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      Saturday, when the host

      NEWCASTLE, Australia - Australia remained on course for its maiden Asian Cup title after defeating United Arab Emirates 2-0 in a semifinal at Newcastle Stadium on a wet Tuesday. Hoyt Wilhelm Jersey .Playing in Newcastle for the first time in almost 20 years, the Socceroos took a firm grip on the contest when defenders Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson punched in their first international goals inside the first 15 minutes.Australia march on to the final against South Korea at Sydney on Saturday, when the host hopes to go one step better than its 2011 final loss to Japan. South Korea beat Australia 1-0 in the group stage 10 days ago.UAE, which knocked out defending champion Japan 5-4 on penalties in the quarterfinals, couldnt find a breakthrough to spark a fightback, despite another leading performance by star Omar Abdulrahman.UAE faces Iraq in the third-place playoff at the same venue on Friday.Australia and the UAE had never met in a competitive match, and their last two friendlies ended in scoreless draws, but the host needed only three minutes to make a dream start.Massimo Luongos corner was met by Sainsbury, who took advantage of some slack marking to guide in his header.Australias eagerness to dominate midfield in the first half was best epitomized by Robbie Kruse, who dispossessed Abdulrahman while missing one of his boots.Kruse created the next Australia chance when the wingers dinked cross fell close to Tim Cahill. In the ensuing scramble, Mathew Leckies shot was blocked, but Davidsons follow-up shot slid past goalkeeper Majed Naser to double their advantage in the 14th.Davidson became Australias 10th different scorer of the tournament.Ahmed Khalil, who was UAEs most impressive player in the first half, fired a warning of UAEs strength in attack when his shot from a low cross hit the outside of the post.UAE started the second half better than the first, with Abdulrahman getting on to the ball increasingly more in threatening areas, but Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan was rarely tested.Cahill, who was largely contained by the defence, was withdrawn for Tomi Juric just after the hour by coach Ange Postecoglou, who may have had thoughts of keeping his talisman fresh for the final.A concern for Postecoglou, though, will be the fitness of left back Ivan Franjic, who appeared to injure his groin late, when Australia had already used its three substitutions.From the team that beat China 2-0 in the quarterfinals, defender Matthew Spiranovic returned from suspension for Alex Wilkinson, and Mark Milligan was selected ahead of 84-cap veteran Mark Bresciano, as Postecoglou looked to swamp the midfield and deny space for UAEs creative players.UAE also made two changes with Walid Abbas replacing Abdulaziz Haikal in defence, and Mohamed Abdulrahman in for Ismail Al Hammadi on the left in midfield. Jim Bouton Jersey .com) - Patrik Elias registered the winner in the shootout as New Jersey nipped Toronto 2-1 at Prudential Center on Wednesday. Custom Babe Ruth Jersey . The redshirt freshman finished the regular season with nearly 3,500 passing yards, and 35 touchdowns with another three on the ground while leading the Seminoles to the top of the BCS Rankings.COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Miles Thompson scored four goals and assisted on two more as the Iroquois nationals edged Scotland 10-8 in quarter-final action at the world field lacrosse championships on Wednesday. The Iroquois will play Canada in Thursdays semifinal. Randy Staats had two goals and two assists, Roger Vyse had two goals and one assist, and Craig Point and Thomas Montour had a goal apiece for the Iroquois. Cody Jamieson contributed with three assists. Jimmy McBride led Scotland with twwo goals and three assists. Luis Polonia Jersey. Dan Heighway and Jesse Fehr scored two goals apiece, and Matthew Carey added a goal and an assist. Warren Hill made 12 saves for the Iroquois, while Dean Stewart turned aside 12 shots in the loss. Other Wednesday results included: Italy 11, Turkey 3; Ireland 13, Switzerland 6; Belgium 8, Russia 4; Sweden 8, Finland 4; Latvia 19, Hong Kong 9; Japan 17, New Zealand 8; Austria 10, Thailand 7; England 15, Germany 3 and Australia 9, Israel 8. ' ' '

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