Good morning all. It is a relatively slow news day so far but the European Championships keep rolling on so there will be some good matches to watch (well, at least one good match).
Before we get to the Germany-Croatia Euro showdown, here are some stories to get your day started.
Penalties in the Euro group stage?
Just when you thought you would have to wait for the quarterfinals to see a Euro 2008 match decided by penalties comes word that if the Group A match between the Czech Republic and Turkey on Sunday finishes tied then the teams will go to a penalty kick shootout to determine which team advances to the quarters.
Why? Both teams are tied on points and goal differential, so PKs would determine which of them would advance to the quarters in second place in Group A, behind Portugal. The interesting part is that the goalkeepers likely to be involved have had some recent penalty kick drama. Peter Cech is coming off a penalty shootout loss with Chelsea in the Champions League final while some of you will remember Turkey’s Volkan Demiral as the Fenerbahce goalkeeper who turned into a penalty shootout hero when he helped Fenerbahce defeat Sevilla in PKs.
Arrest won’t stop Sanchez
Mexican national team goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez won’t be kept from playing in Mexico’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against Belize in Houston because of his recent arrest in Chicago, Sanchez told reporters on Tuesday.
"I spoke with my lawyers. I can enter (the United States) and I will enter," Sanchez told a news conference in Mexico City. "Even more, I will also enter the week after that because my kids love Mickey (Mouse) and I’m going to go to Orlando. I will enter as many times as necessary and I will show up (in court) with the same truth."