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U.S. soccer narrowly beats El Salvador

TAMPA, Fla. — Without its Europe-based regulars, the U.S. appears far from ready for the World Cup.

Brian Ching scored on a diving header in the 75th minute and Sacha Kljestan got the go-ahead goal in the second minute of stoppage time Wednesday night in a 2-1 exhibition victory over 71st-ranked El Salvador.

Ching, a second half sub, scored on a 7-yard shot off a long cross from Heath Pearce that goalkeeper Miguel Montes misplayed, offsetting Rudis Corrales' 59th-minute goal for Los Cuscatlecos.

Kljestan intercepted an errant pass, exchanged passes with Ching and scored from 6 yards.

Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman, Robbie Findley and goalkeeper Nick Rimando all started for the U.S. team.

NCAA releases study on concussions

OMAHA, Neb. — A new study used by the NCAA has found that the rate of reported concussions in college football has leveled off.

The Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention, which administers the NCAA injury surveillance program, tracked injuries in football and other fall sports from 2004-05 to 2008-09.

The concussion rate dropped from 3.4 per 1,000 football players in 2004 to 2.4 in 2005. The figure was no higher than 2.8 in the three seasons that followed. The rate includes concussions reported during both games and practice. The study's co-author, Steve Marshall, said Wednesday that it's difficult to pinpoint exactly why reported incidents have decreased. He said NCAA rules against spearing and head-down hits as well as better coaching techniques and awareness likely are contributing factors.

—Deseret News staff and wire reports