Carlos Bocanegra

scored on a diving header off

Landon Donovan's

corner kick in the 68th minute, and the United States rallied to beat Honduras, 2-1, in a World Cup qualifier last night in Chicago.

Coming off a 3-1 loss at Costa Rica on Wednesday, the United States fell behind when Carlos Costly scored in the fifth minute.

Donovan, the best U.S. player throughout the match, tied the score with a penalty kick in the 43d minute after a needless hand ball by Mario Besta.

Donovan then started the play for the go-ahead goal with a corner kick that was headed down by Clint Dempsey, who outjumped Hendry Thomas.

Bocanegra charged in and, horizontal to the field, headed it in from about three yards for his 11th international goal.


The NCAA met with Memphis officials yesterday to discuss major violations.

The school must wait at least six weeks for a ruling on whether its 38 basketball wins from the 2007-08 season will count.

The most serious allegation taken up at the meeting was that an unknown person took the SAT for a player. The NCAA has said the athlete in question played for the Tigers for only the 2007-08 season.

All signs point to that player's being Derrick Rose, the No. 1 pick in the 2008 NBA draft.

All-Pacific Ten Conference point guard Nic Wise has decided to return to Arizona for his senior year and forgo the NBA draft. He averaged 15.7 points last season.

Jim Owens, 82, who led a resurgence of West Coast football during his 18 seasons as the University of Washington's coach, died at his home in Bigfork, Mont.

Owens, who played at Oklahoma for Bud Wilkinson, coached at Washington from 1957 until his retirement in 1974.

He went 99-82-6 in his nearly two decades as the Huskies' coach, including three Rose Bowl trips. He also served as athletic director at Washington from 1960 through 1969.

Auto racing

Kyle Busch

raced to his fourth Nationwide Series victory of the year and ninth overall NASCAR win of the season, easily holding off

Brad Keselowski


Carl Edwards

in the Federated Auto Parts 300 in Gladeville, Tenn.

Keselowski, the race winner last year coming off a victory last week in Dover, was second, 0.891 seconds back. Edwards finished third.

Helio Castroneves beat Penske teammate Ryan Briscoe off pit row on the final stop and held on for the final 46 laps to win the IndyCar Bombardier Learjet 550 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.


Ruslan Chagaev

will replace

David Haye


Wladimir Klitschko's

opponent in a heavyweight title bout on June 20 in Frankfurt, Germany. Haye bowed out Wednesday because of a back injury.

Chagaev has been the World Boxing Association's "champion in recess" since withdrawing from two scheduled rematches against Nikolai Valuev. A third match, in Helsinki, was canceled after Finnish boxing authorities said Chagaev failed a "medical requirement."

Pro football

The San Francisco 49ers signed long-snapper

Brian Jennings

to a five-year contract extension.