US edge host Panama
Graham Zusi scored his first goal for the US in the eighth minute to give the 10-man US side a 1-0 victory in a friendly match in Panama on Wednesday. It was the third victory in a row for the US squad, which moved to 4-4 with one drawn under new coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who replaced the fired Bob Bradley six months ago. The US, who beat Venezuela 1-0 at home on Saturday, won despite playing a man down after Geoff Cameron received a red card in the 51st minute for shoving Blas Perez from behind.
Mexico beat Venezuela 3-1
Rafael Marquez Lugo and Oribe Peralta scored late in the second half to give Mexico a 3-1 victory against Venezuela in a friendly in the US on Wednesday. Marquez Lugo tapped the go-ahead goal into an empty net in the 88th minute, and Peralta stumbled into a turnover and converted about about a minute later. Venezuela jumped to lead in the 52nd minute, when forward Edgar Greco headed in a corner by captain Micky Mea Vitali, squeezing the low shot past Mexico ’keeper Jesus Corona. It took Mexico, playing without any of its Europe-based players, more than 15 minutes and a couple of offensive-minded substitutions to react. Experienced defender Carlos Salcido collected a pass from the left flank and, given space, he sent a blast past Venezuela goalkeeper Leonardo Morales to equalize in the 68th minute.
Leafs sign Liles to extension
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenseman John-Michael Liles to a four-year contract extension, the NHL team said on Wednesday. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed, but media reports in Toronto said the deal was worth US$15.5 million. Liles, second among Toronto defensemen with 21 points in 34 games this season, has missed the team’s past 15 games because of a concussion. The Maple Leafs acquired Liles, 31, from the Colorado Avalanche last June for a second-round draft pick in 2012. He was originally drafted in the fifth round of the 2000 NHL Draft by Colorado, where he played seven seasons.
Colts name Pagano coach
The Indianapolis Colts named former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano as their new head coach, the NFL team said on Wednesday. The Colts fired head coach Jim Caldwell last week after finishing tied with the NFL’s worst record for last year’s season. Pagano, 51, joined the Ravens in 2008 and spent his first three seasons as the team’s defensive secondary coach before being named defensive coordinator for last year’s season. Under Pagano, the Ravens had the NFL’s third-best defense in terms of fewest yards allowed last year after finishing 10th in that category the previous season.
Wigan sign Beausejour
Premier League tailenders Wigan signed Chilean international midfielder Jean Beausejour from Championship outfit Birmingham City on Wednesday. The 27-year-old — capped 43 times — signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the transfer fee not being revealed as he sealed a move to what is his 10th club in his career and after barely two years with Birmingham. Beausejour, who has played for, among others, Swiss side Servette and Belgian outfit Ghent, played 39 times for Birmingham, scoring three times, and came on as a substitute in their shock 2-1 win over Arsenal in last season’s League Cup final.