Mon | Feb 6, 2023

BRIEFS - Earthquake rock Bulls

Published:Saturday | November 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM


Chris Wondolowski scored in the 81st minute, giving the San Jose Earthquake a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls and Thierry Henry on Thursday night and a 3-2 aggregate win in the MLS Eastern Conference semi-final series.

Bobby Convey scored twice, connecting in the sixth and 77th minutes, to help San Jose rebound from a 1-0 first-leg loss in California on Saturday night. Juan Pablo Angel, in likely his last game for the Red Bulls, scored in the 78th minute.

New York, with Henry, Rafael Marquez and Angel, became perhaps the most expensive failure in MLS history.

The Earthquake will face the Columbus-Colorado winner in the conference final.

AC Brawl


AC Milan teammates Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Oguchi Onyewu brawled during a training match yesterday. Team vice-president Adriano Galliani, speaking with SkySport24 TV, described the fight as "very lively", but said both players have resolved their differences. He did not say what sparked the brawl.

The Italian news agency ANSA said the American defen-der and the Swedish forward came to blows during the scrimmage and had to be separated by teammates and Milan staff. AC Milan were training at its Milanello field ahead of tomorrow's away match with Bari.

Nadal out


Top-ranked Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters for medical reasons. Tournament director Jean-Francois Caujolle said yesterday he did not know the exact nature of Nadal's ailment. The ATP tour said Nadal would discuss the reasons for his withdrawal at a news conference in Paris tomorrow or Monday.

The Spanish player recently said he was feeling fatigue after a successful season in which he won the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Nadal has not played since a third-round defeat to Jurgen Melzer at the Shanghai Masters on October 14.

With Nadal's withdrawal, Roger Federer is now the number-one seed and will start against the winner between Nicolas Mahut and Richard Gasquet. The tournament begins tomorrow.

Bali semi-finalists

BALI, Indonesia (AP):

Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia and Alisa Kleybanova of Russia knocked out the last two seeds yesterday to leave the eight-woman Tournament of Champions with unseeded semi-finalists.

Hantuchova beat fourth-seeded Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 7-6 (5) to improve to 5-0 against the Belgian. Kleybanova downed second-seeded Aravane Rezai of France 6-1, 6-2 for a fourth straight win in their match-ups.

Kleybanova, aiming for her third title of the year, will meet Hantuchova today. They are 1-1 against each other. The other semi-final pits Ana Ivanovic against Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan.

'Fixing' evidence


British police have handed prosecutors a second file of evidence from its investigation into reports that Pakistan cricketers were involved in spot-fixing against England. Police say evidence of a conspiracy to defraud bookmakers will be considered by Britain's Crown Prosecution Service.

Police questioned players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz over accusations of fixing in a British tabloid newspaper.