Johnson leads USA to a heady – and nervous – 2-1 victory
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Eddie Johnson scored twice Friday night, including the winning goal in second-half injury time, lifting the United States to the verge of advancing in World Cup qualifying with a nervous 2-1 victory over Antigua and Barbuda.
If the Americans beat Guatemala on Tuesday night in Kansas City, Kan., they will move into the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. has 10 points in Group A.
Johnson connected on headers in the 20th minute and then in the dying moments in his first game for the U.S. team in two years. He was set up by Graham Zusi for the first goal and substitute Alan Gordon on the second.
Dexter Blackstock scored in the 25th minute for Antigua.
Opening Day comes and goes with little hope of resolution
NEW YORK – NHL arenas are dark, and now so are its negotiating rooms.
Hockey’s opening day came and went Thursday with no games and no reason to think players will be hitting the ice anytime soon.
The league and the union were back at the bargaining table, hours before pucks were supposed to drop to open the regular season, but once again the sides didn’t address the core economic differences at the center of the league’s lockout that already has lasted 26 days.
After discussing secondary topics for a second consecutive day, no plans were made to meet again. Forget about Friday, the likelihood of any hockey being played in October quickly is fading.
If the UCI sides with USADA, the Tour will forfeit 7 titles
PARIS – The Tour de France will have no official winner for the seven races from 1999 to 2005 if Lance Armstrong is stripped of his victories by the International Cycling Union.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, Tour director Christian Prudhomme called the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s report on Armstrong “damning.” It raises doubts, he said, about “a system and an era.”
Tour officials still are waiting on the UCI’s decision on whether to go along with the USADA’s decision to ban Armstrong for life and erase his racing results.
After the USADA affidavits, RadioShack fires Bruyneel
LUXEMBOURG – The RadioShack-Nissan team severed ties Friday with Lance Armstrong’s former manager Johan Bruyneel after he was singled out as a central figure in the former Tour de France champion’s doping program.
The team said the decision was by “mutual agreement,” adding that Bruyneel “can no longer direct the team in an efficient and comfortable way.”
Rose wins World Golf Final and earns his biggest payday
BELEK, Turkey – Justin Rose beat Lee Westwood on Friday to win the eight-player World Golf Final and earn a career-best $1.5 million.
The fifth-ranked Rose shot a 5-under 66 to defeat his Ryder Cup teammate and fellow Englishman by one stroke at the Antalya Club.
Rose, who won all of his five matches in the $5.2-million exhibition, birdied the opening hole on the Sultan Course, and he led the rest of the way.
Speed reportedly outbid by NBC Sports for F1 TV rights
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The cable sports channel Speed no longer will air Formula One races after this season, ending a 17- year partnership.
Fox Sports Media Group, which owns Speed, confirmed Friday that the partnership will end after this season. The network indicated it was outbid for the United States broadcast rights, reportedly by NBC Sports.