SportsNet Houston in which he talked about the recruitment and landing of him. Coach Kevin McHale also discussed Howard over the weekend at the Orlando Summer League.

Though free agency opened July 1, deals can’t become official until Wednesday, after the 2013-14 salary cap is set.

ESPN.com first reported the fine.

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