It's hard not to look like a bully when the final score is 14-0. The U.S. women's soccer team had never beaten anyone that badly, not even in the days of Mia Hamm.
But this is no time for sympathy. This wasn't a friendly. This was the first game of qualifying for the London Olympics.
The non-competitive blowout of the Dominican Republic on Friday night left no doubt whatsoever that the Americans have banned complacency from the roster.
Coach Pia Sundhage says her team almost took qualifying for granted when it was upset by Mexico en route to last year's World Cup. Forward Abby Wambach wanted as many goals as possible in case goal-differential is needed as a tiebreaker in the tournament.
The Americans next play Guatemala today.
West beats East
Thankful for another opportunity to bolster his resume for pro scouts, Lennon Creer made the most of his experience in the 87th East-West Shrine all-star game in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Louisiana Tech running back scored on a 9-yard run with 47 seconds remaining Saturday and earned the offensive MVP award for lifting the West to a 24-17 victory.
Quarterbacks Chandler Harnish of Northern Illinois and Tyler Hansen of Colorado had short TD runs for the West, which rallied from an early 10-0 deficit at Tropicana Field.
Missouri Western State's Greg Zuerlein kicked a field goal that made it 17-17 early in the fourth quarter, setting the stage for Hansen to lead the winning drive in the closing minutes.
Michigan State's B.J. Cunningham and Miami's LaRon Byrd caught touchdown passes for the East, which also got an early field goal from Georgia's Blair Walsh.
National defeats American in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
Syracuse running back Antwon Bailey and Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne rushed for touchdowns, helping the National beat the American 20-14 on Saturday in the inaugural NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Washington's Erik Folk kicked field goals of 26 and 45 yards for the National, which jumped out to a 17-0 lead.
Eastern Washington's Bo Levi Mitchell and LSU's Jarrett Lee threw touchdown pass to help the American squad rally.
Georgia cornerback arrested
University of Georgia football player Sanders Commings has been jailed in Athens on a domestic violence charge.
UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said the 21-year-old senior cornerback was arrested early Saturday after he struck his girlfriend in the face on a street corner in downtown Athens.
Williamson said bystanders saw Commings in a confrontation with the woman at about 1 a.m. and separated them. He said the witnesses then flagged down a police officer for help.
A jail employee told The Associated Press that Commings, one of 10 defensive starters slated to return to the Bulldogs for the 2012 season, remained jailed Saturday and may have to wait until Sunday to have a bond set by a judge.
Senior Bowl sponsor
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management will serve as presenting sponsor of the Senior Bowl - and get access to talk money to future NFL players.
The deal announced Saturday includes exclusive financial seminars for the senior NFL prospects leading up to next Saturday's game.
Merrill Lynch will also have a logo on the field at Ladd-Peebles Stadium throughout the week.
The game is a showcase for top senior NFL draft prospects.
New members inducted
into NASCAR Hall of Fame
The NASCAR Hall of Fame welcomed its most diverse class to date Friday night, when Dale Inman opened the ceremony as the first crew chief to be inducted.
''Neither one of us was that mechanically inclined. We just sort of learned as we went,'' said Petty of his cousin Inman. ''Way back when, there wasn't no such thing as a crew chief. They had mechanics, crew mechanics, whatever they wanted to call them, and Dale was basically the first one.
''He's the one that basically started the crew chief operation.''
Also in the third Hall of Fame class was pioneer team owner Glen Wood, modified driver Richie Evans and three-time champions Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough. Evans was killed in a 1985 accident at Martinsville.