Donovan Goal in 91st Minute Sends U.S. Through
The United States won its first World Cup match in eight years Wednesday. Landon Donovan scored in the first minute of stoppage time off a rebound, advancing the United States to the knockout round with a 1-0 win over Algeria. The Americans play Ghana on Saturday (2:30 p.m. ET, ABC) for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Longest Match in History Suspended
John Isner and Nicolas Mahut made tennis history Wednesday, and they're not done. Isner and Mahut played for a total of exactly 10 hours - 7 hours, 6 minutes in the fifth set alone, smashing the full-match record of 6:33, set at the 2004 French Open. Isner and Mahut tied at 59 all in the 5th set. Play was suspended due to darkness for the second-straight day. Their battle continues Thursday at 9:30am ET on ESPNU and ESPN3.com.
Grand Jury Indicts Lawrence Taylor on Rape Charge
Former Giants LB Lawrence Taylor was indicted Wednesday by a suburban New York grand jury on charges of rape, criminal sexual act and sexual abuse. Prosecutors allege Taylor paid a 16-year-old girl $300 to have sex with him. The indictment comes 9 weeks after the Hall of Fame linebacker's arrest. Taylor's next court date is July 13th. Taylor denies the charges.
Strasburg Ks 9 in Losing Effort
Stephen Strasburg made history, and lost Wednesday night. Strasburg lasted 6 innings, allowed 9 hits and a run in the Nationals 1-0 loss to the Royals. Despite his first MLB loss, Strasburg set the record for most strikeouts after his first four career games (41).
Marlins Make a Change at the Top
The Florida Marlins fired manager Fredi Gonzalez and named Edwin Rodriguez to replace him on an interim basis. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria says he's making the change because he believes the team can "do better and be better." Bobby Valentine - currently an ESPN MLB analyst - is listed as a top candidate for the Marlins' vacancy, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.
Source: Blackhawks Trade Byfuglien
The Chicago Blackhawks traded playoffs star Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and a prospect to the Atlanta Thrashers for a first-round pick, a second-round pick, prospect Jeremy Morin and veteran forward Marty Reasoner, a source told ESPN.com.
Haynesworth Ready for Camp
Albert Haynesworth said he is going to show up at Redskins training camp next month. The disgruntled two-time All Pro defensive tackle released a statement saying he plans to attend training camp "despite my current differences with the Redskins." Haynesworth is unhappy with the team's switch to a 3-4 defense. The Skins opens camp July 29.
Jackson 'Leaning Towards Retiring'
Medical test results may decide if Lakers coach Phil Jackson returns for another season. The 64-year-old coach said he plans on making a decision about his coaching future one week from Friday. "I'm leaning towards retiring but I have not made up my mind," Jackson said.
Chris Paul Open to Trade
Chris Paul said he wants to stay with the Hornets if they're committed to winning. "My first choice is to be in New Orleans,'' Paul told ESPN's Chris Broussard. "If we're not committed to winning and trying to get better so we can contend with the Lakers, the Celtics and all these other top teams, then I'm open to being traded.''
Henrik Sedin Named NHL's MVP
Vancouver Canucks star Henrik Sedin is the NHL's MVP. Sedin, who had a league-best 83 assists, captured the Hart Trophy Wednesday night during the NHL's awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Alex Ovechkin, the captain of the Washington Capitals, settled for runner-up after taking home the prize each of the last two years.
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