FC Tucson scored three second-half goals en route to its third straight victory, a 4-2 win over the Phoenix Monsoon in a nonleague match Wednesday night at Kino Sports Complex North Field No. 5.
Opening with a lineup that included only two starters from Saturday's match, FC Tucson struck early on Matt Linenberger's third-minute header on a corner from Danny Kirkland.
Phoenix opened the second-half scoring with a penalty by Cesar Mexia in the 48th minute to even the match.
But then FC Tucson took control, getting a goal from Phillipe Garre in the 55th, a beautifully bent free kick by Reid Schmitt in the 61st and a score from Kevin King after picking the goalkeeper's pocket to make it 4-1 after 67 minutes.
Phoenix added a late consolation goal on a free kick by Imad Id-Deen in the 73rd before a crowd of 403.
FC Tucson returns to USL Premier Development League action Saturday when it hosts the Pali Blues.
Sophomore Smyth advances in NCAA tennis
Arizona Wildcats sophomore Lacey Smyth defeated No. 10-ranked Kristi Boxx of Ole Miss 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Wednesday to advance to the second round of the NCAA singles championships in Athens, Ga.
Smyth will face Tennessee's Natalie Pluskota today for a chance to play in the round of 16.
• UA's Margarita Ramos shot an even 72 to move up into a tie for 42nd at the NCAA championships in Franklin, Tenn. Her two-round score was 4-over 148.
Union sues league, claims cap 'conspiracy'
The players union claimed Wednesday that the NFL imposed a secret salary cap during the uncapped 2010 season that cost the players at least $1 billion.
The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, which oversees the Reggie White settlement covering NFL labor matters. But the league says the union has no grounds for the action and is prohibited from filing it by the collective bargaining agreement. The complaint claims a "conspiracy" to set a $123 million salary cap for the 2010 season, when owners did not have the authority to do so.
• The Colts traded former Arizona Wildcats fullback Chris Gronkowski to the Broncos for defensive back Cassius Vaughn.
• Seahawks offensive tackle Allen Barbre was suspended for the first four regular-season games by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.
Wallace picked to NASCAR Hall of Fame
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace heads the group of five picked for the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Owner Leonard Wood and drivers Cotton Owens, Herb Thomas and Buck Baker joined Wallace in the hall's fourth class.
• USC defeated Tennessee 4-2 Wednesday for its fourth consecutive NCAA tennis crown. The win secured the Pac-12's 450th title and made it the first conference in history to reach the landmark.
• Triple Crown contender I'll Have Another returned to the track for the first time since winning the Preakness with a jog around Belmont Park's 1 1/2-mile oval Wednesday. The colt's trainer Doug O'Neill could be facing up to a six-month suspension when the California Horse Racing Board meets to discuss a case involving one of his horses testing for a high level of total carbon dioxide in 2010.
• Cyclist Joaquin Rodriguez won the tough 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday and kept the overall lead.
• Doha, Qatar, and Baku, Azerbaijan, were eliminated from the race for the 2020 Olympics on Wednesday as the IOC trimmed the field of candidates from five cities to three. Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul made the cut as the International Olympic Committee executive board settled on a shortlist of finalists.
Dave Ord Includes material from news releases