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2007-11-06 09:28southcn.com


  Brazil's 5-0 rout of Chile on Sunday left the five-time world champions in second place in the South American qualifying group, one point behind Argentina but mathematically assured a berth in the 2006 Cup in Germany.

  crank up:增加;改善

  Andre Agassi became the fourth man over 35 and the first in 14 years to make the U.S. Open quarterfinals Monday, outlasting Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 4-6, 6-2. Two points from a straight-sets win, Agassi couldn't find answers when Malisse cranked up the intensity and evened the match.


  John Olerud homered twice and drove in six runs Thursday night as the Boston Red Sox came from behind for the third consecutive game, beating the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-4 to complete a four-game sweep.

  knock over:弄翻;撞倒

  Wispy Maria Sharapova was one strong gust away from getting knocked over, though not out, at the U.S. Open.

  warm-up game:热身赛

  Yao Ming scored 15 points Tuesday to help China win its last warm-up game, a 96-80 win over Iceland.

  clean sweep:彻底胜利

  Unseeded South Korea ruled out a clean sweep of China at the 17th Asian championships as they surprisingly rallied past the table tennis giants 3-2 in front of no more than a hundred local fans here on Sunday to reach the women's team final.


  There was no celebrating in the stands after Inter Milan's Champions League qualifier on Wednesday. Inter's 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk, which gave the Italian team a 3-1 aggregate win, was played in an empty San Siro stadium because of a ruling that bars fans from Inter's first four Champions League matches.


  Free agent Derek Anderson signed with the Houston Rockets on Tuesday —— yet another addition in a busy offseason for the team.

  defending champion:卫冕冠军

  Defending champion Chelsea got a lucky goal from Didier Drogba in the 73rd minute to beat Arsenal 1-0 Sunday in the English Premier League.

  on a roll:连连获胜

  The world's top-ranked player for the last 81 weeks, Federer heads into the U.S. Open fit, relaxed and on a roll. He took time off after winning his third straight Wimbledon, looking to recharge and rest a sore foot.

  variety show:杂耍

  Pele strummed a song on a guitar and Maradona sang the lyrics to a tango amid flashing strobe lights and the applause of a raucous studio audience in Maradona's debut Monday night as a weekly television variety show host on a local network.


  Wayne Rooney has already made headlines this season with standout performances for Manchester United.

  work off :消除;去除

  Federer worked off the rust from a five-week layoff caused by a sore foot, and Roddick compensated for an undependable serve during their first-round wins Monday in the $2.45 million tournament.


  A couple short strips of fabric dangling from Discovery's belly may require an unprecedented repair by spacewalking astronauts, if engineers determine there's even a possibility that the problem could endanger the shuttle during descent, NASA said Sunday.


  American wunderkind Michael Phelps emerged bruised but unbowed from his seventh-place finish in the 100m freestyle final at the World Swimming Championships, calling it another step on the road to Beijing.


  The world's most comprehensive, broad-based health care company Johnson & Johnson will join the Games with the category covering consumer and personal care products, medical and diagnostic products and non-prescription medicines.


  Spurred by the will and wonder of Tim Duncan, San Antonio is an NBA champion again.


  Powell, 22, already had the world's fastest time this year, a run of 9.84 seconds at the Jamaica International Invitational on May 8. He also ran a 9.85 on June 9 in the Czech Republic. His run Tuesday came with a tailwind of 1.6 metres per second, well below the legal limit of 2.0.


  At least 30 climbers scaled Mount Everest on Monday, exploiting a break in treacherous weather to reach the world's highest peak, officials said.

  Mop up:作扫尾工作

  Mr. Glazer - owner of the 2003 Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers - last week went public with a $1.5 billion buyout, and mopped up the last few shares needed to control the club on Monday.

  Pass out:昏倒,失去知觉

  Police fired tear gas at dozens of angry fans who ran onto the field after the goal, and state television immediately cut its live transmission. Dozens of people passed out after inhaling the gas.


  Fossett, who failed five times before successfully circumnavigating the globe solo in a balloon, needed just one try to make the trip in a plane. He holds many other records as a balloonist, pilot and sailor.


  Nike, the multinational athletic shoe and sportswear giant, issued an apology to Chinese customers Friday, not long after China banned its new television commercial “Chamber of Fear” for insulting Chinese national dignity.

  Orange Bowl:桔子杯

  USC and Oklahoma finished atop the final Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday and will meet in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4 in a title game that - again - might not end the argument over who is No. 1.


  NBA Commissioner David Stern's statement accompanying the announcement of suspensions for Friday night's Pacers-Pistons brawl:


  China's Dutch-born head coach Arie Hann is ready to take whatever the consequence at the eve of the team's do-or-die World Cup qualifying battle against Hong Kong of China.


  Thebstarted with the Beach Beauty final in which Miss United States, Nancy Randall, took the coveted laurels, fast-tracking her to the finals.

  Goalless draw:零比零平局

  Kuwait beat China 1-0 in a World Cup Asian zone Group 4 match on Wednesday. The two teams played to a goalless draw in the first half. The only goal came two minutes into the second half as the host team opened the scoring with their first attempt at the goal of the second half.


  More fancied racers were relegated to secondary positions as Paul Kirui of Kenya and Yingjie Sun of China won the men's and women's titles respectively in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships here in Delhi today.

  Claim one's life:夺走某人的生命

  The Paralympic Games have been overshadowed by a tragic road accident that claimed the lives of seven high school students who were travelling to Athens to attend the competitions. Yesterday's Closing Ceremony was therefore limited to protocol segments, such as the entry of athletes, the speech by the IPC President, Phil Craven, the handover of the Paralympic flag to the Beijing Organising Committee and the extinguishing of the flame.


  2003 saw a drop in Rubens' performances and his finishing position in the Drivers' Championship, despite team orders not coming into play throughout the year. Although he clinched two victories, and six other podium finishes, his performances were erratic and the season yielded only 65 points, leaving him down in fourth place.

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