- - Sunday, June 12, 2011

SOCCER

U.S. couldn’t find footing in Gold Cup loss to Panama

TAMPA, FLA. — A slow start doomed the United States against Panama, slowing the Americans’ usual march to the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup.

Instead, the surprising Panamanians guaranteed themselves a spot in the next round of the tournament with a 2-1 victory over the favored U.S. on Saturday night.

Luis Tejada scored in the 19th minute and Gabriel Gomez converted a penalty kick later in the first half for Panama, which won for the first time in nine meetings with the Americans, who had never lost a match in the group stage of any Gold Cup.

Despite the loss, the U.S. can clinch a spot in the quarterfinals of the tournament that determines the champion for North and Central America and the Caribbean by beating Guadaloupe in its final Group C stage match Tuesday night in Kansas City.

The loss was just the second for the Americans in their past 21 Gold Cup games. They had been 6-0-2 against Panama, with all the meetings coming in Gold Cup or World Cup qualifying.

BOXING

Tyson among six inducted into sport’s Hall of Fame

CANASTOTA, N.Y. — Mike Tyson broke down in tears and cut short his speech while Sylvester Stallone proclaimed “Yo, Adrian, I did it!” as the two stars from different fields were inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Mexican champ Julio Cesar Chavez, Russian-born junior welterweight Kostya Tszyu, Mexican trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain and referee Joe Cortez also were inducted.

Tyson tried to honor the late trainer Cus D’Amato, who became his legal guardian after Tyson’s mother died and taught him the sweet science. But his eyes welled with tears and he apologized and walked away from the dais after only a moment or two.

AUTO RACING

Audi captures 10th title in 24 Hours of Le Mans

LE MANS, France — Audi overcame two spectacular crashes and held off a charging Peugeot to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday, giving the German carmaker its 10th title at the renowned endurance race.

Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer drove the Audi No. 2 to victory, moving Audi moved into sole possession of second place for most titles at Le Mans behind Porsche with 16. Ferrari is third with nine.

SWIMMING

Ryan, Twichell prevail in 5k at Open Water Championships

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Sean Ryan easily won the men’s 5-kilometer race at the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships on Sunday, leading from start to finish, while Ashley Twichell narrowly avoided a mistake at the end to win the women’s event.