Sports world: Dempsey sends US into Gold Cup q-finals

Dempsey sends US into Gold Cup q-finals

FOXBOROUGH (Massachusetts) • Clint Dempsey bagged his third goal of the Gold Cup football tournament as the United States booked their quarter-final berth on Friday with a 1-0 win over Haiti.

Dempsey, who scored twice in the US' 2-1 opening win over Honduras, was on target once more in the second half as the holders made hard work of defeating the Haitians. AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

McAllister back at Anfield as coach

LONDON • Gary McAllister is returning to Liverpool as manager Brendan Rodgers' latest backroom staff appointment, the English Premier League football club announced yesterday.

The 50-year-old Scot, who enjoyed two successful years at Anfield as a player from 2000 to 2002, will serve as first-team coach.

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Record 21 races in Formula 1 next year?

MEXICO CITY • The 2016 Formula One season could start nearly a month later than usual and feature a record 21 races, with Azerbaijan hosting one for the first time on July 17 next year.

Australia is set to again kick off the campaign on April 3, while Abu Dhabi will host the final grand prix on Nov 27, according to a provisional calendar approved by the International Automobile Federation's World Motor Sport Council in Mexico City.

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Spieth plays catch-up with a 64

SILVIS (Illinois) • Golf's world No. 2 Jordan Spieth shook off the rust to fire a seven-under 64 on Friday to surge into contention at the John Deere Classic.

The Masters and US Open champion, playing his first PGA Tour event in three weeks, is on 135, five strokes off leader Justin Thomas, who carded a 67.

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James commits to new Cavs deal

CLEVELAND • LeBron James affirmed his commitment to try to win a first National Basketball Association title for the Cleveland Cavaliers by re-signing an unspecified deal.

Multiple reports have said he will return on a one- year deal that holds a player option for another season. The deal would be worth a maximum of US$46.9 million (S$63 million) over two years.

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Wijnaldum joins Newcastle for $30m

NEWCASTLE • PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has joined Newcastle on a five-year deal for a fee reportedly worth £14.4 million (S$30 million), the club said yesterday.

The 24-year-old Holland international becomes Newcastle's third most expensive signing of all time after Michael Owen and Alan Shearer.

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