November 3, 2013 |
It's the final week of the regular season, and Pac-5 Divison playoff berths still need to be decided, along with two at-large spots. Here's how things look: In the Marmonte League, Westlake, Oaks Christian, St. Bonaventure and Agoura are in. Westlake will play Oaks Christian and St. Bonaventure will play Agoura to decide first, second, third and fourth. In the South Coast, Mission Viejo and Tesoro are in. In the Moore, Long Beach Poly and Long Beach Cabrillo are in. The Millikan-Lakewood winner should finish third.
October 10, 2013 |
The U.S. has nothing to lose while Mexico has everything to gain in the final round of World Cup qualifying, which sees the Americans welcoming Jamaica to Kansas City, Kan., on Friday while a desperate Mexico plays host to Panama. The U.S. has already secured a berth in next summer's World Cup in Brazil and with a victory over winless Jamaica it would also move a big step closer to a first-place finish in regional qualifying. Mexico, on the other hand, stands fifth in the regional standings with two matches to play, and only the top three CONCACAF countries automatically advance to Brazil in 2014.
September 6, 2013 |
Jeff Gordon will try to race his way into NASCAR's playoffs from the pole position. The four-time series champion turned a track-record qualifying lap of 130.599 mph at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Friday to win his 73rd career pole position, and his first this season. His lap pushed Kurt Busch to the outside of the front row, increasing the tension once the green flag drops Saturday night for the 400-lap race. Busch is 10th in points, and the top 10 after Saturday night's race earn automatic berths in the 10-race playoffs to finish the season.
August 30, 2013 |
Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan and defender Omar Gonzalez were called up to the U.S. national team Thursday for key World Cup qualifiers in September in Costa Rica and against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio. For Donovan, the Sept. 6 match at Costa Rica will mark his first appearance at a World Cup qualifier in more than a year. Donovan did not play in the U.S. team's final four matches of the third round of qualifying last fall because of injury and he was left off the roster for the first six games this year after taking a three-month break from soccer over the winter.
July 4, 2013 |
Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday he would not include Dodgers outfield phenom Yasiel Puig on the National League All-Star team. "I think he needs to go a little farther to earn it," Scioscia said. Puig has captured the imagination of fans across the country, but he has only 114 at-bats, ranking 11th on the Dodgers in that category. He is batting .430 with eight home runs, in 29 games. Scioscia echoed the concerns of San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, who will manage - and help select - the NL All-Star team.
June 18, 2013 |
SANDY, Utah -- Three more teams earned places in next summer's World Cup in Brazil with Australia, Iran and South Korea all advancing through regional qualifying Tuesday. Australia got a goal from substitute Josh Kennedy in the 83rd minute to beat Iraq, 1-0, before a crowd of 80,523 at Sydney's Olympic Stadium to finish second in its group in the Asian Football Confederation tournament. Visiting Iran, meanwhile, got a score from Reza Ghoochannejhad in the 60th minute to beat South Korea, 1-0, and win Group A of the AFC event, qualifying for its fourth World Cup and first since 2006.