March 12, 2014 |
Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska made it to the semifinals Wednesday in the women's draw of the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at Indian Wells. Halep's journey was much shorter. The 22-year-old Romanian, already winner of $711,430 this season with a title in Doha, Qatar, went past Casey Dellacqua of Australia, 6-2, 6-2. Dellacqua had advanced to the quarterfinals when her opponent, American Lauren Davis, had to withdraw because of a stomach ailment. "I was moving very well today," said Halep, who said her biggest goal was to win the French Open.
December 2, 2013 |
St. Augustine won the San Diego Division II championship game on Monday, defeating Mission Bay, 49-0. That means St. Augustine will likely get a Division II regional bowl berth if Gardena Serra wins on Friday and is chosen for the Open Division. The winner of the Northern Division final between Valencia and Hart also should get selected and face St. Augustine or Chaminade if the Eagles upset Serra. Eric.firstname.lastname@example.org
December 1, 2013 |
Leave it to Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron to put everything in perspective. "Football is just a game," he said after Saturday's last-play loss to Auburn. "It's not life. " Leave it to senior Auburn administrator Jay Jacobs to boil the Southeastern Conference down to the ruthless, political blood sport that it is. Jacobs, the school's athletic director, told USA Today it would be a "disservice to the nation" if the SEC champion is left out of this season's Bowl Championship Series title game.
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.