Mon, Jun 24, 2013 - Page 18


Greece beat Mexico in U-20

It was disappointing night for Latin American teams at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup as Greece scored late to beat Mexico 2-1 and South American champions Colombia were held to 1-1 by Australia on Saturday. Greece scored first in Gaziantep through Andreas Bouchalakis in the 16th minute. Mexico’s Jorge Espericueta drew the CONCACAF champion level in the 40th of the Group D match with a wonderful long-range free-kick. Dimitrios Kolovos then made a turn in the area and scored a late winner in the 88th. Hosts Turkey made an ideal start with a 3-0 win over El Salvador to top Group C. Cenk Sahin launched an attack down the right side in the ninth before sending a low cross for Salih Ucan to slot home. The two teamed up again after halftime, as Ucan slipped a pass to Sahin, who scored the first of his two goals in the 46th. Seventeen minutes later, Sahin slotted home inside the far post to put the match out of reach. In the other Group D match, Paraguay and Mali settled for a 1-1 draw.


Almeria to return to Primera

UD Almeria will return to the Primera Division after a two-year absence next season after they sealed a 4-0 aggregate win over Girona in the promotion playoff final with a 3-0 win at home over the Catalans on Saturday night. Already leading 1-0 from the first-leg in Girona earlier in the week, Aleix Vidal got the hosts off to a perfect start on 17 minutes as he fired home from the edge of the area to give the Andalusians a comfortable advantage. Brazilian Charles, who also scored the winner in the first-leg, then sealed the victory on the night with two more goals in the second-half.


Rollins runs 12.26 seconds

Brianna Rollins equaled the fourth-fastest 100m hurdles ever run as she clocked a stunning 12.26 seconds at the US world championship trials on Saturday at Des Moines, Iowa. Finally catching an allowable wind, the 21-year-old US collegiate record holder sent a strong message to Australian Olympic and world champion Sally Pearson with the fastest time since 1992. Only Bulgarian Yordanka Donkova, whose 1988 world record is 12.21 seconds, and compatriot Ginka Zagorcheva, the former record holder, have run faster. Donkova has done so twice. Runner-up Queen Harrison (12.43 seconds), third-place finisher Nia Ali (12.48) and Beijing Olympic winner Dawn Harper, who has a wild card entry, also made the US team for the Aug. 10 to Aug. 18 world championships in Moscow.


Farah wins 5,000m

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah stormed to victory in the 5,000m at the European Team Championships on Saturday in his first British squad appearance since the London Games. Farah’s performance, capped by a blistering final lap of 50.89 seconds, helped Britain claim five wins to sit third out of 12 in the standings after the opening day in Gateshead. Farah took victory in 14 minutes, 10 seconds. “I had a text from [coach] Alberto [Salazar] this morning to just wait as late as possible,” the 30-year-old said. “I wasn’t allowed to do anything, wasn’t even allowed to go to the front, but I was tripping over as the race was so slow, so I went to the front, ran as easily as possible and went from the bell. I went hard. [Salazar] said just go, don’t build up.”