US rebounds to beat Honduras 2-1

CHICAGO(AP)—Carlos Bocanegra scored on a diving header off Landon Donovan’s corner kick in the 68th minute, and the United States rallied to beat Honduras 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier Saturday night.

Coming off a 3-1 loss at Costa Rica on Wednesday, the United States fell behind when Carlos Costly scored in the fifth minute. Donovan, the best U.S. player throughout the match, tied the score with a penalty kick in the 43rd minute after a needless handball by Mario Besta.

Donovan then started the play for the go-ahead goal with a corner kick that was headed down by Clint Dempsey, who outjumped Hendry Thomas. Bocanegra charged in and, horizontal to the field, headed it in from about 3 yards for his 11th international goal.

 

2010 World Cup Qualifier

2010 World Cup Qualifier

 

 

Bocanegra came out three minutes later, holding his right leg.

A crowd of 55,647 attended the first-ever qualifier at Soldier Field, site of the 1994 World Cup opener. While the game was played on American soil, the dominant support was for Honduras, a Central American nation of about 7.6 million, Fans in blue and white appeared to outnumber red-clad American supporters by a 4-to-1 margin.

In the final minutes, fans threw a few cups filled with liquid at U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Seeking its sixth straight World Cup berth, the United States (3-1-1) is second in the final round of North and Central American qualifying with 10 points, two behind Costa Rica (4-1), which won 3-2 at Trinidad and Tobago. Honduras (1-2-1) is third with four points, ahead of Mexico (1-0-2) and El Salvador (0-1-2), who played later Saturday. T&T (0-2-2) is last.

The top three nations qualify for next year’s 32-nation field in South Africa, and the No. 4 team goes to a playoff against the fifth-place team in South America for another berth. After going to the Confederations Cup, the U.S. resumes qualifying at Mexico on Aug. 12.

The United States has lost just one home qualifier in 24 years, 3-2 to Honduras in September 2001 at Washington, D.C. The U.S. team is 16-0-1 at home in qualifying since that defeat.

U.S. coach Bob Bradley changed four starters from Wednesday, inserting right back Jonathan Spector, left back Jonathan Bornstein, midfielder Ricardo Clark and forward Conor Casey. DaMarcus Beasley, Marvell Wynne Jr. and Jose Francisco Torres were benched, and Michael Bradley was suspended for getting his second yellow card of qualifying.

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Pacquiao vs. DeLa Hoya: A Dream Fight?

Pacquiao VS. De La Jolla

Pacquiao VS. De La Jolla

Here it is people…the most anticipated fight for WBC; Manny Pacquiao, Filipino boxing icon from Manila Philippines is going to fight the WBC Super weltertweight Championship at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on December 6, 2008 with Oscar de la Hoya. This game has always been the dream match in boxing.

Promoter Bob Arum says it all started as a fantasy. Nobody thought that the idea would ever be taken seriously. Now, it had become the match that it is, a glaring $100 million dollar deal that is greater than any other that boxing ever had. Pacquiao vs. De la Hoya Tickets are officially priced at $1,500, $1,000, $750, $500 and $250 but because of high demand and bulk purchases, the retail prices are expected to go as much as $42,000.

However, a lot boxing insiders are asking if the fight be worth its hype.

PPP=Pacquiao's Power Punches

PPP=Pacquiao

Initially, there were apprehensions whether Oscar De la Hoya can cope with the Pacman. They say that Manny Pacquiao is perhaps too young and much faster than what De la Hoya can handle. When Golden Boy Promotion’s CEO was interviewed a few weeks ago, he said something like the Pacman is different from the fighters that they want Oscar to fight. The others are said to attack only from one direction- the front door. Pacquiao, however, enters and exits from the front, side, back and any other door, making him very difficult to predict.

