Sports Digest: Spain tops Italy on penalty kicks to reach Confederations Cup final

June 28, 2013
Soccer
Spain gets past Italy
in penalty kicks

Juan Navas scored the decisive penalty kick after Leonardo Bonucci skied his attempt over the crossbar, and Spain beat Italy, 7-6, in a shootout after a 0-0 tie Thursday night in Fortaleza, Brazil, to reach the Confederations Cup final against Brazil.

In a draining match on a night of heat and humidity, Italy’s Emanuele Giaccherini hit a post in the 93rd minute and Azzurri goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon deflected Xavi Hernandez’s kick off a post in the 115th.

Spain, winner of the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, will play Brazil on Sunday at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium for the title in the World Cup preparation tournament.

The 35-year-old Buffon and 32-year-old Iker Casillas, among the world’s elite goalkeepers for more than a decade, exchanged handshakes with English referee Howard Webb before the shootout and then hugged each other.

With Italy shooting first, Antonio Candreva, Alberto Aquilani, Daniele De Rossi, Sebastian Giovinco, Andrea Pirlo and Riccardo Montolivo all converted their kicks for the Italians.

Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Juan Mata and Sergio Busquets made their kicks for Spain.

After Bonucci failed, Buffon dove to his right and Navas sent the kick past his outstretched arm.

Italy will face Uruguay in the third-place match.

Colleges

When Virginia Tech hosted an NCAA baseball tournament regional for the first time in program history earlier this month, it was Oklahoma that ended the Hokies’ season with a 10-4 win. On Thursday, the Sooners officially made off with Virginia Tech’s coach as well.

Virginia Tech announced that Pete Hughes is leaving the school to accept the vacant head coaching position at Oklahoma. Athletic Director Jim Weaver promoted associate head coach Pat Mason, who served as the Hokies’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator the past three years, to head coach.

Weaver said during a news conference that he gave Oklahoma permission to contact Hughes last Friday and met with Hughes for 75 minutes Wednesday to persuade him to stay.

Weaver said Mason signed a five-year contract that will pay him a base salary of approximately $145,000, with $40,000 in potential incentives his first year. Hughes earned approximately $157,000 this past season.

— Mark Giannotto

Bill Raftery is switching networks to stick with the Big East.

The popular college basketball commentator will call the reshaped conference’s games for new cable network Fox Sports 1. Raftery had worked for ESPN since 1982. He will continue to also call games for CBS. . . .

Guard Julien Lewis, one of three players to leave Texas after last season, says he’s transferring to Fresno State. He’ll have to sit out the season, but will have two years of eligibility left. Lewis was the Longhorns’ third-leading scorer last season, averaging 11.2 points in 21 starts.

Hockey

The Calgary Flames traded left wing Alex Tanguay and defenseman Cory Sarich to the Colorado Avalanche for right wing David Jones and defenseman Shane O’Brien. Tanguay, 33, is returning to Colorado, where scored a career-high 29 goals in 2005-06. In 13 seasons with Colorado, Calgary, Montreal and Tampa Bay, he has 249 goals and 513 assists in 922 games.
 Sarich has 20 goals, 128 assists and 1,051 penalty minutes in 915 games with Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Calgary. Jones spent the past six seasons with the Avalanche. He has 70 goals and 56 assists in 272 games. . . .
 The Pittsburgh Penguins and forward Chris Kunitz have agreed on a three-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season. Kunitz led the Penguins with 22 goals this season.

Misc.

Robert Churchwell, a Gonzaga graduate and former Georgetown standout, has been named boys’ basketball coach at Good Counsel. Churchwell replaces Blair Mills, who resigned after four seasons, citing a desire to focus more on his family.

Last season, Churchwell coached at Benedictine, leading the Cadets to a 31-4 mark and the VISAA Division I state title with a win over O’Connell.

— Brandon Parker

Jim Hudson, the former New York Jets safety who helped the team to its only Super Bowl title in 1969, died Tuesday in Austin. He was 70.

The cause of death was not disclosed.

Hudson was a starting safety against the Baltimore Colts, making a key first-half interception. He had six tackles in the 16-7 win, and finished with 15 interceptions in six seasons.

— From news services

and staff reports

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