• World Cup: Knockout Phase Scoreboard
    ROUND OF 16 June 15 in Seogwipo Germany 1 Paraguay 0. Goal: Neuville 88. Germany -- Kahn, Linke, Metzelder (Baumann, 60), Frings, Rehmer (Kehl, 46), Ballack, Jeremies, Schneider, Bode, Neuville (Asamoah, 92+), Klose. Yellow cards: Schneider 35, Baumann 71, Ballack 92+. Paraguay -- Chilavert, Caniza, Arce, Gamarra, Ayala, Struway (Cuevas, 91+), Acuna, Bonet (Gavilan, 84), Caceres, Santa Cruz (Campos, 29), Cardozo. Yellow cards: Acuna, 26, Cardozo 50. Red card: Acuna (92+). Referee: Batres (Guatemala). Att.: 25,176. June 15 in Niigata England 3 Denmark 0. Goals: Ferdinand 5, Owen 22, Heskey 44. England -- Seaman, Mills, Ferdinand, Campbell, Cole, Beckham, Scholes ...
  • Brazil wins its fifth World Cup
    By Ridge Mahoney in Yokohama Every so often, a piece of the world far removed from Rio de Janeiro is consumed by Brazilian-style madness. Eight years ago the streets of Pasadena were overrun by the afflicted. Many wore strange costumes, and some wore barely anything at all, but all were swathed or daubed or beribboned in green and gold. The hordes have stormed Mexico City, Stockholm and Santiago, and last night, this proud jewel of a city just south of Tokyo and its splendid stadium had the good fortune to fall victim. Thousands danced and jumped and drummed, chanting ''Penta-Campeoes! ...
  • World Cup final: game summary
    June 30 in Yokohama Brazil 2 Germany 0. Goals: Ronaldo 67, 79. Brazil -- Marcos, Edmilson, Lucio, Roque Junior, Cafu, Kleberson, Gilberto Silva, Carlos, Ronaldinho (Juninho Paulista, 85), Rivaldo, Ronaldo (Denilson, 90). Yellow card: Roque Junior 9. Germany -- Kahn, Linke, Ramelow, Metzelder, Frings, Schneider, Jeremies (Asamoah, 77), Hamann, Bode (Ziege, 84), Neuville, Klose (Bierhoff, 73). Yellow card: Klose 9. Referee: Pierluigi Collina (Italy). Att.: 69,029.
  • WORLD CUP: By the numbers
    2.52 The 2002 World Cup averaged 2.52 goals per game, making it the second lowest World Cup in history. Only Italia 90 (2.21 goals per game) had a lower scoring average. 3 Brazil captain Cafu is the first player to play in three World Cup finals. 4 Germany has finished second four times -- more than any other team in World Cup history. 5 Brazil is the first team to win five World Cup titles. 5 Five Brazil players who played in the 1998 final played in the 2002 final: Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, Ronaldo and Denilson. 7 Brazil is ...
  • World Cup: Leading Scorers; Goals per game average
    World Cup: Leading Scorers; Goals per game average WORLD CUP: Goals per game average 2002: 161 goals in 64 games for a 2.52 average. 1998: 2.67 1994: 2.71 1990: 2.21 1986: 2.54 1982: 2.80 WORLD CUP: Leading Scorers 8 goals: Ronaldo (Brazil). 5: Rivaldo (Brazil), Miroslav Klose (Germany). 4: Jon Dahl Tomasson (Denmark), Christian Vieri (Italy). 3: Marc Wilmots (Belgium), Robbie Keane (Ireland), Michael Ballack (Germany), Pauleta (Portugal), Henrik Larsson (Sweden), Papa Bouba Diop (Senegal), Fernando Morientes (Spain), Raul (Spain), Ilhan Mansiz (Turkey). 2: Ronaldinho (Brazil), Ronald Gomez (Costa Rica), Michael Owen (England), Junichi Inamoto (Japan), Jared Borgetti (Mexico), Nelson ...
  • WUSA: Charge, Courage run away from the pack
    Marinette Pichon scored her eighth and league-leading ninth goals of the season and Danielle Fotopoulos and Birgit Prinz extended their point streaks to seven games on Saturday as Philadelphia and Carolina distanced themselves from the pack with emphatic home victories. Pichon tallied in each half as Philadelphia (8-1-3, 27 points) romped to a 3-1 victory over Atlanta. Prinz and Fotopoulos scored goals for Carolina (8-2-3, 27 points), a 3-0 winner over San Diego. The frontrunners stand eight points ahead of third-place Atlanta (6-5-1, 19 points) in the WUSA standings and nine in front of San Jose (5-4-3, 18 points) and ...
  • WORLD CUP FINAL PREVIEW: Brazil vs. Germany
    June 30 in Yokohama at 7 am ET Final: BRAZIL vs. GERMANY (TV: Live, ABC, Univision, 7 am ET; Tape, Telefutura, noon ET/PT, 11 am CT/MT, ABC, 12:30 pm ET, Galavision, 7:30 pm ET/PT) Brazil meets Germany in the 2002 World Cup final. It's a record seventh final for both teams -- Brazil has won four titles, Germany three. Amazingly, they've never met in the World Cup (Brazil beat East Germany, 1-0, in 1974). Brazil is the heavy favorite, having defeated its six opponents by a margin of 16-4, but it hasn't faced a goalie as good as Germany's Oliver ...
