OCVarsity football wrap-up: Stories, scores, photos from Friday’s Week 7 game


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FRIDAY’S GAMES

SCORES

High school football: All of the scores from Friday’s Week 7 games

PHOTO GALLERY

High school football: Our top photos from Friday’s Week 7 games

GAME STORIES

Matthew Morrell switches to QB, helps Cypress football knock off Tustin

San Juan Hills football makes statement with rout of Capistrano Valley

Mater Dei football overcomes miscues to defeat Orange Lutheran

Big plays help Trabuco Hills football pull off a big victory over Tesoro

Corona del Mar football gets boost from defense in win over Huntington Beach

Troy football buries Sonora with high-powered running game

THURSDAY’S GAMES

SCORES

High school football: All of Thursday’s scores for Week 7

GAME STORIES

Los Alamitos football holds off Edison to seize control of Sunset League race

Houston Thomas’ career-best night leads Servite football to win over Santa Margarita

El Modena football overwhelms Brea Olinda with strong all-around performance

 

 

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Global stocks rise ahead of closely watched US hiring data

By JOE McDONALD

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets rose as investors waited for U.S. jobs data Friday that might influence a Federal Reserve decision on when to roll back stimulus after lawmakers averted a possible government debt default.

London and Frankfurt opened higher. Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong advanced. Wall Street futures advanced.

Investors want to see whether U.S. hiring in September was strong enough for Fed officials who are discussing when to withdraw bond purchases and other stimulus that is boosting stock prices but say they want a healthy job market.

Friday’s Labor Department data “will decide, in the markets’ minds, whether the start of the Fed taper is a done deal for December,” said Jeffrey Halley of Oanda in a report.

In early trading, the FTSE 100 in London rose 1.7% to 7,079.73 while Frankfurt’s DAX lost 0.3% to 15,208.73. The CAC 40 in Paris shed 0.2% to 6,586.79.

On Wall Street, the future for the benchmark S&P 500 index lost less than 0.1%. The future for the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up less than 0.1%.

On Thursday, the S&P 500 rose 0.8% while the Dow added 1% after U.S. lawmakers agreed to extend Washington’s borrowing ability into December. Lack of agreement might have led to a default experts say would set back a recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite that truce, “concerns around the U.S. funding its government have far from dissipated,” said Mizuho Bank’s Venkateswaran Lavanya in a report.

Earlier, the S&P 500 swung between gains and losses of more than 1% for four days due to anxiety about the debt fight.

In Asia, the Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.7% to 3,592.17 after Chinese markets reopened following a five-day holiday. The Nikkei 225 in Tokyo jumped 1.3% to 28,048.94 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong shed 0.6% to 24,837.35.

The Kospi in Seoul lost 0.1% to 2,956.30 while Sydney’s ASX-S&P 200 added 0.9% to 7,320.10. India’s Sensex gained 0.7% to 60,075.91. New Zealand declined while Southeast Asian markets advanced.

On Thursday, the Labor Department reported the number of people applying for unemployment fell last week.

Earlier, Fed officials responded to a spike in inflation by saying they wanted to be sure a recovery was established before withdrawing stimulus. Stronger employment might add to pressure for prices to rise faster, which investors worry might prompt the Fed and other central banks to wind down stimulus that has boosted stock prices.

In energy markets, benchmark U.S. crude rose $1.21 to $79.51 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 87 cents on Thursday to $78.30. Brent crude, the price basis for international oils, advanced $1.24 to $83.19 per barrel in London. It added 87 cents the previous session to $81.95.

The dollar rose to 111.95 yen from Thursday’s 111.63 yen. The euro advanced to $1.1554 from $1.1550.

