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Klinsmann picks his 23-man roster for Cup qualifiers

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Forward Juan Agudelo, defender Alfredo Morales and midfielders Danny Williams and Graham Zusi were cut Friday as U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann picked his 23-man roster for upcoming exhibition games and World Cup qualifiers.

The moves leave the U.S. with seven defenders, seven midfielders and six forwards for their five matches.

Joe Corona is the only player on the roster for the first time. He scored four goals in qualifying as the U.S. under-23 team failed to make the London Olympics.

The Americans have exhibitions against Scotland on Saturday at Jacksonville, Fla., Brazil on Wednesday at Landover, Md., and Canada on June 3 at Toronto. Seeking their seventh consecutive World Cup berth, the Americans will open qualifying June 8 against Antigua and Barbuda at Tampa, Fla., then will play at Guatemala on June 12.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Tim Howard (Everton, England), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake).

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Geoff Cameron (Houston), Edgar Castillo (Tijuana, Mexico), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany), Clarence Goodson (Brondby, Denmark), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland, Denmark).

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona, Italy), Joe Corona (Tijuana, Mexico), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim, Germany), Jermaine Jones (Schalke, Germany), Jose Torres (Pachuca, Mexico).

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar, Netherlands), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Herculez Gomez (Santos Laguna, Mexico), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose).


Kreuziger wins big Stage 19; Rodriguez leads Hesjedal

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy – Roman Kreuziger won the 19th stage of Giro d’Italia on Friday, and Joaquin Rodriguez retained the overall lead.

With a superb final climb, Kreuziger finished the penultimate mountain leg of the Giro in 6 hours, 18 minutes and 2 seconds. Ryder Hesjedal was 19 seconds behind.

Rodriguez finished third. His advantage over Hesjedal in the overall standings is 17 seconds.

It marked one of the toughest stages in this year’s Giro. It featured five categorized climbs along the 123-mile route from Treviso to Val di Fiemme, including two ascents of the daunting Passo Pampeago, and a third category-one climb.

The 20th stage today is another difficult test, with the 136-mile trek from Caldes culminating in a 14-mile ascent of the Passo dello Stelvio, which has an average gradient of 12 percent.

The Giro will finish Sunday.

Armstrong’s Exergy Tour opens with a broken bone

BOISE, Idaho – Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong is getting pins in her broken collarbone after crashing out of the Exergy Tour, a mishap that’s put a question mark on her hopes of riding in the London Olympics.

Armstrong’s surgery Friday morning was to stabilize a mid-shaft clavicle fracture. Her injury just before USA Cycling’s announcement June 15 of the American Olympic team could complicate the selection committee’s decision.

On Thursday, Tara Whitten led a Canadian sweep of the top three spots in the prologue.

On Friday, Theresa Cliff-Ryan won Stage 1, beating out German sprinter Ina Yoko Teutenberg.

Cliff-Ryan, an American, covered the rainy 76.7-mile stage, which wound through the countryside near southern Idaho’s Snake River, in 3 hours, 16 minutes.

Teutenberg, a German Olympian, took the overall lead.

Durangoans Carmen Small and Kristin McGrath finished ninth and 41st, respectively, in the same time as Cliff-Ryan, Armstrong’s teammate. Dolores resident Lauren Hall finished 37th.

Associated Press