Also Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena suspended for game against Chivas USA Donovan tied Jeff Cunningham for the MLS all-time scoring record of 134 regular-season goals. Donovan, speaking about holding the record outright with his next goal, said “it would be nice to get it and get it out of the way so that there’s no attention on it.” He added: I would trade, maybe not all of them, but most of them for another championship ring.” When the game ended, the Galaxy was tied with the Colorado Rapids for fourth place with 48 points in the Western Conference. The two teams were only four points behind first-place Real Salt Lake , three points behind second-place Seattle and one point behind third-place Portland, which was playing Vancouver on Sunday night. The top five teams at the end of the regular season qualify for the playoffs. The Galaxy, seeking its third consecutive MLS championship, has three games left in the regular season. This was the third and final game of the regular season between the Galaxy and Chivas USA, which share StubHub Center as their home venue, in what’s known as the “SuperClasico” series. The Galaxy overwhelmed Chivas USA despite the absence of Coach Bruce Arena, who was suspended for the game for leaving the coach’s area during an argument at the previous weekend’s game against Portland. With Dave Sarachan, the team’s associate coach, at the helm, the Galaxy scored in the sixth minute when Keane, standing just inside the six-yard box, took a pass from Donovan and rolled the ball past goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. Donovan scored his first goal in the 23rd minute inside the six-yard box after taking a cross from Zardes, and Zardes scored in the 26th minute when he outdueled Mario de Luna, got free and kicked the ball past Kennedy. Donovan’s second goal came in the 42nd minute after he caught up with a looping, perfectly placed pass in front of him from Pablo Mastroeni, and Keane scored his second in the 90th minute. “We’re at a point where we needed three points,” Sarachan said. “It gets us closer to a playoff position.” Four Galaxy players are called up to national teams Four Galaxy players were called to their national teams for upcoming World Cup qualifiers: Donovan and Omar Gonzales for the United States, Keane for Ireland and goalkeeper Jaime Penedo for Panama.
In the form of an open letter, USA Boxing took issue with none other than Mike Tyson for trying to “buy” fighters before the organization felt it was the fighter’s time to get paid. “USA Boxing does not have the funds to compete with your offers,” Dr. Charles Butler, USA boxing president, said. “If you have money and would like to assist these young athletes and the sport, you should donate for athletes’ stipends to support the training of these boxers and help your country regain its prominence on the medal stand.” Now, no one in their right (or left) hemisphere would say Mike Tyson is walking around with a halo hovering over his head as he tries to get his post-Broadway career off the ground by getting into boxing promotions. [+] Enlarge AP/Richard Shotwell/Invision USA Boxing sent an open letter to Mike Tyson, asking him to wait until after the 2016 Rio Games to sign the country’s top amateur fighters. But if Tyson wants to move past pigeon-racing reality shows on Animal Plant or another academy award-winning guest appearance in “The Hangover IV: A New Hope” and make his move to be the next Don King, who are we — or USA Boxing — to complain? Tyson has done so well with his life since he left the sport (as long as he does not revert to the misbehavior he exhibited after longtime trainer Cus D’Amato died, then all is good). But this isn’t about Tyson or his response to Butler’s letter in the New York Post claiming the organization never reached out to him directly and is “taking advantage of my name and company for publicity.” This is about USA Boxing. When did USA Boxing become so sanctimonious? So righteous and indignant? Boxing promoters have perpetually gone after amateur boxers in an attempt to get them to skip the Olympic route. For years, promoters have used everything from Muhammad Ali throwing his gold medal into the Ohio River to the image of Roy Jones Jr.
USA Boxing sucker-punches Tyson
If that marriage has a familiar ring, its because the 49ers spent 10 seasons in C-USA before departing for the Atlantic 10 in 2006. But the C-USA the 49ers return to this year bears little resemblance to the league they were essentially forced out of eight years ago because the school at the time didnt have a football program. Thanks to conference reshuffling that has marked college sports in recent years, gone from C-USA are teams like Charlottes old basketball rivals Cincinnati, Marquette and Memphis. In their places are Middle Tennessee, Texas-San Antonio and North Texas. This is a fresh chapter for us, said C-USA commissioner Britton Banowsky at the leagues basketball media day Tuesday on the outskirts of Dallas. Weve brought in programs that have a lot of history and tradition, and were reacquainting ourselves with programs like Charlotte, whichhas a great history in our league. The comings and goings in C-USA are borderline dizzying. Charlotte is one of eight schools joining C-USA this season, increasing the leagues membership to 16. Also coming in are Old Dominion, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Texas-San Antonio and Louisiana Tech The league also has associate members in some sports, including South Carolina, New Mexico and Kentucky in mens soccer. Charlotte will join the league in football in 2015. Old Dominion, which started football in 2009, joins the league in that sport in 2014. The exit door is swinging, as well, with Memphis having left after the 2012-13 season and Tulane, Tulsa and East Carolina departing in 2014. With Western Kentucky coming in next season, the leagues membership will be trimmed to 14 schools. Its going to take a lot of getting used to, said Charlotte mens basketball coach Alan Major. There are guys who have been in the league who are in the same boat as new coaches coming in.
USA Basketball: What We Learned
The No. 2 shooting guard in the class, Oubre has always shown glimpses of greatness but at times lacked consistency. Consistency wasn’t a problem in Colorado Springs, though, and his play matched the rumblings emanating from Las Vegas about him this fall. Oubre shot the ball at a high level from deep, he used his strong frame to bully defenders on his way to the hoop, and he showed more midrange game and consistency than he has in the past. All in all, he made a strong case to be moved into the national top 10. Also important is that Vaughn and Oubre will have a very capable playmaker in the backcourt with them. Derryck Thornton , the No. 22 player in the class of 2016, was tremendous at USA Basketball. He is a clever playmaker who can penetrate and dish, and he’ll see outstanding assist numbers as long as he is feeding those two. BLACKMON’S FIVE-STAR STATUS HERE TO STAY When Marion (Ind.) High shooting guard James Blackmon was elevated to five-star status and No. 23 overall in the 2014 Rivals150, some raised their eyebrows and wondered if he is really that good. The answer is yes, Blackmon is that good. The 6-foot-2 senior was a flat-out assassin with his jumper in Colorado Springs, and he showed that he can do plenty of other things as well. He drove to the rim for finishes more athletic than some have thought he was capable of making. He made plays for others off the dribble while showing some combo guard skills, and he did it all while being incredibly efficient.