COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The United States clinched its seventh straight World Cup appearance, beating Mexico 2-0 Tuesday night on second-half goals by Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan before a raucous red-white-and-blue-clad crowd that stood and chanted from start to finish.
After withstanding Mexican pressure for the first 20 minutes, the U.S. settled in the match and got the breakthrough in the 49th minute when Johnson outjumped defender Diego Reyes to meet Donovan's corner kick 8 yards out and head the ball past frozen goalkeeper Jesus Corona.
With Mexican shifting to an offense-minded 3-4-3 formation, the U.S. scored in the 78th following a throw in when Mix Diskerud threaded the ball across the middle. Clint Dempsey got the slightest of touches as he slid into the goalmouth, and Donovan poked the ball in from 2 yards.
The U.S. (5-2-1) moved into first place in the North and Central American and Caribbean finals with 16 points, one ahead of Costa Rica (4-1-3), which was held to a 1-1 tie at last-place Jamaica and also clinched.
Italy and the Netherlands became the first European teams to qualify for next year's World Cup, and Argentina also joined the U.S. and Costa Rica in the field on Tuesday night.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -Thomas Bach was elected president of the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday, keeping the powerful sports body in European hands.
Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer, succeeds Jacques Rogge, the Belgian who is stepping down after 12 years.
Bach defeated five rival candidates in the secret balloting. He received 49 votes in the second round to secure a winning majority. Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico finished second with 29 votes.
Bach received a standing ovation for nearly a full minute after Rogge opened a sealed envelope to announce his victory.
A former Olympic fencing gold medalist who heads Germany's national Olympic committee, Bach becomes the ninth president in the 119-year history of the IOC. He is the eighth European to hold the presidency.
DETROIT (AP) - Ndamukong Suh's latest controversial play drew a hefty fine.
The Detroit defensive tackle was docked $100,000 by the NFL for his illegal low block on Minnesota center John Sullivan in the Lions' season-opening victory Sunday. Suh hit Sullivan during an interception return by Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy, and the penalty negated what would have been a touchdown.
NFL spokesman Randall Liu said Tuesday that vice president of football operations Merton Hanks notified Suh of the fine. Suh was not in the locker room at Detroit's practice facility when it was open to reporters Tuesday. A text message was sent to him seeking comment.
Suh said Sunday he wasn't going after Sullivan's knees, adding that the two had discussed the play at halftime. Detroit players said Suh apologized to the team Tuesday.
DENVER (AP) - Suspended All-Pro linebacker Von Miller is in trouble with the law for the second time in a month.
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson told Denver television station CBS4 on Tuesday night that the Denver Broncos' troubled star was cited last week for driving without a license and speeding near his home.
Robinson said Miller was with his father, who was then allowed to drive the vehicle.
The Broncos declined comment on Miller's latest legal troubles when contacted by The Associated Press.
In addition to the six-game suspension he's serving for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Miller was arrested last month while trying to purchase a firearm when a routine background check revealed he had an outstanding warrant.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The New York Giants signed running back Brandon Jacobs Tuesday.
Jacobs, who played for the Giants from 2005-2011 and was a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams, should help a backfield in flux. Second-year starter in David Wilson is backed up by Da'Rel Scott and Michael Cox. But New York ran for only 50 yards in the season-opening loss to the Cowboys.
The move means Vereen must miss eight weeks before he is eligible to play in a game. He was injured in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Buffalo Bills. He had a small break in his left wrist and underwent surgery on Monday, Fox Sports reported. The Patriots said he missed practice on Monday and Tuesday with a wrist injury.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Boosters and assistant coaches at Oklahoma State handed out tens of thousands of dollars to players for at least a decade as the football program grew into a national power under coaches Les Miles and then Mike Gundy, according to a Sports Illustrated article released Tuesday.
The article, which quoted several former players by name, said some players received $2,000 to $10,000 annually, with a few stars receiving $25,000 or more. Eight players told SI they received cash, while 29 others were named by teammates as taking money. The transgressions cited stretched from 2001 until at least 2011, the magazine said.
Oklahoma State said it has notified the NCAA about the report and launched its own investigation.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) -Clint Bowyer denied Tuesday that he intentionally spun his car in an effort to keep Ryan Newman from winning at Richmond and making NASCAR's championship field.
Bowyer was previously scheduled to spend the day at ESPN before NASCAR sanctioned Michael Waltrip Racing for manipulating the outcome of the race. In his first interview, he said he had apologized to Newman in a phone call for bringing out a caution while Newman was leading, but said it was racer protocol for costing Newman a win.
Asked specifically if the apology was an admission of guilt, Bowyer said: ''Let's not dig too much into this.''
NASCAR said they could not prove Bowyer's spin was intentional in levying stiff sanctions against MWR on Monday. Newman replaced Martin Truex Jr. in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship field and MWR was fined $300,000 as part of the penalties.
BALTIMORE (AP) - In a sign that Derek Jeter might not be back anytime soon, the New York Yankees obtained slick-fielding shortstop Brendan Ryan from the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night for a player to be named.
Jeter has been sidelined with soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle. Before the Yankees beat Baltimore 7-5, manager Joe Girardi said the 13-time All-Star is ''still in a holding pattern.''
Ryan would not be eligible to play in the postseason for New York because wasn't on the team by Aug. 31. But for the rest of the month, he can provide a solid glove at shortstop as a starter or defensive replacement as the Yankees chase a wild-card berth.
CHICAGO (AP) - The Detroit Tigers are giving Jhonny Peralta a chance to earn a spot on their roster.
That's about all general manager Dave Dombrowski would promise when he discussed the suspended infielder's future Tuesday. Peralta, who accepted a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Aug. 5, will work out with the Tigers before Wednesday's game in Chicago against the White Sox.
''From our perspective, there really is an obligation with giving him a chance to come back,'' Dombrowski said. ''We'll make a baseball decision at some point, as we get closer, whether to activate him.''
Peralta was suspended as part of baseball's investigation into Biogenesis of America, a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
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