COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Amy Rodriguez scored in the 71st minute to give the U.S. women's soccer team a 1-0 win over Brazil in an exhibition match Sunday.
The U.S., which has posted shutouts in its last six games, is now 20-0-1 in 2008. The two teams meet again Wednesday in San Diego in their last match before the Olympics start next month in Beijing. The U.S. faces Norway on Aug. 6 in its first Olympic match.
Abby Wambach sent a pass through the box to Rodriguez, and Brazil defender Tania initially blocked the ball. However, the ball squirted between her legs and Rodriguez let go with a blast high that Brazil goalie Andrea could only get her fingertips on for the game's only goal.
The U.S. had several good chances in the first half, putting seven shots on net. The women had a flurry early in the game, and in the 36th minute Natasha Kai tried to center a ball in front of a wide-open net, but Brazil defender Andreia Rosa blocked the pass out of bounds.
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Wambach nearly scored her 100th career goal during the two-minute injury time of the first half, but Andrea made a diving stop to keep the game scoreless at halftime.
• CLEMSON SOCCER -- A memorial service for former Clemson men's soccer coach Dr. I.M. Ibrahim will be held at the Cross Creek Plantation Clubhouse in Seneca at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The public is invited. Ibrahim died suddenly on Saturday afternoon from a cardiac arrest.
• BOXING -- Wladimir Klitschko was forced rediscover one of boxing's best weapons: his powerful right hand.
With his jab ineffective, Klitschko knocked out former sparring partner Tony Thompson in the 11th round with a big right to successfully defend his heavyweight titles Saturday.
Klitschko (51-3, 45 knockouts) turned boos to cheers, sending the American to the canvas 1:38 into the 11th. He redeemed himself after an ugly 10th in which he pushed Thompson to the canvas and fell on him.
Klitschko's ninth straight win was tougher than expected, as he had to survive a second-round head-butt that left both fighters bleeding at the right eye.
The fight came after Klitschko decisioned Sultan Ibragimov at Madison Square Garden in February, gaining him the WBO title but no winning many fans with a lackluster performance.
Thompson (31-2, 19 KOs) was a WBO mandatory fight for Klitschko. He served as Klitschko's sparring partner before one of the Ukrainian's worst losses, a two-round stoppage by Corrie Sanders in 2003.
Thompson's 27-fight unbeaten streak dating to 2000 was snapped. When Klitschko fell over him, Thompson's knee was hurt. However, the American said that was temporary and didn't lead to the knockout.
• BASEBALL -- Longtime St. Louis Cardinals coach Dave Ricketts, who played on their 1967 World Series championship team, died at age 73.
Ricketts' family informed the Cardinals, who were playing in Pittsburgh, of his death. He had been battling cancer and living in St. Louis.
Ricketts was a reserve catcher, who played sparingly for the Cardinals in 1963, '65 and '67-69. He was traded to the Pirates in 1970, his final season in the majors. He played 130 major league games and hit .249 with one home run.
He became a coach for the Pirates in 1971. He had two stints as a Cardinals coach, first from 1974-75, then from 1978-91. He was also a minor league instructor for the team.
• AUTO RACING -- Miscommunication mixed with heavy rain turned out to be a winning combination for Scott Dixon.
Told to follow race leader Tony Kanaan, Dixon instead stayed on the track at the Nashville Superspeedway and grabbed the lead on lap 149. Dixon stretched his fuel until rain ended the Firestone Indy 200 with 29 laps left, giving him his third consecutive victory at this track and his fourth this season.
"When they called me to pit, or follow Kanaan was the words, I was way past ... there was no coming in," Dixon said as he cradled the trophy Gibson guitar under cover.
Dixon said he would have spun out if he had tried to follow Kanaan into the pits, which was why he didn't pit himself. Dixon was furious over the pit call for a few laps.