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Sports briefs: June 20

The United States' Clint Dempsey celebrated after scoring 
a goal against Jamaica at RFK Stadium in Washington.
The United States' Clint Dempsey celebrated after scoring a goal against Jamaica at RFK Stadium in Washington. AP

Soccer

Jones, Dempsey score to help U.S. reach Gold Cup semifinals

Jermaine Jones and Clint Dempsey scored in the United States' 2-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals in Washington. On Wednesday in Houston, the United States will face Panama.

Jones fired a shot from outside the penalty area and Jamaica defender Jermaine Taylor stuck out his foot, deflecting the ball past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts in the 49th minute. It was Jones' first goal of the tournament.

Jamaica entered the game as the only team in the tournament to win all three of its group-stage games without conceding a goal, but the visitors failed to earn their first win against the U.S.

The U.S. suffered a blow early when striker Jozy Altidore left with a strained left hamstring in the 12th minute. After the match, U.S. Coach Bob Bradley said he didn't know what Altidore's status would be for the remainder of the tournament.

IndyCar

Franchitti wins series' return to Milwaukee

Dario Franchitti took over the lead when Helio Castroneves had a tire problem, then held on to win the IndyCar Series race at the Milwaukee Mile on Sunday. It was the third victory of the season for Franchitti, who stayed out of trouble as two fellow contenders fell by the wayside. Tony Kanaan crashed with 31 laps to go, and Castroneves gave up the lead when he had to make a late extra pit stop to change a tire that was going flat.

Graham Rahal was second, followed by Oriol Servia, Will Power and Danica Patrick. Castroneves finished ninth.

It was a return to racing for the Milwaukee Mile, a historic track that dates to 1903 but didn't host major events last year because of previous promoters' financial problems.

College baseball

Gamecocks make it 3-for-3 for SEC

Scott Wingo drilled a bases-loaded single off the right-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning to give defending national champion South Carolina a 5-4 victory over Texas A&M at the College World Series on Sunday night in Omaha, Neb. The Gamecocks' victory helped the Southeastern Conference improve to 3-0 in the CWS following opening night wins by Florida and Vanderbilt.

South Carolina (51-14) advanced to a Bracket 2 winners' game against Virginia on Tuesday night.

John Hicks' RBI single in the seventh inning broke a scoreless tie and Virginia went on to defeat California 4-1. Virginia ace Danny Hultzen and Tyler Wilson were within an out of combining for the first CWS shutout in five years before Chad Bunting hit a run-scoring single over shortstop with two outs in the ninth inning. Hicks' one-out base hit into center ended the longest scoreless CWS game in 24 years, and Steve Proscia followed with a sacrifice fly.

Hultzen, the No. 2 overall draft pick by the Seattle Mariners, allowed three hits over 61⁄3 innings. He walked three and struck out six. Wilson (9-0) got the win and Branden Kline recorded the last out for his 18th save.

The last word

Dario Franchitti was sorry to see rival driver Tony Kanaan drop out of contention in Sunday's IndyCar race. Helio Castroneves? Not so much. A blocking move by Castroneves revved up Franchitti's temper:

"I was still so spittin' mad from what Helio did on that restart. ... No wonder he got a flat tire, some of the parts of the track he was using."

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