I Brown fired by Knicks Page B3. THURSDAY, JUNE 22,2006 SPORTS THE HAYS DAILY NEWS U.S. eliminated from World Cup By RONALD BLUM ASSOCIATED PRESS NUREMBERG, Germany — There was no glory for the United States at this year's World Cup, only frustration and failure. The Americans were eliminated in the first round, losing to Ghana 2-1 today in a game they had to win to advance to the tournament's knockout phase. With thousands of red, white and blue-clad fans cheering them on in Franken-Stadion, the Americans fell flat against a Black Stars team that was stronger and faster. Surprising Ghana advanced along with Italy from Group E. It was a bitter ending for the United Larks drop close games BY THE HAYS DAILY NEWS EL DORADO — In another pan- of tight games in the Jayhawk League, the Hays Larks dropped two more contests to the El Dorado Broncos on the road Wednesday. For the second straight game the Broncos pushed a late run across to take a 3-2 lead in the eighth inning in Wednesday's opener of the doubleheader and held on for a 4-2 win in the nightcap, extending its lead in the Jayhawk League. The win was El Dorado's fourth in a row as they completed a three-game sweep of Hays (10-7 overall, 7-7 Jayhawk). The Larks return home Friday through Sunday for a four-game series with Jayhawk foe Nevada (Mo.). In Wednesday's opener, the Larks had a 2-1 lead on an RBI single .by shortstop Dallas Christison in the fifth inning to break a l ~ swere with "a sglp .^,, the seventh by first baseinan, . , ; ' , Mike Jaworski, who was 2-for-3 on the game. The Broncos pushed the winning run across in the eighth with two outs. Derek Schermerhorn singled to left field and advanced to second on a passed ball from Larks relief pitcher Mike Monterey (04). Schermerhorn was driven in on a ground out for the second out of the inning. SEE LARKS, PAGE B2 Lambrecht, Staab highlight all-state Softball teams By NABIL SHAHEEN HAYS DAILY NEWS Hays High School senior Dani Lambrecht and Thomas More Prep-Marian senior Sharlie Staab highlight local representatives on the Kansas Softball Coaches Association All-State team. Lambrecht was named to the Class 5A first team while Staab was named to the 4A first team. Receiving second team honors in 5A were Hays High senior Chloe Jackson junior All Pfannenstiel. On the 4A second team were Monarch senior pitcher Kendra Roles, junior catcher Katie Gottschalk and freshman infielder Maddie Holub. Lambrecht was hindered by a pulled groin injury for a better part of her senior season, but her game spoke for itself, HHS head coach Bruce Rupp said. "She's a great player and been a great leader for this team," Rupp said. SEE KSCA, PAGE B2 States, which carried high hopes — and a No. 5 world ranking from FIFA — onto soccer's biggest stage. Four years ago, the Americans made the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Haminu Draman put the Africans . ahead in the 22nd minute, breaking in alone on goalkeeper Kasey Keller after colliding with Claudio Reyna, who crumpled to the ground in pain. The United States, which has never won a World Cup game in which it trailed, tied it when Clint Dempsey scored in the 43rd minute with a smashing 10-yard shot off a perfect feed from DaMarcus Beasley. But Ghana captain Stephen Appiah converted a penalty kick in the second minute of first-half injury time after American defender Oguchi Onyewu was called for a foul in the penalty area. "We worked real hard to get back in the game," coach Bruce Arena said. "I am disappointed in the judgment of the referee in the penalty call. We would have liked to come out at halftime even, with a chance to win the game. That was a big call. "Having said that, we could have been better in the second half with our own opportunities." The Black Stars outfouled the Americans 32-16. Eddie Johnson entered in the 61st minute as the United States pressed, and Brian McBride nearly tied it again in the 66th, but his diving header inside the 6-yard box clanked off the near post. A minute later, Onyewu sent a header off Landon Donovan's corner kick just over the crossbar. In order to advance, the Americans needed a victory and some help. They got the needed assistance when Italy defeated the Czech Republic 2-0 in a game played simultaneous in Hamburg. But the United States (0-2-1) didn't come through and finished the tournament with one point — its first in a World Cup played in Europe, but not enough to escape the basement in Group E. Italy (2-0-1) won the group with seven points and Ghana (2-1), making its first World Cup appearance, advanced with six points. SEE U.S., PAGE B3 IVAN SEKRETAREV / AP United States' Brian McBride heads the ball over Ghana's John Mensah during a World Cup Group E soccer match at the Franken Stadium today In Nuremberg, Germany. Tar Heels in; Beavers on the brink By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. ASSOCIATED PRESS OMAHA, Neb. — Jay Cox's powerful bat put North Carolina in position to play for its first College World Series title. Daniel Turpen's surprising performance on the mound allowed Oregon State to cling to its championship hopes. Cox homered twice and made a great catch in the ninth inning to help North Carolina move to the best-of-three final with a 6-5 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday night. The Tar Heels (53-13) will play Oregon State or Rice in the championship series that begins Saturday. "It's obviously exciting to think about and say the words that we're playing for a national championship," said North Carolina coach Mike Fox, whose program had lost six of eight games in four previous , Ojys-tf|)Tp^H«hfc6Sr.