  • WORLD CUP: Turks edge Koreans for third place (3-2)
    * In the battle between to teams that had never reached the second round of a World Cup, Turkey rode a pair of early goals to a 3-2 victory over host South Korea for third place. * Hakan Sukur, the much criticized Turkish striker, scored the fastest goal in World Cup history. Sukur, scoreless in the tournament coming into the consolation game, struck after 11 seconds when veteran sweeper Hong Myung Bo coughed up the ball to Ilhan Mansiz, who fed it Sukur for the finish. * Lee Eul Yong scored a brilliant free-kick to equalize eight minutes later, but ...
  • WUSA Game Previews (June 29)
    Saturday, June 29 (4:00 pm ET) SAN JOSE (5-4-2, 17 points) at BOSTON (3-5-4, 13 points) (TV: PAX) Key Players Out: San Jose - F Megan Horvath (knee meniscus tear-L); Boston - none. Referee: Terry Vaughn. Saturday, June 29 (7:00 pm ET) WASHINGTON (4-5-3, 15 points) at NEW YORK (2-9-1, 7 points) (TV: Metro Channel, CSN) Key Players Out: Washington - D Lindsey Stoecker (ACL tear-L); New York - D Sara Whalen (sprained knee-R). Referee: Kari Seitz. Saturday, June 29 (7:00 pm ET) ATLANTA (6-4-1, 19 points) at PHILADELPHIA (7-1-3, 24 points) (TV: CN8, WB 36) Key Players Out: Atlanta ...
  • MLS Game Previews (June 29)
    Saturday, June 29 (4:00 pm ET) METROSTARS (5-6-2, 17 points) at NEW ENGLAND (4-8-1, 13 points) (TV: ESPN2) Key Players Out: MetroStars - D Marcelo Balboa (knee bone bruise-R); New England - none. Referee: Kevin Stott. Saturday, June 29 (7:30 pm ET) LOS ANGELES (6-5-2, 20 points) at D.C. UNITED (5-6-1, 16 points) (TV: KCAL; DIRECTV: 794/DISHNET: 464) Key Players Out: Los Angeles - F Isaias Bardales (knee sprain-R); D.C. United - GK Mike Ammann (elbow surgery), M Ben Olsen (ankle surgery), D Eddie Pope (strained knee-L). Referee: Michael Kennedy. Saturday, June 29 (8:00 pm ET) COLUMBUS (5-5-3, 18 points) ...
  • WORLD CUP: Third-place game preview
    June 29 in Daegu at 7 a.m. ET Third-Place Game: SOUTH KOREA vs. TURKEY (TV: Live, Univision, 7 am; Delay, ABC, 1:30 pm ET (East feed), 3 pm PT (West feed), Telefutura, noon ET/PT, 11 am CT/MT, Galavision, 7:30 pm ET/PT) Third-place games usually have little appeal, but co-host South Korea will look to go out with another victory over a European team when it hosts Turkey in Daegu. The Koreans have already beaten four European powers -- Poland, Portugal, Italy and Spain -- so why not a fifth? Playing in a third-place game is a remarkable achievement for both ...
  • WORLD CUP: Reyna named to all-star team
    By Paul Kennedy in Tokyo U.S. captain Claudio Reyna was named to the 16-player MasterCard All-Star Team for the 2002 World Cup. Reyna recovered from an injury kept him out of the opening U.S. game to have an excellent World Cup. He was exceptional in the 2-0 win over Mexico in the round of 16 and tore the German defense to shreds in the first half of the 1-0 loss in the quarterfinals. Reyna is the first American named to an official FIFA World Cup All-Star Team. Alexi Lalas was one of nine players who earned ''honorable mention'' during selection ...
  • MLS Game Summary (June 26)
    June 26 in East Rutherford, N.J MetroStars 0 Colorado 1. Goal: Carrieri (Valderrama) 88 MetroStars - Howard, Ziadie, Petke, Jolley, Chronopoulos, Moore, Paule (Davis, 64), Ramos, Williams (Alvarez, 73), Faria, Diallo. Colorado - Kramer, Stewart, Titus, Fraser, Kotschau, Mastroeni, Hart, Beckerman (Kingsley, 63), Chung, Henderson (Carrieri, 73), Valderrama. Yellow Card: Colorado - Kotschau 25. Red Card: Colorado - Mastroeni 32. Referee: Ricardo Salazar. Att.: 12,008.
  • WORLD CUP: Brazilians head list of Golden Ball nominees
    Four Brazilians head the list of 10 players who are finalists for the adidas Golden Ball, awarded to the MVP of the 2002 World Cup. Ronaldo, the leading scorer with six goals, Rivaldo, who scored in five straight games, Ronaldinho, hero of the win over England, and left back Roberto Carlos were selected from Brazil, which is playing in its third straight final. Also nominated were Germans Michael Ballack and Oliver Kahn, Senegal's El-Hadji Diouf, Spain's Fernando Hierro, Turkey's Hasan Sas and South Korea's Hong Myung Bo. The United States and England were the only quarterfinalists not to have any ...
  • WUSA: Prinz scores 2 as Courage pulls even with Charge
    Birgit Prinz scored two goals and assisted on a third Wednesday night as the visiting Carolina Courage pulled even with Philadelphia atop the WUSA standings with a 3-2 victory over New York before 5,022 at Mitchel Athletic Complex. The game's start was delayed 30 minutes by a lightning storm. Prinz scored in the 14th and 22nd minutes, her fourth and fifth goals of the season, and assisted on Hege Riise's 79th-minute winner to extend her points streak to six games, her entire WUSA career. Danielle Fotopoulos, whose throw-in led to Prinz's first goal, also extended her points streak to six ...