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Sports In Brief - September 28, 2007

HANGZHOU, China -- The streak is over, and so is the United States' bid for a third Women's World Cup championship.

Brazil and its star player Marta put on a dazzling performance against the Americans and cruised to a 4-0 victory in the semifinals Thursday, ending the U.S. unbeaten streak at 51 games and sending the Brazilians into their first title match, against Germany on Sunday.

Brazil went ahead on an own-goal in the 20th minute, and Marta made it 2-0 soon after. Cristiane and Marta added goals in the second half, with Marta becoming the tournament's leading scorer with seven goals.

The U.S. played the final 45 minutes with 10 players after midfielder Shannon Boxx was sent off in first-half injury time for a contentious second yellow card.

Goalkeeper Briana Scurry, playing in her 164th game for the U.S., was surprisingly picked ahead of Hope Solo, who started the first four games. Solo gave up two goals in the first match but was unscored on for the following 300 minutes. Scurry, meanwhile, hadn't played a full game in three months.

• COLLEGE BASEBALL -- Clemson has added transfers Mike Freeman and Clinton McKinney to its roster for this season.

Freeman, from Orlando, Fla., played infield for Georgia last season. He hit .237 with 14 runs scored and eight RBIs in 48 games for the Bulldogs a year ago.

Freeman was a 41st-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres out of Edgewater High School.

McKinney, from Greenville, pitched for two seasons with the University of North Carolina Greensboro, largely in relief. He was 3-6 with a 3.97 ERA and two saves in his career with the Spartans.

Both Freeman and McKinney enrolled in August and have taken part in the team's fall workouts. Freeman will have three years of eligibility left while McKinney, who played at Greenville High, will have two.

• PRO TENNIS -- Lleyton Hewitt reached the quarterfinals of the Mumbai Open by winning two matches in the rain-plagued tournament.

The former top-ranked Australian beat Ti Chen of Taiwan 6-3, 6-3 in the first round, and then defeated Boris Pashanski of Serbia 7-6 (2), 6-2 in the second round.

Hewitt will face German veteran Rainer Schuttler, who beat Victor Troicki of Serbia 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (1).

• Forward Renaldo Balkman will miss at least four weeks because of a stress reaction in his right ankle, leaving New York without a key reserve days before the start of training camp.

An MRI exam performed this week also revealed a small cartilage injury in the ankle, the team announced. Balkman will be fitted for a walking boot and will be re-evaluated after resting for four weeks.

The Knicks are scheduled to play Philadelphia in Columbia Oct. 8. Balkman, a draft pick out of South Carolina in 2006, averaged 4.9 points and 4.3 rebounds as a rookie.

• LOCAL GOLF -- Rock Hill's Lib Steele, a member at Rock Hill Country Club, scored her first hole in one on Tuesday.

She hit a 5-iron at the 111-yard, 16th hole at Cleghorn Plantation in Rutherfordton, N.C. She was playing with her husband, Howard.

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