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Brazil-Turkey: Recap and Game Summary

* A 1-0 win on a Ronaldo goal sends Brazil to the World Cup final for the seventh time. On Sunday, it will face Germany, also a seven-time finalist. Brazil will be going for its fifth World Cup title; Germany for its fourth. * Brazil and Germany have never met at a World Cup during the tournament's 72-year history. * ...

WUSA Game Preview (June 26)

Wednesday, June 26 (7:00 pm ET)
CAROLINA (6-2-3, 21 points) at NEW YORK (2-8-1, 7 points)
(TV: New York Metro Channel)
Key Players Out: Carolina - F Kim Yankowski (lower back strain); New York - F Minna Mustonen (Finnish National Team).
Referee: Rachel Woo.


MLS Game Preview (June 26)

Wednesday, June 26 (7:30 pm ET)
COLORADO (6-7-1, 19 points) at METROSTARS (5-5-2, 17 points)
(TV: Fox Rocky Mountain, Fox Sports New York)
Key Players Out: Colorado - none; MetroStars - D Marcelo Balboa (knee bone bruise-R), F Martin Klinger (lumbar spondylolysis, back).


ANALYSIS: Guile and Guts Take Brazil to Final

Something different has been the theme of World Cup 2002 and the final will be no different. To conclude a tournament rife with shocking results and tarnished reputations the two most successful countries square off on Sunday for the first time. Brazil and Germany have won a combined seven world titles, nearly half of the 16 contested thus far, yet ...

World Cup Result: Germany-South Korea

Germany downs South Korea for final spot (1-0)

* Michael Ballack scored the gamewinner in the 75th minute after receiving at the penalty spot a low Oliver Neuville pass from the flank. Ballack's right-footed shot was parried by Korean keeper Lee Woon Jae. Ballack followed up and slotted the ball home with his left foot. Neuville was sent down the ...



June 26 in Saitama at 7:30 am ET Semifinals: BRAZIL vs. TURKEY (TV: Live, ESPN, Univision, 7:30 am ET; Tape, Telefutura, 10 am ET/PT, ESPN2, 3 pm ET, Galavision, 7:30 pm ET/PT). Brazil is the heavy favorite to beat Turkey and advance to the World Cup final for the third straight time. Only Germany (winner in 1990 and runner-up in ...

ANALYSIS: Germans stifle South Koreans

By Ridge Mahoney, Senior Editor One nation rejoices as another weeps. The run of the co-host is over, the established power moves on. This time Germany needed just one big save from Oliver Kahn to keep rolling in the World Cup. A staunch defensive effort by both teams was decided when Michael Ballack drove in the rebound of his own ...

USA-Germany game sets ESPN ratings records

The USA loss to Germany on Friday was the highest rated ESPN program during the second quarter (April-June) of 2002. The game, which kicked off 7:30 am ET/4:30 am PT, garnered a 4.36 rating, which translates into 3.77 million households. The World Cup 2002 quarterfinal match surpassed ESPNÆs previously highest rating soccer broadcast -- USA-Colombia World Cup æ94 clash (4.26). ...

MLS: Dallas lands Peruvian international

The Dallas Burn has acquired veteran Peruvian international Percy Olivares, a 34-year-old defender. Olivares most recently played for PeruÆs Sporting Cristal. He spent 1999-2001 with GreeceÆs Panathinaikos in Greece, for which he appeared in the UEFA Champions League. ''Percy brings a great deal of experience, good technical ability and a lot of pace,'' said Dallas coach Mike Jeffries. ''He can ...

U.S. players on TV tour (schedule)

On Monday, the U.S. national team kicked off a week of TV appearances with Landon Donovan, Claudio Reyna et al., appearing on the ''Late Show with David Letterman,'' and Donovan, Coach Bruce Arena and Brian McBride appearing on the premier episode of CNNÆs ''Connie Chung Tonight.'' HereÆs the rest of the lineup: (All times ET) TUESDAY, June 25
* ''Today,'' ...


U.S. Abroad: Walker reaches Chilean final with Catolica

Universidad CatolicaÆs 2-1 win of Universidad Chile in front of 40,000 fans on Sunday gave Catolica a 5-4 aggregate win in the semifinal series. Catolica meets Rangers de Talca in the two-leg Apertura final on Wednesday and Sunday. Rangers upset Colo Colo in their semifinal. The winner of the Apertura clinches a spot in next yearÆs Libertadores Cup. Paraguayan Jorge ...

MLS WEEK 14 WRAP: Twellman's bikeÆs a beauty

By Will Kuhns, senior editor BEST GOAL: Perhaps Revolution forward Taylor Twellman took note of the plethora of bicycle-kick attempts at the World Cup, because he produced one of his own against Kansas City on Saturday. Twellman wisely imitated Belgium's Marc Wilmots and Brazil's Edmilson by making his acrobatics count on the scoreboard. After Brian Kamler headed Steve Ralston's cross ...

World Cup Preview: South Korea-Germany

June 25 in Seoul at 7:30 a.m. ET Semifinals: SOUTH KOREA vs. GERMANY (TV: Live, ESPN, Univision, 7:30 am ET; Tape, Telefutura, 10 am ET/PT, ESPN2, 3 pm ET, Galavision, 7:30 pm ET/PT). An entire nation will be watching, in the streets, at home, in restaurants and bars. Koreans young and old will plop down anywhere they can find a ...

WUSA WEEK 11 WRAP: Courage matches 2001 totals

By Scott French, Senior Editor IT'S A MATCH: There's no beating Carolina's road warriors. The Courage are 4-0-2 away from home after dismantling Washington, 3-1, on Saturday. More impressive: A little more than halfway through the season, the Courage has matched its first-year win (6) and point (21) totals. This is a different Carolina team than the one that finished ...

WUSA: Charge held to tie by 10-woman Spirit

Philadelphia couldn't take advantage of numerical superiority and remained winless this season in San Diego after a 1-1 draw before 5,545 at Torero Stadium. The first-place Charge (7-1-3, 24 points), which suffered its only loss May 19 at San Diego, took a lead just before halftime on Fan Yunjie's own goal but surrendered the advantage four minutes into the second ...