Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

France Falls, Still Advances

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

France Falls, Still Advances

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France backed into the quarterfinals of the European Championship Tuesday, losing, 2-0, to Sweden but going through thanks to England's win against Ukraine.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored one of the best goals of the tournament with an acrobatic volley in the 54th minute and Sebastian Larsson added an injury-time goal to give already eliminated Sweden its first points of the tournament in Kiev, Ukraine.

Also Tuesday, Wayne Rooney returned from suspension and scored on a header in the 48th minute to give England a 1-0 victory against Ukraine in Donetsk, Ukraine, and a spot in the quarterfinals.

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Former U.S. men's team head coach Alketas "Alkis" Panagoulias has died. He was 78.

Horse racing

Secretariat's winning time in the 1973 Preakness has been changed to reflect that the Triple Crown-winning colt's time was actually faster than the stakes record. The Maryland Racing Commission voted 7-0 in a special hearing at Laurel Park to change the official time of the race from 1:54 2 5 to 1:53. That gives Secretariat records in each of his three Triple Crown races -- the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes -- that still stand.

Tennis

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was among the top three women's seeds to fall in the first round of the Eastbourne Championships in England. However, defending champ Marion Bartoli beat Sorana Cirstea, 6-2, 6-2. American Christina McHale upset third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-4. In the men's event, Andy Roddick earned his first win in seven matches when fellow American Sam Querrey retired because of a back injury with Roddick leading, 5- 2.

* Kim Clijsters advanced to the Unicef Open quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine in Den Bosch, Netherlands. Among the men, top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain beat Pierre-Ludovic Duclos of Canada 6-4, 6-4 in the first round. …

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