U.S. beats Netherlands; Rapinoe takes knee again

Sweden goalie Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves in a 2-1 victory over Russia in the World Cup of Hockey.

Carli Lloyd scored her 94th international goal, Megan Rapinoe knelt again during the national anthem, and the U.S. women's national team beat the Netherlands, 3-1, Sunday night in a friendly in Atlanta.

Rapinoe, who entered as a substitute in the 64th minute, took a knee during the anthem for the second straight national team match and fourth game overall. She has said she wanted to express solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is attempting to bring attention to racial inequality.

Lloyd tied it at 1 in the 35th minute. Tobin Heath ran in open space down the right sideline and found a trailing Lloyd near the penalty spot. Lloyd, who was coming off a hat trick against Thailand on Thursday, scored her 15th goal of the year.

The U.S. took a 2-1 lead in the 50th on an own goal, and Allie Long made it 3-1 in the 78th.

Jozy Altidore scored his second goal of the game in the 86th minute and host Toronto FC tied the New York Red Bulls, 3-3, to wrap up an MLS playoff spot.

Altidore took Michael Bradley's pass and beat a defender, turning at the edge of the penalty box to fire the ball home. Altidore also scored in a free kick in the 68th minute to pull Toronto (13-8-8) within one. He has eight goals in his last nine games.

The Red Bulls (12-9-9) missed a chance to clinch a playoff spot, blowing 2-0 and 3-1 leads.

Landon Donovan scored two minutes after entering as a second-half substitute and visiting Los Angeles tied Sporting Kansas City, 2-2. Donovan came on in the 74th minute and scored off a give-and-go with Robbie Rogers.

Los Angeles (11-4-15) moved into second place in the Western Conference standings - four points behind FC Dallas. Sporting KC (11-12-7) is five points ahead of Seattle for the sixth and final playoff spot.

HOCKEY Jack Eichel, Johnny Gaudreau, Jonathan Drouin, and Nathan MacKinnon scored as Team North America routed Finland, 4-1, at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. Matt Murray made 24 saves for the winners.

Captain Connor McDavid and the group of 23-and-under Americans and Canadians put on a show of speed and skill in their first World Cup game. Finnish goaltender Pekka Rinne was often brilliant in stopping 39 of 43 shots.

Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves in place of ailing star Henrik Lundqvist, and Gabriel Landeskog and Victor Hedman scored second-period goals to help Sweden beat Russia, 2-1, in their World Cup opener.

Alex Ovechkin scored and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 27 shots for Russia in the Group B game.

TENNIS Marin Cilic swatted aside Frenchman Richard Gasquet in straight sets to send host Croatia into the Davis Cup final for only the second time.

The 2014 U.S. Open champion won, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5, to give Croatia an unassailable 3-1 lead with one singles match to play. Croatia lost that one but it made no difference.

Croatia won its only final 11 years ago. It will play Argentina in the final.

Argentina reached its first Davis Cup final since 2011 after Leonardo Mayer sealed a 3-2 victory over defending champion Britain by beating higher-ranked Dan Evans in Glasgow, Scotland. The 53rd-ranked Evans went down, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, to Mayer, who is ranked 114th.

SKIING Super-G world champion Hannes Reichelt is out indefinitely after undergoing back surgery, five weeks before the Alpine skiing World Cup season starts.

The Austrian ski federation said Sunday the 36-year-old Reichelt had a piece of a spinal disk removed after complaining about back pains since returning to Austria from the team's preseason training camp in Chile.

The opening race of the World Cup season is a giant slalom on the Rettenbach glacier in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 23.

BASKETBALL Tamika Catchings scored 16 points in her final regular-season WNBA game and the Indiana Fever locked up the No. 5 playoff seed with 83-60 victory over the Dallas Wings in Indianapolis.

Diana Taurasi scored all of her 18 points in the first half and the Phoenix Mercury beat the host San Antonio Stars, 81-65.

- Inquirer wire services