COLLEGES

Tressel tells fans Buckeyes will beat Michigan again

Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel told people at a rally on his front doorstep that he would always be a Buckeye and said the team will beat Michigan again this November.

Tressel was forced to resign Monday for his role in covering up his knowledge of his players taking improper benefits from a Columbus tattoo-parlor owner.

Some 200 people walked from a nearby park to Tressel’s French Provincial home. They cheered, sang the alma mater and held up signs that said, “You’re in Our Prayers,” “We Support You, Jim!” and “We Love You, Coach Tressel.”

SOCCER

U.S. MEN: Santi Cazorla scored twice to give World Cup champion Spain a 4-0 exhibition victory over the United States as the Americans tuned up for the Gold Cup.

The victory avenged a loss in the semifinals of the 2009 Confederations Cup, when the Americans won 2-0 to snap top-ranked Spain’s 35-match winning streak.

MLS: Kevin Hartman, 37, got his 100th career shutout and Martin Chavez scored in the 69th minute to give FC Dallas a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution in Frisco, Texas.

FIFA: CONCACAF has suspended acting president Lisle Austin for alleged rule violations, drawing an angry response from Austin who claimed the action was “illegal.” Austin took control of the federation representing North and Central America and the Caribbean after longtime leader Jack Warner was suspended by world football’s governing body over bribery allegations along with fellow FIFA executive committee member Mohamed bin Hammam.

PDL: Jason Masse scored with 1 minute left to give the MPS Portland Phoenix (5-1-0) a 2-1 victory over the New Hampshire Phantoms (0-5-1) at Portland.

Joel Theissen scored Portland’s first goal.

GOLF

LPGA: Cristie Kerr birdied the final hole for a 6-under 65 and a one-shot lead over Catriona Matthew after the second round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway Township, N.J.

Kerr rolled in three of her eight birdies after making a double bogey on the 12th hole on the Bay Course at Seaview. Kerr capped the round with an 8-footer at the par-5 18th to put herself in position to win for the first time this year and for the 15th time in her LPGA career.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Mark Brooks survived a shaky finish that left him with a 4-under 67 and a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Principal Charity Classic in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Brooks salvaged a bogey on 18 after twice hitting into bunkers and finished 36 holes at 10-under 132. Mark Calcavecchia, playing in the same group as Brooks, closed with three straight pars after an eagle on 15 to wind up with a 66, putting him 9 under.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Alexander Noren kept his lead at the Wales Open after a third round in which defending champion Graeme McDowell slumped to 11 strokes off the pace following a stunning collapse on at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales.

Noren shot par 71 after four birdies on the back nine to total 8-under 205, one shot ahead of Anders Hansen (66) and Peter Hanson (69) and two in front of Jamie Donaldson (71). Victor Dubuisson (72) and Steve Webster (70) are at 208.

NCAA: Carter Newman birdied the first playoff hole to beat Oklahoma State’s Sean Einhaus and lift defending champion Augusta State into an all-Georgia final round at the NCAA men’s golf tournament.

Newman hit clutch putts on the 17th and 18th holes to keep the pivotal match going, then pumped his fist after dropping the winner on the 14th green. Augusta State claimed a 3-2 victory in the match-play semifinal.

The Jaguars will face Georgia in today’s championship.

HORSE RACING

BELMONT STAKES: The rubber match is on: Preakness winner Shackleford is ready to take on Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom in next Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.

Shackleford passed his final test with a sharp five-furlong workout at Belmont Park.

“As long as he comes out of the work good he will run,” trainer Dale Romans said after talking it over with the colt’s owner, Michael Lauffer. “I am excited he’s doing so well and coming into the race the right way.”