Everton beat Liverpool 1-0 yesterday on Lee Carsley's goal in the 68th minute to move into second place in the English Premier League. Carsley scored after Liverpool...

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Everton blanks Liverpool: Everton beat Liverpool 1-0 yesterday on Lee Carsley’s goal in the 68th minute to move into second place in the English Premier League.


Carsley scored after Liverpool failed to clear a ball from the penalty area.


Everton has 36 points, with third-place Arsenal at 34.


In perhaps the most anticipated game of the season, Arsenal plays today at home against league-leading Chelsea, which has 39 points.


Bayern Munich stays in first: Bayern Munich will spend the winter break in first place in the Bundesliga after tying Stuttgart 2-2 behind an assist and goal by reserve Paolo Guerrero.


Schalke gave up a late goal and tied last-place Freiburg 1-1, losing a chance to overtake Bayern in Germany’s top league.


Bayern and Schalke finished the first half of the season with 34 points, but Bayern has a better goal difference. The season resumes Jan. 21.


Indiana, UC-Santa Barbara meet for NCAA men’s title today: Today’s NCAA Men’s College Cup final between Indiana and UC-Santa Barbara in Carson, Calif., pits a perennial power against a team making its first championship appearance.


The second-seeded Hoosiers (18-4-1) seek their second consecutive NCAA title and their seventh overall. Meanwhile, the ninth-seeded Gauchos (21-2-1) are playing in the Final Four for the first time.


“It’s all set up for us,” UCSB coach Tim Vom Steeg said. “How sweet would it be to win a national championship and have it over a defending national champion, a six-time national champion?”


Junior defender Pat Scott of Seattle starts for UCSB.


The final is a rematch of a September game UCSB won 1-0 in double overtime. After that game, Indiana coach Mike Freitag criticized the Gauchos for “a lack of class” in Soccer America magazine for their physical style.


Hockey


Worldstars bow in Moscow: Nikolai Zherdev and Alexander Perezhogin scored 18 seconds apart, leading the Russian All-Stars past the Worldstars 5-4 in an exhibition game during the NHL lockout. The Worldstars are NHL players backed by the International Management Group.


Alexander Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Kovalev also scored for Russia, which surged to a 5-1 lead.


Ray Whitney scored twice for the Worldstars, with the other goals by Robin Regehr and Tony Amonte. The Worldstars are 1-1 on their 10-game, seven-country tour.


Gymnastics


Memmel, Sacramone gather gold medals: Chellsie Memmel won the uneven bars and Alicia Sacramone captured the vault in Birmingham, England, during the year’s final World Cup competition, marking a strong performance by U.S. women.


Diego Hypolito of Brazil won the men’s floor exercise; Yuri Van Gelder of the Netherlands took the still rings; and Xiao Qin of China won the gold on the pommel horse.


The World Cup finale continues today.


Swimming


Dutch relay team sets world record: The Netherlands’ 200-meter women’s medley relay team set a world record at the European short-course championships in Vienna, Austria.


The quartet of Hinkelien Schreuder, Moniek Nijhuis, Inge Dekker and Marleen Veldhuis won in 1 minute, 48.21 seconds. They surpassed the mark of 1:48.31 set by Sweden in Valencia, Spain, four years ago.


Among the men, Frederick Bousquet of France captured the 100 freestyle.


Memorabilia


Thorpe’s jersey sells for $284,350: Jim Thorpe’s Canton Bulldogs football jersey sold for $284,350 at auction, the highest price for a non-baseball jersey.


The black football sweater is from about 1916-17 and had been preserved by Thorpe’s third wife, Patricia. The jersey features a tan Canton “C” knit into the fabric and tan-and-red trim on each sleeve.


“We were proud to offer this unique piece of sports history and are just delighted that its record sale price honors Jim Thorpe for his monumental achievements,” said Josh Evans, founder and chairman of Lelands.com, which ran the auction.


Equestrian


Michaels-Beerbaum, Shutterfly team for victory: Top-ranked Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum of Germany and Shutterfly combined to win a first prize of $39,000 at a World Cup event in Geneva.


Michaels-Beerbaum and Shutterfly took first after Marcus Ehning of Germany knocked over the final fence.


Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa finished second, and Ehning was third.


Rodeo


Branquinho earns title: Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, Calif., wrapped up the world steer-wrestling championship, tying for third place in the ninth round of the 10-round National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.


Branquinho has earned $190,039 this year.


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