Jamaica’s Under-17 Reggae Boyz went down 5-0 to the United States in their opening CONCACAF Championships game at the Estadio Maracan· de Panam· on Sunday.The Andrew Edwards-coached team held their opponent scoreless for the first-half despite giving up a 20th-minute penalty, which was saved by goalkeeper Tajay Griffths. For the remainder of the half, it was the Jamaican captain, Griffiths, who kept the team in the game up to the interval with a string of brilliant saves.However, after the break, the floodgates opened with Chris Durkin finding the opener for the Americans with a header from a corner in the 52nd minute.NOTHING COULD BE DONEThe Americans kept the Jamaicans on the back foot and Griffiths continued to be the only reason the Jamaicans did not fall further behind, but there was nothing he could do when Tim Weah struck again in the 77th minute.Three minutes from time, Josh Sargant made it 3-0 when he snuck between Kendall Edwards and Griffiths to toe the ball into an unguarded net. It didn’t take long for the Jamaicans to fall further behind as, a minute later Ayo Akinola broke through and fired a fourth past Griffiths before putting the game to bed with another late strike in time added on.Mexico and El Salvador were down to play the other game in the group. The Jamaicans will take on El Salvador in their next game, which is a must win, on Wednesday.
SAN JOSE – Each of the San Jose Sharks’ third-period scoring chances died in Ilya Bryzgalov’s glove or deflected harmlessly off his pads. Teemu Selanne got the Anaheim Ducks’ only chance in the entire final frame – and as Sharks fans have known for years, the Finnish Flash rarely wastes them. The Ducks survived nearly four minutes of short-handed play early in the third, including a two-man disadvantage for 17seconds. San Jose had several additional chances in the final minutes, including an unobstructed look by captain Patrick Marleau – but it hit Bryzgalov squarely in the chest. “It’s one game, but it’s like in baseball: You ask a pitcher to go in and get you one, and the goaltender went in and got us one,” Carlyle said. And after San Jose missed several scoring chances in a flurry, Anaheim scored with a blistering counterattack. Chris Kunitz and Selanne traded the puck on an end-to-end rush before Selanne barely tucked home his 38th goal of the season with 11:41 left. Selanne, a San Jose favorite during his 2 seasons in teal, scored his 82nd point in 54career games against the Sharks with his fast-break goal. “They were dominating most of the time,” Selanne said. “In the third, they had all the chances. We were lucky to get this one at all. You always begin to think there’s a chance that you’re going to get a chance to score. You just wait for that opportunity.” The clubs, which meet again Friday at Honda Center, have split the first six meetings of this burgeoning rivalry. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Anaheim was tired after beating Colorado on Sunday night, but managed to hold off the Sharks by a whisker. “The only chance those guys had in the last two periods, and they score,” Sharks coach Ron Wilson said, shaking his head. “We played really well. Their goaltender played great, and that’s the difference in the hockey game. To outshoot a team like that and dominate territorial play, and then we make a mistake, and it ends up in the net – I don’t know what to say.” Anaheim had plenty to say about Bryzgalov’s heroics in his first victory since Jan. 11. Jean-Sebastien Giguere started the Ducks’ past eight games, but Bryzgalov thrived in the surprise assignment from coach Randy Carlyle. “It was the best game I’ve played all year,” Bryzgalov said. “I was playing and laughing out there. I wasn’t nervous. They kept trying to come down and pressure me, but we were able to defend it.” Dustin Penner scored twogoals in the first period for Anaheim, and Milan Michalek replied with two goals in the second period for San Jose. Selanne scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and the Ducks padded their Pacific Division lead with a 3-2 victory over the frustrated Sharks on Monday night. Bryzgalov made 40 saves in his first start since Feb. 7 for the Ducks, who moved seven points ahead of San Jose and Dallas by surviving the Sharks, who had a prodigious 42-19 shot advantage – including 18-2 in the third period – and committed just one penalty all night.