US Preps for Qualifier With 0-0 Tie Vs. Canada
HOUSTON -- The United States prepped for its opening game in the final round of World Cup qualifying with a dull 0-0 tie against Canada late Tuesday night as defender Omar Gonzalez returned to the American national team lineup after a two-year absence.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann changed all 11 starters from November's 2-2 tie at Russia and is likely to change the entire lineup against for the Feb. 6 qualifier against Honduras at San Pedro Sula.
Gonzalez was the senior member of the backline. Making his third international appearance, the 6-foot-5 Los Angeles Galaxy center back was joined by three players making their national team debuts: right back Tony Beltran, center back Matt Besler and left back Justin Morrow. Will Bruin and Alfredo Morales made their debuts when they entered in the 74th minute.
With Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore and the other regulars remaining with their clubs in Europe for weekend matches, the U.S. started an all-Major League Soccer lineup for the first time since January 2007 against Denmark.
Vijay Singh Admits Using Deer-Antler Spray
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Vijay Singh has admitted he used deer-antler spray, saying he wasn't aware that it may contain a substance banned by the PGA Tour.
The 49-year-old Fijian first revealed he used the spray in an interview with Sports Illustrated. The magazine says Singh paid one of Sports With Alternatives To Steroids' owners $9,000 last November for the spray, hologram chips and other products.
The magazine also reported Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sought help from SWATS in his recovery from a torn right triceps.
Singh released a statement Wednesday at the Phoenix Open, saying: "While I have used deer-antler spray, at no time was I aware that it may contain a substance that is banned under the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policy."
Nadal Plans To Play Despite Troublesome Knee
MANACOR, Spain -- One week before his expected return to tennis, Rafael Nadal says his left knee still hurts.
The 26-year-old Spaniard is scheduled to play next week in Chile before heading to tournaments in Brazil and Mexico.
Speaking Wednesday on the island of Mallorca, Nadal says that although his knee is better, "sometimes it still hurts ... but I have to start sooner or later."
Nadal says playing at the three Latin American tournaments "will be very useful." He says he is "fine, enthusiastic," after not playing since losing to Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon.
Missing Snowmobiler Found Alive Near Pa. Resort
JENNERSTOWN, Pa. -- State police and emergency crews have found a snowmobiler alive, three days after he left to ride alone in the Laurel Mountains in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Troopers from the Somerset barracks say 50-year-old Bruce Maust was found near Seven Springs Mountain Resort, a ski area about 45 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Maust had been last seen when he left to ride near Jennerstown about 3 p.m. Sunday.
The man's family says he suffers from a medical condition which can cause dementia. It wasn't immediately clear if that contributed to Maust being lost or missing.
Crews searched about 12 hours each on Monday and Tuesday before finding him late Wednesday morning. He was being looked after by paramedics, but appeared to be in good condition.
Alfredsson Helps Senators Rout Canadiens 5-1
OTTAWA -- Daniel Alfredsson scored his first goal of the season and the Ottawa Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-1 on Wednesday night.
Jim O'Brien, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Phillips and Chris Neil also scored for the Senators, and Craig Anderson had 31 saves in his 300th career game.
Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal, which had won four straight. Peter Budaj made 22 stops in his season debut.
Down 4-1 in the third, the Canadiens made a desperate push to get back in the game, but Anderson made numerous point-blank saves, including two on Brandon Prust.
Neil made it 5-1 with a wraparound goal with just over five minutes left.