AROUND THE HORN
Carli Lloyd plays final match
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. women sent Carli Lloyd into retirement with a 6-0 rout of South Korea on Tuesday night.
Lloyd didn’t score in her final match, but it hardly mattered because the night was all about her. Fans chanted Lloyd’s name before the match, with one holding a sign that read: “One More World Cup, Please?”
Lloyd is retiring after a career that includes two World Cup titles and a pair of Olympic gold medals. She scored three goals in the opening 16 minutes of the U.S. victory over Japan in the 2015 Women’s World Cup final.
Lloyd’s final match was her 316th with the national team, the second-most international appearances of any player. She scored 134 goals for the United States, third most in team history, along with 61 assists.
Lloyd was subbed out in the 65th minute and sobbed as she left to a standing ovation by the crowd of 18,115 at Allianz Field. She removed her cleats and pulled off her jersey, revealing another jersey with her married name, Hollins, emblazoned on the back.
Lloyd, 39, had hinted she was nearing the end of her career before the Tokyo Olympics. The United States won the bronze medal this summer, with Lloyd scoring a pair of goals in a 4-3 victory over Australia. She announced plans to retire shortly thereafter.
She became the first American to score in four different Olympics, and her 10 goals in the event are the most for a U.S. player.
Following the team’s 0-0 draw last week against South Korea in Kansas City, Kansas, Lloyd passed her No. 10 jersey to Lindsey Horan, who will wear the number starting in 2022.
Lloyd made her first appearance with the national team in 2005 and her career reached its high point with her hat trick in the World Cup final. Her third goal against Japan was a blistering strike from midfield.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Lloyd scored in a 1-0 overtime victory over Brazil for the gold medal. Four years later, she scored both goals in the gold-medal match against Japan at Wembley Stadium, becoming the only player to score winning goals in consecutive Olympic finals.
A New Jersey native, Lloyd has also played professionally for some 12 years, spanning stints in the now-defunct Women’s Professional Soccer league and the National Women’s Soccer League. She will finish off her pro season with the NWSL’s Gotham FC, which has two games left in the regular season.
Against South Korea on Tuesday, Horan put the United States in front in the ninth minute with a goal that deflected off an opposing player. It was her 24th career goal.
An own goal put the Americans up 2-0 just before halftime.
Alex Morgan, who replaced Lloyd, scored in the 69th minute to make it 3-0. Megan Rapinoe added a goal in the 85th and Rose Lavelle scored in the 89th. Lynn Williams capped the scoring in stoppage time. The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak on home soil to 62 matches.
No James, no problem
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Anthony Davis had 35 points and 17 rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 33 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied without LeBron James to beat the San Antonio Spurs in overtime Tuesday night.
Dejounte Murray had 21 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds for his fifth career triple-double, and he missed a jumper in the closing seconds that would have won it for the Spurs. Jakob Poeltl added 27 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio, and Lonnie Walker IV had a season-high 21 points.
James missed the Lakers’ first road game of the season with a sore right ankle, an injury that occurred in Sunday’s win over Memphis. The Lakers decided to be cautious with the early-season injury.
Morton throws 16 pitches on broken leg
HOUSTON (AP) — Former Pittsburgh Pirate Charlie Morton threw 16 pitches with a broken leg.
Morton had just spun a 2-2 curveball past Jose Altuve for a called third strike when he stumbled and started to fall. The 37-year-old Atlanta Braves right-hander braced himself with both arms and grimaced as he popped back up, then rubbed at his right ankle.
Morton’s World Series was over soon after it started.
His right fibula was fractured when Yuli Gurriel hit a 102 mph one-hopper off his leg leading off the second inning, a ball hit so hard it ricocheted to first baseman Freddie Freeman for an out.
By the time Morton faced Altuve leading off the third, the leg had started to swell and adrenaline no longer could overcome the pain.
Head athletic trainer George Poulis and manager Brian Snitker came to the mound, and Morton walked back to the dugout with a slight limp.
Atlanta’s bullpen took over for the rest of a 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros in Tuesday night’s World Series opener. By the fifth inning, the Braves said Morton’s next mound appearance was expected to be during spring training.
Morton pitched the final four innings and got the win for Houston in its Game 7 victory at the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 World Series. A calming, respected clubhouse presence, he was looking forward for a chance to take center stage in his former ballpark, before opponents he considers friends.
“I’m going to feel some things when I get on that mound,” he said Monday. “I don’t think there’s any way not to.”
Morton threw 44 pitches and allowed one hit, Michael Brantley’s one-out single in the first. He struck out three and walked two.
Home runs by Jorge Soler and Adam Duvall powered the Braves to a 5-0 lead, putting Morton in position to get his first Series win since 2017.
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third period to spoil Vasilevskiy’s bid for a shutout. Tristan Jarry made 26 saves for the Penguins, who fell to 3-1-2 when the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning hit the gas midway through the game.
Pittsburgh spoiled the Lightning’s celebratory vibe two weeks ago, beating them 6-2 in the season-opener after Tampa Bay raised its 2021 Stanley Cup banner to the rafters.
But the Lightning restored a bit of order Tuesday to their shaky start to the 2021-22 season, playing with an edge it has lacked early on. McDonagh and Corey Perry both mixed it up with Pittsburgh’s Sam Lafferty in the first period, with Lafferty and Perry both going off for fighting after a particularly contentious exchange.