February 9, 2013
Rafael Nadal won his first of two matches Friday in a test of his sore left knee, defeating fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver , 6-1, 6-4, to reach the semifinals of the VTR Open in Chile. Nadal had not played for seven months until he took the court earlier this week in the Pacific coastal resort city. With a doubles match set for later Friday, Nadal will have played five matches in four days. He's yet to lose a set. Li Na pulled out of next week's Qatar Open because of the ankle injury she sustained in the Australian Open final.
October 4, 2013 |
THE UNION has four games remaining. They currently are in possession of the last playoff spot in the MLS Eastern Conference. Both the Columbus Crew and New England Revolution are nipping at their heels for the spot, which is why the team knows the importance of the final stretch. Manager John Hackworth has his own formula for what he believes will get the Union into the playoffs. He believes that after their upset win last week over Sporting Kansas City, they need six or seven points over their next four games to secure a spot.
November 27, 2013 |
Major League Soccer released the schedule for the 2014 season on Monday, with the Union opening their season on March 8 on the road against the Portland Timbers as part of a seven-match opening day. The league will take a two-week break from June 12 to 25 during the World Cup in Brazil, and the regular season ends on Oct. 26. The Union's slate features 23 Saturday games, the most since the team began MLS play in 2010. Eight Union games will be shown on national TV, including a prime-time matchup against the New York Red Bulls on July 16 on ESPN2.
October 9, 2014 |
Zac MacMath is back in goal, a place that the confident fourth-year Union keeper never felt he should have left. "You take that and use it as a chip on your shoulder, more reason to prove people wrong and prove that I deserve to be a starter," MacMath said Tuesday about his demotion. The Union's interim manager, Jim Curtin, said MacMath would be in goal for Saturday's crucial game with the Columbus Crew at PPL Park after the team made the expected announcement that Rais Mbolhi would be joining Algeria to compete in the African Cup of Nations.
November 24, 2008 |
Guillermo Barros Schelotto assisted on all three Columbus Crew goals yesterday in a 3-1 MLS Cup victory over the New York Red Bulls in Carson, Calif. The 35-year-old Argentinian received the game's MVP award to go with the regular-season MVP trophy he picked up earlier in the week. Columbus coach Sigi Schmid hoisted the Cup in the home stadium of the Los Angeles Galaxy, a team that fired him in 2004. Columbus and New York were original members of the MLS when it began in 1996, and both were playing in the league championship for the first time.
October 30, 2011 |
Union midfielder Brian Carroll kept an impressive postseason streak alive when the Union qualified for their first-ever Major League Soccer playoff berth. Now in his ninth MLS season and first with the Union, Carroll has been a member of teams that qualified for the postseason each year. While he didn't play in the playoffs his first year with D.C. United in 2003, since then he has appeared in 18 playoff games and started each one. Carroll was on two MLS Cup champions, with D.C. United in 2004 and the Columbus Crew in 2008.
August 8, 2012 |
A CORONER said signs pointed to "an apparent natural death" pending results from toxicology tests and on other tissue after an autopsy performed on Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso on Monday. The 22-year-old Urso was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m. Sunday at Grant Medical Center after collapsing at a downtown Columbus bar and restaurant. Franklin County Coroner Jan Gorniak said toxicology tests will not be finalized for 4 to 6 weeks. "It's leaning toward an apparent natural death, but we don't know why," Gorniak said.
April 14, 2012
The Union have lost their spark for the next six to eight weeks. Midfielder Roger Torres, 19, had surgery Friday morning to repair meniscus damage in his left knee, suffered after he sprained his MCL in Monday's 4-2 reserve win over New England. Torres' role on the Union has been as the second-half offensive firecracker, generally entering late in matches. He assisted Lionard Pajoy on the Union's second goal of the season against Colorado in Week 2. The Union purchased the rights of Torres from Colombian first-division club America de Cali in the offseason.
April 15, 2013
Trey Burke , the Associated Press men's player of the year, is leaving Michigan early for the NBA draft. Burke led Michigan to the NCAA title game as a sophomore. The 6-foot point guard averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game this season. He made perhaps the most memorable shot of the NCAA tournament, a long three-pointer in the final seconds against Kansas that sent the regional semifinal to overtime. Connecticut's latest victory parade had a French Quarter feel to it. About 10,000 fans lined Hartford's Bushnell Park on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon to cheer the national champion UConn women as they passed by on the top of a double-decker bus, tossing Mardi Gras beads to the crowd.