Sports Digest


July 29, 2004


Manchester United beaten in exhibition in Philadelphia, 2-1

Craig Beattie scored in the 71st minute to give Glasgow Celtic a 2-1 victory over Manchester United in an exhibition match game last night before 55,421 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Beattie took a pass at midfield and rushed down the right side, beating charging goalkeeper Tim Howard before watching the ball roll into the net to break a 1-1 tie.

United will play its third and final game of the Champions World Series against AC Milan on Saturday in East Rutherford, N.J.

MLS: D.C. United captain and defender Ryan Nelsen is expected to miss six weeks after undergoing hernia surgery, and forward Santino Quaranta (Archbishop Curley) could miss three to four weeks after surgery to alleviate groin pain.

Et Cetera

Mark McGwire 12-over in Western Amateur debut

Former baseball slugger Mark McGwire made his debut in a major amateur golf event with an 12-over-par 82 at the 102nd annual Western Amateur in Benton Township, Mich., a score that left him 17 strokes behind the co-leaders and tied for 152nd in the field of 156.

"I feel like a rookie playing in his first major league game, very much so," McGwire said. "I have a long way to go to play with these guys."

HORSE RACING: Classic Elegance won the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes by a length on the opening day of the 36-day meet at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., covering six muddy furlongs in 1 minute, 12 2/5 seconds.

Mike Luzzi broke his right leg when he was unseated from his mount, Contagious, who bolted to the outside rail leaving the clubhouse turn in the first race.

HOCKEY: The Phoenix Coyotes have made a two-year contract offer to right wing Brett Hull, 39, who produced 25 goals and 68 points last year for the Detroit Red Wings, his 18th NHL season. He ranks third in career goals with 741.

CYCLING: Lance Armstrong won a 62-mile race near the Belgium-Netherlands border, two days after claiming his record sixth straight Tour de France title.

Armstrong finished in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 6 seconds, three seconds ahead of Australia's Robbie McEwen.

Meanwhile, Filippo Simeoni, an Italian cyclist who says he was "threatened" by Armstrong during a Tour de France stage July 23 was questioned by police about the episode, which might be linked to a feud between the riders.

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL: Taiwan is back in the Little League World Series, seven years after pulling out of the tournament because of player eligibility questions.

Shou Tien of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, beat Japan's Sendai Higashi, 7-5, to win the Asia Region championship and qualify for the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

TENNIS: Andy Roddick beat French qualifier Julien Benneteau, 6-4, 6-2, to reach the second round of the ATP Masters Canada in Toronto. ...

Alicia Molik upset second seed Amelie Mauresmo, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, in the second round of the WTA Acura Classic in Carlsbad, Calif.

AMATEUR SOFTBALL: The Lady Orioles won a doubleheader in the championship round of the National Softball Association 16- and-under World Series in Columbus, Ohio. Lauren O'Malley (Mount de Sales) pitched a one-hitter to stop Maine, 7-1, and Amy Guyton (Long Reach) pitched two-hitter and hit a two-run homer in a 7-0 win over Michigan.

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