CWS finals set PiftM. FRIDAY, JUNE 23,2006 SPORTS Upsets, surprises at soccer's World Cup By STUART CONDffi ASSOCIATED PRKSS BERLIN — The World Cup got its first high-profile casualty Thursday and its first surprise successes. The second-ranked Czech Republic exited after losing its final Group E game 2-0 to Italy, which won its group and advanced. Ghana and Australia also qualified for the second round ahead of more favored teams. Ghana beat the United States 21 to reach the second round in its first tournament and send the fifth-ranked Americans home. Australia drew 2-2 with 1998 semifinalist Croatia to edge its opponent for a round-of-16 berth alongside defending champion Brazil, which beat Japan 4-1 with Ronaldo scoring two goals to tie the tournament's all-time scoring record. Australia will play three-time world champion Italy in its next game in Kaiserslautern on Monday Ghana will be in action Tuesday against Brazil hi Dortmund. In Hamburg, Italy defender Marco Materazzi replaced the injured Alessandro Nesta in the 17th minute against the Czech Republic and scored nine minutes later. Materazzi headed in Francesco Totti's corner for his first goal in 29 international appearances before fellow substitute Filippo Inza- ghi beat the offside trap in the 87th minute to run unopposed from halfway and score with a low shot. "We played some good games and then also with the Czech Republic, which is also a good team •„ THE HAYS DAILY NEWS Italy cbach"Marcell6 Lippi s$id! '' The Czechs were reduced to io men in first-half injury time when midfielder Jan Pplak picked up his second yellow card. Italy won the group with seven points. The Czechs were eliminated, finishing with only the three points they earned in an opening 3-0 win over the United States. "We had to play twice against strong opponents with only 10 men," Czech Republic coach Karel Bruckner said. "It was almost impossible. We were troubled by a number of problems including our own mistakes." Ghana earned its game against Brazil with captain Stephen Appiah scoring the winning goal to make Ghana the first African side to reach the second round at this year's tournament. Ivory Coast, Angola and Togo have already been eliminated, while Tunisia can still advance from its group when it plays today. •-^ t "" j ^-""-—'•---1 * Slight delay FRED HUNT / Hays Daily News As rain pelts the field Thursday at Larks Park, Larned baserunner Joe Chism dives back safely to first base as Hays Legion first baseman Michael Billinger catches the pickoff attempt. The rain postponed the doubleheader until 6 p.m. Monday. ,, * ;,_.£ t •; ;>'; i 'f '( f v > •<• f. ; , "' ' l ' " ''/'" ..'.'' ' '.' ' .',',' ', ,'", , , ', ,' ' '' , Rain forces schedule change for Hays Legion By NABIL SHAHEEN HAYS DAILY NEWS Hays Legion head coach Lyle Befort was all set to wear the same clothes again. The superstitious coach was prepared after getting a winning streak started Tuesday against Great Bend when the Eagles (7-14) earned their first back-to-back wins since the season opener, June 3. So Befort was ready in the third base dugout Thursday night at Larks Park — same undershirt, same jersey, same pants. He was exactly as he was Tuesday. Superstition is a serious thing as was Befort's optimism for his team to bust out. But he and the Eagles will have to wait four more days as the game between Hays and Larned went a third of an inning before players were called off the field. After a 24-minute delay umpires and coaches decided to postpone Thursday's doubleheader. The rescheduled matchup will take place 6 p.m. Monday at Larks Park. The two teams were set to play Thursday night in Hays and Sunday afternoon in Larned. Sunday's game has been canceled. Hays pitcher Josh Post (0-1) threw just 20 pitches before the game HAYS LEGION OFFENSIVE SEASON LEADERS ; Hit? ,...,, : ; '. .Chase Schippers. 29 "'Doubles Chase Schippers, 5; Austin Klaus, 5;-Andy Lewton, 5 Triples , Chase Schippers, 3 'Home runs ,....-.;.„.•.., Clayton Karst, 2 (Stolen bases AndyLewtqn, 10 Walks..,..' '. ;, Clayton Karst, 15 .Runs. .-. I Andy Lewton, 27' f Rbl"-,. ," v .- i ..