Beckham-less Galaxy defeat Fire 2-0


Beckham-less Galaxy defeat Fire 2-0

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) Robbie Keane scored two goals on his 32nd birthday and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Chicago Fire 2-0 on Sunday.
Keane's second multigoal game of the season helped the Galaxy (7-10-2) snap a two-match losing streak, and extended the Fire's winless streak to two games (0-1-1).
Keane scored on a penalty kick in the 24th minute after Chicago defender Jalil Anibaba blocked a pass with his right hand at the edge of the penalty area.
He beat goalkeeper Sean Johnson again in the 78th minute, making the most of midfielder Landon Donovan's pinpoint pass. Donovan's feed allowed Keane to break open on the left side.
Keane celebrated the second score with a pair of somersaults.
The Fire (8-6-4) managed only three shots, all in the second half, as Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders collected his third shutout of the season. Saunders made his best save on Chris Rolfe's low shot about a minute before Keane's last goal.
Los Angeles star David Beckham served a one-game suspension, imposed by the league office for kicking two balls at San Jose's Sam Cronin and subsequent involvement in a postgame scuffle with Cronin and other San Jose players on June 30. He also missed the Galaxy's match with Philadelphia on Wednesday because of the yellow cards awarded on the play.

Huskers stay unbeaten with comeback win over Purdue


Huskers stay unbeaten with comeback win over Purdue

At halftime Saturday, Nebraska, the No. 8 team in the country, was trailing Purdue, which just fired its coach.

Uh, what?

Order was soon restored, but the Huskers needed to bounce back from a halftime deficit to grab a 27-14 win over the lowly Boilermakers on Saturday in Lincoln.

Purdue threw an interception on the game's opening drive, and Nebraska turned that into a touchdown, something that looked very much like how everyone expected this one to go. But quarterback David Blough retaliated with the first of two first-half touchdown passes, while the Huskers mustered only a field goal on the next drive and then went silent the rest of the opening 30 minutes, punting three times and Tommy Armstrong throwing an interception right before the break. In there, Blough threw his second touchdown, an 88-yard monster to DeAngelo Yancey that gave the Boilers a lead.

That lead didn't last too long, though, as after going three and out on their first drive of the third quarter, the Huskers scored on each of their next three possessions: an Armstrong pass to De'Mornay Pierson-El, a 24-yard run by Alonzo Moore and a 51-yard field goal by Drew Brown. Meanwhile, the Nebraska defense clamped down, and Purdue had just one drive that lasted more than five plays in the second half, with that drive ending in a turnover on downs and Blough adding an interception.

All in all, the Huskers out-gained the Boilers, 409-333, and had the ball for about seven more minutes, avoiding a repeat of last year's matchup, when Purdue scored its lone Big Ten win over Nebraska.

Armstrong threw for 252 yards, one touchdown and one interception and added 51 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Terrell Newby had 82 yards rushing.

Blough threw for 309 yards, but the Boilers managed just 24 rushing yards.

The win sent Nebraska to a perfect 7-0 ahead of next weekend's huge Big Ten West Division showdown with Wisconsin.

The loss dropped Purdue to 3-4. The Boilers take on Penn State next weekend.

Michigan improves to 7-0 with predictable blowout win over Illini


Michigan improves to 7-0 with predictable blowout win over Illini

Plenty could've predicted Michigan blowing out Illinois. And, well, that's exactly what happened.

The Wolverines, who at 7-0 now have an average margin of victory of 38.7, grabbed their latest runaway win Saturday in Ann Arbor, crushing the visiting Illini to the tune of 41-8.

Michigan had an insurmountable 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, and Illinois seemed to start this one without a chance as third-string quarterback Jeff George Jr. was pressed into starting duty due to injuries to Wes Lunt and Chayce Crouch.

The Wolverines entered Saturday's contest with the No. 1 scoring defense in the country and the No. 2 scoring offense in the country, and that certainly shone through in the final statistics. Michigan out-gained Illinois, 561-172, holding the Illini to 95 passing yards and 77 rushing yards. Illinois turned the ball over twice while going 2-for-11 on third and fourth downs. Michigan had its typical explosive day offensively with 291 passing yards and 270 rushing yards. The Wolverines were 8-for-16 on third and fourth down.

Michigan scored a touchdown on each of its first four drives: two touchdown tosses from Wilton Speight to Jake Butt and Tyrone Wheatley and a pair of touchdown runs from Khalid Hill and De'Veon Smith. The Wolverines made it 31-0 right before halftime, kicking a field goal off a George interception. Michigan added just 10 points after halftime.

The Illini scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 43-yard pass from George to Malik Turner to end an impressive eight-quarter scoreless streak by the Wolverines which dated back to the Oct. 1 win over Wisconsin.

How about this number? Michigan won the time-of-possession battle 41:23 to 18:37. The Wolverines had 29 first downs to the Illini's six.

Speight finished his day 16-for-23 for 253 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Karan Higdon had 106 of the Michigan rushing total, and Amara Darboh had 99 receiving yards.

George completed only four passes for 95 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Kendrick Foster and Ke'Shawn Vaughn combined for 88 rushing yards.

The win kept the Wolverines without a loss and sent the record to 7-0. Next weekend is the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy against in-state rival Michigan State.

The Illini dropped to 2-5 with the defeat and play host to Minnesota next weekend.