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OCVarsity football wrap-up: All of Friday’s stories, scores, photos from the Week 6 games


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FRIDAY GAMES

SCORES

High school football: All of the scores from Friday’s games

PHOTO GALLERY

High school football: Our top photos from Friday’s Week 6 games

GAME OF THE NIGHT

MATER DEI VS. ST. JOHN BOSCO

Mater Dei football knocks off St. John Bosco behind Elijah Brown’s 5 TD passes

Fryer: Sophomore QB Elijah Brown stays steady in another Mater Dei big-game victory

Whicker: Mater Dei puts a damper on the fireworks in beating St. John Bosco

OTHER GAMES FRIDAY

Mission Viejo football shuts down Sierra Canyon for statement victory

La Habra football delivers strong message in win over Sunny Hills

Tustin football overpowers Pacifica with big debut effort from Patrick Bassily

Defense stars again for El Modena football in victory over El Dorado


THURSDAY’S GAMES

High school football: All of Thursday’s scores

Noah Fifita, Tetairoa McMillan lead Servite football to dominant victory over Orange Lutheran

Los Alamitos football rolls to victory over Corona del Mar

Edison football overpowers Newport Harbor in Sunset opener

 

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Sone Aupiu makes sure St. Anthony football gets past Marina

WESTMINSTER — Sone Aupiu was nearly unstoppable again for St. Anthony, which wrapped the nonleague portion of its first season under Raul Lara with its third successive victory.

The Saints’ 43-27 triumph Friday night over Marina at Westminster High was not without problems — too many dropped passes, far too many penalties, a defensive effort that displeased Lara — but none of them mattered, ultimately, because their extraordinary running back can do special things. And he was, again, special.

One week after running for 356 yards and scoring four touchdowns in a victory at St. Pius X-St. Matthias, Aupiu blistered the Vikings’ defense for 268 yards and four more scores on the ground, plus two receptions for a game-best 54 yards.

He made the key plays in the Saints’ opening drive, which set a tone for the game, and — more important — as Marina was taking command at the start of the second half, driving for a tying touchdown and coming close to going ahead after a nice return on a short punt set them up just outside the red zone.

St. Anthony (3-3) dodged that one, applied heavy pressure on Vikings quarterback Brock Beaver and strong coverage on receiver Aidan O’Callaghan, who still came close to making miraculous end-zone catches on first, second and fourth down.

Then Aupiu, a bruising back with good speed and deceptively devastating moves — much of it product of an extensive rugby background — was off and gone, breaking tackles and gliding into open space on an 85-yard sprint that restored the Saints’ lead and killed whatever momentum the home team had built. He added two more fourth-quarter touchdowns, and that was that.

“Sone is the guy,” Lara said afterward. “When it becomes crunch time, I’m pretty sure I’m going with Sone for awhile and get everything else settled down.”

There’s still much to be settled as the Saints, No. 10 in the Press-Telegram rankings, look ahead to next week’s Del Rey League opener against La Salle. Lara, who as head coach won five CIF Southern Section championships at Long Beach Poly, didn’t take over until July, not enough time to create a foundation that would enable his small, in many places inexperienced roster to flourish.

There has been significant improvement each week as confidence grows, but Aupiu’s heroics only mask the shortcomings. The passing game remains hit and miss — at least a half-dozen catchable balls fell to the turf, “and if we catch them balls, it’s a different game,” Lara said — and he was not pleased with his defense’s consistency, calling it “one of the poorest defensive performances we’ve had.”

St. Anthony was flagged 14 times for 140 yards, including three personal fouls, pass interference on both sides of the ball, a face mask and three holding calls, two of those costing Aupiu an additional 24 yards. Marina’s touchdown right before halftime, a 32-yard Beaver-to-Bo Green that narrow its deficit to eight points, was aided by pass-interference and roughing-the-passer penalties. And the Vikings closed within nine points midway through the fourth quarter, on a 18-yard Dominic Harvery reception, after a face-mask call provided a first down after a third-and-12 sack.

“The penalties, the personal stuff, that’s killing us,” Lara said. “That’s the stuff we’ve got to clean up, especially if you play a much better-disciplined team. We’ve got a ways to go.

“I’m just glad that we got the win, preseason is over for us, .500 — not bad for the first year — and now here we got in league, and we’ll see what the league is all about. I think we’re as ready as we can be for the time that I’ve had with them.”

