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March 18, 2012
By Cavalier Dave Forrester of Hugh M Cummings High School



SPORTS BRIEFS
Wire reports

Former U.S. soccer player dies

 

CHICAGO — John “Clarkie” Souza, a striker on the United States football team that upset England in the 1950 World Cup, has died. He was 91. Souza died Sunday, daughter Martha confirmed to the U.S. Soccer Federation on Tuesday. Souza made 16 appearances for the U.S. team from 1947-54, scoring his only two goals in consecutive games against Mexico and Cuba in September 1949. Souza and his 1950World Cup teammates were inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1976. Souza served in the U.S. Navy in World War II aboard a ship in the South Pacific.

 

Djokovic rallies to win

 

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic rallied to beat Pablo Andujar 6-0, 6-7 (5), 6-2 on Wednesday and reach the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open, while No. 1 Victoria Azarenka improved to 21-0 on the season with a straight-set win on the women’s side.

 

Djokovic, the two-time defending champion, raced through the first set in 27 minutes before Andujar picked up his game.

 

Second-ranked Rafael Nadal defeated 21st-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-2 to set up a quarterfinal against David Nalbandian, who upset sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

 

Kwan elected to second hall of fame

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Michelle Kwan has been selected to her second hall of fame of the year.

 

The nine-time U.S. champion and fivetime world champ has been elected to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In January, she was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating hall.

 

Kwan won 43 championships, including eight straight national titles. She also won the silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics and bronze at the 2002 Games. She earned 57 perfect 6.0 marks in major events under the old scoring system, the most of any skater.

 

Former Penn State guard dies

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Monroe Brown, the point guard who helped Penn State upset UCLA in the first round of the 1991 NCAA Tournament, has died. He was 41.

 

The team said in a statement Wednesday that Brown died Friday in Havre de Grace, Md. No cause of death was given.

 

A four-year starter, Brown teamed with backcourt mate Freddie Barnes to help the Nittany Lions win the Atlantic 10 conference tournament his junior season before beating UCLA 74-69 in the first round of the NCAAs. The program considers that victory one of the greatest in its history.

 

Brown is one of three Nittany Lions with at least 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists in a career, along with Barnes and guard Talor Battle, who graduated last year.

 

Manaus undergoes test

 

SAO PAULO — Authorities gathered hundreds of police officers, elite squads and bomb-sniffing dogs at the Sambadrome in the jungle city of Manaus to conduct the city’s first public safety test ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

 

Organizers said Wednesday’s drills were key to help the city prepare and plan for public security threats during the monthlong tournament in two years.

 

Manaus will host four World Cup matches, all in the group stage.

 

Chisora loses boxing license

 

CARDIFF, Wales — Dereck Chisora’s promoter says the heavyweight fighter has had his British boxing license withdrawn indefinitely following his brawl with former WBA champion David Haye at a news conference in Germany.

 

Chisora faced the British Boxing Board of Control on Wednesday in Cardiff to explain why he fought with Haye after losing his WBC heavyweight title challenge to Vitali Klitschko on Feb. 18.

 

Chisora also slapped Klitschko at the weigh-in and spat water at his opponent’s brother, Wladimir, just before the fight.

 

Llodra fined by ATP Tour

 

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Michael Llodra of France left the BNP Paribas Open a little lighter in his wallet after being fined $2,500 by the ATP Tour for verbal abuse during a match.

 

The incident occurred during Llodra’s first-round match against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia last week. During Llodra’s three-set victory, he was heard by a reporter to have said some racial epithets toward a group of fans. 


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