Following the United States' 2-2 comeback tie with Slovenia at the World Cup, American players were steaming about a call in the final minutes that negated their go-ahead goal. Two minutes after Michael Bradley tied the score in the 82nd minute, Landon Donovan took a free kick and sent it toward the goal. Teammate Mauric Edu broke through his defender and kicked the ball into the goal, but referee Koman Coulibaly had already blown his whistle for an unidentified reason.

 

Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley scored second-half goals to lift the United States to a 2-2 tie with Slovenia in World Cup play Friday in South Africa. The Americans, who trailed 2-0 at halftime, appeared to score a go-ahead goal in the final minutes on a play off a free kick, but the referee whistled the play dead, apparently for offsides (no explanation was given). Replays showed no American was offsides and, in fact, a foul could have been called on Slovenia for holding.

 

According to a report in The New York Times, representatives for Manny Ramirez talked to Major League Baseball officials last year about the possibility of getting an exemption so that the slugger could take drugs that would boost his testosterone levels. The idea was broached around the time Ramirez was suspended for 50 games for violating the league’s drug policy and then resurrected two months after he returned, but he never received the exemption.

PGA Tour golfer and NBC golf analyst Brad Faxon joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about this weekend's U.S.Open at Pebble Beach. Faxon is optimistic about Tiger Woods' chances in the tournament. "I think he's got a real shot to contend because this course has the smallest greens in any tournament we play all year long," Faxon said. "They're so firm that a lot of guys who can't stop the ball on these greens are really going to have a hard time.

With Game 7 of the NBA finals on tap Thursday night, we decided to take a look back at memorable Game 7s in Boston sports history, both good and bad. Check out our list of the top 10 Game 7s at the LEEInks blog.

Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees lineup Wednesday night after resting his hip/groin for four days, but when he didn't run hard on his ninth-inning double, more red flags were raised. Read more about that, plus check out a compilation video looking at Kobe Bryant's consistently arrogant behavior at press conferences. It can be found at Thursday's Morning Mashup.

 The first games are in the books (in the case of Uruguay and South Africa, the first two). To be blunt, the first round has been largely disappointing, as many teams have been tentative in feeling each other out with a lack of flair, or “Joga Bonita” (play beautifully). Now that many teams will be desperate for points, one can only hope the goals start to fly in. Let’s get to the rankings.

 

1. GERMANY 

 



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The United States Men's National Team is still building a loyal following. (AP)I’m not sure what American soccer fans were anticipating more, the start of the World Cup or their team’s first big match with European giant England.



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The latest celebration injury occurred in Los Angeles, as UCLA second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla, one of the Bruins’ top hitters, will miss the College World Series after breaking his wrist during a pile-up celebration after the team's regional title. This happened three weeks after Angels first baseman Kendry Morales broke his leg during a celebration at home plate for his walk-off home run.

Following Kobe Bryant's 38-point effort Sunday night in Game 5 of the NBA finals, we decided to look for the best individual performances against the Celtics in playoff history. Check out our results at the LEEInks blog.