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Sports briefs: June 26

The United States' Eric Lichaj, left, and Mexico's Carlos Salcido vied for the ball during the first half of the Gold Cup finals.
The United States' Eric Lichaj, left, and Mexico's Carlos Salcido vied for the ball during the first half of the Gold Cup finals. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Soccer

U.S. blows 2-0 lead, loses 4-2 to Mexico in Gold Cup finals

Pablo Barrera scored two goals and Mexico rallied to beat the United States 4-2 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup finals on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Andres Guardado and Giovani Dos Santos also scored for Mexico, which has won two consecutive Gold Cup titles and six overall. The victory qualifies Mexico for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, a preview of the 2014 World Cup.

Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan scored to help the United States build a 2-0 lead. Donovan became the Gold Cup's all-time leading scorer with 13 goals.

Barrera put Mexico ahead to stay in the 50th minute, slipping a 10-yard shot underneath the right hand of diving goalkeeper Tim Howard and inside the left post.

High school Basketball

Indiana standout survives 2nd plane crash

A star Indiana high school basketball player with the promise of playing at the University of Michigan is fighting for his life after surviving the second plane crash of his young life.

Austin Hatch, 16, of Fort Wayne, Ind., was in critical condition Saturday in a northern Michigan hospital after the Friday evening crash that killed his father, Dr. Stephen Hatch, and his stepmother, Kim. Austin and his pilot father had survived a 2003 crash that killed Austin's mother and two siblings.

"He never talked about (the previous crash) one time," said Dan Kline, the basketball coach at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Ind. "I'm sure he carried it inside."

Kline told The Associated Press that the next 24 to 48 hours are going to be critical, and described Austin as an A student who is physically and mentally strong — someone "who can handle things."

"He's a very mature young man," he said. "You'd never know he was 16 years old."

Austin, who will be a junior at Canterbury, committed earlier this month to play basketball at Michigan, where his father and mother went to school.

Auto racing

Sorenson steals win in Nationwide race

Even with the race under caution, Justin Allgaier ran out of gas, handing a victory to Reed Sorenson in a chaotic finish to Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Allgaier took the lead from Michael McDowell on the second of three attempts at a green-white-checkered overtime finish. Allgaier held the lead after the final restart and appeared to have the win sealed up when the yellow flag waved for the final time because of another rash of crashes on the track.

But Allgaier didn't have enough gas to make it to the finish after running so many extra laps on the four-mile track, and making it back to the finish line is required under NASCAR rules even though the race finished under yellow.

Marco Andretti grabbed the lead from Tony Kanaan with 18 laps left and won Saturday night's IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway, his first victory in five years. Andretti's other victory came in 2006 at Infineon. Points leader Dario Franchitti was trading the lead with Andretti before fading following a restart 51 laps from the end and finished fifth. Will Power, the co-points leader entering the race, hit the wall just 90 laps in. He suffered a minor concussion and will have to be cleared by doctors to race in Toronto in two weeks.

Track and field

Felix, McQuay win 400 titles at nationals

Allyson Felix powered down the home stretch to capture the 400 meters at the U.S. championships on Saturday in Eugene, Ore., setting up the possibility she might compete in two events at worlds this summer. Felix already has a spot in the 200 as the defending world champion. Up-and-comer Tony McQuay of the University of Florida won the men's 400 by blowing past former Olympic and world champion Jeremy Wariner over the final 100 meters.

Other newly crowned national champions were David Oliver (110 hurdles), Lashinda Demus (400 hurdles), Derek Miles (pole vault), Matthew Centrowitz and Morgan Uceny (1,500 meters), Kara Patterson (javelin), Jessica Cosby (hammer throw), Marquise Goodwin (long jump) and William Nelson (steeplechase).

Etc.

Big Ben might need foot surgery

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he may eventually need surgery on a broken right foot that bothered him during the team's run to the Super Bowl last year. Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he could have opted for surgery following the season but decided to let it heal after talking to doctors.

■ Seventeen-year-old Victoria Tanco, a native of Argentina, defeated Emma Lavy of Fayetteville, Ark., 13 and 12 to win the 32-hole match play finals of the Women's Western Golf Association's national amateur championship at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The last word

Budd Bailey of the Buffalo News wrote this about Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Cribbs being unfazed by a $50 tab in court costs to fight a $15 parking ticket:

"NFL owners have demanded that Cribbs be added to the players' bargaining team."

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