CHENGDU, China -- For those who thought the U.S.-North Korea matchup might be the best of the women's World Cup, they weren't disappointed.
The United States rallied for a 2-2 draw Tuesday, with Heather O'Reilly scoring in the 69th minute in the Group B opener for both teams.
It was end-to-end action in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 35,000. It was counterattacking. And it was the two quickest teams in the world facing each other: the top-ranked Americans against the best team in Asia.
"I hope you enjoyed the game as much as I did," U.S. coach Greg Ryan said. "It was two great teams. North Korea is a fantastic team.
"There were chances for the U.S. to win and for North Korea to win," Ryan added. "We knew what a difficult group this would be -- and it is proving to be very difficult."
The Koreans scored twice while the U.S. was a player short for several minutes in the second half, before O'Reilly tied the match with a shot from about 10 yards into the top corner of the net.
The United States extended its unbeaten streak to 47 games spanning 2 1/2 years under Ryan.
• WOMEN'S BASKETBALL -- Connecticut joins the traditional Southeastern Conference powers on the schedule for South Carolina's women's basketball team.
The Gamecocks travel to Storrs, Conn., on Dec. 17 to take on one of the most successful women's basketball programs ever. The teams have never met before.
Other highlights of the Gamecocks nonconference schedule include the opener at the Colonial Center against Virginia on Nov. 15, a home game with Penn State on Nov. 20 and a trip to Oklahoma on Dec. 30.
• COLLEGE ATHLETICS -- Pittsburgh's Jeff Long was hired to replace Arkansas' longtime athletic director Frank Broyles, who spent a half-century with the Razorbacks.
Broyles started at Arkansas in 1957 when he was hired as football coach and coached the Razorbacks until 1977, when Lou Holtz took over. Broyles retires at the end of the year.
Long, Pitt's AD since 2003, will serve as an adviser before taking over Jan. 1, chancellor John White said. Long will be paid a base salary of $450,000, with incentives for athletic and academic achievements.
• WINTHROP GOLF -- In Draper, Va., three Lady Eagles were among the top five finishers as the Winthrop women's golf team captured the 36-hole Draper Valley Intercollegiate which concluded Tuesday.
Winthrop, which tied a 18-hole school record on Monday with a 292 score, shot 297 on the final day to capture the tournament title over 14 other schools. The Lady Eagles two-day total of 589 was six shots better than second place Charleston Southern who finished second at 595. The two teams entered the day tied for the lead.
Lady Eagle senior Jutta Degerman led Winthrop with a 1-under par total of 143 (71-72) and finished second behind tourney medalist Olivia Higgins of CSU who shot a 4-under 140.
Junior Sara Hester finished third overall at 145 (73-72) while sophomore Rachel Ann Smith was fifth at 146 (72-74).
Freshman Allie Itira tied for 33rd with a 155. Six shots back in 52nd place was junior Brittany Dabule with a 161. Sophomore Erin Sweeney, who played as an individual finished with a 164.
• LOCAL BASEBALL -- The Carolina Reds 9U baseball team finished the Rock Hill USSSA -- Mighty Casey Tournament in 3rd place posting a 2-2 record.
The Reds posted the first win of the season against the Charlotte Megastars.
Offensively the Reds were lead by Cameron Smith .667, Will Hagood .500, and Paul Slota .455. Will Gardiner, Bryson Sherrill, Jeff Taylor, Paul Slota, Jake Norwood, Brock Rodgers and Will Hagood shared the pitching duties.