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TUESDAY, JUNE 27,2006 SPORTS THE HA B3 Italy advances on last-second penalty kick EMILIO MORENATTI / Associated Press Australia's Lucas Neill, bottom, tackles Italy's Fablo Grosso in the penalty area during the last minutes of their teams' World Cup match Monday in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Italy was awarded a penalty kick and won the match, 1-0. By ANDREW DAMPF ASSOCIATED PHKSS KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Italy is still in this World Cup. Whether the Azzurri are playing "bello" -- or beautiful — soccer is open for debate. For the fourth straight game, Italy struggled against an opponent it was expected to beat, pulling out a 1-0 win over Australia in the second round on Monday courtesy of a disputed penalty 12 seconds from the end of injury time. "The important thing is that the goal came and we're in the quarterfinals," forward Alberto Gilardino said. Defender Fablo Grosso drew the penalty that Francesco Totti converted on the last kick of the match. "When a defender enters the area and gets by two men and is taken down in the area in the 93rd minute and you score a sacred penalty, it's a sign of something," Italy coach Marcello Lippi said. The Australians, who put up a superb fight as decided underdogs, saw it as a sign of poor officiating. "I just can't believe it, mate," Australian forward Tim Cahill said. "We play all our lives to be honest on the pitch and to work hard and I suppose these days you fall over on the pitch and get a penalty, free kick whatever. It's disappointing. "I'm furious. It's unbelievable. The luck we've had with refereeing decisions this World Cup. Everything's been against us." The odds actually were against the Italians when defender Marco Materazzi was shown a straight red card for a tackle in the 50th minute, leaving Italy with only 10 men. But the Italians were used to that, having played much of the first-round game against the United States with 10. Italy sat back and parried one scoring attempt after another by the Socceroos for the rest of the game. "It's never easy defending with 10 men, but even then we showed great determination. We allowed very little. We played with a lot of heart and character," Lippi added. Italy also struggled for extended periods in its opening three games — scoring late second goals in 2-0 wins over Ghana and the Czech Republic and failing to capitalize on a man advantage for almost the entire second half in a 1-1 draw with the United States, which drew two red cards. In the quarterfinals Friday in Hamburg, Italy faces Ukraine, which beat Switzerland 30 in a shootout after a 0-0 tie. Italy drew with Ukraine 0-0 on June 2 in its final friendly before the World Cup. On the deciding penalty call by referee Luis Medina of Spain, Grosso was dribbling a few strides from the goalmouth when Lucas Neill slid in front of him. The Italian cut in Neill's direction and tried to leap clear, but tripped over the defender's back. "It's cruel, very cruel," Australian striker Mark Viduka said. "This was a game where we really dominated. We had the feeling that if the game went into extra time we were going to beat them." The Australians showed that a team ranked just 42nd in the world — in its second World Cup, first since 1974 — could compete with traditional soccer powers. In Germany, the Australians scored their first World Cup goals (five total), their first victory (3-1 over Japan) and riveted a nation that stayed up late and partied later when the Socceroos played. Winger Harry Kewell, man of the match in the 2-2 draw with Croatia that earned Australia a place in the final 16, missed the game with gout in his foot. He supported himself with crutches as he watched from the bench. Ukraine 0, Switzerland 0 (Ukraine wins shootout 3-0) At Cologne, Ukraine made the quarterfinals in its first World Cup by blanking Switzerland for 120 minutes, then shutting out the Swiss in the shootout. Goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskyi didn't have to work very hard all night, especially in the shootout. Two Swiss misses were right at him, the other went off the crossbar. Meanwhile, Artem Milevskiy, Serhiy Re- brov and Oleg Gusev hit the net after Ukraine star Andriy Shevchenko's weak, low shot was stopped by Switzerland's Pascal Zu- berbuehler. When players run soccer match, anarchy is result BERLIN (AP) — Every soccer referee is taught that one of his main jobs is to ensure player saTety. When the players show they can't control themselves, the referee must do it for them. Unfortunately, Valentin Ivanov couldn't handle that essential chore Sunday, when Portugal played the Netherlands in the second round of the World Cup. The result? A 1-0 win for Portugal, but also 16 yellow cards and four reds, equaling the record for most cards handed out in a World Cup game and setting a mark for expulsions in a single tournament match. At this rate, the 2006 World Cup would finish with 352 yellow cards — 5.5 per game — and 28 reds. That compares with 272 yellows and 17 reds handed out at the 2002 tournament and 258 yel- lows'and'22 reds given out at ••' Fram!el998. FIFA president Sepp Blatter criticized the Russian referee's handling of the game, saying it was inconsistent and that he de- served a yellow card himself. That's as clear a hint as possible from the FIFA boss that Ivanov, the son of a famous former international striker for the Soviet Union, will soon be on his way back to his full-time profession as a university teacher in Moscow and, like England's Graham Poll, will probably not be needed any more