World Cup champion Brazil overwhelmed European champion Greece, 3-0, yesterday in the Confederations Cup in Germany, while Mexico stayed unbeaten in 19 games by beating Asian champion Japan.
With both Brazil and Greece near full strength, the Brazilians dominated on goals by Adriano, Robinho and substitute Juninho.
In the other Group B match, Mexico rallied to beat Japan, 2-1, on goals from Zinha and Jose Fonseca. Atsushi Yanagisawa scored early for Japan.
The eight-team tournament is a prelude to the next year's World Cup finals in Germany.
"For an opening game, I'm satisfied with our performance," Brazil Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said. "The balance was very good today. Everybody did his job, we played as a team."
Brazil was missing only fullbacks Cafu and Roberto Carlos and striker Ronaldo. All three are being rested.
* PRO HOCKEY: The sale of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to Henry and Susan Samueli was approved by the NHL's Board of Governors.
The board granted unanimous approval pending completion of the sale, which is expected shortly.
Mighty Ducks spokesman Alex Gilchrist said the new owners wouldn't comment until the sale becomes final. The sale for a reported $75 million was announced Feb. 25 and includes Disney Ice, a Mighty Ducks practice facility.
* OBITUARY: Public-address announcer John McAdams of Philadelphia died early yesterday in his sleep. He was 64.
McAdams had been the voice of University of Pennsylvania basketball since 1981 and called more than 300 events each year ranging from high school baseball to the Atlantic 10 basketball tournament. He called countless games involving the city's Big 5 basketball teams -- Penn, Saint Joseph's, Temple, Villanova and La Salle.
McAdams also called football games at La Salle and Princeton, was as an official scorer for the Philadelphia Phillies and the press box announcer at Philadelphia Eagles games. He also called the NCAA lacrosse playoffs last month.
* OLYMPICS: A helicopter crashed on the slalom ski slope for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, injuring the pilot and a worker.
The helicopter was carrying light poles for the slope in Sestriere, said Claudio Agnese, spokesman for the management arm of the organizing committee.
Neither the pilot nor the worker appeared to be seriously injured and were taken to a hospital.
-- From News Services