After the stomping, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann got stumped. Not long after his team was overrun 4-2 on Wednesday night in an international...
Belgium doubles up U.S. men
After the stomping, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann got stumped.
Not long after his team was overrun 4-2 on Wednesday night in an international friendly in Cleveland by a talented Belgium team that dominated the Americans for 90 minutes, Klinsmann was asked if there were three positives to be taken from the loss.
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“Um,” Klinsmann said, pausing. “Three? You challenge me with three?”
Klinsmann smiled and then danced around coming up with an adequate answer.
There really wasn’t much he could say.
Christian Benteke scored two goals in the second half and Marouane Fellaini had another as Belgium took advantage of U.S. defensive breakdowns and scored three times after halftime in a one-sided thrashing of the Americans, who hoped the match — and an upcoming one Sunday in Washington, D.C., against Germany — would help get them ready for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Belgium, boasting a strong roster with 10 players from the English Premier League, overpowered a U.S. team that has some work to do on defense before it can even think about making the field for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Paterno’s estate to sue NCAA
The estate of the late Penn State coach Joe Paterno and several university trustees and former players plan to sue the NCAA over the landmark sanctions against the university for the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.
The Paterno family’s attorney, Wick Sollers, told Bob Costas on the NBC Sports Network’s “Costas Tonight” show airing Wednesday evening that former coaches and faculty members are part of the suit. Excerpts from Costas’ interviews with Sollers and other representatives for the family were provided by the network.
According to NBC Sports Network, Sollers said NCAA president Mark Emmert and Oregon State president Edward Ray — who was chair of the NCAA’s executive committee — are also named in the planned litigation. The lawsuit also takes issue with the NCAA’s use of former FBI director Louis Freeh’s scathing findings for the university on the scandal in levying the strict sanctions last July.
Among the penalties were a four-year bowl ban, steep scholarship cuts and a $60 million fine.
Conference commissioners won’t pick teams for Playoff
The conference commissioners who put together the College Football Playoff will not be allowed to serve on the committee that selects the teams that will play in it.
The commissioners are still working on the structure of the selection committee for the new postseason system that starts in 2014. But they have eliminated themselves from consideration.
BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock says the commissioners would like the committee to have geographic balance.
“Conferences have been invited to submit names,” he said. “Probably about 20.”
No cause of death for former quarterback
A cause of death was not determined after an autopsy on the body of a Michigan man who played Division II football and was one of the most successful quarterbacks in college history.
There was no obvious sign of heart trauma on 30-year-old Cullen Finnerty, Lake County Sheriff Robert Hilts said.
Finnerty’s body was discovered Tuesday in woods in western Michigan, 65 miles north of Grand Rapids, after a search by dozens of people, including former teammates, coaches and current players at Grand Valley State University in Allendale.
Source says Gronkowski
will have back surgery
New England tight end Rob Gronkowski will have back surgery on a disk in mid-June.
A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that Gronkowski will undergo the surgery next month, which means he will miss the rest of offseason training activities with the Patriots. He could return for training camp at the end of July.
Gronkowski missed the 2009 season at the University of Arizona after back surgery.
Earlier this month, he underwent a fourth procedure on his left forearm, which he broke last season, to treat an infection.
Texans’ Foster out until camp
Running back Arian Foster will miss the rest of Houston’s organized team activities and the team’s minicamp because of a strained right calf, coach Gary Kubiak said.
Denver adds CB Jammer
Denver signed free-agent cornerback Quentin Jammer, 33, the longtime San Diego Charger, after missing out on safety Charles Woodson, who decided to return to Oakland.
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