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Sep 11, 2013

Soccer-Qualification just the start of test for Klinsmann’s U.S.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept 11 (Reuters) – The United States celebrated qualification for the World Cup finals with a 2-0 victory over Mexico on Tuesday but the true test of Juergen Klinsmann’s team will not come until Brazil itself.

As champagne flowed and official tee-shirts declaring ‘Qualified’ were snapped up by fans partying around Crew Stadium, there was a quiet word of caution from one of the team’s hardened realists.

Sep 11, 2013

U.S. and Costa Rica celebrate, Mexico in trouble

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – The United States and Costa Rica celebrated qualification to next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil while Mexico fell further into disarray on Tuesday after a dramatic night of action in the CONCACAF region.

Second-half goals from Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan gave Juergen Klinsmann’s United States a 2-0 win over Mexico to move them to top of the standings on 16 points.

Sep 11, 2013

U.S. seal World Cup berth with win over Mexico

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – The United States qualified for the World Cup finals in Brazil after second half goals from Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan gave them a 2-0 home win over Mexico on Tuesday.

With Honduras drawing 2-2 with Panama and Costa Rica held to a 1-1 draw in Jamaica, the Americans stand on top of the CONCACAF standings on 16 points with two games remaining.

Sep 11, 2013

Johnson, Donovan put U.S. on brink of Brazil berth

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – Second half goals from Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan gave the United States a 2-0 win at home to Mexico on Tuesday that virtually assured them of a place in the World Cup finals next year in Brazil.

The U.S. are top of the CONCACAF standings on 16 points and will be officially through to Brazil so long as Panama do not beat Honduras later on Tuesday.

Sep 11, 2013

Soccer-Johnson, Donovan put U.S on brink of Brazil berth

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Second half goals from Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan gave the United States a 2-0 win at home to Mexico on Tuesday that virtually assured them of a place in the World Cup finals next year in Brazil.

The U.S. are top of the CONCACAF standings on 16 points and will be officially through to Brazil so long as Panama do not beat Honduras later on Tuesday.

Sep 10, 2013

Nadal crowns his ‘most emotional season’ ever

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Engulfed in a mixture of relief and utter joy, Rafael Nadal fell on his back and covered his face with his hands after beating Novak Djokovic in four sets to win the U.S. Open, the 13th grand slam title of his career.

A year ago, Nadal was sat at home watching on television as Andy Murray defeated Djokovic, dealing with the knee injuries which had raised questions over his longevity in the sport.

Sep 10, 2013

Tennis-Nadal crowns his ‘most emotional season’ ever

NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Engulfed in a mixture of relief and utter joy, Rafael Nadal fell on his back and covered his face with his hands after beating Novak Djokovic in four sets to win the U.S. Open, the 13th grand slam title of his career.

A year ago, Nadal was sat at home watching on television as Andy Murray defeated Djokovic, dealing with the knee injuries which had raised questions over his longevity in the sport.

Sep 9, 2013

Mexico face U.S. with little room for error

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mexico face the United States in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday knowing that anything but a victory would seriously compromise their aim of a place in next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.

While CONCACAF group leaders Costa Rica can secure their place in the finals with a victory in Kingston against bottom-placed Jamaica and the United States, despite their 3-1 loss to Costa Rica on Friday, remain well-placed in second spot, Mexico are becoming increasingly desperate.

Sep 9, 2013

Soccer-Mexico face U.S. with little room for error

NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Mexico face the United States in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday knowing that anything but a victory would seriously compromise their aim of a place in next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.

While CONCACAF group leaders Costa Rica can secure their place in the finals with a victory in Kingston against bottom-placed Jamaica and the United States, despite their 3-1 loss to Costa Rica on Friday, remain well-placed in second spot, Mexico are becoming increasingly desperate.

Sep 9, 2013

Serena Williams shows no signs of fading, matches Federer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It has been 14 years since Serena Williams won her first U.S. Open but there was no hint of decline as the 31-year-old American outlasted Victoria Azarenka to claim her fifth U.S. Open singles title on Sunday.

Initially frustrated by a swirling wind at Arthur Ashe Stadium and shaken by Azarenka’s second set comeback from 4-1 down, Williams regained the momentum in the third set with her power and range of strokes propelling her to a 17th grand slam title.

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