Black Satellites coach, Sellas Tetteh, says his team let him down in the first half of their semi-finals game against France and that is largely the reason behind the team’s 1-2 defeat.Added to that situation, substitute goalkeeper Michael Sai’s poor anticipation in the second half easily provided the canon fodder for the French to clinch a second defeat over Ghana.In a battle that the French employed brute strength in the combat, the Ghanaians’ usual onslaught was hardly visible in the first half as they struggled to break through the rear of their opponents.Indeed, by the 45th minute mark, the Ghanaians had made only one goal attempt when Frank Acheampong reacted to the French promptings with a header close to the end of the first half. But his ball grazed the upright to the relief of the French bench.Sellas said France exploited the situation and imposed themselves onto the game and even though the Ghanaians tried to react to the situation in the second half it appeared too late as French confidence had already peaked.“For me the whole team played poorly in the first half much against expectation and I do not want to single out any player for blame. Of course, you will say the goalkeeper did poorly with the situation that resulted in the second goal for France, the question is what were the defenders doing at the time”, he queried. Tetteh was, however, quick to congratulate his boys for their resilience that saw them salvage what started as a failed campaign but managed to steer it to the semi-finals.‘’I hope we win the bronze to bring something home”, he added
It took Garcia 28 months to earn his 134th stakes win at Los Alamitos. He tied Kenny Hart’s mark with Enjoy The Moment in the Las Damas Handicap on October 30, 2004. Trained by Adan Farias, A Mere Splash broke the deadlock between the pilots with an impressive 3/4 length victory over the 18-1 longshot Little Bit Of Baja. “I’m not going to lie to you, my dream has always been to break records at Los Alamitos,” Garcia said. “That’s why I came here in the 1980s. It had been so long since I had won a stakes that I had stopped expecting to break this mark. Having this record means a lot to me. My next goal is to break Danny Cardoza’s record for Quarter Horse wins at Los Alamitos. I have a lot of gas left in the tank as a jockey, so I believe that I can break it.” Garcia is 69 wins away from equaling Cardoza’s mark of 2,528 Quarter Horse wins at the Orange County oval. Dallas signs OL Davis The Dallas Cowboys agreed to terms with free agent offensive lineman Leonard Davis on a seven-year contract worth nearly $50 million, a story posted on the team’s official Web site reported Sunday. The team had not yet announced the deal. Calls by The Associated Press to the offices of team spokesman Rich Dalrymple and Davis’ agent, Ryan Tollner, weren’t immediately returned. Dallascowboys.com, as well as The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reported the deal without naming sources. Dallascowboys.com reported that Davis’ package included $18.75 million in guaranteed money. The Houston Texans agreed to terms with free agent running back Ahman Green. The 30-year-old former Green Bay Packer will likely become the starter for a team that struggled at the position last season after Domanick Williams – formerly Davis – missed the year with knee problems. Terms of the contract were not immediately available. The Detroit Lions agreed to terms on a multiyear contract with free agent defensive end Dewayne White, filling one of their offseason needs. Hewitt tops Melzer Lleyton Hewitt won the Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas for the third time, outlasting fourth-seeded Jurgen Melzer, 6-4, 7-6, in the final. The second-seeded Hewitt dropped the first three games of the second set and later fought off four set points before winning the thrilling tiebreaker. A Melzer double-fault put Hewitt in command, giving him an 11-10 lead. Hewitt capitalized on the next point, getting Melzer to hit it into the net. It was Hewitt’s 26th career title, but only his third since January 2005. Avengers lose opener Going into the season opener at Staples Center the Avengers could not have wanted anything more then to defeat the Western Division rival San Jose SaberCats to help put last year’s five-win season behind them. So much so, they attempted an on-side kick on the opening kickoff. The Avengers recovered only to have the ball given to San Jose, because of an offsides penalty. San Jose scored one play later to take the lead just 23 seconds into the game. From that point the Avengers were playing a game of catch-up and despite coming back to tie the score four times fell to the visiting SaberCats, 66-58, in front of 12,586. Sonny Cumbie hit on four for his first five pass attempts, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to Lenzie Jackson in the first quarter. The second-year quarterback from Texas Tech finished with 357 yards on 25-of-40 passing and six TDs. – Justin Frank 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jose Antonio Reyes also hurt his knee, and both will miss Wednesday’s game at Bayern Munich. The full extent of the injury was not immediately known. “They will not face Bayern,” coach Fabio Capello said, according to the BBC News. “Reyes’s injury is bad; Beckham’s could be just as serious.” Beckham will undergo tests today to determine the extent of the injury. Beckham is slated to join the Galaxy this summer when his service is done with Real Madrid. His playing contract with the team is worth around $27.5 million. Garcia leads all The wait is over for jockey Eddie Garcia. The 41-year-old jockey became Los Alamitos’ all-time leading Quarter Horse rider in stakes races after piloting Felix A. Gonzalez’s A Mere Splash to victory in the $145,000 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes late Saturday. David Beckham, the soon-to- be member of the L.A. Galaxy, injured his knee during the second half of a Real Madrid match Sunday. Beckham limped off after hurting his right knee when he ran into “advertising hoardings” behind the goal, according to a BBC News report.