-..Chase'Schippers, 17 letting average •. Michael Billinger, .500 was called. He had struck out the first batter on four pitches and gave up two singles and a double against the next three batters. Larned's Brock Miller was at the plate facing a 2-2 count with one out and Larned leading 2-0 when the game was called. Next action for the Eagles will be 5 p.m. Saturday at Garden City. Brown out at Now York; Thomas ready for shot with his rostor By BRIAN MAHONEY ASSOCIATE PRESS NEW YORK — Isiah Thomas spent around $125 million of James Dolan's money to assemble one of the worst teams in Knicks history On Thursday, Dojan decided it was time for somebody to pay for the fiasco — and it wasn't Thomas. Instead, Larry Brown was fired and Thomas was rewarded with even more Brown Thomas responsibility, becoming the new coach on top of his duties as team president and general manager. The long-expected move came more than a month after it was first reported in the New York papers, and two months after Thomas vowed that Brown would return next season with a changed roster. Dolan decided he preferred to change coaches again, and fired Brown from his "dream job" with four years and a reported $40 million left on his contract. Thomas becomes the Knicks' fifth coach in the last three years. Don Chaney left during the 2003-04 season, and was followed by Lenny Wilkens, Herb Williams and Brown. Dolan and Thomas didn't speak to the media Thursday, but issued a statement, "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. SEE KNICKS, PAGE B2 Royals trying to work the bugs out, beat Pirates again Royals pitcher Todd Wellemeyer reacts to a flying Insect as It circles him during the sixth Inning Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Kansas City, Mo, CHARUE RIEDEU Awoolited Prtll By DOUG TUCKER ASSOCIATED PRESS MAJOR LEAGUE LINESCORES. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — These are, after all, the two losingest teams in the majors, so it was fitting that they would close out their series with a sloppy game. Kansas City beat Pittsburgh 15-7. on Thursday in a game that included four errors, 13 walks, nine unearned runs, two wild pitches, three hit batsman and a zany double play. "A lot of mistakes," said Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy. "It wias just a medley of things." The wild victory gave the Royals (2249) a three-game sweep af the Pirate? (23-48). who have lost a season-longejght straight and are 1-8 against the AL this season. It was also the fpurth slight victory for the Royals, who erased 44 deficits in winning the first two in this interleave showdown between the worst teams In, the AL and NL. "Great gajne, j^?" gaijj Royals manager Buddy Bell. "W> did % lot of things good. We did some things that were unacceptable as well." Page B2. Kansas City scored two or more runs in six separate innings for the first time since 1991. But perhaps as unusual as anything was the fact the Royals had four innings where they recorded more runs than hits. "Man, that was a long game," said Kansas City outfielder Reggie Sanders, who scored four times. "It feels like we played two." Emil Brown and Tony Graffanino drove in three runs apiece and Scott Elarton (3-8) went 5 2-3 innings and gave up six hits and four runs. But only one was earned as the Royals committed two errors for the second consecutive game. Kansas City pulled off a strange, lucky double play in the sixth, but the Pirates still scored three runs thanks to an infield error that infuriated Bell and had fans booing shortstop Angel Berroa the rest of the game. Tigers earn RMAC honor By THE HAYS DAILY NEWS The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference announced Wednesday its 28 RMAC Honor Student-Athletes. Only two students, one male and one female, from each of the conference's 14 institutions are chosen. Representing Fort Hays State University were track and field senior Zach Brown and women's basketball senior Laura Cowan. Brown is a management and marketing major with a 3,70 grade-point average. Cowan majors in social work with a 3.58 GPA. To qualify for the honor athletes must compete in conference-sponsored championship sport, maintain at least a 3.20 GPA, be a starter or key reserve on their respective team, be of good character and have been an active member at their institution for two or more seasons in at least one sport. True freshman and junior college transfers are not eligible in their first year. RMAC Honor Scholar-Athletes will be recognized July 8 in Coiqradp Springs at the 2006 RMAC HjlUflff flame ceremony Port Hays just finished its final season in the RMAC and will join the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association thisfall.
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