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Dec 2, 2012 9:01pm
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TOKYO —The United States beat Nigeria 2-0 on Tuesday to advance to the final
of the womens under-20 World Cup, where it will face defending champion Germany.
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scored in the first half and Kealia Ohai added another after the break as the
U.S. advanced to the final for the third time, having won the tournament in 2002
and 2008. “It was a difficult match physically,” U.S. coach Steve Swanson said.
“Nigeria gave us all we could handle and a little more. Getting that first goal
was key for us.” Brian opened the scoring with a header in the 22nd minute and
Ohai doubled the lead in the 70th, taking a through ball from Samantha Mewis and
beating Nigerias goalkeeper Ibubeleye Whyte with a right-foot shot from 12
metres (yards). Nigeria pressed forward after the second goal but the Americans
denied them a chance to get back in the game. “I thought our back four did a
very good job of keeping possession and allowing us to get out of our end,”
Swanson said. Germany, looking to become the first team to win consecutive
titles, scored three goals in the opening 20 minutes in beating host Japan 3-0.
Melanie Leupolz opened the scoring in the first minute when she took a pass from
Dzsenifer Marozsan and beat Japan goalkeeper Sakiko Ikeda with an angled
right-foot shot. Marozsan doubled the lead in the 13th with a lob over the head
of Ikeda and Lena Lotzen made it 3-0 with a header in the 19th for her sixth
goal of the tournament. Japan will face Nigeria for third place on Saturday
before the U.S. meets Germany in the final. Germany also won the title in 2004.
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were without star forward Dirk Nowitzki and centre Chris Kaman, who both stayed
home to recover from injuries. Rookie Jae Crowder scored 15 for Dallas, and
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. Facing an opponent six inches taller, the Beijing 2008 silver medallist was a
victim of three high head kicks and could not make up the ground with her body
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Tyler Flowers and Paul Konerko each homered to back Chris Sales six solid
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he needed some help from his defence to make it count.CLEARWATER, Fla. —
Cliff Lee will work in a side bullpen session Sunday when Philadelphias pitchers
throw to hitters for the first time in camp. Lee is nursing a minor abdominal
injury. Hes expected to step back into line with the rest of the star-studded
pitching staff in the coming week. Although Lee has had abdominal injuries that
have led to trips to the disabled list in the past, including two springs ago
while with Seattle, he shrugged off his current pain as “just a precautionary
deal.” “Its similar to the ab strains Ive had in the past,” Lee said. “Basically
the early stages of that in the past I tried to power through it. Im trying to
be smarter with it now and keep it a small issue.” Lee similarly had a minor
blip on his early spring training radar a year ago, when he complained of a
minor strained muscle in his left side. But the left-hander didnt miss any time
in the exhibition or regular season schedule and finished his first full season
in Philadelphia 17-8 with a 2.40 ERA and a major league-best six shutouts. For
the 33-year-old Lee, the 2012 regular season cant arrive soon enough after
having the sting of last post-season with him throughout the winter. A season
that began with World Series-or-bust ambitions and an ace-laden starting
pitching staff ended with the Phillies losing to St. Louis in the first round of
the playoffs. Lee, who signed a five-year, $120 million contract to join the
Phillies two winters ago, figured prominently in the first-round exit. In Game 2
against the Cardinals, Lee was spotted a 4-0 lead after two innnings but gave up
five runs on 12 hits in a 5-4 loss. Ryan Fitzpatrick Womens Jersey. The Phillies
lost the series in a decisive Game 5. “It was disappointing the way it ended,
but we got beat by a team that was peaking at the right time, they won the World
Series,” Lee said. “We got flat-out beat. Personally I wish I could go back and
pitch Game 2 again. I had a 4-0 lead. But thats the only thing I contributed to
in the post-season and I let that lead slip away, so that was disappointing for
me.” Lee is one of a handful of veterans who have come to the Phillies for the
opportunity to win the first World Series ring of their respective careers.
Jim Thome signed up in November while former Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay
and All-Star Placido Polanco arrived two winters ago. Others with similar
aspirations have come and gone: Roy Oswalt, who remains a free agent, and
Raul Ibanez, who recently signed with the New York Yankees. Although the makeup
of the team changed—Joe Blanton, coming off a season-long elbow injury,
replaces Oswalt in the rotation—Lee believes the same winning pieces are in
place. “I think our talent level is a lot like last year. Its off the charts,”
said Lee, who saw the Phillies add Thome and All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon
this winter. “Weve got high expectations, and weve got the talent to back it up.
Our goal is to win the World Series, just like every team should be. I like our
chances based on our talent and makeup and chemistry and all that stuff. Its
going to be a fun year.” ’ ’ ’ 

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