Monday, November 9, 2009

UE to face league champ


The University of Evansville will play league champion Missouri State on Friday in the first semifinal match of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Tournament at Des Moines, Iowa. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. CST. Host Drake, the No. 2 seed, plays No. 3 Creighton at 6. Friday’s winners play for the championship and an automatic NCAA Tournament berth on Sunday at 1 p.m. The title game will be televised live by Fox Sports Midwest. This is the fourth straight year in which the Purple Aces have qualified for the MVC Tournament. UE goes into the tourney with an 11-7-1 record, 5-4-1 in league play. The 11 victories are the most for Evansville since 1996. UE finished in a third-place tie with Creighton on Saturday after the Aces beat Bradley 2-1 and Creighton tied Drake 3-3.

Dynamo advances in semis

Brian Ching scored six minutes into overtime and the Houston Dynamo advanced to the Western Conference final for the third time in four years with a 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders on Sunday. The teams had dueled to a scoreless tie in the first leg of their two-game semifinal on Oct. 29.

Donovan leads Galaxy

Landon Donovan sent the Los Angeles Galaxy to the MLS’ Western Conference finals by burying a 73rd-minute penalty for a 1-0 victory over Chivas USA on Sunday night. Donovan tied an MLS record with his 16th postseason goal and put the Galaxy through 3-2 on aggregate after a 2-2 tie last week. The Galaxy will host Houston in a single match on Friday night to determine who goes to the MLS Cup final.

horse racing

Leparoux earns award

Julien Leparoux rode three winners during the Breeders’ Cup world championships, earning the Bill Shoemaker award as the outstanding jockey of the two-day event. The 26-year-old jockey was the only one with more than one victory. Leparoux won the Juvenile Fillies with She Be Wild and the Filly & Mare Sprint aboard Informed Decision on Friday. He added the Dirt Mile with long shot Furthest Land on Saturday, giving him five career BC wins.


Djokovic tops Federer

Top-ranked Roger Federer lost his hometown tournament on Sunday, falling 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to Novak Djokovic in the Swiss Indoors final at Basel, Switzerland.