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KIEV, Ukraine—Andriy Shevchenko trumped Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Monday, scoring
two great headers to give Ukraine a 2-1 win over Sweden at the European
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given Sweden the lead in the 52nd minute, Shevchenko responded by heading in the
equalizer just three minutes later and then added the winner in the 62nd. “We
showed today our character, our good football,” Shevchenko said. “We have very
good chances to qualify.” The victory gives Ukraine a serious chance of
advancing from Group D after England and France drew 1-1, while Sweden faces an
uphill battle to remain in the tournament. Shevchenko is already a national icon
in Ukraine and carried the hopes of the team going into the tournament. In front
of sea of yellow and blue in the packed Olympic Stadium, he certainly didnt
disappoint. Showing flashes of the scorers instinct that once made him one of
the worlds top strikers, Shevchenko beat Olof Mellberg to a cross for his first
goal and then met a corner to head the ball inside the near post for the second,
setting of shouts of “Sheva” that will likely reverberate throughout the nation
for a long time. These days its Ibrahimovic who is considered a world-class
forward, but AC Milans current star came up short against its former.
Ibrahimovic did provide the focal point of the Swedish attack and shaved the
post with a header in the first half before putting his team ahead. Kim
Kallstrom collected a long cross at the left side of the area and picked up
Ibrahimovic in front of the net, and the Sweden striker calmly slotted the ball
past Andriy Pyatov and into the net. “I feel sad. We had more chances to score,”
Ibrahimovic said. “It wasnt supposed to happen. The situation is as it is.
Theres still two games left and we still have the two games to get a result. We
need to play a better game than we did today. “We cant really lose the lead like
we did.” Sweden seemed to relax after the goal and Shevchenko took advantage by
meeting Oleh Gusevs cross and sending his header past Andreas Isaksson. That
made the stadium explode, and it grew even louder six minutes later as the
35-year-old Shevchenkos header from a corner found its way past defender Mikael
Lustig at the near post, sending coach Oleg Blokhin jumping up and down the
sideline and waving his hand frenetically. Ibrahimovic had one good chance to
equalize but his hard swerving shot was saved by Pyatov, while substitute Johan
Elmander and Mellberg both shot high in the final minutes. It was clear early on
that both teams were eager to press for a win, knowing that tougher opposition
was ahead in the group. Sweden coach Erik Hamren opted for an unabashedly
attack-minded lineup with Markus Rosenberg playing up front with Ibrahimovic
behind him and with fellow striker Ola Toivonen on the left wing. However, the
Swedes failed to impose their will on the game in the first half as Ukraine came
out looking the more ambitious. Shevchenko showed his intentions by starting a
quick counterattack in the 23rd and got the ball back as he broke into the right
side of the area, but his shot from a tight angle rolled wide. At the other end,
Ibrahimovic came closest for Sweden when he was picked out unmarked in the area
by Sebastian Larsson, but his header in the 39th went off the outside of the
post. “Today it was off the post and out, the next game it will be off the post
and in,” Ibrahimovic said. “We have three games to play here, its not just one
game.” After Ukraine took the lead, Hamren brought on veteran Anders Svensson,
Christian Wilhelmsson and Elmander but Sweden couldnt force an equalizer.
Blokhin, meanwhile, decided against resting Shevchenko ahead of the games
against France and England, even though the forward has said he doesnt think he
can play three games in nine days. Turns out that was a pretty good decision.
Shevchenko was given a well-deserved standing ovation as was taken off in the
81st, while Ibrahimovic strode off the field immediately after the final whistle
with his head down. “Every game for us is like a final,” Shevchenko said. “We
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RENO, Nev. —J.J. Henry says figuring out how many points it will take to win
the Reno-Tahoe Open with its odd scoring format is as hard as calculating the
elevation changes and swirling wind. “At times you feel like you are more of a
mathematician than a golfer,” Henry said Saturday after making an eagle for the
third straight day for a three-round total of 36 points in the modified
Stableford scoring system. He had a three-point lead over second-round leader
Alexandre Rocha of Brazil. John Daly and Justin Leonard were among more than a
dozen players within striking distance with the format that awards five points
for eagle, two for birdie and zero for par. Players are docked a point for bogey
and three points for anything worse. “If youre going to make some eagles, this
is the week to do it,” said Henry, who earned 14 points Saturday in search of
his second victory on the PGA Tour to go with his 2006 Buick Open title. “I
really dont know what to expect. Im just going to go out and try to get double
digits … Im just trying to get to a magic number and add it all up at the end
of the day.” John Mallinger was third with 32, followed by first-round leader
Andres Romero of Argentina with 31. Daly, who hasnt won on tour since 2004, had
an eagle, four birdies and four bogeys to get into a tie for fifth at 28 with
Gary Christian and Bill Lunde, the Las Vegas player match Henry with the best
score of the day at 14. Leonard was next with 26. Padraig Harrington was tied
for 14th with 23 points in a group that includes Todd Hamilton, Ricky Barnes and
J.B. Holmes, who had a tournament-best 17 points on Friday. Its the first time
the scoring format that rewards aggressive play has been used on the PGA Tour
since the 2006 International in Colorado. Daly, who won the 1991 PGA
Championship and 1995 British Open, drove the ball 315 yards then hit a 200-yard
approach to 10 feet to set up his eagle on the par-5 13th. “My goal coming in
here was to make one eagle just to see what it feels like to get five points on
one hole and to average nine points a day, and so far Ivve done it,” Daly said.
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the best I can. Im accomplishing some short-term goals each day out here and to
me, thats good for me.” Henry chipped in for an eagle 2 from about 35 feet away
after driving his ball near the green on the 308-yard, par-4 14th. He narrowly
missed another when he hit his second shot—a 4-iron 280 yards—to 13 feet,
but had to settle for birdie on the 616-yard, par-5 18th. “Im going to continue
to go out and try to play kind of smart, aggressive I guess you could say, when
the timing is right,” Henry said. “Obviously, if youre playing a medal play and
you had maybe a couple-shot lead, maybe youd play a little differently, I dont
know. But Im really not even going to look at whos behind me.” Rocha, who
started the second round birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle, finished Saturday with five
birdies and a bogey. But he said he expects it will be difficult to catch Henry
after “three super rounds.” “Hes a tour winner. He knows what it takes to close
out a deal and I obviously dont. So right off the bat, its advantage him,” said
Rocha, who has won nine times around the world since 2000 when he was an
All-American at Mississippi State but never on the PGA Tour. He also said he
expects some players to step up their aggressiveness and go for more pins on
Sunday. “We cant forget the rest of the field thats behind us and very, very
close,” Rocha said. “Because of the format you can have a guy on standby just
cruising around and suddenly make a turn, make a couple of birdies and sneak in
an eagle, and suddenly there you go.” Harrington, a three-time major winner, is
making his debut in Reno to prepare for next weeks PGA Championship after
failing to qualify for the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational
this week in Akron, Ohio. He had five birdies and a bogey on Saturday and felt
he should have scored better. “Close all day, but couldnt get it in the hole,
which is a pity,” Harrington said. “You obviously need to make the birdies out
there,” he said. “Maybe Im saving them all for tomorrow.” ’ ’ ’ 

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