Penalty kicks give Va. NCAA soccer crown
Virginia won the NCAA soccer championship yesterday at Tampa, Fla., beating Santa Clara, 3-1, on penalty kicks after a scoreless tie through 60 minutes of overtime.
Reserve goalkeeper Tom Henske saved two penalty kicks and a third Broncos kick caromed off the crossbar.
It was the first outright NCAA soccer title for the Cavaliers (19-1-2), who set a school record with their 17th consecutive victory. Santa Clara (20-1-2) and Virginia shared the title in 1989, when the NCAA decided not to have penalty kicks in the final.
Virginia appeared to win the game in the final second of regulation when Scott Champ headed a shot past Broncos goalkeeper Kevin Rueda as the horn sounded. After a 10-minute discussion by NCAA Division I soccer committee chairman Jim Dyer and the referee, it was determined that the ball did not cross the goal line until after time expired.
Bernhard Langer overcame a rain delay and Mark Calcavecchia's late charge to win the $1 Million Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, in record-breaking fashion. Langer set three tournament records and tied two others en route to grabbing golf's richest top prize: $1 million.
Langer's total of 272, 16 under par, broke the record of 274. His 54-hole total of 200 also was a record and came in his record sixth appearance in the tournament. He finished with an even par 72 after rounds of 68, 65 and 67 to win by five strokes over Calcavecchia.
Amy Frazier beat a hobbling Samantha Smith, then teamed with Shannon McCarthy to win the doubles as the United States beat Britain, 9-2, to win the Maureen Connolly Under-21 trophy at Cardiff, Wales. It was the Americans' 16th victory in the tournament in 19 years.
Switzerland's Vreni Schneider won the first World Cup women's giant slalom race of the season at Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy, and took a commanding lead in the overall standings. Her main rival, Petra Kronberger of Austria, fell close to the finish line.
Schneider was timed in 2 minutes, 20.66 seconds, easily beating runner-up Deborah Compagnoni of Italy. American Diann Roffe was third, her best finish since 1990.
Eric Lindros wasn't the only person who failed to show up for the Canadian Olympic team's exhibition game against the Quebec Nordiques last night. Plenty of paying customers were also conspicuous by their absence at the Colisee. An estimated 5,000 spectators were on hand in a building which has a seating capacity of 15,300. The Nordiques had sold the exhibition game as part of a package to their 7,300 season-ticket holders, but many decided not to use the tickets.
The sparse turnout was seen as a message by Nordiques' fans to Lindros, the club's No. 1 selection in the entry draft last June who, for personal reasons, has no intention of negotiating a contract with Quebec.