U.S. soccer team rolls past China, 5-0
The U.S. national soccer team's vanishing offense resurfaced in a big way yesterday.
"When you're able to execute like that, you're going to bury teams and that's basically what happened today," Eric Wynalda said after the Americans' 5-0 victory over China.
Wynalda and Hugo Perez each had two goals to help pull the United States out of its offensive drought.
Dominic Kinnear had the other goal for the Americans, who had been winless in their last five games (0-4-1), and are 2-5-1 this year. The U.S. team managed just one goal in those five games, all played on the road over a five-week span.
"The last couple of games, we haven't been as fortunate in front of the net," Wynalda said. "This week, we concentrated a lot harder on our finishing. We played two college teams while we were here and were able to put in 12 goals in the two [practice] games. So coming into today, we felt really confident that if and when we got our chances, we'd be able to finish them."
Track and field
Nigeria's Olapade Adeniken of Texas-El Paso ran the fastest 100 meters in the Texas Relays' 65-year history with a legal clocking of 9.97 seconds, fastest in the world this year.
Adeniken, pushed by a light wind of 1.2 meters per second, eclipsed the 15-year-old record of 10.14 by Johnny Lam Jones of Texas. It made Adeniken, 22, the 10th-fastest performer all-time in the event.
Adeniken also beat the Memorial Stadium record of 10.07 by Ed Preston of Arkansas State in 1976. Adeniken's previous best was 10.10.
It was the second fastest 100 meters by an African. Brigham Young's Frankie Fredericks of Namibia ran a 9.95 in the world championships last year.
Henry Neal of Blinn Junior College was second in 10.09 and Ray Stewart, formerly of Texas Christian, was third in 10.17.
* An appeals panel of the German athletics federation postponed until today a decision on the appeal of Katrin Krabbe's four-year suspension for drug-test tampering.
The three-man panel sat through 13 1/2 hours of testimony and deliberation on the world sprint champion and her banned teammates, Grit Breuer and Silke Moeller. They were banned for four years because of suspicious drug test results.
The panel proposed ending the suspensions on May 15, three months after they began.
German track and field federation officials, after a brief discussion, turned down the panel's recommendation.
Krabbe had been given a good shot at winning a gold medal at the Barcelona Games. She won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the World Championships.
* Roger Kingdom, faced with the obstacles of age and reconstructive knee surgery, made it clear he wants to extend his reign in the Olympic 110-meter hurdles.
After an absence of a year and a half, the 1984 and 1988 gold medalist returned to competition at the Miami Track and Field BTC Classic, where he finished second to friend and six-time Pittsburgh all-American, Elbert Ellis.
The two training partners, racing under the auspices of Bad Boys International, finished the race laughing hand in hand, Ellis at 13.86 seconds and Kingdom at 13.87.
* Jim Bush of Southern Cal announced he was relinquishing duties as coach of the women's track team because of comments he made to a reporter about coaching women.
In a story in Friday's Los Angeles Times, Bush was quoted as saying, " . . . If you try to coach women the same as men, you are going to be in trouble. The main thing is, women are more emotional."
Bush was in his second year as head coach of Southern Cal's combined men's and women's track and field program, and has coached men for 39 years.
Friday, Trojans assistant coach Barbara Edmondson was named head coach in charge of the women's team.
Retired Air Force Col. John J. Clune, former athletic director at the Air Force Academy, has died, the academy announced. He was 59.
He learned last March he had a cancerous tumor in the bone marrow of his left leg. The tumor was successfully removed, but the cancer spread to other parts of his body, including his sternum, doctors said.
Clune had served as the academy's athletic director from November 1975 until his retirement last summer. He was a 1954 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Survivors include his wife Patricia and four children, Cathy, John, Mike and Tim.
A gamble by American captain Joe Michels paid off as Oxford beat Cambridge for the 16th time in 17 years in their 138th annual Boat Race on the River Thames. The margin of victory, 1 1/2 lengths, was the closest since 1980.
"This has put vitality back into the Boat Race," Michels said, reflecting on the one-sided races of recent years. "It was an epic race, it was anything but a procession."
It was Oxford's 68th victory, compared with Cambridge's 69. There has been one tie. Cambridge's only victory in the last 17 years was in 1986 when it won by seven lengths.