• BY THE NUMBERS: Brazilian coaching changes
    40 Number of coaches to be fired or resign since the start of the Brazilian Championship in April. Mario Sergio became the 40th victim when Atletico Mineiro fired him Sunday. The Belo Horizonte-based club already fired two other coaches, Paulo Bonamigo and Jair Picerni, this year.
  • OFF THE POST: Goal sets off wedding bells
    French defender Eric Abidal had long wanted his parents to get married. To that end he got them to promise to exchange vows as soon as he scored his first professional goal. Abidal, now 25, went pro in 2000 and played some 100 games for Monaco and Lille without scoring before joining Lyon this season. Finally, Abidal scored in a November French League Cup loss. ''Now it's time for them to make their marriage official,'' said the Abidal, whose parents have been together for 35 years.
  • MAKING A LIST: U.S. vs. Hexagonal opponents
    The United States opens the final round of 2006 World Cup qualifying Feb. 9, 2005, at Trinidad & Tobago, where it has the best away record in World Cup qualifying of any of the five opponents it will meet in the CONCACAF final round. If World Cup qualifying form were to hold in 2005, the United States would pick up 13 points at home and 5 points on the road to earn 18 points, which would surely be enough to clinch one of the top three spots for a direct berth to Germany '06. Here's a look at how the ...
  • WORLD CUP 2006 QUALIFYING: CONCACAF Final Round Schedule
    FEB. 9Panama vs. GuatemalaCosta Rica vs. MexicoTrinidad & Tobago vs. USAMARCH 26-27Costa Rica vs. PanamaGuatemala vs. Trinidad & TobagoMexico vs. USA √°MARCH 30Panama vs. MexicoUSA vs. GuatemalaTrinidad & Tobago vs. Costa RicaJUNE 4-5Trinidad & Tobago vs. PanamaGuatemala vs. MexicoUSA vs. Costa RicaJUNE 8Panama vs. USACosta Rica vs. GuatemalaMexico vs. Trinidad & TobagoAUG. 17Guatemala vs. PanamaMexico vs. Costa RicaUSA vs. Trinidad & TobagoSEPT. 3-4Panama vs. Costa RicaTrinidad & Tobago vs. GuatemalaUSA vs. MexicoSEPT. 7Mexico vs. PanamaGuatemala vs. USACosta Rica vs. Trinidad & TobagoOCT. 8-9Panama vs. Trinidad & TobagoMexico vs. GuatemalaCosta Rica vs. USAOCT. 12USA vs. PanamaGuatemala vs. Costa RicaTrinidad & Tobago ...
  • WINNERS & LOSERS: PSV in command; Fulham in danger
    Winners: 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 ...
  • SOCCER ON TELEVISION: Your Viewing Guide
    New Page 1 √° (All times Eastern. TV programming is always subject to change. Check your local listings.) WEDNESDAY, Dec. 1 FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOL Copa Sudamericana, Semifinal, 2nd Round INTERNACIONAL-RS-BOCA JUNIORS (live), 6:30 pm. GALAVISION Mexican League, semifinals, 1st leg ATLANTE-MONTERREY (live) 4 pm. FIFA Futsal World Championship TBA (delay), 10 pm ET/PT. GOL TV UEFA Cup AUSTRIA VIENNA-CLUB BRUGGE (live), 2:30 pm. Copa UNCAF SAPRISSA-OLIMPIA (live), 7 pm. Copa UNCAF FAS-MUNICIPAL (delay), midnight. ...
  • COLLEGE MEN: VCU, Tulsa topple favorites
    Virginia Commonwealth upset top-seeded Wake Forest by winning a penalty-kick tiebreaker, 7-6, following a 2-2 draw Saturday in Winston-Salem. Dominic Oduro scored in the 7th and 66th minute for the Rams. Tulsa junior Ryan Pore scored twice, including the game-winner on a free kick in overtime, to help the Golden Hurricane defeat Missouri Valley Conference rival and No. 3 seed SMU, 2-1. ''The upper right corner is a spot I like and I always try to go there,'' Pore said of the free kick. ''I saw them putting players over on that side, so I hit the ball pretty hard ...
  • UNDER-19 WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Scoreboard (Nov. 27)
    THIRD-PLACE GAMENov. 27 in BangkokUSA 3 Brazil 0. Goals: Hanks 21, Rapinoe 27, Woznuk 73.USA -- Harris, Buehler, Krzysik, Sauerbrunn, Lopez, Logterman, Redmond (Gray, 46), Hanks (Orand, 53; Kron, 85), Woznuk, Rapino, Rodriguez.Brazil -- Thais, Tatiana, Elysa, Renata Diniz, Aliane (Sandra, 32), Renta Costa, Rosana, Maurine (Raquel Bueno, 46; Dayane, 66), Kelly, Marta, Cristiane.Referee: Sarah Girard (France).Att.: 23,000.FINALNov. 27 in BangkokGermany 2 (Laudehr 4, Behringer 83) China 0.MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYERSGolden Ball: Marta (Brazil)Silver Ball: Angie Woznuk (USA)Bronze Ball: Anja Mittag (Germany)LEADING SCORERSGolden Shoe: Brittany Timko (Canada)Silver Shoe: Anja Mittag (Germany)Bronze Shoe: Angie Woznuk (USA)
  • COLLEGE MEN: NCAA Division I Box Scores (Nov. 27-28)
    INDIANA 1 BOSTON COLLEGE 0Indiana 1 (Tuleda 42) Boston College 0.Indiana -- Nolly, Dieterle, Zayner, Moor, O'Rourke, Chirico, Tudela, Hayden, Plotkin, Ambersley, Peterson. Subs: Yates, Robson, Stevning.Boston College -- Maholo, McMillan, Gavilanes, Haggerty, Nicholas, Brill, Amato, Helgason, Melamed, Davies, Toure. Subs: Magen-David, Manswell, Goldberg, Mitsuda.Att.: 1,831.UNC GREENSBORO 0 UC SANTA BARBARA 1 (OT)UNC Greensboro 0 UC Santa Barbara 1 (Bly 94) (OT).UNC Greensboro -- Benfield, D.J. McCurry, Davis, Farrell, Worthen, Goodman, S.Jones, Lochrie, Atlasson, Patterson, Smith. Subs: Richardson, B.McCurry, Giani, Hunley.UC Santa Barbara -- Kennedy, Scott, Lochhead, Iro, Rosenlund, Boyden, Byrne, Bly, N.Jones, McAthy, Davis. Subs: Curry, Apilado, Mata, Hughes, ...
