Roy Lassiter scored on a sharp header in the 68th minute Sunday, giving the United States a 2-1 victory over Benfica of Portugal and third place in the Parmalat Cup soccer tournament at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
In the championship game, Bulgarian World Cup star Hristo Stoichkov, Europe’s player of the year in 1994, scored two goals and set up a third for Parma of Italy in its convincing 3-1 victory over Boca Juniors of Argentina.
The U.S. women’s national team defeated world champion Norway, 2-1, in overtime in the final of the U.S. Women’s Cup ’95 tournament at Washington. The crowd of 7,083 at RFK Stadium was the largest ever to see the American women’s team in the United States.
Tammy Pearman, making her international debut, scored on a breakaway in the second minute of overtime as the U.S. team avenged its 1-0 semifinal loss to Norway in June’s World Championship. Mia Hamm also scored for the U.S. team.
Hector Camacho retained the International Boxing Council welterweight title, stopping Gary Kirkland at 2:39 of the ninth round at Ledyard, Conn. Camacho, 33, a former World Boxing Council lightweight champion, improved to 54-3 with his 10th victory in a row. Kirkland is 23-1. . . . Thailand’s Chana Porpao-in (32-0) retained his World Boxing Association mini-flyweight title with a sixth-round knockout of Ernesto Rubillar (11-8-5) of the Philippines in Bangkok, Thailand.
Mickey Mantle received a second blood transfusion and Dr. Daniel DeMarco said he could face more of them in his fight against cancer.
Former major leaguer Glenn Davis hit his 20th home run for the Hanshin Tigers, the latest a three-run shot in a 10-1 victory over the Chunichi Dragons.
Dick Bartell, a major league shortstop known for his aggressive play, died at age 87 in an Alameda convalescent home following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
A lifetime .284 hitter, Bartell was one of baseball’s central characters in the 1930s. In 1933, he was the National League’s starting shortstop in the All-Star game.
Chip Hanauer drove Miss Budweiser through rain and rough water to win the the Seafair Texaco Cup hydroplane race in Seattle. Hanauer had an average speed of 138.047 m.p.h., well below his qualifying mark of 162.543.
Final eliminations in the NHRA Northwest Nationals were scheduled to resume this morning at Seattle International Raceway after rain halted racing early in the first round. Before the suspension, K.C. Spurlock pulled off the biggest upset of the event by beating defending funny car series champion John Force.
Roughly 100 miles into the 605-mile Admiral’s Cup race, one of yachting’s premier events, the United States held a tenuous lead over Italy as light winds in the English Channel reduced the race to a tactical crawl.
Top-seeded Holly McPeak and Nancy Reno won their fifth consecutive beach volleyball title, defeating Linda Hanley and Karolyn Kirby, 15-4, in the championship match at Portland, Ore.