Sao Paulo: Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese committed a horrendous error as Brazil ensured top spot in their Copa America group on Saturday with a 5-0 victory in Sao Paulo. Goals from Casemiro, Roberto Firmino, Everton, Dani Alves and Willian ensured the Selecao would finish top of Group A and will play their quarter-final in Porto Alegre, potentially against out-of-sorts Argentina, their bitter rivals. “We knew we’d get there sooner or later because we worked very hard,” captain Alves told TV Globo. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev”It’s thanks to wins like this that we’re connected with the fans. When we’re all together, we feel the positive energy,” he added, alluding to the jeers that greeted the team in their first two group matches. With Peru already 1-0 down, it was Gallese’s dreadful error that led to Firmino’s goal and swept the mat from under Peru’s feet, with the game turning into a rout. Darwin Machis scored a brace as Venezuela beat Bolivia 3-1 in Belo Horizonte and leapfrogged Peru into second place, securing a quarter-final at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’shipsPeru, who finish third on four points, must now wait nervously to see what happens in the other two groups on Sunday and Monday to find out if they will qualify for the knock-out rounds as one of the two best third-place finishers. Never before since the Copa America adopted a 12-team format in 1993 with eight sides going through to the quarter-finals, has a side mustering four points failed to progress. Hosts Brazil took an early lead in scrappy fashion when Philippe Coutinho’s corner was flicked on at the near post for Marquinhos to head goalwards from inside the six-yard box, with Gallese rooted to his line. The ball came back off the post, grazed Marquinhos’s shoulder and was then headed over the line by Casemiro on 12 minutes. If Gallese was partly at fault there for not commanding his area, he was totally to blame for Brazil’s second. The goalkeeper dallied over a clearance and when he tried to hoof the ball upfield, it cannoned off a jumping Firmino, looped over his head and again came back off the post. The ball bounced back to Firmino who waltzed around the stranded Gallese and slotted the ball into the empty net on 19 minutes. Peru had barely been in the game but captain Paolo Guerrero did curl a free-kick over the top. Yet the match was effectively over as a contest on 32 minutes when Everton cut in off the left flank and fired a snap effort into the bottom corner, with Gallese a touch slow to react and beaten at his near post. With almost two thirds of the match to go, Peru were relying on a favor from Bolivia to hold onto second place in the group. Brazil, who were boosted by a visit from the injured and absent Neymar on Friday, did not let up in the second half. Alves was next in on the scoring act after playing a pair of one-twos with Arthur and Firmino before firing across Gallese on 53 minutes. Willian sealed the rout in the last minute with a stunning strike from the corner of the 18-yard box. And there was still time for Gallese to give away and then save a Gabriel Jesus penalty in stoppage time.
Brock Days brochureRegistration has officially opened for Brock Days – the University’s homecoming and community celebration – taking place Friday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 30.This annual event is the perfect opportunity for the Brock community to come together — students, faculty, staff, and alumni.Brock Days is anchored by two festivities-filled weekends — Alumni Weekend and Community Weekend — and offers engaging student events.Alumni Weekend happens Sept. 21 to 23 and is a great opportunity for graduates to reconnect, rediscover and remember.There are numerous events taking place, such as the annual Alumni Association Golf Tournament, “Back-to-Class” breakout sessions, the prestigious Fine Food, Fine Wine, Fine Art culinary experience, alumni pub night and a Niagara-on-the-Lake alumni wine tour.This year’s Alumni Weekend keynote speaker is Peter Goodspeed (BA ’78), a Brock grad and award-winning journalist with almost four decades of experience. Goodspeed will share his extraordinary insights into war correspondence and the future of international reporting.Back-to-ClassCommunity Weekend runs Sept. 28 to 30 and features the much-anticipated and messiest tradition at Brock, the annual Grape Stomp. Other highlights include the Niagara Wine Festival Grande Parade and an Isaac’s Army ‘hype day’ for Brock rugby and lacrosse.Student events will happen throughout both weekends, including a pub night, Brock Cares day of service, Past is Present community scavenger hunt and many athletic events.“I had a great time at Brock Days. I’m so proud to be a Badger,” said Jennifer Hall (BTS ’08).So why not call your intramural buddies, email your University roommates, update your friends on Facebook and tweet your followers to ask them to join you in celebrating Brock Days 2012.For full event listings, to view the flip-book brochure and to register visit: www.brocku.ca/brock-daysRead about highlights of Brock Days 2011.Brock Days promo video
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina starting forward Justin Minaya will have surgery on his right knee this week and be out indefinitely.Gamecocks coach Frank Martin announced Minaya’s status Tuesday. Martin says the 6-foot-5 sophomore Minaya would begin rehab immediately, although a timetable for his return would be determined after the operation. Minaya hurt himself in practice this past Sunday. He missed Monday night’s 81-61 loss to Southern Conference opponent Wofford.Minaya is the son of ex-New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya.The younger Minaya started 30 games as a freshman for the Gamecocks (3-2) where he averaged nearly eight points and more than four rebounds.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press