But now that the fight night is getting closer, a lot of people are saying otherwise. These naysayers however, speak with good authority and should not be taken lightly. The first is De la Hoya’s on/off and quite expensive trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr. Acknowledged as one of the best boxing trainers, he declared that Pacquiao will be an easy pick for De la Hoya and that any coach will suffice for Oscar (in the upcoming fight). According to Mayweather Sr., the fight will end as soon as the first of De la Hoya’s left hook lands.

Others include Massachusetts State Boxing Commission chair Daniel Fitzgerald who declares that the difference in height makes him not want to see the fight, World Boxing Council president Jose Sulaiman who calls the De la Hoya Pacquiao fight a “Circus” and the numerous regulars of online boxing forums. One suggests that the title “Dream Match” be corrected to “Fraud” while another says that the more appropriate is “Dream Mismatch”.

Whatever the most fitting fight title is, one thing is for sure. The fight night has been scheduled and the two fighters will meet. Let us see what the end will be like.

Michael Phelps’ Record Breaking Performance

Michael Phelps Shows Off 8 Gold Medals
Tue, 19 August 2008 at 10:17 am

My Olympic Hero for this Olympic

My Olympic Hero for this Olympic

Swimming champion Michael Phelps flaunts his record-breaking eight Olympic gold medals on the latest cover of Sports Illustrated (Aug. 25, 2008 issue). The photo was inspired by Mark Spitz, the former Olympic swimming champ who showed off the seven golds he won at the 1972 Munich Games.

“What is the value of eight golds in Beijing before a prime-time audience in the U.S?” his agent Peter Carlisle asked. “I’d say $100 million over the course of his lifetime.”

I see the determination!

I see the determination!

That’s a whole lotta cash but Phelps still intends on competing at the 2012 London Olympics, where he hopes to add to his 14 Olympic gold medals (he won six in 2004’s Athens). “There are some times I still want to hit before I retire,” he said. “And I want to try some new events. That’s what’s keeping me going.”

And next week, Phelps will be traveling to London next week rather than stay in Beijing for the closing ceremonies. “I am going to London to do the handover for the next Olympics,” he said. “And hopefully prepare myself the way I did for these Games and be ready to compete in London.”

Other pictures include Phelps relaxing at the Speedo Sports Club at the Jintai Art Museum on Tuesday in Beijing, China.

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Nastia Liukin Wins Gold In Women’s All-Around

Close to flawless, Liukin wins all-around gold

U.S. teammate Johnson’s strong performance earns silver
Posted Thursday, August 14, 2008 9:55 PM ET

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BEIJING —Nastia Liukin edged teammate Shawn Johnson for the all-around gold in women’s gymnastics at the Beijing Olympics Friday in an intense matchup that lived up to its billing.

Liukin finished with 63.325 points, a mere six-tenths ahead of Johnson, the reigning world champion who beat Liukin at the U.S. championships and Olympic trials only a few weeks ago.

Yang Yilin of China won the bronze.

“It’s amazing, I am kind of speechless right now,” Liukin said. “I don’t think it’s really set in, but I feel like this journey has been so long.”

Liukin paced back and forth as Johnson competed on floor, the final competitor of the day, clapping as her teammate floated high in the air. In the end, it was Liukin who soared. When Johnson’s score was posted and Liukin saw she was the winner tears filled her eyes. Her father and coach Valeri grabbed her in a bearhug, squeezing her tight for several minutes.

Valeri Liukin was a double gold medalist for the Soviet Union 20 years ago, but came up achingly short in a rivalry with his own teammate in the all-around. There would be no such disappointment for his only child.

“It’s not possible to describe how proud I am,” Valeri Liukin said afterward. “It’s just an amazing feeling.”

Liukin blinked back tears with a smile when she was introduced as the gold medalist.

“Standing on the podium and hearing `Olympic champion’ next to my name was a dream come true,” Liukin said. “Everything pays off at this very moment.”

For China, it was the first disappointment on the gymnastics floor. The Chinese won both the men’s and women’s team titles, and Yang Wei ran away with the men’s all-around gold on Thursday.

But this was no surprise.