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June 12, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
Reporting from Rustenburg, South Africa -- The bad news for Tim Howard arrived four minutes into Saturday's World Cup match between the U.S. and England at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. That's when the American defense sprang a leak and England's Steven Gerrard slotted the ball past Howard in the U.S. goal. The bad news for Robert Green arrived five minutes before halftime. That's when Clint Dempsey double-faked Gerrard and hit a shot that Green somehow contrived to fumble into his own net. As far as goals go, that was it. The match ended in a 1-1 tie, which was a huge plus for the underdog U.S. and a huge blow to the ego of World Cup contender England and its fans.
April 18, 2010
UNITED STATES A memorable upset of European champion Spain and a one-goal loss to Brazil in the Confederations Cup final in South Africa last year have raised American hopes, but Landon Donovan , Tim Howard , Clint Dempsey and company now have to live up to the billing. ENGLAND England's most recent two World Cup campaigns came to grief in the quarterfinals. There will be no David Beckham in 2010, but playmaker Frank Lampard and striker Wayne Rooney are back and expected to lead the charge to the final.
February 28, 2010 | Wire Reports
Venus Williams came from a set down to repeat her Mexican Open title, beating Polona Hercog , 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, at Acapulco on Saturday night. It was Williams' second consecutive title -- this one on clay and another a week ago on hard courts in Dubai -- and pushed her career total to 43 WTA titles, the most by an active player. Hercog was appearing in her first WTA final. Williams started slowly and got into trouble with an erratic serve and groundstrokes that were often long.
December 5, 2009 | By Grahame L. Jones
The world will no doubt be hearing a lot about Joseph Edouard Gaetjens in the coming 188 days. He was the Haitian immigrant who scored the lone goal in one of international soccer's greatest upsets -- the United States' 1-0 victory over England at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil. Sixty years later, it will all come full circle. On Friday, at a lavish ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa, the U.S. and England again were drawn to play each other on the global stage, this time on June 12 in Rustenburg, South Africa, on the second day of the 2010 World Cup. This time around, it's David Beckham who leads the English challenge, albeit more off the field than on it. What did he think of England being drawn into a first-round group that includes not only the U.S. but also Algeria and Slovenia?
June 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
President Bush opened a farewell tour of Europe in tiny, picturesque Slovenia, current head of the European Union and the most successful state to emerge from the violent breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Home to just 2 million people, the Alpine country is hosting this week's annual summit between the United States and the 27-nation European Union. The two sides will debate such issues as the Iranian nuclear program and a ban on U.S. poultry imports, though officials expect few firm agreements.
February 24, 2008 | Christine Spolar, Chicago Tribune
This country can't rest its bones. Skeletons are buried in meadows, beneath parking lots and just beyond the rumble of trucks and cars near a major highway. More than 570 hidden grave sites from World War II have been unearthed by a university professor intent on a fair accounting of the past in this former Yugoslav republic now riding high as the current holder of the European Union presidency. A slaughter was conducted in Slovenia in the war's last days and aftermath by the troops of Josip Broz Tito, the partisan leader and Communist who would rule for decades across the region.
January 30, 2008 | Corie Brown, Times Staff Writer
"ANARCHIC" winemakers. Tiny ancient vineyards. Wines aged in clay jugs. Sacrilegious blends -- Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. In the ever-widening world of wine, Slovenia -- the Central European country bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia -- is emerging as a promising new producer with an idiosyncratic personality.
October 13, 2006 | Helene Elliott
Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic picked up a hockey stick with practiced ease, snapping his wrists with the quickness of a proven goal scorer. Kings rookie Anze Kopitar dribbled a few times, got as much lift as his flip-flops would allow and let fly a jump shot that swished through the net. "I'm good," he said, smiling. "Soft hands." Just kids on a playground in El Segundo, nine time zones and thousands of practice hours away from their common homeland.
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