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soccer

Kling the latest Skyhawk to sign on with San Antonio

After being drafted in the supplemental rounds by Chivas USA of Major League Soccer and a trial with Reading F.C. in England, Fabian Kling has found his home for the 2012 soccer season.

The former Fort Lewis College defender and Division II Player of the Year joined the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League recently for the team’s inaugrugal season.

Kling will join former FLC coach Tim Hankinson and former teammates Euan Purcell and Jeff Jennings in San Antonio, which opens its first season in the NASL on April 7 at Atlanta.

The Scorpions’ first home game of the season takes place April 15, when they host the Puerto Rican Islanders. Former FLC standout Jamie Cunningham, who used to share the same defensive backfield as Kling, is in his second season with the Islanders.

herald staff

soccer

U.S. to miss Olympics after 3-3 tie with El Salvador

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jaime Alas scored in stoppage time, and El Salvador ousted the United States from Olympic qualifying Monday night with a 3-3 tie.

The Americans had to win to reach Saturday’s semifinals in Kansas City, Kan., and they led 3-2 on Joe Corona’s goal in the 68th minute.

But Alas scored his goal off the hands off keeper Sean Johnson to stun the Americans, who missed the Olympics for the second time since 1976.

El Salvador reached the semifinals, putting it a win away from its first Olympic berth since 1968. Canada, which tied Cuba 1-1 earlier, finished second.

Terrence Boyd scored twice for the U.S., and Johnson replaced keeper Bill Hamid in the 39th minute.

After a 2-0 loss to Canada in the second of this three-game, round-robin tournament, the Americans needed to win to advance.

college basketball

Kentucky, Ohio State favored by Las Vegas casinos

LAS VEGAS – Sin City casinos are sticking with Kentucky and Ohio State as Final Four favorites and still think the Wildcats have by far the best shot of winning the NCAA title.

Odds put out by Nevada casinos after the matchups were set show they think Kentucky – the No. 1 seed overall in the tournament – has a 52 percent shot at the title despite needing to win two more games, gambling expert RJ Bell of Pregame.com said.

“Clearly, Kentucky feels like a significant favorite,” Bell said.

Casinos believe Ohio State has a 25 percent chance, Kansas a 15 percent chance and Louisville an 8 percent chance, Bell said.

Cantor Gaming, which operates six sports books in Las Vegas and shares its lines with the vast majority of Nevada’s 186 sports books, made Kentucky a 9.5-point favorite over Louisville and Ohio State a 3-point favorite over Kansas for Saturday’s semifinals.

golf

Palmer out of hospital after weekend scare

ORLANDO, Fla. – Arnold Palmer is out of the hospital and back at work.

A spokesman for the tournament named for the golfing great said Palmer was released Monday morning.

The 82-year-old Palmer had been hospitalized overnight in Florida as a precaution because of high blood pressure from new medication.

Spokesman Bev Norwood said Palmer returned to his office Monday and planned on having dinner at the golf club.

Palmer was absent at the 18th green at Bay Hill on Sunday when Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Palmer had been advised to monitor his blood pressure throughout the day. A test about 15 minutes before the tournament ended showed an increase in his blood pressure.

Associated Press