Marina (1-4), which has surrendered at least 43 points in three of its losses, was effective in spurts behind Beaver and running back Anthony Fabian. Fabian ran for 101 yards on 16 carries, most of it on a 56-yard touchdown spurt on the Vikings’ second offensive play, and Beaver (13 of 24 for 150 yards and three TDs) completed his first six second-half throws for 69 yards and an O’Callaghan touchdown (plus a 2-point pass to Fabian that made it 21-21 four minutes out of halftime.

The Vikings had no answer for Aupiu, who ran for double digits on eight of his 24 carries — including an easy-as-can-be 20-yard score in the second quarter (three plays after a Tyler Henry interception) and a 40-yard burst on the following drive, which led to Conor Hochberg’s 18-yard TD pass to Darius Davis for a 21-7 lead. Aupiu repeatedly broke multiple tackles and extended plays.

“It’s all up to my linemen,” said Aupiu, who has topped 100 yards four tines and has 1,021 this season after gaining 624 on successive Friday nights. “I’ve been thankful for them. They’ve been pounding the opposing teams, and it keeps working….. It’s the little things that happen on the field, and it’s unexpected. I just try to stay on my feet, and I do the rest.”

Said Lara: “If the offensive line does everything they’re supposed to, Sone gets out into that open field, and once he’s out in the open field, that rugby mentality comes in, where he’s hard to bring down.”

Marina coach Jeff Turley, who was Lara’s defensive coordinator during his 13-year tenure in charge at Poly, wasn’t happy with his team’s consistency on either side of the ball.

“I don’t know what’s going on.” he said. “It’s tough. It’s tough. I didn’t expect a season like this. We’ve still got {Big 4) league, we’ve still got time to wake up and get the job done, but we’re running out of time. I told the kids before: ‘You don’t block, you don’t tackle, you don’t win.’ And we didn’t do that tonight.”

The Vikings looked their best early in the second half, using a wildcat, with snaps to Fabian on six plays, the last a 28-yard run called back for holding, to set up four Beaver passes, the last three to O’Callaghan for 10, 22 and the 13-yard TD to tie the score. Three major penalties killed St. Anthony’s next drive, and Green returned Hochberg’s 18-yard punt 13 yards to the Saints 23. Marina was at the 10 three plays later, then the 15 after a delay-of-game penalty, but four missed passes ended that.

And then Aupiu went on his 85-yard run.

“He’s good,” said Turley, whose teams went 17-4 the previous two seasons, winning the Division 11 championship in 2019. “To stop their team, we had to stop him, and we didn’t do it.”

Hochberg finished 11 of 23 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns, the first to Kweku Claybrook on the opening drive — all but two of his completions were before halftime — and the Saints amassed 468 total yards after gaining 553 against St. Pius X-St. Matthias.

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High school football: All of the scores from Friday’s Week 4 games

All of the scores from the CIF Southern Section and L.A. City football games on Friday, Sept. 24.

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

CIF-SS

NONLEAGUE

Servite 44, Sierra Canyon 22

Santa Margarita 42, Los Alamitos 21

Edison 42, San Clemente 0

Villa Park 17, Valencia 7

Mission Viejo 30, Alemany 7

El Toro 35, Garden Grove 7

El Modena 20, Aliso Niguel 15

JSerra 48, Rancho Cucamonga 28

Foothill 34, La Mirada 7

Orange 67, Capistrano Valley 47

Orange Lutheran 42, Notre Dame/So 24

Corona del Mar 45, San Juan Hills 27

Yorba Linda 23, Chino Hills 7

Walnut 21, Ocean View 0

Laguna Beach 48, Crean Lutheran 26

Kennedy 29, Canyon Country Canyon 11

Troy 49, Cerritos 6

Brea Olinda 26, Fullerton 18

Costa Mesa 20, Los Amigos 16

Dana Hills 34, Woodbridge 6

Estancia 36, La Quinta 16

Irvine 57, University 0

Capistrano Valley Christian 46, Desert Christian/BD 14

Santiago 41, Magnolia 35 (2OT)

