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Bees clear out and Mexico's soccer team makes a buzz

World Cup qualifier match against El Salvador is delayed as insects invade goal, but once they are chased by fire extinguisher, the host country scores a 4-1 victory.

October 13, 2009|Mike Penner

Soccer question of the day: What do you do when a swarm of bees takes refuge inside a goal mouth?

At Azteca Stadium on Sunday, a World Cup qualifier between Mexico and El Salvador was interrupted for about six minutes as officials used fire extinguishers to drive away the insects that had invaded the El Salvador goal.

Once the bees were cleared, the match resumed -- and the only things invading the El Salvador goal from that point on were soccer balls. Mexico won the match, 4-1, and clinched a spot in the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

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Trivia time

Which was the first African country to qualify for the World Cup?

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Already doing time

If Oakland Raiders Coach Tom Cable is indicted for assault after allegedly punching an assistant, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could issue a suspension.

"If the commissioner wants to punish him," NBC's Keith Olbermann quipped, "shouldn't he just make him coach the Raiders?"

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Poetry in motion

A Seattle Mariners haiku, from Andrew Festa of the San Antonio Express-News:

"Griffey's final game?

"Teammates lift him on shoulders.

"Pray for no steroids."

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Hope at last

The St. Louis Rams, 0-5 and looking for any glimmer of hope, were heartened to see that their next opponent, Jacksonville, lost Sunday to Seattle, 41-0.

"It was an embarrassment," Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew told the Florida Times-Union. "I don't know how the other guys take it, but I was embarrassed. If they're not embarrassed, I don't think they should be playing this game, period. We just went out there and got whupped."

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Trivia answer

Egypt in 1934.

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And finally

From Seth Meyers of "Saturday Night Live": "It was announced Friday that golf and rugby will be added to the Olympic Games in 2016, though to save time they will be combined into one sport."

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mike.penner@latimes.com

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