The United States qualifies for the World Cup in soccer, the American League wild card race gets tighter and more in our Wednesday Sports News and Notes…
** The United States has qualified for the World Cup in soccer after beating Mexico 2-0 last night in Columbus, Ohio. It will be the seventh straight appearance for the U.S. in the World Cup.
** Sports Illustrated has begun to release a five part series that exposes alleged misconduct in the Oklahoma State football program from as far back as 2004, when current LSU coach Les Miles was the head coach of the program. The NCAA has been notified about the report by Oklahoma State officials.
** In baseball, Tampa Bay’s second wild card lead in the American League is down to a game and a half after the Rays lose 2-0 to Boston. Fortunately for the Rays, Baltimore and Cleveland, their closest pursuers, also lost. But New York is now only two games back and Kansas City is just three back.
** The NFL cranks up Week 2 tomorrow when New England hosts the New York Jets; both teams are 1-0.