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Guardado brace lifts Mexico over 10-man Panama ATLANTA: Andres Guardado scored twice on penalty kicks Wednesday to give Mexico a 2-1 extra-time triumph over 10-man Panama and a berth against Jamaica in the Gold Cup final.The Mexican captain had to wait through a melee at the end of regulation time before netting the equalizer, then scored again from the spot in stoppage time of the first of two extra 15-minute periods to finally subdue a Panama side than was a man down after only 25 minutes but still managed to nearly win.Panama striker Luis Tejada was issued a red card by US referee Mark Geiger for a rough foul, but Panama took the lead on a header by captain Roman Torres in the 57th minute and was on the verge of an emotional victory.But in the 89th minute, Torres was whistled for a hand ball violation in the penalty area, falling onto the ball after contact with ...

Jamaica stuns USA 2-1 to reach Gold Cup final ATLANTA: Jamaica's "Reggae Boyz" delivered defending champion United States a humbling 2-1 defeat Wednesday, becoming the first Caribbean squad to reach the Gold Cup final by shocking the heavily favored hosts.After Jamaican defenders disrupted US attacks for the first half hour, Darren Mattocks nodded home the first goal in the 31st minute and and Giles Barnes scored on a free kick in the 36th to put Jamaica ahead 2-0 and signal an epic upset was ...
Benitez plays down tension with Ronaldo MELBOURNE: Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez on Thursday hailed his superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo as the best in the world as he played down reports of tension between the pair.Real Madrid take on English Premier League heavyweights Manchester City in the final match of the International Champions Cup in Melbourne on Friday, however Spanish reports say the atmosphere has become testy on the training pitch during the club's pre-season tour of Australia.But Benitez, who took ...
BWF suspends Sri Lanka KUALA LUMPUR: Badminton's governing body announced Thursday it had suspended the Sri Lankan Badminton Association (SLBA) for not adhering to governance standards and questions over its autonomy.The suspension means Sri Lankan shuttlers will not be able to take part in any Badminton World Federation (BWF) sanctioned competition, it said in a short statement."The SLBA Constitution does not meet the criteria for ongoing membership," BWF said, adding that the Sri Lankan body's autonomy has been compromised ...
South Africa team to play New Zealand JOHANNESBURG: Updated South Africa team to play New Zealand in the Rugby Championship at Ellis Park in Johannesburg Saturday after Cornal Hendricks replaced injured JP Pietersen on the right wing:Team (15-1)Willie le Roux; Cornal Hendricks, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Bryan Habana; Handre Pollard, Ruan Pienaar; Schalk Burger (capt), Francois Louw, Heinrich Brussow; Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth; Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai MtawariraReplacements: Adriaan Strauss, Trevor Nyakane, Vincent Koch, Flip van der ...
Mario Suarez quits Atletico Madrid for Fiorentina MADRID: Spanish international midfielder Mario Suarez has quit Atletico Madrid to join Italian Serie A outfit Fiorentina."Mario Suarez will play at Fiorentina. An agreement between the clubs has been reached and will be finalised in the coming hours," Atletico announced Wednesday.In five seasons with Atletico, Suarez won La Liga, the Spanish Cup, the Europa League, the Spanish Supercup and two European Supercups.Atletico -- who have seen other members of the title winning side Turkish midfielder ...
Lanzini joins West Ham on loan LONDON: Argentinian midfielder Manuel Lanzini has joined West Ham on a season-long loan from United Arab Emirates club Al Jazira. The 22-year-old is the Premier League side's seventh signing of the close season and the club hold an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.Lanzini has played four times for Argentina Under-20s and came through the same River Plate youth system that produced the likes of Ariel Ortega and Javier ...


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