Review Category : National Sports

Seferovic’s Last Gasp Goal Lifts Switzerland Past Ecuador

Stu Forster/Getty Images(BRASILIA, Brazil) — Haris Seferovic scored less than 30 seconds before the final whistle, giving Switzerland a 2-1 victory over Ecuador on Sunday afternoon. The game-winning goal came in stoppage time on a counter-attack and mad dash down the field.

The game was deadlocked for the majority of the second half with both teams looking for a go-ahead strike. As Ecuador put together a last second attack, Michael Arroyo was dispossessed by Valon Behrami who immediately sprinted downfield. Knifing through the middle of the pitch, and maintaining control through multiple defenders, Behrami eventually got the ball to Ricardo Rodriguez. It was Rodriguez who sent a low cross to the near post where Seferovic blasted a shot into the top of the goal from four yards out.

Ecuador held a halftime lead thanks to Enner Valencia’s header on a free kick in the 22nd minute. Joslip looked to have knotted things up but was called offsides and the goal disallowed. Admir Mehmedi would find the equalizer for the Swiss, heading home a corner in the 48th minute.

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France Blanks Honduras, 3-0, in World Cup

Vinicius Costa/Getty Images(PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil) — A penalty kick just before halftime opened the scoring before France added two more in the second half, defeating Honduras 3-0 in their World Cup opener on Sunday. Goal-line technology was used for the first time in the tournament, helping to prove the second strike of the match was legitimate.

Les Blues controlled play for the entire first half but could not find a way to break through. It finally happened during stoppage time of the first when Wilson Palacios picked up his second yellow card as he knocked Paul Pogba to the pitch. Karim Benzema stepped up to take the penalty kick and put France ahead 1-0 heading into the break.

The second half spelled doom for Honduras, and quickly. Goalkeeper Noel Valladares had a shot from Benzema ricochet off the post, and then him, before trickling over the line for an own goal. Valladares attempted to swipe the ball out but goal-line technology showed that it just crossed over. Benzema eventually netted his second tally in the 72nd minute, securing the win.

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Messi Scores as Argentina Beats Bosnia-Herzegovina

Matthias Hangst/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil) — After being shutout in the 2010 World Cup, Lionel Messi wasted little time getting on the stat sheet in Brazil. On Sunday, Messi netted his first goal of the tournament in the 65th minute, helping to lead Argentina to a 2-1 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

It was the first goal that Messi scored in the World Cup since making his debut in the showcase in 2006. The 26-year-old captain worked a give-and-go with Gonzalo Higuain before receiving the ball at the top of the penalty box. He then maneuvered his way across the face of the goal, and away from defenders, before rifling a shot just inside the post to give Argentina a 2-0 lead.

Bosnia rallied late in the match, getting a goal from Vedad Ibisevic in the 85th minute. It was the first goal in the country’s history after qualifying for its first-ever World Cup.

An own goal just three minutes in put Bosnia in a hole early. Messi delivered a free kick towards goal that bounced off a head before deflecting off Sead Kolasinac’s shin.

Despite the win, the Argentinians were outshot 16-11 in the contest.

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San Antonio Spurs Win Fifth NBA Championship

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) — Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as San Antonio captured their fifth Larry O’Brien trophy with a 104-87 win over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.

The Heat jumped out to a 16-point lead in the first half, but the Spurs came roaring back, taking the lead for good when Leonard drilled a three with 4:47 left in the second quarter.

The 22-year-old Leonard was named the series MVP. He averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in the Finals.

The Spurs’ last NBA championship came back in 2007. It marked the team’s fourth title in nine years.

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Jimmie Johnson Wins Michigan 400

Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images(BROOKLYN, Mich.) — Cross another track off the list for Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson took home the checkered flag for the first time at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday and led 39 of the 200 laps.

Johnson has now won the last three out of four Sprint Cup races and has undoubtedly secured a spot in the Chase.

“I wasn’t taking anything for granted on that final trip around,” Johnson said.

“About 200 yards before the finish line, I knew if the car exploded, I’d still slide across the finish line,” Johnson joked. “That’s finally when I relaxed and let it go.”

It took the six-time Sprint Cup champion 25 times to finally get into Victory Lane at Michigan.

Kevin Harvick, who won the pole, finished in second and was followed by Brad Keselowski.

Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top five.

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Martin Kaymer Wins the U.S. Open

Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(PINEHURST, N.C.) — Martin Kaymer entered the final day of the U.S. Open with a five-stroke lead and never looked back to take home the first title at Pinehurst.

Kaymer shot 1-under 69 on Sunday to win by eight shots ahead of Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler.

Kaymer had history on his side; the last time someone blew a five-stroke lead entering the final day at the U.S. Open was 95 years ago.

Kaymer shot four rounds at 9-under 271 for his second major championship.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/15/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 5 (41-30) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (35-33)

New York Mets 3 (31-38) – San Diego Padres 1 (29-40)

Miami Marlins 3 (35-33) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (34-35) – 10 Innings

Chicago Cubs 3 (28-39) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (29-38)

Detroit Tigers 4 (36-29) – Minnesota Twins 3 (32-35)

NASCAR: Jimmie Johnson won the Michigan 400.

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Jimmie Johnson Wins the Michigan 400

Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images(BROOKLYN, Mich.) — Cross another track off the list for Jimmie Johnson. Johnson took home the checkered flag for the first time at Michigan on Sunday.

Johnson has now won the last three out of four Sprint Cup races and has undoubtedly secured a spot in the Sprint Cup championship race.

Kevin Harvick, who won the pole, finished in second and was followed by Brad Keselowski.

Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne rounded out the top five.

It took the six-time Sprint Cup champion 25 times to finally get into victory lane.

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Kentucky’s A.J. Reed Awarded Howser Trophy

iStockphoto(OMAHA, Neb.) — University of Kentucky junior left-handed pitcher and first baseman A.J. Reed was awarded the Dick Howser Trophy on Saturday. The honor is given to the player who best represents courage, character, leadership and performance.

On the diamond this season for the Wildcats, Reed batted .336 with 23 home runs and 73 RBIs. On the mound, he went 12-2 with a 2.09 ERA. He struck out 71 batters in 112 innings of work.

Houston selected Reed as a first baseman with the 42nd overall pick in this year’s MLB draft.

Other finalists for the award included LSU right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola, Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto, Kennesaw State catcher Max Pentecost and Oregon State right-handed pitcher Ben Wetzler.

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Adam Wainwright To Miss Monday’s Start Against N.Y. Mets

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright will miss his next start on Monday against the New York Mets because of a sore elbow.

The team has called it a precautionary move and expects Wainwright to return to the rotation next Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies. The two-time All-Star has been dealing with tendinitis in his pitching elbow.

On the season, Wainwright is 9-3 with a 2.15 ERA. He has struck out 91 batters in 100 1-3 innings of work.

Wainwright has won at least 19 games, three times in his nine-year career.

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