Tiny Iceland bounces England out of Euro tournament
NICE, France — Iceland pulled off one of the biggest shocks in European Championship history, or in international soccer history, by beating England 2-1 in the round of 16 on Monday as the small Scandinavian nation continued its astonishing run.
England led 1-0 in the fourth minute through Wayne Rooney's penalty. Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scored to put England behind by the 18th minute, and Iceland — population 330,000, by far the smallest nation ever to qualify for the Euros — defended superbly from there. Iceland faces host France on Sunday in a quarterfinal in Saint-Denis.
"They thought that this would be a walk in the park," Sigurdsson said. "We had faith in our ability."
The shocking loss ended the four-year reign of England coach Roy Hodgson, whose contract was up after the tournament anyway. His reign ended in perhaps England's biggest humiliation since losing 1-0 to the United States in 1950 World Cup.
Iceland's upset win overshadowed Italy's strong performance in Saint-Denis, where the Azzuri eliminated two-time defending champion Spain 2-0. Giorgio Chiellini, a member of Italy's resilient defense, put his team ahead with a goal in the 33rd minute, and Graziano Pelle's goal in second-half injury time ended all doubt. Italy next faces Germany on Saturday in Bordeaux.
Messi says he'll quit playing for Argentina
Lionel Messi says he's quitting Argentina's national team. Sunday night, Argentina and Messi lost a major tournament final for the third year in a row, with Chile winning Copa America 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie in East Rutherford, N.J. His nation's captain and career scoring leader with 55 goals in 113 international appearances, Messi sent Argentina's first penalty kick over the crossbar. "The national team is over for me," Messi told the Argentine network TyC Sports. "It's been four finals, it's not meant for me. I tried."
Gallagher apologizes for truck series fight
Spencer Gallagher apologized for his role in a fight with John Wes Townley during Saturday's NASCAR truck series race at Gateway Motorsports Park. They were involved in two on-track incidents that culminated in a scuffle. "My crew, who have worked so hard to get me to where I am this season, did not deserve to have their night ended in that way," Gallagher said. After both drivers climbed from their damaged trucks, Townley charged at Gallagher, knocked him to the ground and landed several punches in the middle of the track.
Cycling: Thermal cameras will be used at the Tour de France to help eradicate the possibility of riders using hidden motors inside their bikes, junior minister for sports Thierry Braillard said. French science and technology company CEA will provide the technology.
Manziel case: Bob Hinton, the attorney who accidentally sent the Associated Press a text message with details related to Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel's domestic violence case, resigned from the defense team. Manziel's spokeswoman, Denise Michaels, confirmed it.