[AMERICANS ABROAD] Oguchi Onyewu was back in action for Sporting Lisbon, starting his second straight league game, a 2-1 decision over Academica in Lisbon that assured the Lions of no worse than a berth in Europa League qualifying next season. Sporting still has a chance, though, for a shot in the UEFA Champions League.
Portugal will have three berths in next year's competition, and Sporting trails Braga by three points with only games left for the third and final berth. (Porto and Benfica have clinched the other two.)
Sporting has won both games since Onyewu returned from knee injury and its last five league games.