Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Johnson's Goals Power U.S

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Johnson's Goals Power U.S

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In his first game back with the U.S. national team, Eddie Johnson scored twice Friday night, including the winning goal in second- half injury time, lifting the United States to the verge of advancing in World Cup qualifying with a nervous 2-1 victory against Antigua and Barbuda.

If the Americans beat Guatemala Tuesday night in Kansas City, Kan., they will move into the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The United States has 10 points; Guatemala and Jamaica each have seven and were playing each other in a late game in Guatemala.

Johnson connected on headers in the 20th minute and then in the dying moments in his first game for the U.S. team in two years. He was added to the squad by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, ostensibly replacing the disappointing Jozy Altidore, and the move paid off.


Canadian women's soccer star Christine Sinclair received a four- game suspension from FIFA for her conduct after a dramatic semifinal loss to the United States at the London Olympics and was fined an undisclosed amount.


John Mallinger opened a four-stroke lead in the Open, making an eagle and two birdies on the final four holes for a 9- under 62 in San Martin, Calif. Billy Horschel and Jhonattan Vegas were second. Horschel had a 65, and Vegas shot 67.

* Ross Fisher of England shot a 4-under 67 to extend his lead at the Portugal Masters to three strokes after the second round of the European Tour event in Vilamoura. Scotland's Stephen Gallacher and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria are three shots back.

* Dan Forsman shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Fred Funk, David Frost and Larry Mize after the first round of the Champions Tour's Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C.

* The Greenbrier resort is buying one of the nation's oldest golf courses after it failed to sell at auction over the summer. Greenbrier owner Jim Justice confirmed the purchase of Oakhurst Links. The purchase price wasn't disclosed. …

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