The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 22, 2006 · Page 11
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Hays, Kansas
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Thursday, June 22, 2006
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THURSDAY, JUNE 22.2006 SPORTS THE HAYS DAILY NEWS B3 Mexico, Argentina advance By CHRIS LEHOURITES ASSOCIATED PRESS BERLIN — Mexico will play in the second round of the World Cup for the fourth straight time. The Mexicans lost 2-1 Wednesday against already-qualified Portugal,- but still advanced because Angola was held to a 1-1 draw by Iran in the other Group D match. Later, Argentina held the Netherlands to a 0-0 draw to clinch first place in Group C. Ivory Coast got its first win, coming back from two goals down to beat Serbia-Montenegro 3-2. In .the second round, Portugal will face the Netherlands on Sunday in Nuremberg, while Mexico plays Argentina on Saturday in Leipzig. Portugal played without several starters in Gelsenkirchen because it had already qualified for the second round for the first time in 40 years. Maniche and Simab Sabrosa scored in the first 25 minutes, and Mexico's Omar Bravo missed a chance to equalize on a second-half penalty kick that soared over the net. Francisco Fbnseca, also known as Kikin, headed in a corner kick to put Mexico back in the game before halftime. Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has now won a record 10 straight World Cup matches, spared five key players for this match. The absences included playmaker Deco, winger Cristiano Ronaldo, and all-time top scorer Pauleta. Mexico started the match with six defenders. Even so, the Portuguese extended their unbeaten run to 17 international games, during which they have allowed just six goals. "Things couldn't be better," Scolari said. "This was as tough a game as we had expected, but I asked my players today to make it hard for me to pick my team for the next round, and they did that." Mexico had lost only two of its last 12 games against European opposition in World Cup matches.'The last time Mexico MICHAEL PROBST/Associated Press Argentina's Carlos Tevez, center, and Netherlands' Andre Ooijer, right, battle for the ball during a World Cup Group C soccer match in the World Cup stadium Wednesday in Frankfurt, Germany. played at a World Cup and failed to advance to the second round was 1978. The team didn't play at the 1982 and 1990 World Cups, and reached the quarterfinals in 1986. Needing Mexico to lose and to make up a three-goal difference, Angola played attacking soccer for much of the match. Flavio, who came on as a substitute for Angola captain Fabrice Akwa, scored his team's first goal of the World Cup in the 60th minute. He broke free from Kaabi Hossein in the penalty box and headed a cross from Ze Kalanga over goalkeeper Ebrahim.Mlrzapoun<. > •'• Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh equalized in the 75th to give Iran its first point and end Angola's hopes of advancing. "When we arrived (in Germany) with the team, the first idea that we would suffer many goals didn't happen," Angola coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves said. "With two draws ... the people of Angola can be very, very proud." Lionel Messi made his first World Cup start for Argentina in Frankfurt, and coach Jose Peker- man fielded four other second- string players, proving his squad has strejtigth.indepth.. ,. ... Messi, who played for 69 min- utes, ran the show much of the time he was on the field. He set up chances for teammates, tested the inexperienced Dutch defense and showed the skills only a few players in the world possess. When Messi was replaced, Diego Maradona applauded him from the stands. "We still have to make improvements from the past matches. Both teams played very well," Pekerman said. At the same time, Netherlands standout winger Arjen Robben was on the bench, saving his strength for the second round. Ll The Dutch also played without four other starters. In his Dutch record-equaling 112th international, goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar produced the save of the match, a one-handed dive to swipe out a 20-yard drive from Carlos Tevez in the 74th minute. Overall, the matchup of the 1978 finalists rarely produced the intensity everyone had hoped for. It made Messi's performance all the more exciting. "The only thing we lacked were goals," Tevez said. "We did everything right and for some reason we were unable to score." Bonaventure Kalou scored the winning goal from the penalty spot in the 86th minute for Ivory ZlDANE FACES RETIREMENT HAMELN, Germany (AP) — Zinedine Zidane's career is just about over, shutting the light on a brilliant career. The end might be painful. The glory of the 1998 World Cup title has faded in a wave of international soccer disappointment. Zi- dane rarely has been able to place his creative stamp on France's national team in recent years. And now he must sit out Friday's match with Togo, a game in which the French must win for any chance to avoid another opening-round elimination — almost matching the ignominy of their goal-less departure from the 2002 tournament. Zidane already has announced his retirement from international and club soccer. Will the final image of this star be his chucking the captain's armband into the team dugout upon his removal from a 1-1 tie with South Korea? Will the scowl on his face as he walked past coach Raymond Domenech be the lasting memory? If so, that is a shame. The career of Zidane, who turns 34 Friday has been mixture of sublime skill, some genius, and a fierce passion that occasionally descended into wild aggression. His two header goals lifted France past Brazil to win the 1998 World Cup at home. Earlier in the tournament, an angry moment led to his being red-carded for stamping on a Saudi Arabia player. Coast in Munich. Aruna Din- dane scored the other two goals for the Elephants, one from the penalty spot in the 37th. . . U,S,: Team scores first goal in 338 minutes of World Cup If CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 "This is a historic moment for us," Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic said. "We are very happy. It was a very nervous match because of the importance to .. both teams. But we have done it, we are satisfied." Four years ago, the Americans were the satisfied ones with their best showing since 1930. But this i time, in what probably marked the final World Cup I appearances of Reyna, McBride and perhaps Keller, they reverted to their form of 1998 in France, when they finished last overall. U.S. fans outnumbered the Ghanaians dressed in red, yellow and green, both in the cobblestone streets of Nuremberg's old town before the game and in the historic ballpark where Hitler Youth marched seven decades ago. With Eddie Pope and Pablo • Mastroeni suspended, the Americans used Jimmy Conrad to replace Pope at central defender and Reyna shifted back to Mastroeni's l defensive midfield role. Beasley joined Donovan in the center of the midfield and Eddie Lewis, who •; started the opener at left back, took over in left midfield — his more familiar position — from Bobby - Convey. Draman scored after Dempsey played a back pass to Reyna, and the US. captain collided with the aGhanaian left knee to left knee. As Reyna fell, Draman took possession and rushed in one-on-one i against Keller, putting the ball onto his right foot and sending it into the corner of the net beyond the diving goalkeeper from 10 yards. Reyna was taken off the field on a stretcher, gri- "* This is a historic moment for us. It was a very nervous match because of the importance to both teams. f f Ratomir Dujkovic, Ghana coach macing, but returned in the 26th minute, just about the time Italy went ahead of the Czechs. Still looking pained, he was replaced by Ben Olsen in the 40th minute and went to the bench, where the knee was wrapped. Donovan, who failed to score after getting two World Cup goals as a 20 year old in 2002, had a great chance to tie it in the 35th. He had an open shot after Brian McBride dropped a header for him, but got under the ball and his volley attempt went way high — with U.S. coach Bruce Arena looking disgusted in front of the bench. Dempsey then tied it. Beasley, along the left flank just past midfield, battled Derek Boateng and John Pantsil and stole the ball. After a short run, Beasley sent a pinpoint left-footed cross in front of the goal. Racing ahead of Habib Mohamed, Dempsey one-timed the ball with his right foot from about 12 yards. It was the first goal by a U.S. player in the World Cup in 338 minutes. Dempsey did his rap dance as Americans celebrated. But moments later, the Americans fell behind again. For good. Onyewu pushed down Razak Pimpong in the penalty area battling for a header, and Germany's Markus Merk — one of the world's top-rated officials — immediately pointed to the penalty spot as Arena buried his face in his hands. Keller dived left, but Appiah put the ball high to the goalkeeper's right. Arena kept on talking in the referee's direction until an assistant coach pulled him away. BIRDIES, EAGLES, GRCG NORMAN AND SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES Larry Brown out of New York; Isiah takes over NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks put Larry Brown out of his coaching misery Thursday, ending weeks of uncertainty by firing the Hall of Fame coach with four years and $40 million left on his contract. President and general manager Isiah Thomas .was named to replace Brown as coach. In Brown's one season in New York, the Knicks stumbled to a 2359 record — second worst in the NBA and matching the most losses in club history. But the postseason may have been even more difficult for Brown. o His coaching status had been in c limbo for months, and reports sur- v faced in May that owner James Dolan was looking to buy out Brown's contract. It was at about that time that Brown called him- 0 self a "dead roan walking" he- 1 cause of the uncertainty ; "No one to our organization is happy with last season and we all '•if accept responsibility for our performance," Thomas said in a statement released by the Knicks. "This has been a difficult time for the entire organization and our fans. "Larry Brown is a great coach, but for various reasons, bringing him to the Knicks did not turn out the way we had hoped and we wish him the best in the future." Brown endured a miserable season with the Knicks, squabbling with star guard Stephen Marbury and other players and missing three games in April because of illness. He had only one worse season as n coach, when he went 21-61 with the San Antonio Spurs in 1988-89. The Hall of Fame coach signed a five-year deal with the Knicks before last season worth a reported $50 million. A message seeking comment was left Thursday morning for Brown at his home in East Hampton, N,Y. Brown, a Brooklyn native, de- scribed his hiring last year as a "dream job," and the Knicks hoped his homecoming would lead to a long-awaited return to the playoffs. But despite a league- high payroll of more than $120 million, New York struggled throughout the season. Thomas joined the Knicks as president and GM in December 2003. He was coach of the Indiana Pacers for three seasons through 2002-03, compiling a 131-115 record. Brown coached the Detroit Pistons to the NBA title in the 2003-04 season, He missed 17 games the following year with the Pistons because of hip replacement surgery. That led to a bladder problem that required surgery "Larry has had a long and storied career. We hired him last summer with the expectation that he would be with the Knicks for a long time," Dolan said. "Sometimes decisions work and sometimes they don't." DON'T MISS THE ACTION AT THIS SUMMER'S BIGGEST EVENT. ORDER YOUR TICKETS TODAY, 2006 U.S. SENIOR OPEN JULY 3-9, 2006 PRAIRIE DUNES COUNTRY CLUB HUTCH1NSON, KANSAS *2006* US SENIOR OPEN PHAIHII PUN!* TICKETS AVAILABLE ATl » • 877-325-GOLF CHILDREN 17 AND UNDER ARE ADMITTED FREE WITH A TICKETED ADULT

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