Sports briefs: England, Spain among World Cup qualifiers
soccer • England and defending champion Spain qualified for the World Cup on Tuesday night along with Russia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, which earned its first berth as an independent nation.
Wayne Rooney scored in the 41st minute and Steven Gerrard in the 88th to give England (6-0-4) a 2-0 win over Poland at London's Wembley Stadium and first place in Group H by one point over Ukraine (6-1-3).
Spain (6-0-2) won Group I with a 2-0 victory over visiting Georgia on goals by Alvaro Negredo in the 26th minute and Juan Mata in the 61st.
Bosnia (8-1-1) won 1-0 at Lithuania to win Group G on goal difference over Greece.
Wildcats introduce star-studded class
college basketball • Kentucky coach John Calipari stops just short of calling his latest talented freshmen group the best ever because previous classes have featured top NBA draft picks and won an NCAA championship. Still, Calipari hinted Tuesday his view could quickly change.
His eight-player freshmen contingent includes McDonald's All-Americans Dakari Johnson, twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, Julius Randle and Marcus Lee. In-state players Dominique Hawkins, Kentucky's Mr. Basketball, and Derek Willis round out this latest crop.
Rose takes lead in PGA Grand Slam
golf • U.S. Open champion Justin Rose birdied the first hole with a blind shot he hit to a foot of the pin, and he stayed in front Tuesday in Southampton, Bermuda, until he completed a 4-under 67 for a two-shot lead over Jason Dufner in PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
The 36-hole exhibition, which concludes Wednesday, is for the four major champions of the year. British Open champion Phil Mickelson chose not to play and was replaced at Port Royal Golf Course by three-time major champion Padraig Harrington. Dufner, who won the PGA Championship, opened with a 69. Masters champion Adam Scott shot a 70, and Harrington shot 74.
From wire reports
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