Tuesday's Sports In Brief

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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 4:00 AM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — SOCCER

Brad Guzan swatted away shot after shot and the Americans hung on for a 0-0 draw with Mexico on Tuesday night, earning only their second point in a World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium.

"It's always going to be a bit hectic and a bit crazy, especially late in the game," Guzan said. "You're never going to come to a place like Azteca and go out and have it nice and easy. So we knew at some point, it was going to come, the pressure was going to come, and we were able to deal with it."

The tie moved the U.S. (1-1-1) into third place in World Cup qualifying for the North and Central American and Caribbean region after three of 10 matches, one point behind Panama and behind Costa Rica on goal difference. The Americans and Costa Ricans both have four points, but the Ticos are ahead on goal difference.

Mexico coach Manuel de la Torre is sure to come under fire after a third straight draw, which dropped El Tri (0-0-3) to second-to-last place in the standings. Mexico had plenty of chances with a whopping 17-1 advantage in shots, but El Tri was plagued by poor finishing and dismal execution on set pieces.

LONDON (AP) — World Cup champion Spain put its title defense back on track by beating France to seize control of its qualifying group, while Germany and the Netherlands claimed big victories to push them closer to the finals in Brazil.

Pedro Rodriguez scored the goal that secured a 1-0 victory for Spain in Paris, lifting the reigning champions out of a slump following back-to-back draws. France, which had Paul Pogba sent off when already trailing, fell a point behind Spain in Group I.

Germany surged eight points ahead in Group C by beating Kazakhstan 4-1, while the Netherlands maintained its perfect run in qualifying with a 4-0 rout of Romania. The Dutch now lead Group D by seven points. Italy remained unbeaten, with Mario Balotelli's double giving the Italians a 2-0 victory in Malta and a three-point lead over Bulgaria in Group B.

England stumbled again, drawing 1-1 at Group H leader Montenegro to remain two points back

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has upheld the United States' 1-0 win over Costa Rica in a snowy World Cup qualifier last week, saying the protest by the visitors was not filed correctly.

PRO FOOTBALL

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o ended a trying three months by putting up a respectable 40-yard dash time.

"I thought I did pretty good," Te'o said after his pro day workout in front of scouts from 27 of 32 NFL teams.

Some had expressed concern whether Te'o could be an every-down back in the NFL after he was timed at 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine in Indianapolis.

But he was timed at 4.69 seconds at Notre Dame's indoor practice facility, attributing the improvement to being more comfortable at home and around friends.

Te'o is hoping to be picked in the first round of next month's NFL draft.

He also bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times and ran the 60-yard shuttle in 11.78 seconds while letting his other performances at the combine stand.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have signed free agent quarterback Jason Campbell to a two-year contract, bringing in the veteran to provide competition for Brandon Weeden.

Campbell, a first-round pick by Washington in 2005, has started 77 games and thrown 76 touchdowns during his NFL career. He played his first five seasons with the Redskins before he was traded to Oakland in 2010. Campbell spent two seasons with the Raiders.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Vince Young picked familiar ground in trying to revive his NFL career.

The quarterback used pro timing day workouts at the University of Texas to throw passes for scouts from dozens of teams.

Seven years earlier, Young used the same venue to make his case as the top quarterback in the draft. On Tuesday, he was trying to convince someone that he's worthy of a roster spot.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Elvis Dumervil says he left the Denver Broncos for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens because he was looking to play for a winner in a different city.

Dumervil passed his physical and signed a five-year contract with the Ravens. The 6-foot, 260-pounder was introduced at a news conference in which he said, "Going to a winning organization was important."

He had said nothing bad about his former team. It's just that he was ready to leave after a fax snafu led to his release from the Broncos.

Dumervil says, "I just felt it was a time to change scenery."

GOLF

NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe winning doesn't take care of everything.

Nike is causing a social media storm with its latest online ad showing a picture of Tiger Woods overlaid with a quote from him, "Winning takes care of everything."

The ad, posted on Facebook and Twitter, is supposed to allude to the fact that the golfer recovered from career stumbles to regain his world No. 1 ranking on Monday, which he lost in October 2010. But some say it's inappropriate in light of Woods' past marital woes. It's the latest controversy from the athletic giant who has recently had to cut ties with biker Lance Armstrong and runner Oscar Pistorius due to separate scandals.

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Rory McIlroy sent a text message to Tiger Woods, congratulating him on winning at Bay Hill and taking over the No. 1 world ranking again.

Woods responded by telling McIlroy to get going and win this week's Houston Open. A victory would put McIlroy back at No. 1, a spot he held for 32 weeks before Woods' latest win.

AUTO RACING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin will be sidelined at least six weeks because of a fractured vertebra sustained in a last-lap crash at California.

Hamlin was evaluated by Dr. Jerry Petty of Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates. While it was determined Hamlin won't need surgery, the L1 compression fracture in his lower back needs time to heal.

"Dr. Petty will make the determination when Hamlin will be able to return to racing this season," Joe Gibbs Racing said in a statement.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR won't penalize Tony Stewart for scuffling with Joey Logano on pit road at California and saw nothing to indicate Logano or Denny Hamlin were trying to intentionally wreck each other as they raced for the win.

In addition, NASCAR officials have given no thought to policing blocking, which is what Logano did to Stewart on the final restart to trigger the post-race confrontation.

BASEBALL

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The trade sending outfielder Vernon Wells from the Los Angeles Angels to the New York Yankees was finalized.

New York dealt a pair of minor leaguers to the Angels for Wells: outfielder Exircado Cayones and left-hander Kramer Sneed. The Angels will pay about $28.5 million of the $42 million Wells is owed over the final two seasons of his contract.

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Derek Lowe earned a job with the Texas Rangers and will start the season in the bullpen.

Rangers manager Ron Washington said the 39-year-old right-hander will be a long reliever and spot starter.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees captain Derek Jeter is resigned to starting the season on the disabled list for the first time since 2001.

Jeter is undergoing treatment for his sore left ankle, still recovering from surgery last October. His last game action came as a designated hitter Saturday in a minor league exhibition.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Make room, Mike Krzyzewski, Bobby Hurley's ready to give head-coaching a try.

Drawing upon his experience playing for Coach K at Duke, and with a Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame coach for a father, Hurley decided he was ready to make a name for himself at the coaching level. That opportunity arrived Tuesday, when the 41-year-old accepted the offer from the University at Buffalo.

The chance comes after he spent the past three seasons working as an assistant under his brother Dan at Wagner for two seasons and then last year at Rhode Island.

CEREMONIES

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama welcomed Landon Donovan as the U.S. national team soccer star returned from a four-month sabbatical, reuniting with the Los Angeles Galaxy in a ceremony at the White House.

The Galaxy of MLS and the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL had simultaneous celebrations of their titles in the East Room.

Donovan, a veteran of three World Cups with the United States, spent the winter considering whether he wanted to continue playing. He is rejoining the Galaxy in training this week ahead of their game Saturday at Toronto.

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