Sports Briefs

By Eion ONeill
October 17, 2010

U.S. soccer team draws with Colombia in friendly match

The U.S. men’s soccer team went to 4-5-4 after drawing with Colombia in a scoreless match Tuesday, Oct. 12. The draw adds to the U.S.’s three-year winless streak versus South American nations. The Americans finished it’s home stand of the 2010 schedule in front of 8,823 fans in Chester,Pa. The Americans are in danger of getting it’s first losing record in a year since 1997 when the team went 5-6-7. The only highlights for the U.S. were the national-team debuts of defender Eric Lichaj and midfielder Bret Shea. The U.S. will wrap up 2010 play on Nov. 17 against South Africa.

Read original story on SEATTLETIMES.NWSOURCE.COM| October 12,2010

NASCAR announces 2011 Hall of Famers.

NASCAR announced its second class of Hall of Famers on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Among those set to be inducted are David Pearson, nicknamed the “Silver Fox”, who had 105 career wins. Pearson was the center of controversy among fans when he was left out of the 2010 class in favor of NASCAR chairman Bill France, Jr. Also inducted were broadcaster, Ned Jarrett and Bobby Allison, whose 84 wins are tied for all time list of wins. Members from the charter class include NASCAR greats Dale Earnhardt and Junior Johnson who were inducted in 2010.

Read original story on ESPN.COM| October 13,2010

Minnesota Wild beat undefeated Edmonton at home for 14th straight time

The Minnesota Wild beat the previously undefeated Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, Oct. 14, 4-2 and completed their 14th straight win at home vs. the Oilers.  Mikko Koivu scored two power play goals for Minnesota while Antti Miettinen each had an assist and goal for the Wild. Minnesota goalie Nicklas Backstrom stopped 24 shots and helped his team tie for the longest current home winning streak against a team. The Nashville Predators also have a 14 game winning streak at home versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Wild are now

Read original story on ESPN.COM| October 14,2010

U.S. withdraws bid from 2018 FIFA World Cup, focuses on 2022

The U.S. pulled out its bid Friday, Oct. 15 to host the 2018 FIFA World cup, instead focusing on going head to head with Australia, South Korea, Qatar and Japan in 2022. The pull out of the U.S. in the 2018 bidding guarantees that a European country will host soccer’s biggest event that year. Currently in the running for the 2018 World Cup are England, Russia and the joint bids of Netherlands-Belgium and Spain-Portugal. In July, China’s federation stated that it is interested in hosting the event in 2026.

Read original story on ESPN.COM| October 15,2010

Yao Ming, Rockets cruise past Nets in China

Yao Ming helped the Houston Rockets defeat the New Jersey Nets 95-85 in preseason basketball Saturday, Oct. 16 in Guangzhou,China. Playing with a surgically repaired foot, Ming scored 10 points, shot 5 of 8 from the field and had 5 rebounds. Kevin Miller scored 16 points for Houston while Aaron Brooks scored 12 and Brad Miller scored 11.  For the Nets, Brook Lopez and Anthony Morrow were the leaders. The Rockets will open up the season against the Los Angles Lakers on Oct. 26 while the Nets will start against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 27.

Read original story on ESPN.COM| October 16,2010

University of Minnesota coach fired after six straight losses

University of Minnesota football coach Tim Brewster was fired Sunday, Oct. 17, after his team, the Golden Gophers, lost to Perdue 28-17 on Saturday, Oct. 16. Since taking over at the sidelines for the Golden Gophers in 2007, Brewster has gone 15-30 at Minnesota. In addition, Brewster has gone 6-21 in the Big East and his loss on Saturday marked the sixth straight for that team. Tim Brewster did not have collegiate coaching experience when hired and had previously only coached high school football in Indiana. Offensive coordinator Jeff Horton will replace Brewster for the rest of the season.

Read original story on ESPN.COM| October 17,2010

Kolb Leads Eagles to Victory

Kevin Kolb led the Philadelphia Eagles to 31-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Oct. 17.  Kolb hit 23 of 29 passes. Before being injured by a hit to his helmet, DeSean Jackson gained 78 yards on three first-quarter touches, scoring on a 31-yard run and a 34-yard pass from Kolb. Kolb also found Jeremy Macklin in a long pass in which he scored by running 83-yards for the touchdown.   David Akers missed three field goals before finally nailing a 30-yarder with 3:01 left  in the game. The Falcons will face the Cincinnati Bengals next weekend while the Eagles will face off against the Tennessee Titans.

Read original story on ESPN.COM| October 17,2010

Oswalt bounces back big against the Giants in game 2

Roy Oswalt, who is now 3-0 in NLCS appearances, dominated the Giants line-up on Sunday evening, striking out a total of nine batters. In the seventh inning he also contributed to the offense by hitting a leadoff single and then running through third base coach Sam Perlozzo’s stop sign to bring in another run for the Phils. Oswalt claimed it was to late by the time he saw it and there was no turning back. The safe call from the umpire was met with thunderous applause from the fans. Oswalt had an ample amount of support from the Phils offense as well. Jimmy Rollins hit a double in the seventh with the bases to bring in three runs and give the Phils a five-run lead. Charlie Manuel met with Oswalt at the mound in the eigth inning but left in a hurry as Oswalt calmly got the final two outs to seal his great performance.

Read original story on October 17 2010

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