EDT September 19, 2013 In Week 4, LSU faces Auburn, Notre Dame plays Michigan State and Stanford gets tested against Arizona State. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports) No. 4 Stanford hosts 23rd-ranked Arizona State in a pivotal West Coast matchup No. 21 Notre Dame renews its rivalry with No. 23 Michigan State on Saturday There are two big SEC games with No. 7 LSU facing unbeaten Auburn and Tennessee playing No. 18 Florida SHARE 16 CONNECT 27 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE It’s natural to have a lull after the never-ending buildup to the Alabama-Texas A&M showdown, a game that lived up to the hype . And that’s, unfortunately, what we have this week. Only two matchups between ranked teams are on the docket with No. 4 Stanford hosting 23rd-ranked Arizona State and No. 21 Notre Dame renewing its rivalry with No. 23 Michigan State. RANKING: 10 best games in Week 4 The visit by the Sun Devils will be the first big test for the Cardinal, who have been under the radar among national title contenders. ASU amazingly escaped against Wisconsin last week thanks to a major officiating error . It will take more than that to win on The Farm, however.
Team USA got a significant measure of revenge in the 2012 Olympics, though, defeating Argentina 1-0 in pool play there. Schedule Team USA is in Pool B, and will open play its opening game against Mexico on at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Exactly 24 hours later, Team USA will face Chile. On Tuesday, at 3 p.m., Team USA will play Uruguay to close out pool play. Pool A, which plays on the same days as Pool B, includes Argentina, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago andGuyana. The top two teams from each pool will move on the semifinal on Thursday, Sept. 26th, with the finals taking place on Saturday, Sept. 28th. There will be consolation rounds as well, so every team will play two games after pool play regardless of their success. What’s at stake The winner of the 2013 Pan Am Cup automatically qualifies for 2014 World Cup.
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The win by the defending champion came after what appeared to be a certain Kiwi victory was thwarted by light winds that caused the day’s first race to be abandoned due to a time limit to complete the race. The USA must still win six more races in a row to keep New Zealand from the one victory it needs to wrest yachting’s coveted Cup from the hands of Oracle team owner Larry Ellison. “It was really a great day,” said Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill. “Sometimes things go your way, and we’re going to take it.” New Zealand skipper Dean Barker described the day as “frustrating,” saying “we know we can win this thing.” In the race that was completed, the Kiwis beat the USA over the starting line and rounded the first mark a few seconds ahead of Oracle. The defending champion snatched the lead back in a cross-over that resulted in New Zealand being tagged with a penalty. Oracle dodge to avoid colliding with New Zealand but jumped ahead and grabbed onto a lead that grew through the pivotal upwind third leg of the race. The USA remained in control of the race and crossed the finish a minute and 24 seconds ahead of the Kiwis. The Oracle victory came in a Race 13 rematch after light winds forced the first attempt at the race to be halted when the 40-minute time limit was reached as the Kiwis sailed unchallenged toward the finish. The Kiwis and the defending champions were nearly even at the start and the USA was ahead slightly as the catamarans crept slowly around the first gate. After days of high-speed racing on the bay, the AC72 catamarans seemed to be moving in slow motion as the teams jockeyed to catch puffs of the capriciously shifting breeze. New Zealand seized a lead that continued to grow, rounding the third gate more than two minutes ahead of the USA. The Kiwis were racing the clock rather than the USA from that point forward, but failed to make it past the final marker before time expired. “It’s a shame really,” said New Zealand tactician Ray Davies.
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Seattle, and he scored his first goal since July 6. Brad Davis returned to the starting lineup after missing the New York match while on international duty and recorded his first assist since Aug. 17. Giles Barnes played a second consecutive match in a midfield role, playing an attacking spot with Clark in a deeper-lying holding role. I think having Ricardo back brings a different kind of athleticism into the team, Barnes said. Everyone knows thats one of his strongest points. His athleticism to get in and around people and to get box-to-box and get winning tackles. That allows the midfielders to get a little more forward. Everyones got defending to do. We copy off Ricardo. Hes kind of a mouthpiece behind our movement. After conceding 12 goals in their previous four matches, the Dynamo kept a clean sheet for the first time since July 6 when they also shut out Philadelphia, 1-0. It was one of those nights where the game, wasnt perfect, but you have 10 other guys watching your back and thats what a team effort is, said goalkeeper Tally Hall. We definitely took a couple of punches the last couple of weeks. Its about how you respond, and I think we responded very well to the situation when we needed to. After arriving from Seattle in a trade for Adam Moffat, Servando Carrasco made his Dynamo debut, coming on for the final 18 minutes. CHIVAS USA Chivas USA made it two more matches without loss, playing to a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers on Saturday evening at at StubHub Center.