DiBernardo, U.S. in draw

DiBernardo, U.S. in draw

HIROSHIMA, Japan — Despite outshooting China 17-3, the United States was forced to settle for a 1-1 tie Thursday in its second match at the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup soccer tournament.

Illinois junior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo again played the full 90 minutes for Team USA, which is in second place in Group D with four points. The Americans can advance to the quarterfinals with a win or a draw against Germany in their final group match Monday in Rifu, Japan.

DiBernardo nearly helped the U.S. break a 1-1 tie in the 52nd minute with a corner kick that found team captain Julie Johnston on the far post. Johnston's shot ricocheted off the post, and China defender Liu Shanshan cleared the ball near the goal line.

The U.S. finished with a 10-1 advantage on corner kicks. China goalkeeper Shen Li made seven saves.

China opened the scoring in the 19th minute when Shen Lili converted on her team's first shot attempt.

The Americans drew even in the 36th minute when Kealia Ohai got past her defender and from the end line dished to Maya Hayes, who kicked the ball past Li. It was the Penn State junior forward's fourth goal of the tournament and her 16th international score.

In men's and women's basketball:

UI picks strength coach. Mike Basgier was named strength and conditioning coach for the Illini men's and women's basketball teams, the UI athletic department announced Thursday.

Basgier spent the last three years as assistant director of strength and conditioning at Ohio University. He has more than a decade of experience in the profession and holds certifications with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and USA Weightlifting.

In men's tennis:

Anderson, Ram learn U.S. Open opponents. Former Illini Kevin Anderson and Rajeev Ram learned the identity of their first-round opponents in the U.S. Open when the bracket was announced Thursday. Each is paired against a highly recognizable name.

Anderson, ranked 35th, drew fourth-seeded and fifth-ranked David Ferrer of Spain. Ram, ranked 98th, drew two-time reigning NCAA singles champion Steve Johnson. The former USC Trojan is ranked 246th.

Anderson and Ram would meet in the fourth round if each opens 3-0.

Defending champion and No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic can reach his third straight final at Flushing Meadows without having to face either Roger Federer or Andy Murray. Those two, meanwhile, wound up on the same side of the draw and could meet in the semifinals for a rematch of their recent finals at Wimbledon and the London Olympics.