U.S. clinches World Cup spot
September 12, 2013 10:50 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The United States clinched its seventh straight World Cup appearance, beating Mexico 2-0 Tuesday night on second-half goals by Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan before a raucous red-white-and-blue-clad crowd that stood and chanted from start to finish.

After withstanding Mexican pressure for the first 20 minutes, the U.S. settled into the match and got the breakthrough in the 49th minute when Johnson outjumped defender Diego Reyes to meet Donovan’s corner kick 8 yards out and head the ball past frozen goalkeeper Jesus Corona.

The U.S. (5-2-1) moved into first place in the North and Central American and Caribbean finals with 16 points, one ahead of Costa Rica (4-1-3), which was held to a 1-1 tie at last-place Jamaica and also clinched.

Italy and the Netherlands became the first European teams to qualify for next year’s World Cup, and Argentina also joined the U.S. and Costa Rica in the field on Tuesday night.

Bach elected as IOC president

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) —Thomas Bach was elected president of the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday, keeping the powerful sports body in European hands.

Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer, succeeds Jacques Rogge, who is stepping down after 12 years.

Bach defeated five rival candidates in the secret balloting. He received 49 votes in the second round to secure a winning majority. Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico finished second with 29 votes.

Bach received a standing ovation for nearly a full minute after Rogge opened a sealed envelope to announce his victory.

A former Olympic fencing gold medalist who heads Germany’s national Olympic committee, Bach becomes the ninth president in the 119-year history of the IOC.

Report: Ok. St. paid players

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Boosters and assistant coaches at Oklahoma State handed out tens of thousands of dollars to players for at least a decade as the football program grew into a national power under coaches Les Miles and then Mike Gundy, according to a Sports Illustrated article released Tuesday.

The article, which quoted several former players by name, said some players received $2,000 to $10,000 annually, with a few stars receiving $25,000 or more. Eight players told SI they received cash, while 29 others were named by teammates as taking money. The transgressions cited stretched from 2001 until at least 2011, the magazine said.

Oklahoma State said it has notified the NCAA about the report and launched its own investigation.

Yankees acquire SS Ryan

BALTIMORE (AP) — In a sign that Derek Jeter might not be back anytime soon, the New York Yankees obtained slick-fielding shortstop Brendan Ryan from the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday for a player to be named.

Jeter has been sidelined with soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle. Before the Yankees beat Baltimore 7-5, manager Joe Girardi said the 13-time All-Star is “still in a holding pattern.”

Ryan would not be eligible to play in the postseason because wasn’t on the team by Aug. 31. But for the rest of the month, he can provide a solid glove at shortstop as a starter defensive replacement as they chase a playoff berth.

• CHICAGO (AP) — The Detroit Tigers are giving Jhonny Peralta a chance to earn a spot on their roster.

That’s about all general manager Dave Dombrowski would promise when he discussed the suspended infielder’s future Tuesday. Peralta, who accepted a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Aug. 5, will work out with the Tigers before Wednesday’s game in Chicago against the White Sox.

“From our perspective, there really is an obligation with giving him a chance to come back,” Dombrowski said. “We’ll make a baseball decision at some point, as we get closer, whether to activate him.”

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