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England and defending champion Spain qualified for the World Cup on Tuesday night along with Russia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, which earned its first berth as an independent nation. Patrick Sharp Jersey . Chile and Ecuador earned the final two automatic spots from South America and Honduras got the final guaranteed slot from the North and Central American and Caribbean region, the 21st of 32 slots for the field in Brazil next June. Less than two minutes from elimination, Mexico advanced to a playoff against Oceania when the United States scored twice in stoppage time for a 3-2 win at Panama that knocked out the hosts. Wayne Rooney scored in the 41st minute and Steven Gerrard in the 88th to give England (6-0-4) a 2-0 win over Poland at Londons Wembley Stadium and first place in Group H by one point over Ukraine (6-1-3). The Three Lions qualified for their 14th World Cup and fifth in a row. "We have a great togetherness, are there for each other and proved we can perform under pressure," Gerrard said. Spain (6-0-2) won Group I with a 2-0 victory over visiting Georgia on goals by Alvaro Negredo in the 26th minute and Juan Mata in the 61st. Iker Casillas returned to starting lineup for Spain after being replaced by Victor Valdes against Belarus last week. The Spanish, who have won three straight major tournaments, including the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, qualified for their 10th straight World Cup. "It may look practically routine, but its important to remember how successful weve been at qualifying," coach Vicente Del Bosque said. "This is not an easy competition." France (5-1-2) was second and will be in the playoffs despite defeating visiting Finland 3-0 on goals by Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema around Joona Toivios own goal. Cristiano Ronaldos Portugal, Greece, Ukraine, Romania and Iceland also finished second in their groups, winding up in Mondays draw for the eight-team European playoffs next month along with Sweden and Croatia. The four playoff winners also will earn berths. With a population of just over 300,000, Iceland would be the smallest nation to qualify for a World Cup. Trinidad and Tobago, at about 1.3 million, was at the 2006 tournament in Germany. The seedings for the playoffs will be determined by Thursdays FIFA rankings. Denmark (4-2-4) had the poorest record among the nine second-place teams and missed out on a playoff berth. Bosnia (8-1-1) won 1-0 at Lithuania on Vedad Ibisevics 68th-minute goal to win Group G on goal difference over Greece. Bosnia-Herzegovina gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1992. Almost 10,000 fans jumped, cried and screamed Vamos Bosnia -- or Go Bosnia -- when Ibisevic scored in Kaunas. Fans headed to the airport after the game to wait for their team to arrive in the middle of the night and join the party. Greece (8-1-1) defeated visiting Liechtenstein 2-0 as Dimitris Salpingidis scored in the seventh minute and Giorgos Karagounis added a goal in the 81st. Russia (7-2-1) won Group F with a 1-1 tie at Azerbaijan as Roman Shirokov scored in the 15th. Portugal (6-1-3) finished a point back after defeating visiting Luxembourg 3-0 on goals by Silvestre Varela, Nani and Helder Postiga. Italy, which already had clinched, tied Armenia 2-2 at Naples. Former Real Salt Lake forward Yura Movsisyan scored in the fourth minute for the visitors. Alessandro Florenzi and Mario Balotelli scored for the Azzurri, and Giueseppe Rossi entered in the 73rd minute for his first international appearance since Oct. 7, 2011. A 26-year-old forward who was born and lives in New Jersey, Rossi had been sidelined until last May by a knee injury late that October, which required three operations. After clinching last week, Germany rallied for a 5-3 win at Sweden as Andre Schuerrle had a second-half hat trick following goals by Mesut Ozil and Mario Goetze. A 2-1 win by Chile (9-6-1) over visiting Ecuador (7-5-4) earned both nations berths. Alexis Sanchez scored for Chile in the 35th minute and Gary Medel added another three minutes later, while Felipe Caicedo scored for Ecuador in the 66th. Uruguay (7-5-4) was fifth on goal difference after a 3-2 win at home over already qualified Argentina (9-2-5) and will play a home-and-home playoff against Jordan, the fifth-place team in Asia. Cristian Rodriguez and Edison Cavani scored around a Luis Suarez penalty kick for the hosts, and Maxi Rodriguez had two goals for the visitors. In CONCACAF, Honduras (4-3-3) earned the regions third berth and its second straight World Cup trip with a 2-2 tie at Jamaica on goals by Carlo Costly and Maynor Figueroa. Mexico (2-3-5), in danger of failing to reach the tournament for the first time since 1990, lost 2-1 at Costa Rica as Brian Ruiz scored in the first half and Alvaro Saborio in the second for the Ticos. Oribe Peralta scored in the 29th minute for Mexico. Panama (1-4-5) finished fifth when Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson scored in second-half stoppage time for the U.S. (7-2-1), which like Costa Rica had clinched last month. In the African