Trabuco Hills 23, Newport Harbor 13

Sunny Hills 56, Gahr 0

Sonora 10, Esperanza 7

Portola 28, Beckman 7

Rancho Alamitos 37, Godinez 7

Calvary Chapel/SA 46, Santa Ana Valley 7

Segerstrom 29, Thousand Oaks 28

St. Margaret’s 54, Riverside Prep 0

St. John Bosco 49, Smith (Va.) 0

Mira Costa 40, West Torrance 14

Mayfair 24, Valencia 7

Agoura 41, Moorpark 6

Apple Valley 41, Silverado 0

Arroyo 24, Whittier 21

Barstow 20, Burroughs 0

Bishop Amat 47, Leuzinger 19

Bonita 42, Los Osos 7

Brentwood 45, Carpinteria 0

Calabasas 44, Crescenta Valley 6

Campbell Hall 27, La Canada 23

Cantwell-Sacred Heart 51, Verbum Dei 0

Cerritos Valley Christian 35, Ontario Christian 21

Charter Oak 36, South Hills 0

Chino 49, Don Lugo 0

Citrus Valley 35, Orange Vista 0

Colton 34, San Gorgonio 12

Corona 35, Vista del Lago 30

Centennial 52, Long Beach Poly 7

Dos Pueblos 17, Royal 14 (OT)

Eastvale Roosevelt 28, Heritage 7

Eisenhower 49, Kaiser 28

El Monte 30, Sierra Vista 20

El Rancho 29, Covina 0

El Segundo 48, Hawthorne 20

Elsinore 38, Lakeside 6

Etiwanda 42, Colony 13

Fillmore 17, Oak Park 14

Garey 41, Gladstone 7

Glendale 32, South El Monte 20

Great Oak 35, Paloma Valley 6

Hemet 20, Adelanto 18

Hueneme 20, Burroughs 0

Jurupa Hills 48, Grand Terrace 6

Jurupa Valley 48, Perris 18

King 27, Patriot 7

La Serna 49, Valley View 6

Lawndale 16, Cathedral 6

Mary Star 27, Viewpoint 26

Montclair 22, Ontario 0

Nogales 33, Workman 0

Norco 35, Murrieta Valley 34

Nordhoff 15, San Marcos 14

Norte Vista 50, Linfield Christian 7

Norwalk 51, Glenn 7

Oak Hills 77, Citrus Hill 0

Palm Desert 17, Santiago 7

Palm Springs 40, Redlands 0

Paraclete 43, Redondo 20

Pasadena 53, Harvard-Westlake 13

Rancho Mirage 35, Chaffey 8

Ramona 57, Riverside Poly 7

Rialto 48, Pacific 0

Rim of the World 51, Rowland 13

Rio Hondo Prep 55, Temple City 14

Riverside North 34, Los Altos 7

Salesian 66, Pioneer 0

San Bernardino 32, Silver Valley 0

San Dimas 42, Schurr 12

San Jacinto 44, Beaumont 36

Santa Barbara 28, Ventura 21

Santa Ynez 34, Lompoc 30

Saugus 35, Oxnard 12

Simi Valley 42, Golden Valley 14

South Pasadena 45, Alhambra 27

South Torrance 28, Peninsula 21

St. Anthony 43, St. Pius X-St. Matthias 25

St. Francis 42, Muir 6

St. Genevieve 54, Burbank 21

Summit 49, Carter 8

Temecula Valley 35, Redlands East Valley 27

Temescal Canyon 31, Hillcrest 14

Trinity Classical Academy 31, St. Monica 0

Upland 7, Aquinas 6

Victor Valley 35, Sultana 20

West Ranch 49, Crespi 34

Cajon 39, El Cajon Grossmont 7

Camarillo 29, Santa Maria Righetti 6

Contreras 40, Beverly Hills 0

Serra 54, Carson 0

Heritage Christian 19, Chatsworth 7

Hoover 14, Angelou 0

Loyola 42, San Diego Mira Mesa 20

Lynwood 37, Manual Arts 24

Palos Verdes 27, Banning 21

Santa Maria 35, Cabrillo 7

Sylmar 20, Morningside 0

Torrance 48, Gardena 8

Yucaipa 37, San Diego University City 28

DESERT VALLEY LEAGUE

Coachella Valley 44, Desert Hot Springs 6

Indio 53, Desert Mirage 0

Yucca Valley 15, Banning 6

MOORE LEAGUE

Compton 36, Long Beach Wilson 14

Lakewood 67, Long Beach Cabrillo 0

Millikan 42, Long Beach Jordan 0

 

