QINHUANGDAO, China (AP) Norway jumped on the United States from the opening whistle, getting two goals in the first four minutes Wednesday to beat the U.S. women's soccer team 2-0 at the Beijing Olympics.
Norway looked like the medal-contenders they're supposed to be, while the Americans never looked the part.
Leni Larsen Kaurin outjumped and outmuscled U.S. defender Lori Chalupny to head the ball over charging goalkeeper Hope Solo and into an open net in the second minute.
Two minutes later, Melissa Wiik latched onto a deep pass on the right side after the U.S. lost the ball in midfield. The Norwegian then outraced U.S. captain Christie Rampone and curled a right-footed shot past Solo and just inside the far post.
Ex-Toledo player faces point-shaving charge
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) A former University of Toledo basketball player has been charged with fixing games, according to a federal indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit.
Sammy Villegas, who played for four years at Toledo, is accused of shaving points in games during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons. Villegas, a guard who finished his career in 2006, also paid money to another player who took part in the point-shaving scheme, prosecutors said. The other player was not charged or named in the indictment, which was filed June 30.
Villegas was charged with conspiracy to influence sports contests by bribery and received money and other gifts in exchange for fixing games, prosecutors said.
Kansas coach signs new $30 million deal
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Bill Self, the Kansas basketball coach who guided the Jayhawks to their first NCAA championship in 20 years, signed a 10-year, $30 million contract Wednesday.
The deal had been in the works since April, when Self's Jayhawks came from nine points down in the final minutes to beat Memphis in a thrilling title game and he subsequently turned down an offer to return to Oklahoma State, his alma mater.
Salt Lake City fighter stopped in 8th round
NEW YORK (AP) Ali Oubaali stopped Chris Fernandez in the eighth round of a 10-round bout Wednesday night at the Aviator Club in Brooklyn.
Oubaali (22-3, 18 knockouts), a 137-pounder from France now fighting out of New York, outclassed Fernandez of Salt Lake City throughout and finished him off at 1:39 of the eighth round after opening a deep cut over Fernandez's left eye in the seventh.
Oubaali pounded away at the eye of Fernandez (15-5-1) in the next round, and referee Steve Willis stopped the bout.
Rockies try to shore up their pitching staff
DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies got a pair of pitching reinforcements Wednesday, claiming Livan Hernandez off waivers from the Minnesota Twins and activating Jeff Francis from the disabled list.
Hernandez, a former World Series MVP and two-time All-Star, was 10-8 with a 5.48 ERA in 23 starts before the Twins designated him for assignment Friday to make roster room for Francisco Liriano.
"We've been struggling with our rotation this year," Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd said. "He's a great addition."
Hernandez, a 33-year-old right-hander, spent his previous 13 seasons in the NL with Florida (1996-99), San Francisco (1999-02), Montreal/Washington (2003-06) and Arizona (2006-07).
Yanks' Chamberlain put on 15-day DL
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Joba Chamberlain was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday by the New York Yankees with rotator cuff tendinitis in his pitching shoulder.
The club said Chamberlain will rest for about a week before beginning a throwing program.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he had no specifics to report regarding Chamberlain's examination by noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Alabama. Chamberlain was sent to see Andrews after undergoing an MRI on his ailing right shoulder Tuesday.
The 22-year-old right-hander was removed from Monday night's start against Texas in the fifth inning with stiffness in his shoulder.
Chamberlain was moved from the bullpen to the rotation this season. He is 4-3 with a 2.63 ERA in 32 games, including 12 starts.
Barcelona romps past Red Bulls 6-2
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Samuel Eto'o scored two goals and Xavi Hernandez added a goal and two assists to lead FC Barcelona to a 6-2 win over the New York Red Bulls in an international friendly on Wednesday night.
FC Barcelona won the match handily despite playing without stars Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi.
The match came several hours after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Barcelona could keep Messi from playing for his native Argentina in the upcoming Olympics.