May 6, 2012 |
Chelsea won the FA Cup for the fourth time in six seasons, beating Liverpool, 2-1, on a second-half goal by Didier Drogba on Saturday in London's Wembley Stadium. Drogba became the first player to score in four finals and helped the Blues survive a late onslaught by Liverpool. Ramires scored in the 11th minute to put Chelsea in front, capitalizing on blunders by Liverpool. In the 52d, Drogba scored his eighth goal in eight games at Wembley, sending the ball through defender Martin Skrtel's legs and into the net after a pass from Frank Lampard.
April 17, 2011 |
Yaya Toure scored in the 52d minute as Manchester City ended Manchester United's chances of winning three trophies in the same season, beating its local rival, 1-0, at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday to reach its first FA Cup final in 30 years. The result left United, the Premier League leaders, still in contention for the domestic championship and Champions League. Toure scored after intercepting a poor clearance by United's Michael Carrick. United was reduced to 10 men in the 72d minute when Paul Scholes drew a red card for a dangerous lunge.
May 15, 2011 |
WEMBLEY, England - Manchester City ended its 35-year trophy drought Saturday, winning the FA Cup on Yaya Toure's second-half goal in a 1-0 victory over Stoke. Toure struck an unstoppable shot in the 74th minute after Mario Balotelli's deflected effort fell into his path. The Ivory Coast midfielder, a $38.9 million transfer from Barcelona last summer, was immediately mobbed by his teammates. Toure also scored the winning goal against Manchester United in the semifinal. City manager Roberto Mancini, along with jubilant captain Carlos Tevez, were among the last to leave the pitch after the victory gave City its first trophy since the 1976 League Cup and its fifth FA Cup win, 42 years after the last.
February 15, 2013
Parma at AC Milan 2:30 p.m. Friday (beIN Sport) Italy striker Mario Balotelli has settled in quickly at AC Milan, scoring three goals in his first two games since moving back to Serie A from the English Premier League's Manchester City. Everton at Oldham Athletic 1 p.m. Saturday (Fox Soccer Channel) After knocking Liverpool out of the FA Cup, third-tier Oldham hosts another Merseyside team in topflight Everton and its U.S. keeper, Tim Howard. Oldham's Matt Smith had two goals against Liverpool.
March 19, 2012
In Indian Wells, Calif., Roger Federer defeated John Isner , 7-6 (7), 6-3, to win his record fourth BNP Paribas Open title on Sunday, avenging a loss to the American who beat him in Davis Cup play last month. Victoria Azarenka routed Maria Sharapova , 6-2, 6-3, for the women's title in the WTA Tour's first final between the No. 1 and No. 2 players since 2008. SOCCER: Bolton player Fabrice Muamba was still fighting for his life in intensive care, remaining in critical condition a day after collapsing due to cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match Saturday night against Tottenham in London.
January 28, 2013
Tiger Woods is going to have to wait to pursue a seventh win at Torrey Pines. Thick fog forced a long delay Saturday in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. Players began the round after a three-hour delay, only for the fog to return five minutes after they started. No one finished more than one hole. Officials hoped to finish before dark Sunday. It will be the second of four PGA Tour events this year that went an extra day. The Tournament of Champions was reduced to 54 holes and completed on Tuesday.
August 5, 2011
Manchester United vs. New York Cosmos 2:30 p.m. Friday (Fox Soccer Channel) One of the most glamorous names in American soccer history is officially revived, as Man U. hosts a testimonial match for retiring midfielder Paul Scholes. Brian McBride, Brad Friedel, Fabio Cannavaro and others will play as guests with the under-23s of the Cosmos. Borussia Dortmund vs. Hamburg 2:30 p.m. Friday (GolTV) As a new season kicks off in Germany, Dortmund begin the defense of their Bundesliga title.
March 10, 2013
The Colorado Rapids' home opener Saturday against the Union was postponed until Sunday because of a blizzard. Originally, the Rapids had said the game would be played no matter the weather, but the snowstorm intensified and the game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., was pushed back a day by Major League Soccer. Travel was advised only in case of an emergency in Adams County, where 14 inches of snow and 40-m.p.h. winds were expected. Elsewhere: Forward Robert Earnshaw scored two goals to lead Toronto FC to a 2-1 win in its home opener against Sporting Kansas City at the Rogers Centre, and snap a 15-game MLS winless streak going back to last season.
January 10, 2014
The Week in Soccer América at Tijuana 10:30 p.m. Friday (WZPA-33, ESPN Deportes) U.S. national team veterans Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, and Hérculez Gómez lead Tijuana against the reigning Mexican champions. As the World Cup grows ever closer, it's a chance for Tijuana's American contingent to make its case to be on the plane to Brazil. Sunderland at Fulham 10 a.m. Saturday (Premier League Extra Time, NBCSports.com) Both of these teams have U.S. national team stars on their rosters: Jozy Altidore at Sunderland and Clint Dempsey at Fulham.