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Sports in brief: Japan gifts two goals for England

Soccer

Japan Gifts two goals to England

LONDON — England missed a penalty shot and needed two own goals to beat Japan 2-1 in a World Cup warmup Sunday. Japan's Marcus Tanaka scored a goal for each team, and Yuji Nakazawa deflected a cross past his goalkeeper, who earlier saved Frank Lampard's penalty shot.

"I am happy for the second half. I think we played better, faster. We found the space," said England coach Fabio Capello, who will name his final squad of 23 on deadline day Tuesday. "(In the first) we played too slow, passes wide. It was easy for the Japanese to defend."

The United States opens the World Cup against England on June 12. Their group also includes Slovenia and Algeria.

In other games involving World Cup teams, Ivory Coast squandered a two-goal lead to draw with Paraguay, Mexico outplayed nonqualifier Gambia 5-1 with two goals each by Javier Hernandez and Adolfo Bautista; France used a second-half goal from William Gallas to tie Tunisia 1-1; South Korea lost 1-0 to Belarus; and Nigeria tied Colombia 1-1.

Also, Germany defender Heiko Westermann will miss the World Cup because of a broken bone in his left foot, and Portugal defender Pepe (knee surgery) has been cleared to play.

Et cetera

Cycling: Ivan Basso won the Giro d'Italia for the second time, capturing his first major title since returning from a two-year doping ban. The Italian cruised to victory in the concluding individual time trial in Verona, beating David Arroyo Duran of Spain by 1 minute, 51 seconds. Basso won his first Giro in 2006.

HORSES: Chestoria and Minnie Punt each won a $100,000 New York-bred turf stakes race at Belmont Park. Chestoria rallied to beat Paraiba by 1¼ lengths in the Mount Vernon for fillies and mares. Minnie Punt won the Kingston, surging six-wide in the lane to run past Uncle T Seven by a half length. … Just Jenda pulled away in the stretch to win the $100,000 Monmouth Beach Stakes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., beating McVictory by 1½ lengths. In the co-feature, Strike It Rich posted a wire-to-wire win in the $100,000 Little Silver Stakes, beating In The Rough by a length.

Track: American decathlete Bryan Clay won the 100 meters, discus and javelin disciplines to finish with 8,483 points and capture the title at the Hypo Meeting in Goetzis, Austria. He also won in 2006. … American Carmelita Jeter won the women's 100 meters in 11.16 seconds at the FBK Games in Hengelo, Netherlands.

Times wires

Pro Basketball

Bankrupt Walker works on comeback

Former NBA star Antoine Walker is back in Kentucky practicing with his college coach, Rick Pitino.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that Walker, 33, is attempting to make a professional comeback after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy this month. He has been conditioning with Pitino at the University of Louisville. Walker played under Pitino at the Kentucky in the mid 1990s.

Walker says he knows he's "got one shot" to make it back into the league.

According to his bankruptcy filing, Walker reported having $4.3 million in assets and $12.7 million in liabilities. In November 2009, he agreed to pay more than $900,000 to settle bad check charges at three Las Vegas casinos and avoid trial on felony criminal charges.

Sports in brief: Japan gifts two goals for England 05/30/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 30, 2010 10:12pm]
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