L.A. CITY

EAST VALLEY LEAGUE

Arleta 13, North Hollywood 0

Chavez 24, Sun Valley Poly 14

Verdugo Hills 24, Monroe 14

EASTERN LEAGUE

Garfield 49, Bell 0

L.A. Roosevelt 48, Legacy 0

VALLEY MISSION LEAGUE

Canoga Park 35, Panorama 14

Granada Hills Kennedy 41, Van Nuys 0

Reseda 49, San Fernando 0

NONLEAGUE

Cleveland 54, Hollywood 0

Crenshaw 42, Taft 7

Dymally 38, Rivera 0

Franklin 64, Narbonne 6

Granada Hills 16, Eagle Rock 13

Lincoln 57, Mendez 8

L.A. Wilson 53, Maywood CES 20

Marquez 40, Torres 6

San Pedro 41, Dorsey 6

View Park 26, L.A. Marshall 0

Westchester 42, Jefferson 6

8 MAN

CIF-SS

Chadwick 43, San Jacinto Valley Academy 14

CSDR 64, Hesperia Christian 22

Avalon 48, University Pathways 0

Chula Vista Victory Christian 42, La Verne Lutheran 10

Malibu 34, East Valley 0

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High school football: Scores from Thursday’s games, Sept. 2

Scores from the CIF Southern Section and City Section high school football games on Thursday night.

Thursday, Sept. 2

NONLEAGUE

Alhambra 48, Temple City 8

Ayala 42, Diamond Ranch 7

Barstow 28, Hesperia 14

Calvary Chapel 57, Firebaugh 0

Covina 58, Diamond Bar 47

Desert Hot Springs 46, Perris 8

El Dorado 40, Buena Park 16

Elsinore 30, Marina 28

Etiwanda 44, Rancho Verde 0

Foothill 38, Sonora 6

Hemet 43, Rialto 21

Kaiser 28, Sultana 27

Katella 48, Magnolia 7

Montebello 21, South El Monte 19

North Torrance 48, Lakewood 13

Ontario 20, Indian Springs 8

Palm Springs 31, Eisenhower 27

Portola 35, Cerritos 0

Rancho Alamitos 22, Anaheim 21

Rancho Mirage 18, Tahquitz 0

Saddleback 30, La Quinta 27

San Dimas 40, Santa Fe 19

San Gabriel 37, Glendale 0

West Valley 27, Banning 6

Yorba Linda 50, Orange 43

Banning 38, Peninsula 13

Dymally 50, Morningside 0

El Segundo 29, Westchester 27

Long Beach Jordan 36, Fairfax 20

Muir 35, Carson 0

South Pasadena 42, Marshall 0

St. Pius X-St. Matthias 40, Reseda 14

Viewpoint 35, Sylmar 6

Village Christian 28, Canoga Park 21

8-man

Chadwick 22, Sage Hill 6

 

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3.5 earthquake hits near Hemet

HEMET — A magnitude 3.5 earthquake with an epicenter near Hemet was recorded Wednesday night.

The epicenter of the 11:51 p.m. quake was 0.8 miles northwest of Hemet, 2.4 miles southwest of San Jacinto, 2.7 miles west northwest of East Hemet and 5.2 miles west of Valle Vista, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake occurred at a depth about 10.6 miles, the USGS said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the temblor.

Online commenters reported feeling the quake in locations including the Hemet area, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Perris, Moreno Valley and Riverside.

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U.S. women’s basketball team beats Japan with dominant inside presence

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer

SAITAMA, Japan — The U.S. women’s basketball team has not looked sharp in its first two wins at the Tokyo Games.

