Donovan: Mexico would not help U.S.
Mexico needed, and got, a late comeback by the United States against Panama on Tuesday to have its 2014 World Cup hopes preserved. American star Landon Donovan says he wouldn't count on Mexico to save the United States if the situation were reversed.
Mexico, a 2-1 loser to Costa Rica in a Cup qualifier Tuesday, was a minute away from failing to qualify for the Cup, but the United States rallied to beat Panama 3-2 with two goals in stoppage time, eliminating Panama instead.
Donovan didn't play in the game, but the midfielder told mlssoccer.com he did not think Mexico would have exerted the same effort to win if the United States was on the brink.
"It was a miracle for (Mexico), and it says a lot about the American spirit," Donovan said. "I can't imagine that if the roles were reversed that they would have done the same."
Had Panama beaten the United States, it would have finished fourth in the CONCACAF standings, eliminating Mexico. Instead, Mexico, finished fourth and advanced to play a two-legged playoff against New Zealand.
England: Manchester United allowed a late goal against Southampton for a 1-1 tie, and Arsenal maintained its Premier League lead, routing Norwich 4-1. Defending champ United is in eighth place, eight points behind Arsenal.
Russell nicked on airport gun charge
Hall of Famer Bill Russell was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on luggage last week.
Airport police arrested Russell on Wednesday night at a security screening after agents noticed a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol in his carry-on bag, the Transportation Security Administration said.
Russell, 79, was turned over to Port of Seattle police and cited on a state charge of having a weapon in a prohibited area. Russell had a permit for the gun, which was loaded with six rounds and confiscated, and he was released.
Airline passengers are permitted to travel with firearms only in checked baggage and unloaded.
Heat: LeBron James said he wants to play in an NFL game. James, who played football in high school, was responding to a question on his Twitter account Friday.
Jazz: Forward-center Derrick Favors signed a four-year extension. Terms weren't available. Favors, the third overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Nets, would have become a restricted free agent after this season.
Horses: Saratoga Snacks, owned by Hall of Fame football coach Bill Parcells, won the $250,000 Empire Classic, the richest race of Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park.
Tennis: Tampa resident Sam Stosur beat doubles partner Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-4 and faces Simona Halep in the Kremlin Cup final in Moscow. In the men's semis, Richard Gasquet beat Ivo Karlovic 7-4, 7-5, and qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin upset defending champ Andreas Seppi 6-1, 1-6, 6-4. Gasquet's vying for the eighth and final spot in the ATP Tour Finals. … Top seed Caroline Wozniacki beat No. 3 Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 6-4 in the Luxembourg Open semis and faces Annika Beck in the final.
Greyhounds: Flying Sebastian, Kiowa India Tuff, Lk's Winamuca and Penrose Zeb won opening-round qualifying races in the $20,000 Fall Juvenile Stakes at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. Qualifying resumes Wednesday night.
Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires