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Women’s football United States thrash New Zealand in World Cup warning

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Alex Morgan scored her 120th international goal as the United States thrashed New Zealand 4-0 in a friendly in Wellington on Wednesday to fire a World Cup warning

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Forward Mallory Swanson netted twice and Lynn Williams was also on the scoresheet for the world’s top-ranked side, six months before the Americans defend their title in New Zealand and Australia

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The match was the first of the year for the Americans, who will be pursuing a third World Cup crown in a row

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Coach Vlatko Andonovski said he wants his team get familiarised with the stadiums, training venues and travel before the month-long global showpiece starting on July 20

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The US will play their three World Cup pool games in Wellington and Auckland and potentially return to those cities for a quarter-final and semi-final

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They spurned a host of chances in the first half but capitalised on their dominance after the interval with four goals in 20 minutes

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India’s top sprinter Dutee Chand handed provisional suspension for anti-doping violation

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