Ching scores in USA soccer win
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. » Clint Dempsey scored his fourth goal in four games, Michael Bradley and Kamehameha graduate Brian Ching padded the margin, and the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 in World Cup qualifying last night.
The victory was the fifth straight by the Americans, and virtually assures them of making next year's six-team regional finals. The United States is atop Group One in the semifinals of the North and Central America and the Caribbean with nine points, five ahead of T&T.
The victory was hardly a surprise. The Americans are 25-1-7 in home qualifiers since May 1985, their only defeat a 3-2 loss to Honduras in September 2001, and have outscored opponents 21-0 on U.S. soil since 2004. They're also 9-0-2 in World Cup qualifying against T&T.
The Soca Warriors, forced to play without veteran midfielder Dwight Yorke after he was recalled to his club team in England, had a second-half goal waved off on an offsides call. It was the sixth straight shutout for the United States.
Arnoult triumphs in round of 16
Beth Arnoult of Paia, Maui, earned one of her biggest career victories yesterday when she won her round of 16 wheelchair tennis singles match at the Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Arnoult rallied to beat sixth-ranked Marie-Annick Severnans of Belgium, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court. Her opponent tomorrow hasn't been determined.
"After losing the first set, I gave myself a little pep talk," Arnoult said. "It was something like, 'You know, since you are retiring after this event, this may be your last singles match played on an international level, so you might as well go out swinging.'
"It worked. I was so excited. I then had the honor of sending some tennis balls up into the stands and the crowd went crazy!"
"That's a career win," said her coach, Dan James.
Lynch, Castillo Jr. take Aloha PGA events
John Lynch and Ron Castillo Jr. won the Aloha Section PGA's Stroke Play Championship and Aloha PGA Professional Championship, respectively, yesterday at the Princeville Golf Club Makai Course on Kauai.
Lynch shot a three-day total of 11-under 205 for a $2,000 prize, one stroke ahead of Castillo's 206. Castillo defeated Lynch in a 10-hole sudden-death playoff for the Professional Championship, however, when he birdied the 10th hole.
Hawaii surfers out at Trestles
Hawaii surfers Sunny Garcia, Roy Powers and Bruce Irons were all eliminated in the third round of the Boost Mobile Pro surf contest at Trestles in San Onofre, Calif., yesterday.
Garcia (14.67) couldn't get past Kelly Slater (17.00), while Irons (4.93) was crushed by Australian Jay Thompson (14.04) and Powers (10.10) was edged by Kieren Perrow (12.33).
No Hawaii surfers remain in the Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour event.
Ex-trainer Toth to hold signings
Former Hawaii trainer Melody Toth will hold book signings at the Stan Sheriff Center during three Rainbow Wahine volleyball matches.
Toth will autograph her book "Let's Go Bows!: Behind the Scenes with University of Hawaii Sports" tonight, Saturday and Sept. 20 at the Rainbowtique. Times are 6 to 7 p.m. and during the 10-minute break between Sets 2 and 3.
Part of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the UH Athletic Training Foundation.
Tomorrow, Olympic silver medalist Robyn Ah Mow-Santos will make an appearance at Toth's book signing from 4 to 6 p.m. at Phiten Hawaii, 1440 Kapiolani Blvd. The store will give a free titanium bracelet, while supplies last, to those who purchase a copy.
Hawaii-Hilo volleyball team victorious
Josimara Pinheiro put down 17 kills on .343 hitting, while Fabiane Seben added 13 kills and six total blocks to lead Hawaii-Hilo over Rocky Mountain College in women's volleyball yesterday, 25-16, 26-24, 21-25, 28-26 in Billings, Mont.
The Vulcans (7-2) enter the Montana State-Billings Invitational tomorrow against the University of Mary and Alaska-Fairbanks.