<"ViiMfi'>(i , The Tar Heels will have to wait a bit before finding out who their opponent will be. Turpen, who made only 11 previous appearances, started for the first time in nearly two months and combined with Joe Paterson on a five-hitter in a 5-0 victory over Rice. "We were on our last leg, and we asked Turp to get out there and give us a good start, to give us the distance he could go: three, four, two, five, whatever it was, and we'd clean up whatever we had to do," Beavers coach Pat Casey said. "Boy, he pitched a heck of a ballgame against a very good club, and we scored enough runs to take the pressure off of him. And then, Joe Pa came in and did a great job." The Beavers (47-15) forced another game against the Owls (57-12), with the winner of Thursday night's matchup advancing to the championship series. Turpen (3-0) gave the Beavers their third straight impressive start when facing elimination. The sophomore right-hander appeared confident and relaxed in scattering five hits over a career-high 6 2-3 innings. His last start came April 30 against New Mexico, when he went 61-3 innings in an 8-2 win. "Obviously, it's the College World Series, and it's something every kid wants to be in, but I approached it like it was just another game, just another relief appearance," Turpen said. "And I went out there and did my job, threw strikes and my defense backed me up." Paterson threw 21-3 hitless innings to seal the victory, the third straight for an excited and suddenly confident Oregon State team. The solid pitching performance followed Jonah ERIC FRANCIS / Associated Press North Carolina players congratulate Tim Federowicz after he hit a home run against Cal State Fullerton in the fifth inning of a College World Series game Wednesday in Omaha, Neb. Nickerson's seven strong innings Monday in a win over Georgia, and Mike Stutes' six- plus innings in a victory against Miami. "We couldn't get anything going offensively," Rice third baseman Josh Rodriguez said. "I don't think we were ready mentally. Stepping in the box, we were swinging at some pitches we shouldn't be swinging at. (Turpen) threw strikes. That's what you're supposed to do when you pitch. He got outs when he needed them." Shea McFeely homered for the second straight night, and the Beavers gave Turpen an early lead to work with by scoring three times in the third against Craig Crow (8-3). "To know that you're only one game away from the championship, the three-game series, it's just awesome to be able to get here," McFeely said. NIITHCMIUHA6, CUSTKTEFVLLEITONS North Carolina beat Cal State Fullerton (50-15) in what was an anticipated pitcher's ERIC FRANCIS/Associated Press Rice second baseman Greg Buchanan leaps to catch the ball as Oregon State's Darwin Barney steals second base in the first inning. duel between Carolina's Daniel Bard and the Titans' Wes Roemer. Cox's three-run homer in the third put Carolina up 4-2. He and Tim Federowicz hit back- to-back homers in the fifth — the first consecutive homers in the CWS since Missouri State's Greg Mathis and Jacob Hilgendorf did it in 2003 — to give the Tar Heels a 6-3 lead. "I was kind of beating myself up a little bit, and I felt I was letting the team down," said Cox, was 1-for-ll in the CWS before homering. "Coach talked to me a little bit and said I would get big hits when it counts." Carolina led by a run in the ninth when Cox robbed David Cooper of extra bases, catching a long drive while crashing into the wall in left field. "We didn't want a double right there," Cox said. "I realized the ball was carrying a little bit. I got back to the track. As soon as I felt the track, I jumped up and caught it. It felt pretty good, I guess." Bard (9-3), a first-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox, gave up a career-high 12 hits in six innings. Roemer (13-2) allowed six runs on 10 hits in 41-3 innings, the shortest of his 30 career starts. After Cox's catch, first-round draft pick Andrew Miller came on for his first relief appearance since 2004. He got pinch- hitter Bryan Harris on a soft grounder for the final out. "I'm a little emotional right now," Titans coach George Horton said after the loss. "My sadness is I can't compete anymore with these guys. We came up short on the Scoreboard. It's a difficult pill to swallow." Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Mike Wood throws s pitch Wednesday In Kansas City, Mo. Mark Teahan's late home run rallies Royals to victory in Pittsburgh KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Mark Teahan erased a night of mistakes with one swing. Teahen had a throwing error, a baserunning blunder and could have been charged with a second error on a hard-hit ball that was ruled a single. Nevertheless, his tiebreaking two-run home run in the eighth carried Kansas City to a 6-4 victory over Pittsburgh Wednesday night and sent the Royals' third baseman home a happy and very relieved young man. "I was hacked off the whole game," Teahan said. "I'll definitely sleep a lot better tonight now than I r would've earlier in the game. I'm just glad I was able to help out a little after hurting the team earlier." Teahan, whose throwing error had led to an unearned run, hit the first pitch front Salomon Torres (2-4) over the fence in right for his fourth home run, giving the Royals their fifth win in seven games. The Pirates, who blew a 4-0 lead for the second night In a row and have lost seven straight. "When you're ahead 4-0 and have a lot of men on base, you really have an was hacked off the whole game. I'll definitely sleep a lot better tonight opportunity to now than I would've earlier, ff Mark Teahan, On his home run negating an error ji m "Tracy""b"urop- portunity for the knockout punch was there and we didn't take advantage." Ambiorix Burgos pitched the ninth for his llth save in 17 opportunities, getting a game-ending double play break things up, and if you don't take advantage, it's going to make you pay," said Pittsburgh manager grounder. Elmer Dessens (4-6) pitched 1 2-3 hitless innings for the win. The Pirates are 1-7 against the American League. "I'm disgusted with myself," said Torres: "I should have done my job, Unfortunately, when you don't make the pitches at this level, they're going to get hit. I'll just try to go out and do my job next time, but with more in telligence." Pittsburgh starter Ian Snell cruised through the first five Innings before Joey Gathright, making his first start in center one day after coming over Jn a trade from Tampa Bay, singled to ignite a four-run inning.
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