In just his 3rd game for USA, Diskerud scores equalizer
KRASNODAR, Russia – Mix Diskerud scored his first international goal in the third minute of injury time, giving the United States a 2-2 exhibition tie against Russia on Wednesday in an international friendly.
Michael Bradley, who scored in the 76th minute, sent a long ball into the penalty area toward Terrence Boyd, who was battling defender Sergei Ignashevich. The ball rebounded off Ignashevich to Diskerud, who had entered in the 87th minute. He bounced a 20-yard, right-footed shot in off a hand of goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov.
The 22-year-old, whose mother is from Arizona and who grew up in Norway, was playing just his third game for the U.S. He was a member of the American Olympic team that failed to qualify for the London Games.
The 27th-ranked United States, missing regulars Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan and Steve Cherundolo, are preparing for the final round of qualifying next year for the 2014 World Cup. They finished the year at 9-2-3 with a .750 winning percentage that tied their best mark set in 2005.
Fennig will crew Edwards’ 99 next year for Roush Fenway
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Roush Fenway Racing is making more changes to its crew chief lineup, moving veteran Jimmy Fennig to work with Carl Edwards and the No. 99 team next season.
Fennig has been paired with Matt Kenseth, who is leaving at the end of the season. Kenseth’s replacement, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., will be paired with crew chief Scott Graves, who has been working in the Nationwide Series this season. Graves led Edwards to a win at Watkins Glen in his first race as crew chief this year.
The phone lines are down between NHL and the union
NEW YORK – Now the NHL and its locked-out players’ association aren’t even talking by phone.
With the lockout entering its third month, communications between the fighting sides have come to a halt with no clear sign of what the next step will be or when it will be taken.
After four consecutive days of negotiations in New York last week, talks broke off angrily Friday night. Discussions resumed Sunday, solely regarding player contract terms, but that meeting ended after only 90 minutes.
No decisions have been made to call off any more games. So far, 327 games – all those scheduled through Nov. 30 and the New Year’s Day outdoor Winter Classic – have been cancelled by the NHL.
Saxo Bank adds an asset in American road race champ
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – U.S. national road race champion Timmy Duggan and Evgueni Petrov of Russia signed with Denmark-based Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank.
The team said Duggan will join for one year and Petrov for two.
Team owner Bjarne Riis said the pair add “solid depth” to the team. The Danish team also said Japanese rider Takashi Miyazawa renewed his contract.
Condition, return unknown, Vonn released from hospital
VAIL – Lindsey Vonn was released from a hospital in Vail on Wednesday, two days after being admitted for intestinal pain.
Vonn’s publicist Lewis Kay said in an email she’s “feeling much better and “resting comfortably at home.” He’s not sure when the four-time overall World Cup champion will return to skiing.
Kay said doctors still were trying to determine what caused of her illness, but she’s responded well to treatment. It’s not clear “when she will be able to return to the mountain” but will “update as her health improves.”
Vonn’s ski technician Heinz Haemmerle said Tuesday that Vonn hadn’t trained in more than two weeks. She was in Colorado to prepare for the upcoming World Cup races in Aspen on Nov. 24.