playoffs, Ghana routed Bob Bradleys Egypt national team 6-1 in the first leg of the home-and-home, total-goals series. The second leg is scheduled for Nov. 18 in Cairo. Bradley was hired by Egypt in September 2011, 15 months after Ghana beat Bradleys U.S. team 2-1 in the second round of the World Cup. The Pharaohs, ranked 50th, have not qualified for the World Cup since 1990. The 24th-ranked Black Stars have eliminated the U.S. in two straight World Cups and were knocked out by Uruguay on penalty kicks in the 2010 quarterfinals. Denis Savard Jersey . The 10-year deal the league and players agreed to that ended the 2011 lockout gave either side the right to opt out after six years. With the league projecting financial growth, there has been speculation that players will take that option in three years, especially since a new national TV contract will be in place by then. John Hayden Jersey .com) - Mike Conley scored 20 points with five assists to help the Memphis Grizzlies remain unbeaten with a 91-89 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday.Washington, D.C. (SportsNetwork.com) - Looking to build on a three-game win streak, the now 21st-ranked Georgetown Hoyas will open up the Verizon Center Tuesday evening to host the Xavier Musketeers in a Big East Conference showdown. Georgetown comes into the contest having won each of its last three games, including recent huge victories over Villanova (78-58) and Marquette (95-85 OT) that propelled the team into the new Top-25 poll. The Hoyas find themselves at 6-2 in conference play heading into Tuesday, with a 10-1 mark on their home court. Xavier has been up and down a lot in the last few weeks, with more down results than anything else. The Musketeers have dropped three of their last five games, but are coming off an 89-76 win over DePaul on Saturday. Xavier is 4-4 against Big East competition, and just 1-5 in road games. Xavier and Georgetown are relatively new Big East rivals, and have met on the court nine times in history with this clash set to be the 10th. The Musketeers lead the all-time series over the Hoyas, 6-3, with a 70-53 victory over Georgetown already this season. Hoping to bounce back from a tough loss to Providence just last week, Xavier found itself down to DePaul at halftime this past Saturday by eight points, 50-42. But a furious second-half comeback drove the Musketeers past the Blue Demons, thanks to a 65.4 shooting percentage in the frame. Myles Davis led the charge for Xavier with 25 points and eight rebounds, while freshman Trevon Bluiett came off the bench to hit 8-of-10 from the floor for 21 points. Center Matt Stainbrook netted 17 points with seven boards and six assists, and J.P. Macura rounded out a foursome of double-digit scorers in the contest with 10 points. Xavier has been able to completely obliterate opponents this season by using a strong scoring offense that leads the Big Eaast averaging 77. ED Belfour Jersey. 8 ppg. The team is led individually by Stainbrook, who contributes 12.9 ppg along with a team- best 7.2 rpg mark. Bluiett checks in at second on the team behind Stainbrooks scoring total with 12.3 ppg, and Myles Davis adds in 10.8 ppg, though the guard has largely done it while coming off the bench, having registered just two starts this season. Dee Davis has reprised his point guard role this season to the tune of 116 assists through the teams first 20 games, and has notched 35 steals to help out a defense that has underwhelmed, allowing opponents to score 68.6 ppg - one of the worst totals in the league. Georgetown allowed a six-point lead at halftime against Marquette to slip away, and the Hoyas needed overtime to take down the Golden Eagles on the road. Six players for Georgetown recorded double figures in the contest, led by DVauntes Smith-Riveras 19 points (and five assists). Joshua Smith registered a double-double of 18 points with 15 rebounds, and Isaac Copeland contributed 17 points with six rebounds off the bench. Tre Campbell added 14 points, Mikael Hopkins chipped in with 13, and Aaron Bowen scored 11 in the 95-point outburst for the Hoyas. Georgetowns offense ranks right up there with some of the best in the Big East this season, as the Hoyas currently net 73.1 ppg 46.9 percent shooting from the floor. Smith-Rivera has come alive once again this season, and leads the team in individual scoring with 15.2 ppg. Hes followed in the double- digit department by Smith, who tallies 12.6 ppg, adding in a team-best 6.9 rpg mark to his resume. Smith-Rivera isnt just a flat-put scorer, however, as the guard leads the team in both assists (67) and steals (32). Georgetowns scoring defense has come in a little bit better than Xaviers this season, allowing 65.6 ppg to opponents. cheap falcons jerseys cheap ravens jerseys cheap bills jerseys cheap bears jerseys cheap bengals jerseys cheap cowboys jerseys cheap lions jerseys cheap texans jerseys cheap colts jerseys cheap jaguars jerseys cheap chiefs jerseys cheap rams jerseys cheap dolphins jerseys cheap vikings jerseys cheap saints jerseys cheap giants jerseys cheap jets jerseys cheap eagles jerseys cheap steelers jerseys cheap 49ers jerseys ' ' '