Five-time Olympian Sue Bird attributes the pedestrian performances to the lack of practice time with so many new faces on the squad, and just that the rest of the world is catching up to the Americans.

“This tournament more than ever feels like a combination of things,” Bird said. “I’m never not going to give credit to other countries for putting out a great product. There’s so much talent. I think this tournament for us is unique in that we have six newcomers and you can’t rush chemistry. … We’re still trying to figure it out.”

The U.S. beat Japan, 86-69, on Friday (Thursday night PT), three days beating Nigeria by nine in the opener. That was the first time a team had come within single digits of the Americans in the Olympics since 2004. While the U.S. has now won 51 consecutive games dating to the bronze-medal game in the 1992 Olympics, the 13-point average margin of victory in the first two games in Japan is far below that of the previous six Olympics when they would run through teams.

“I feel like we’ve been telling you guys for years that we’re making it look easy, something that’s really hard,” Bird said Friday. “Now what you’re seeing is, we told you so, it is hard. That’s not to say we’re not headed in the right direction.”

A’ja Wilson scored 20 points and Breanna Stewart added 15 to lead the U.S. over Japan.

It was a matchup of contrasting styles. The U.S. had its dominant group of bigs, led by the 6-foot-9 Brittney Griner. Japan’s tallest player is only 6-1. The host nation, which is the only team in the field to have beaten the U.S. in an Olympic game (in 1976), played a more free-flowing style with all five players capable of shooting 3-pointers.

Despite the size disadvantage, Japan was able to consistently beat the Americans off the dribble, get to the basket and score early. When the Japanese team wasn’t getting by the U.S., it was connecting on 3-pointers. The team hit six in the opening period and led 30-28 after one quarter.

The U.S. (2-0) then clamped down defensively over the next 10 minutes. With the score tied at 36, the Americans scored seven consecutive points to start a 13-4 run to close the half. Griner had six points during the spurt and Stewart had a massive blocked shot after a U.S. turnover.

The Americans led 49-40 at the break.

Japan cut the deficit to five in the third quarter but couldn’t get any closer as Wilson, Stewart and Griner dominated inside. The trio combined for 50 points and 28 rebounds.

“We knew they get a lot of 3s, we weathered the storm and tried to get them to make more 2s,” said Griner, who had 15 points. “We definitely had a size advantage so wanted to get it in.”

Maki Takada scored 15 to lead Japan (1-1).

SHOOTING SLUMP

Bird has struggled from the field the first two games, missing her first 13 shots before having a 3-pointer roll in off the front of the rim from the top of the key in the fourth quarter against Japan. Once it went through the net she let out a sigh of relief. Her floor game has been better than her shooting; she has 19 assists in the two games.

“Every basketball player has been through something like this,” Bird said. “It feels good to finally see one go in. I try to not overthink it. Yes, it’s frustrating, but it’s part of the game. I’m sure I’ll make more. You have to have a short memory. It’s so much easier said than done. … It’s unfortunate it’s happening right now. I’ll just keep throwing them up there.”

TIP-INS

Skylar Diggins warmed up before the game but didn’t play. USA Basketball said she got a little banged up in practice. … Most of the U.S. men’s team came to watch the game, sitting a couple of rows up from the court. … A game after committing 25 turnovers, Team USA had 17. … Japan shot 10 for 38 from behind the 3-point arc.

UP NEXT

Team USA plays France on Monday to finish group play.

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Cat Osterman pitches U.S. softball past Mexico for 3-0 start

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Cat Osterman pitched shutout ball for the second time in four days, Ali Aguilar hit a tiebreaking, two-run single and top-ranked Team USA beat No. 5 Mexico, 2-0, Saturday (late Friday night PT) at the Olympic softball tournament.

The U.S. pitched its third straight one-hitter and has not allowed a run while improving to 3-0 in softball’s return to the Olympics for the first time since 2008. But the Americans are getting just enough offense, scoring five runs.

They play Australia on Sunday and host Japan on Monday to complete the group stage. The top two nations advance to Tuesday’s gold medal game.