in Germany 2006. It's not as if players didn't know they needed to be on their best behavior in Germany. FIFA announced a clampdown on elbowing, diving, shirt-pulling and delaying restarts before the tournament, and players were briefed at meetings just before the start of the World Cup. Most of the games in Germany have been played in good spirit, although United States vs. Italy, Croatia Vs. Australia and Sunday's match "have- "bee'^'tHej'hl.gH-prbflle"' •'; exceptions in which violence and red cards were on display The first half-hour of Sunday's match gave only one indication it was going to be anything other than a tense clash between two excellent teams. In the seventh minute, the Netherlands' Khalid Boulahrouz made what appeared to be an attempt to kick Portugal's most talented player, Cristiano Ronaldo, out of the game. He succeeded. Ronaldo never recovered from the brutal challenge and limped off the field in tears 25 minutes later. Should Ivanov have shown Boulahrouz a red card? The challenge clearly fell under the category of "serious foul play" and filled all the conditions referees use to decide if a player should be sent off. And a red card at that point of the match might have sent a crucial message to the players that violence was not going to be permitted. . Instead, the, game gradually disintegrated into anarchy "•''"••' Portugal's Costinha was carded for a crude challenge, then sent off for deliberately handling the ball. And that was just in the first half. The last 30 minutes of the second period were marred by nonstop fouls and intimidation by both teams. Most referees will argue that the failure to send off Boulahrouz and to stamp his authority on the game was Ivanov's only serious mistake. In fact, the first 35 minutes of the match were relatively calm, with just three yellow cards handed out, about average. But Ivanov was forced to react to the players' bad behavior rather than being able to predict and control it. The first 14 minutes of the second half were free-flowing and compelling soccer. No cards were shown and the referee should have been enjoying the match. Then, in one incident, it all went wrong. As Ivanov booked Giovanni von Bronckhorst for tripping, players milled about ar- 1 guing arid, behind the referee's ! '.', back, Portugal captain Luis Figo clearly head-butted Mark van Bommel. The assistant ref saw something, but Figo only received a yellow card for what was clearly a red-card offense. From then on, both teams lost control and the final whistle was a relief. It would have been no surprise if both teams had finished with eight men rather than the nine they wound up with. Portugal clearly had an interest in disrupting the match as much as possible, preventing the Dutch from finding any rhythm. Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is a wily fox and sought to use every means available to stop the Netherlands from building up any pressure. Ivanov is no newcomer. He has refereed a Champions League semifinal between Inter Milan and AC Milan, and the final of FIFA's Confederations Cup. At 45, he is the oldest ref in the World Cup. If Ivanov was allowed to justify himself in public — which all refs are discouraged from doing — It'sVpXfetty, cdr,tain he'wQuld,;, ;;.;• say there comes a point when soccer players decide they want to behave like animals. And one man with a whistle can't do much to stop them. CWS: Throwing error leads to Beavers' winning run CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1 "It feels great to finally get some respect," Nickerson said. "I'm speechless right now." With Monday's game tied at 2 in the eighth, Rowe drew a two- out walk and Tyler Graham blooped a single into left. Tar Heels ace Andrew Miller, the No. 6 overall pick by Detroit, came on in relief of starter Daniel Bard and got pinch-hitter Ryan Gipson to one-hop a grounder to Steed. The second baseman, who came in as a defensive replacement in the fifth, threw wide and past first baseman Tim Federowicz — who splits time at catcher — for the Tar Heels' fourth error as Rowe scored the go-ahead run from second. "I turned third, looked and saw the ball going toward the dugout, took two hard steps and realized I was going to be able to coast into home," Rowe said. The Beavers stormed out of their dugout and mobbed Rowe as the Tar Heels (54-15) grew silent on the other side of the field. "I probably got rid of it too quick," Steed said. "It was a little bit up the line. Didn't make the play." North Carolina put two runners on against Dallas Buck (133) with one out in the ninth, but Gunderson got Josh Horton to hit into a fielder's choice, and — with the tying run on third — got slugger Chad Flack to fly out to end it. Gunderson, who won Game 2 by pitching a season-high S'Are- lief innings, threw his glove and hat in the air, and waited as his teammates joined him on the mound for a celebratory pileup. "We got the right breaks when we needed them," Gunderson said. "Someone was looking out over our heads tonight. For everyone who doubted us all year, it proves we can play ball." The Tar Heels had a chance in the eighth when they loaded the bases with one out, but Buck — making his first relief appearance of the season — struck out Seth Williams. Buck got ahead in the count on Benji Johnson, when Horton sprinted home from third to try to steal a run, but Johnson swung through a pitch out of the strike zone to end the inning. "We just took a gamble," North Carolina coach Mike Fox said. "We should have done it the pitch before. Just kind of crazy baseball." Oregon State scored twice against Bard (9-4) in the fourth, helped