WINNERS & LOSERS: PSV in command; Fulham in danger


PSV EINDHOVEN, thanks to a 1-1 tie with Arsenal on Wednesday, advanced to knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League after falling short in seven straight previous attempts. American DaMARCUS BEASLEY came on for PSV in the 65th minute. Three days later in Dutch league play, Beasley, who entered the game in the 56th minute, assisted on first-place PSV's second goal in a 2-0 win over Twente. He left with an ankle injury in the 90th minute.

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH upset top-seeded Wake Forest by winning a PK shootout, 7-6, following a 2-2 draw Saturday in the third round of the NCAA Division I men's tournament. Three other seeds fell at home. ST. JOHN'S knocked off No. 6 UCLA, 2-1. Ryan Pore scored twice, including a golden goal on a free kick, to help TULSA defeat No. 7 seed SMU, 2-1. No. 8 UNC Greensboro lost to No. 9 UC SANTA BARBARA, 1-0, on Matt Bly's golden goal. The other quarterfinalists are defending champion Indiana, the No. 2 seed, and three ACC teams -- No. 3 Maryland, No. 4 Virginia and unseeded Duke.

The University of Portland's ANGIE WOZNUK, who helped the United States to third place, won the Silver Ball as the second-place finisher in MVP balloting behind Brazil's Marta at the Under-19 Women's World Championship. Woznuk also won the Bronze Shoe, finishing third in scoring with third goals behind Nebraska sophomore Brittany Timko, the top scorer with seven goals in four games, and Anja Mittag, who scored six for champion Germany.

BASTIA ended its 10-game winless streak in French Ligue 1 play with a 2-0 win over Caen in which GREG VANNEY made his 13th appearance of the season and played the full 90 minutes. The win pulled Bastia two points above the relegation zone.

In his third appearance since joining Southampton on loan, keeper KASEY KELLER helped the struggling Premier League club to a 2-2 tie with Crystal Palace, whose coach, Iain Dowie, said: "I'm disappointed we didn't take all three points. We had a solid first half and if hadn't been for Kasey Keller it would have been all over in the first 10 minutes of the second half."


FULHAM is only two points above English Premier League's  relegation zone after a 2-0 loss to Blackburn, which celebrated its second win of the season and moved from last place to fourth from last, one point above the relegation zone. Blackburn's American keeper Brad Friedel made a key save off an Andy Cole breakaway effort. Carlos Bocanegra played 90 minutes for Fulham while fellow American Brian McBride came on as a 66th minute sub.

Norwegian champion ROSENBORG, which had American Robbie Russell on the bench, tied Greece's Panathinaikos, 2-2, Wednesday, which kills its chances of advancing to the knockout stage of the Champions League. Russell, who made four Champions League group-stage appearances, is nursing a knee injury.

ARSENAL's 2-1 loss to Liverpool puts the EPL defending champion Gunners five points behind Chelsea, which beat Charlton, 4-0. Liverpool's gamewinner came on a 30-yard, stoppage time shot by Neil Mellor that beat German keeper Jens Lehmann.

CHIVAS GUADALAJARA was eliminated at the quarterfinal stage of the Mexican Apertura playoffs with a 4-3 aggregate loss to cross-town rival Atlas. Francisco Palencia, who has been linked to Chivas USA, missed a penalty kick in the second leg. Chivas Guadalajara, which finished runner-up in the Clausura '04, won its last of 10 league titles in 1997, before being purchased by Jorge Vergara. Atlas, which last won a Mexican league title 53 years ago, meets defending champ UNAM Pumas in the semis while Monterrey faces Atlante.

Brazilian club GREMIO, which helped launch the careers of Brazil's 2002 World Cup-winning coach Felipe Scolari and Ronaldinho, has been relegated to the Second Division. Under Scolari in the mid-1990s, Gremio won the Copa Brasil twice, the Brazilian league once and the Libertadores Cup.  

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