By HOWARD ULMAN
RUSTENBURG, South Africa - The anxious outbursts by England coach Fabio Capello and his star striker Wayne Rooney this week are a fair indication that a United States victory on Saturday wouldn't be considered the World Cup upset that it was 60 years ago.
By JIM VERTUNO
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Lee Westwood had heard how challenging the TPC Southwind course is when the wind blows. Now the Englishman knows for himself how true all that talk really is.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - College athletics are on the verge of a monumental shift, a realignment that could disintegrate one conference, turn others into 16-school goliaths and have huge financial implications on some of the biggest programs in the country.
DENVER - The college sports landscape began a much-anticipated shift Thursday with the University of Colorado accepting an invitation to join the Pac-10.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Lee Westwood prefers competition the week before a major to tune up his play. The Englishman looks quite ready now for the U.S. Open based on his opening round at the St. Jude Classic.
RENTON, Wash. - Pete Carroll said he's "absolutely shocked and disappointed" by the NCAA sanctions imposed on his former Southern California Trojans for improprieties surrounding running back Reggie Bush.
IRENE, South Africa - The bars are stocked across America, and the pubs are getting ready in England. A 70½-foot billboard of Clint Dempsey stands near Penn Station in Manhattan, and there's even a large poster of Landon Donovan in a store along Piccadilly Circus.
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA's big boys have figured out how to beat up the little guys in the classroom, too.
WASHINGTON - The baseball world rubbed its eyes Wednesday morning, shook its head and thought: "Did that really happen?"
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - A Georgia college student said she felt powerless to stop a short-tempered Ben Roethlisberger from having sex with her in a bar bathroom even though she told him to stop, telling investigators: "I'm a little girl, and he's a big boy."
BOSTON - Chin resting in his hand, mouth barely moving as he spoke, Kobe Bryant had the look of someone who would have rather been anywhere but Staples Center.
DUBLIN, Ohio - Rickie Fowler knew rain-softened Muirfield Village was giving up birdies, even if there was none on his card as he approached the turn Saturday with his lead dwindling.
PARIS - On the way to each of his four French Open championships, Rafael Nadal needed to beat Roger Federer - and did.