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Nov. 23, 2003 at 11:54 PM
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San Jose wins MLS CUP Championship

CARSON, Calif., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The San Jose Earthquakes defeated the Chicago Fire, 4-2, Sunday in the 2003 MLS Cup Championship match.

With the win, San Jose joins D.C. United as only the second team in MLS history to earn multiple MLS Cup titles, hoisting the trophy for the second time in three seasons.

San Jose forward Landon Donovan recorded two goals in the match, earning the MLS Cup Most Vauable Player award.

Goakeeper Pat Onstad made a critical play for the Earthquakes in the second half, knocking away an Ante Razov penalty kick attempt in the 55th minute to hold the San Jose lead.

San Jose Head Coach Frank Yalop is the first coach since United's Bruce Arena to lead his team to two MLS Cup titles.

San Jose defender and team captain Jeff Agoos recorded his fifth career MLS Cup title, winning the championship three times with United and twice with the Earthquakes.


Deadlocked teams share Presidents Cup

GEORGE, South Africa, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The Presidents Cup matches ended in a tie by mutual agreement Sunday after the two sides failed to settle the issue on the golf course.

Deadlocked after 34 matches and three playoff holes -- between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els -- play was stopped because of darkness. After discussions involving players and team captains, it was decided to share the cup.

"We both felt like both teams have played too well to lose this match," said Jack Nicklaus, the United States captain. "We really had two winners out here."

"The way the week has gone, it's the right decision for the game of golf," Woods said.

The U.S. team rallied from a three-point deficit on the final day. Davis Love had a chance to win the cup for the Americans on the final hole, but he bogied and halved his match with Robert Allenby of Australia. That forced a playoff between Woods and Els. Both made key puts to keep their match even until they were forced to quit by darkness.


Palander wins World Cup slalom

PARK CITY, Utah, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- World Cup champion Kalle Palander of Finland opened the new campaign in dramatic fashion Sunday, claiming the first slalom race of the season.

Tied with Rainer Schoenfelder after the first run down the Upper Clementine course, Palander did just enough to register his fifth career win, finishing two-tenths of a second in front of his Austrian rival with a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 35.91 seconds.

Schoenfelder was clocked at 1:35.93, followed by countryman Manfred Pranger in third with 1:36.60.

Looking to open the season with three consecutive wins following back-to-back giant slalom victories, overall World Cup leader Bode Miller's streak came to an end when he crashed out during the first run after hooking a ski.


Report: Solich may be out at Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- It appears lopsided losses to Texas, Missouri, and Kansas State may cost Nebraska football coach Frank Solich his job.

The Nebraska Lincoln Journal Star, citing three sources close to the program, is reporting that Athletic Director Steve Pederson wants Solich to step down at the end of the regular season.

The paper said Pederson will ask Solich, in his sixth year at the helm, to announce his retirement following Friday's regular-season finale at Colorado, then will offer him a job in the athletic department and a lucrative buyout package.

Solich, 59, is 57-22 since taking over for Tom Osborne following the 1997 season, but the Cornhuskers have struggled at times during his tenure.

They won the Big 12 Conference title in 1999 and played for the national championship in 2001, but finished 7-7 last year, their first non-winning season since 1961.

After losing to Mississippi in the Independence Bowl last year, Solich fired a number of his assistant coaches, possibly to save his own job.

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