- - Monday, May 9, 2011


Dumfries’ Krieger selected to Women’s World Cup roster

Ali Krieger of Dumfries was one of 21 players named Monday to the U.S. squad for this summer’s Women’s World Cup in Germany.

Krieger, 25, a defender, starred at Forest Park High School before moving on to Penn State. She spent the past four years playing professionally in Germany. Krieger has made 15 appearances for the U.S. national team, and this will be her first World Cup.

The U.S. roster assembled by coach Pia Sundhage includes several veterans led by captain Christie Rampone, the last remaining holdout from the 1999 World Cup championship team. Rampone will be playing in her fourth World Cup; Shannon Boxx and Abby Wambach are back for the third time.

The tournament runs June 26-July 17; the U.S. opens June 28 against North Korea in Dresden.


Els leads class of six into World Golf Hall of Fame

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. - Ernie Els followed the trail of South African idol Gary Player by winning golf tournaments all over the world, a journey that took him all the way to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Els, a three-time major champion and the ultimate global player of his generation, was among six people inducted Monday night at the World Golf Village.

Els was elected on the PGA Tour ballot. Japanese icon Jumbo Ozaki, who won more than 100 tournaments, was chosen on the International ballot. Doug Ford and the late Jock Hutchison, both two-time major champions, were selected in the Veterans category.


FBI file: Steinbrenner blamed bad advice for conviction

George Steinbrenner blamed an illegal corporate campaign contribution to President Richard Nixon on bad legal advice, according to FBI documents released Monday.

Steinbrenner, who died last year after a tumultuous reign as owner of the New York Yankees, pleaded guilty in 1974 to a conspiracy to funnel corporate campaign contributions to politicians, and to making a “false and misleading” explanation of a $25,000 donation to Nixon’s campaign and trying to influence and intimidate employees of his shipbuilding company to give that false information to a grand jury.


Roddick swept out in opening round of Italian Open

ROME - Andy Roddick extended his troubled start to the clay-court season with a 6-3, 6-3 loss to Gilles Simon in the first round of the Italian Open on Monday.

Simon broke Roddick’s serve in the first game of the match and quickly recovered a break by the 12th-seeded American in the opening game of the second set, then cruised from there. Another American, 11th-seeded Mardy Fish, rallied to beat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.


Switzerland upends U.S. 5-3 in world championship

KOSICE, SLOVAKIA - The United States lost to Switzerland 5-3 Monday at hockey’s world championship, a defeat that leaves the Americans facing defending champion Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.

The U.S. already had qualified for the playoff round. It finished fourth in Group F and now awaits the Czechs on Wednesday. Switzerland, which got two goals from Kevin Lotscher, already had been eliminated.

James van Riemsdyk scored for the Americans a day after joining the team following the Philadelphia Flyers’ exit from the NHL playoffs.


Kentucky Derby entry Archarcharch retired with fractured front leg

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. - Archarcharch was retired from racing Sunday after the colt suffered a fractured left front leg during the Kentucky Derby. Surgery revealed additional cartilage damage.

Owner Bob Yagos could tell something was different about the horse’s stride after the Arkansas Derby winner stumbled out of the gate on the way to a 15th-place finish.

It wasn’t until five minutes after the race that Yagos learned his horse had been taken from the track in an ambulance. “That was like somebody had just stabbed you in the heart,” he said.

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