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October 12, 2013

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U.S. beats Jamaica in Cup qualifying

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore scored second-half goals to give the United States a 2-0 victory over Jamaica on Friday night and clinch first place for the Americans in their World Cup qualifying group for the third straight cycle.

The sides had played to a stalemate through the first 77 minutes before Alejandro Bedoya got the ball on the wing. He crossed to Zusi, whose shot from about 12 yards beat goalkeeper DuWayne Kerr and ignited his home-team crowd of 18,467 decked out in red, white and blue.

Fans packed into Sporting Park had barely settled back down before Edgar Castillo, like Zusi a second-half substitute, found Altidore in front of an open net for another goal in the 81st minute. Altidore scored for his sixth straight international start.

The U.S. (6-2-1), which clinched its seventh straight World Cup berth last month, has 19 points and a four-point lead over second-place Costa Rica (4-2-3), which lost 1-0 at third-place Honduras (4-3-2).

Jamaica (0-5-4), whose only World Cup appearance was in 1998, was eliminated.

Koepka grabs lead at Frys.com Open

SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) — After a year spent traveling the world, Brooks Koepka suddenly is in a position to play a lot more golf at home.

Koepka surged to the top of the leaderboard Friday in the Frys.com Open with a 7-under 64. He had a two-shot lead among the early finishers at CordeValle.

The 23-year-old Floridian had no status at the start of the season and decided to work his way up through the Challenge Tour in Europe. He won three times to earn a full European Tour card. If he were to win the Frys.com Open — his first start in a regular PGA Tour event — Koepka would have a PGA Tour card, too.

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