  • COLLEGE MEN: NCAA Division III Semifinals & Final (Nov. 26-27)
    SemifinalsNov. 26 in Greensboro, N.C.Messiah 1 (McClellan 60) Salisbury 0.UC Santa Cruz 3 (Marquess 21, Baird 57, Migdal 69) Geneseo State 1 (Occhiuto 80).FinalNov. 27 in Greensboro, N.C.Messiah 4 UC Santa Cruz 0. Goals: Kasiguran (McClellan) 11, Lenehan (Lehman) 28, Visser (Burckhart) 32, McClellan (Mohney) 88.
  • COLLEGE WOMEN: NCAA Division III Final (Nov. 27)
    FinalNov. 27 in Greensboro, N.C.Wheaton (Ill.) 1 Puget Sound 1 (Wheaton wins 5-4 on penalties). Goals: Doleshal (Wiersma, Johnson) 61; Pittman (Kjar) 36.Wheaton -- Vratil, Doleshal, Wiersma, McAndrews, Davis,. Rauh, Barton, Elsen, Koontz, Johnson, Binger. Subs: Nelson, Tan, Wingerter, Molenhouse, Fichera, Richardson.Puget Sound -- Williams, Daly, Fritz, Stolee, Trotta, John, Wullbrandt, Dwiggins, Pitman, Demers, Kjar. Subs: Anderson, Folsom.Referee: Kim Oberle.Att.: 726.
  • COLLEGE WOMEN: Notre Dame, Santa Clara, Princeton and UCLA advance to Cary
    Notre Dame 3 Portland 1Notre Dame coach Randy Waldrum collected his 300th in 23 seasons as a college head coach as the Irish beat UP.Amanda Cinalli scored a pair of early goals, and Katie Thorlakson had a goal and assists on both Cinalli goals to lead the Irish the final four for the seventh time.Thorlakson set up Cinalli for goals in the third and 30th minutes before putting the game away with an that inswinger curled under the center of the crossbar. The goal gave Thorlakson her 22 for the season while pushing her season point total to 67, ...
  • COLLEGE WOMEN: NCAA Division I Quarterfinals (Nov. 26-27)
    QuarterfinalsNov. 26Notre Dame 3 (Cinalli 4, 30, Thorlakson 64) Portland 1 (Sinclair 58).Princeton 3 (Behncke 9, Negron 51, Fontanez 56) Washington 1 (Frimpong 32).Nov. 27Ohio State 0 UCLA 1 (Ursini 64).Santa Clara 2 (Osborne 15, Horvath 46) Illinois 0.SemifinalsDec. 3 in Cary, N.C.Santa Clara (18-4-2) vs. Notre Dame (23-1-1)Princeton (19-2-0) vs. UCLA (17-6-0).
  • SOCCER ON TV: Your Weekend Viewing Guide
    SATURDAY, Nov. 27FOX SPORTS WORLDEnglish Premier League FULHAM-BLACKBURN (live), 7:30 am.German Bundesliga WOLFSBURG-BLACKBURN (delay), 9:45 am.English Premier League MANCHESTER CITY-ASTON VILLA (live), noon.English Premier League CHARLTON-CHELSEA (delay), 3 pm.FOX SPORTS EN ESPANOLEnglish Premier League FULHAM-BLACKBURN (delay), 1 pm.English Premier League MANCHESTER C.-ASTON VILLA (delay), 3 pm.GALAVISIONMexican League Playoffs TOLUCA-ATLANTE (live) 4 pm.AZTECA AMERICAMexican League Playoffs VERACRUZ-PUMAS (live) 7:30 pm.GOL TVSpanish Primera Division ATH. BILBAO-RAC. SANTANDER (live), noon.Italian Serie A SIENA-ROMA (live), 2:30 pm.Spanish Primera Division ESPANYOL-ATL. MADRID (delay), 4:30 pm.Colombian Soccer DEP. CALI-INDEPENDIENTE MEDELLIN (live), 6:40 pm. Uruguayan Soccer PLAZA COLONIA-NACIONAL (delay), 9 pm. TV5 ETATS-UNISFrench Soccer TBA (live), 2 ...
  • COLLEGE WOMEN: NCAA Division I Quarterfinals
    Nov. 26Notre Dame 3 (Cinalli 4, 30, Thorlakson 64) Portland 1 (Sinclair 58).Princeton 3 (Behncke 9, Negron 51, Fontanez 56) Washington 1 (Frimpong 32).