Osterman (2-0), a 38-year-old left-hander and one of two veterans of the U.S. team that was upset by Japan in the 2008 gold medal game, allowed one hit in six innings, struck out four, walked two and hit a batter.

Monica Abbott, the other veteran of 2008, worked around an error to strike out the side in the ninth for her second save to go along with a win.

Haylie McCleney had two more hits, giving her six in three games. Mexico shortstop Anissa Urtez, who is engaged to U.S. right fielder Amanda Chidester, made a diving backhand stop to rob McCleney of a hit leading off the fifth.

Mexico, in its first Olympic softball tournament, dropped to 0-3 and is in danger of missing the medal round.

Pitching without a cap and with a white towel dangling from her back pocket on a humid, 90-degree afternoon, Osterman retired her final 14 batters and has allowed one hit in 12 innings with 13 strikeouts.

She had opened Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Italy in Fukushima, and Abbott defeated Canada, 1-0, on Thursday.

After a day off, the action shifted to Yokohama Stadium, the 34,046-capacity downtown home of the Central League’s Baystars, which opened in 1978. With artificial turf, high fences and a symmetrical outfield, it resembles 1960s and ’70s cookie cutter stadiums such at Philadelphia’s Veterans, Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers and Cincinnati’s Riverfront. In a throwback, the seats closest to the dugouts are angled toward the outfield.

Mexico threatened in the second when Suzannah Brookshire worked an eight-pitch walk leading off and Victoria Vidales reached on an infield single. Osterman got Chelsea Gonzales to foul out, threw a called third strike past Sashel Palacios and fanned Stefania Aradillas.

Aguilar put the U.S. ahead in the third with a two-out single following an intentional walk to Valerie Arioto that had loaded the bases.

Dejah Mulipola, getting her first start, had walked leading off the third and McCleney singled.

Danielle O’Toole relieved starter Dallas Escobedo, struck out Janie Reed and got Chidester to ground out before Aguilar lined a single to center.

Canada 7, Australia 1: Jenn Salling and Erika Polidori hit early two-run doubles, Australia left the bases loaded in each of the first two innings, and Canada improved to 2-1 behind 5-2/3 innings of shutout relief from Jenna Caira and Lauren Regula, the 39-year-old sister of retired All-Star outfielder Jason Bay.

Canada starter Sara Groenewegen walked Jade Wall with the bases loaded in the first, then escaped further trouble when she threw a called third strike past Michelle Cox and fanned Rachel Lack.

Caira (1-1) allowed two hits in 4-2/3 innings, relieving with the bases loaded in the second after Wall allowed Taylah Tsitsikronis’ bases-loaded drive to deep left to drop just foul.

Caira started with nine consecutive outs. Tsitsikronis fouled off five 0-and-2 changeups, then struck out on an outside dropball, and Chelsea Forkin hit an inning-ending liner to first.

Regula pitched a 1-2-3 seventh and has thrown 2-1/3 scoreless innings.

Ellen Roberts (0-1) lasted one-third of an inning, giving up three runs – one earned – one hit and two walks as the Spirit fell to 1-2.

Throwing errors by Australia third baseman Stacy Porter and Forkin at first led to four unearned runs.

Godfrey’s error and Salling’s double put Canada ahead 3-1 in the first. Forkin misfired the ball into left field trying for a forceout in the three-run second, allowing another run to score. Polidori’s double off Gabrielle Plain made it 6-1, and Emma Entzminger added an RBI single in the fourth.

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Caicedo, Dájome score, Whitecaps beat Galaxy

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Déiber Caicedo and Cristian Dájome scored second-half goals and the Vancouver Whitecaps ended an eight-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy on Saturday night.

Dájome capped the scoring for the Whitecaps (4-7-3) in the 77th minute on a give-and-go with Brian White.

Caicedo tied it in the 48th with a low-hard volley to finish the rebound of a goalkeeper deflection.

Rayan Raveloson opened the scoring in the fifth minute for the Galaxy (8-6-0) with a header of Víctor Vázquez’s cross.

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