U.S. blanks Honduras, 2-0

The Associated PressJuly 24, 2009 

Clarence Goodson and Kenny Cooper each scored to give the United States a 2-0 soccer victory over Honduras on Thursday night in Chicago and a spot in its third straight CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

The win was the U.S. team's third over Honduras in less than seven weeks and the second at Soldier Field.

The Americans, winners of the past two Gold Cup titles, will play either Costa Rica or Mexico in Sunday's final at The Meadowlands. Those teams played a late match in Chicago.

Goodson scored just before halftime, his first international goal. Cooper scored in the 90th minute to seal the victory.

U.S. goalkeeper Troy Perkins made an excellent save on a shot by Carlo Costly in the 85th minute, then former Duke standout Jay Heaps made a sliding block to clear the rebound and end the threat.

U.S. women sweep Canada: Christine Nairn's first international goal in the waning minutes late Wednesday at Charleston, S.C., gave the U.S. women a 1-0 victory over Canada and a three-game sweep of their friendly series. Nairn scored in the 89th minute after a perfect cross from Angela Hucles deep on the right wing. Abby Wambach tapped the ball to Lauren Cheney, whose shot was saved by goalkeeper Erin McLeod. But the ball deflected off Nairn as she charged toward the net and went into the goal.

RailHawks on the road: After two wins in two days at home last weekend, the Carolina RailHawks return to action this weekend hoping for similar results in a pair of league games.

The RailHawks visit Charleston, S.C., for the second time in two weeks to face the Battery (8-3-8) today at 7:30 p.m., then return home to face Miami (6-7-3) on Sunday at 2 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.

The RailHawks (9-4-3) have rediscovered their early-season form and enter the weekend riding a five-match winning streak, which includes two USL-1 matches and three friendlies. Since June 30, when the RailHawks beat the Panama National Team 1-0, the RailHawks have outscored their opponents 9-2 and posted three shutouts.

Blackhawks' Hossa will have surgery

The Chicago Blackhawks say recently signed right wing Marian Hossa will undergo surgery today on his right shoulder to repair a small tear in his rotator cuff.

Dr. Michael Terry, the team physician, said in a statement the recovery usually takes about four months, meaning Hossa probably won't be ready for the opener against the Florida Panthers on Oct. 2.

The Blackhawks knew about the injury when they signed the five-time All-Star to a 12-year, $62.8 million contract on July 1 and were hoping to avoid an operation. But his shoulder did not respond to treatment the past few weeks.

Cuban-Nelson conflict simmers

The feud between Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and former coach Don Nelson stretches back nearly seven years. But just how ugly and dysfunctional their relationship has become is being revealed.

Previously secret testimony and e-mail, now in the public record as part of legal proceedings initiated in the past 10 months, paint the picture of a spat that has turned two of the NBA's best-known figures into bitter adversaries.

The proceedings stem from a contract dispute over whether Nelson, now the coach of the Golden State Warriors, should be paid millions in salary he deferred while coaching the Mavericks from 1997 to 2005.

Cuban believes Nelson should get nothing, claiming Nelson breached a contract that made him a Mavericks consultant when he took the Golden State job in August 2006. Although an arbitrator ruled in Nelson's favor, Cuban has refused to pay the money, now totaling more than $7 million.

Bucks, Ilyasova agree to terms: The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to contract terms with Ersan Ilyasova, potentially sending the 6-foot-10 forward back to Milwaukee after two seasons overseas.

The Bucks took Ilyasova in the second round of the 2005 draft, and he appeared in 66 games for Milwaukee in the 2006-07 season, averaging 6.1 points and 2.9 rebounds, before playing the past two seasons with Spain's Regal FC Barcelona.

Eyenga turns downs Cavs: Christian Eyenga, a raw shooting guard drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers, will stay with his Spanish club rather than play with LeBron James next season.

Eyenga, 20, thanked Cleveland for drafting him with the 30th overall pick but said Thursday he doesn't feel ready for the NBA. The 6-5 player chose to sign a three-year contract extension with DKV Joventut.

Querrey advances in Indianapolis

Sam Querrey was one of the few seeded players who survived the second round of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships.

Querrey, seeded third, beat fellow American Rajeev Ram 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday. Ram had beaten Querrey in the finals of the ATP Hall of Fame Championship in Newport, R.I., on July 12 for his first ATP title.

Top seed Dmitry Tursunov advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Marcos Daniel of Brazil.

Tursunov, Querrey and seventh seed Marc Gicquel are the only seeded players to advance to the quarterfinals.

German Open: Nicolas Almagro ended his two-match losing streak against Robin Soderling by beating the third-seeded French Open runner-up 7-5, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals in Hamburg. The 14th-seeded Spaniard had lost to Soderling at Wimbledon and the Swedish Open last week.

Slovenia Open: Defending champion Sara Errani routed Klara Zakopalova 6-1, 6-1 in 50 minutes to reach the quarterfinals in Portoroz, Slovenia.

Camille Pin ousted eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-4, leaving only two seeds in the last eight, Errani and top-ranked Dinara Safina.

Gastein Ladies: Top-seeded Alize Cornet of France rallied to beat Patricia Mayr of Austria 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the second round at Bad Gastein, Austria. But Raluca Olaru of Romania upset third-seeded Sybille Bammer 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, and fourth-seeded Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic withdrew against Germany's Andrea Petkovic, citing a thigh injury after losing the first set 6-1.

Valuev gives Haye shot at WBA title

Tired of waiting for Vitali Klitschko, Nikolai Valuev will defend his WBA heavyweight title against David Haye in November.

The fight is likely to be in Germany on Nov. 7 with Haye, the brash former cruiserweight world champion now trying to make his name as a heavyweight, promising to be the first fighter to knock out the 7-foot Russian.

Valuev's German-based backers said they had been trying to set up a unification bout with Klitschko, the WBC champion, but they did not hear back from his management.

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