by two errors on one play by the pitcher. After Graham hit a leadoff single and stole second, John Wallace bunted to the right side of the mound. Bard barehanded the ball, but dropped it for an error. He picked it up and threw to first, but the throw sailed past Federowicz. Second baseman Garrett Gore backed up the errant toss and threw home, but Graham slid headfirst ahead of Johnson's tag, and the Beavers raced out of the dugout to greet him. Shea McFeely's RBI single made it 2-0. North Carolina came right back with two runs in the fifth against Nickerson on Williams' RBI double and Mike Cavasinni's RBI single. Nickerson, selected the series' Most Outstanding Player, allowed two unearned runs and six hits . in 6% innings. He came out after his 100th pitch — getting Steed to ground out — and received a standing ovation from the 18,565 at Rosenblatt Stadium, even from the powder blue-clad North Carolina fans. "They were tough," said Fox, fighting back tears. "Obviously, it's a huge disappointment for us. To get this close and not win it certainly is disappointing." Tour de France asks News Hotline *i Spanish team to pull out I *HDN (436) Got News to Report? Call: 628-1081 1-800-657-6017 *HDN (436) on your Nex-Tech Wireless phone PARIS (AP) — The Tour de France has asked the Astana- Wurth team to pull out of this year's race because of a doping scandal in Spain. Tour organizers were also considering whether to urge contender Jan Ullrich to withdraw after reports suggested he was involved in Spain's doping scandal, according to his T-Mobile team. The T-Mobile team and organizers were scheduled to hold a news conference later today. But team spokesman Luuc Eisenga expressed confidence that the German cyclist would stay in the race. The two developments threaten to shake up the race before it starts Saturday. The field is open — with Ullrich, Ivan Basso and Astana-Wurth rider Alexandra Vinokourov among the favorites— after seven-time champion Lfance Armstrong retired. The Astana-Wurth team's absence would likely put Vinok- ourov of Kazakhstan out of the race. "We asked the team Astana- Wurth, formerly I4berty Se- guros, to pull out of the Tour de France," tour spokesman Matthieu Desplats said today, citing the "image of the tour." The team has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland to rule on whether it has the right to take part. The organizers' requests are not binding but are usually accepted. If a team or rider refuses, the organizers would need backing from CAS or the International Cycling Union to exclude them. Help us stay on top of the latest news and weather. Now you also can dial *436 on your Nex-Tech Wireless phone when you see news or weather events happening. Each time you report news from your wireless phone you'll be entered to win a free t-shirt from Nex-Tech Wireless. Also, visit the Nex-Tech Wireless website at www.nex-techwireless.com to register for a year's subscription to the Hays Daily News ' .- •• wiHBMN* v m mmm-^m m wireless uwsMroribi Sprint Jr UUI«IAIUMW> . THE VOICE OF THE HlOH PLAINS Partnering together to keen the community informed! Sweeney not ready KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Sweeney's rehab assignment has been pushed back by the Kansas City Royals. Sweeney, a five-time All- Star who has been on the disabled list since May 2 with a bulging disc in his back, was scheduled to report to Double-A Wichita on Monday. After taking batting practice and running the bases Sunday, Sweeney said those plans have been changed following a meeting with manager Buddy Bell. "He still feels there's a couple of things he wants to implement into my rehab .program before 1 get back to playing," Sweeney said. Sweeney said if he makes enough progress, he could be sent Friday to begin his rehab program. Sweeney was hitting .176 with two home runs, three doubles and six RBIs in 20 games before going on the disabled list. Sweeney hasn't played in more than 126 games in a season since 2001 because of injuries. PUBLIC NOTICES As taxpayers and citizens, we have a right to know about decisions and activities of our government. Public notices are legally required publications of certain Important government records and of court proceedings and notifications. Find public notices online at publlcnotlces.hdnews.net. (First published in The Hays Daily News June 27, 2006) IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF ELLIS COUNTY, KANSAS (Probate Division) IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: EDWIN MEIS, deceased. Case No. 06P-66 NOTICE OF HEARING You are hereby notified-that a Petition has been filed in said Court by Michael Meis, as an interested party pertaining to Edwin Meis, deceased, praying lor the determination of the descent of the following described real estate in Ellis County, Kansas, to-wit: All of Lot Four (4), in Block Ten (10) in the Town of Catherine, Kansas; and all other property, real and personal, or interests therein, owned by said Edwin Meis at the time of his death subject to the jurisdiction of this Court, and you are hereby required to file your written defenses thereto on or before the 19th day of July, 2006, at 8:45 o'clock a.m. of said day, in said Court, in the City of Hays, in Ellis County, Kansas, at which time and place said cause will be heard. Should you fail therein, judgement and decree will be entered in due course upon said Petition. Michael Meis John C. Herman #09851 Attorney at Law P.O. Box 998 Hays, KS 67601 (785) 628-2795 Attorney for Petitioner (Last published in The Hays Daily News July 11,2006)

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