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Brazil wins Confederations Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Brazil carried the trophy a record third-consecutive time after two goals from Fred and another from Neymar for a 3-0 FIFA Confederations Cup victory.Brazil, who has won a total of four Confederations Cup titles, had little to prove during a shut out victory over World Cup champion Spain before thousands of yellow-clad spectators at Estadio do Maracaná last Sunday.Brazil head coach Luis Felipe Scolari believes the team is on a path to the 2014 World Cup, which under scrutiny from many Brazilians, the country will host.Scolari wants more from the squad.“We are still not a team that is complete. We know that we have a good group, but we still have to prove a lot,” Scolari told FIFA.com.Scolari also coached the Brazilian squad to FIFA World Cup victory in 2002.“We have embarked on the path to 2014,” said Scolari.“It was fantastic to hear the crowd singing ‘The champions are back,’ but a long patch stretches ahead of us.”Over the last month Brazil has defeated former world champs Spain, Uruguay and France.“We failed to adapt to the situation and we lost our head a bit,” said Spain’s striker Fernando Torres, “We didn’t know whether to push forwards or hang back.”The Italians won the bronze medal match with a 3-2 win in penalty kicks against Uruguay to break a 2-2 tie after regulation.Spain scored the most goals overall in the eight-country tournament with 15, while the Brazilians and Uruguay finished with 14. México, who lost in the group stage to Italy and Brazil, but defeated Japan, ended with three goals. Newcomer Tahiti had a single goal scored to 24 goals scored against it.More than 1 million protesters gathered over 100 cities throughout the tournament over Brazil’s pledge to spend about $14 billion to host the 2014 World Cup rather than to needed investments in hospitals, schools, roads and public security.José Ramírez remains undefeatedTHACKERVILLE, Oklahoma - Avenal boxer José Ramírez improved to 4-0 while earning his third knockout victory as a professional last Saturday night at the WinStar World Casino.Ramírez stopped Christopher Williams, of Puerto Rico, 90 seconds in the first round of a scheduled four round light welterweight event.Before turning pro last year, Ramírez went 145-11 with 11 national titles. He failed to advance to the medal rounds at the Olympics last year.México’s U-20 at FIFA World CupINSTANBUL, Turkey — El Tricolor advanced to the Round of 16 at the FIFA U-20 World Cup last Saturday.México lost its first two matches in group play, but rebounded with a 4-1 win over Mali.“We know that if you are to be the greatest in a tournament, you always have to fight the best,” said Marco Ruiz, El Tri’s assistant coach.México faced Spain on Tuesday.Sacramento Gold in NPSL playoffsSACRAMENTO — The Sacramento Gold Soccer Club has clinched a spot in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) postseason.Despite one match remaining in the regular season, the Gold (7-2-2) are one of two teams advancing to the NPSL West Regional Playoffs in southern California beginning the second week in July.Sacramento hosts the San Francisco Stompers on July 7 at River City High School for the final home match of the season.Fresno Fuego wins againLA MIRADA — The Fresno Fuego is looking to the postseason after a 2-0 shutout over host Southern California Seahorses last Saturday.Striker Paul Islas scored twice for Fresno, who improved to 9-0-1 and leads the Southwest Division in the Premier Development League.

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