The Week in Review: Sport

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THE ENGLAND football team lost 2-0 to the United States. The defeat, which constitutes England's worst result since 1950, was followed by Graham Taylor's immediate confirmation that he would soldier on in charge.

The England cricket team lost the first Test to Australia by 179 runs. The defeat, which stretches England's sequence of matches against Australia without victory to 14, was followed by the TCCB's immediate confirmation that Graham Gooch would soldier on in charge.

Gooch the batsman, however, acquitted himself well, scoring 133 in his second innings. His co-batsmen did not follow suit, proving incapable against the leg spin of the Australian wunderkind, Shane Warne.

There was not the slightest measure of good to be taken from the football, though, purely the crescendo of newspapers' universal baying for blood. But as England struggled, victories for Wales and the Republic of Ireland over, respectively, the Faroe Islands and Latvia, keeps World Cup qualification in positive perspective.

Attempts to salvage national pride came in tennis at Queen's where the Britons Chris Wilkinson and Ross Matheson defeated, respectively, Goran Ivanisevic and Jacob Hlasek. Both lost in their next matches.

In the French Open, Steffi Graf won the women's singles, yet the story of the championships was Sergei Bruguera's. The 22-year-old Spaniard saw off Andrei Medvedev and Pete Sampras before beating the holder Jim Courier in a five-set final. Bruguera later withdrew from Wimbledon due to exhaustion.

The Lions finally lost their roar in New Zealand after a run of four consecutive victories: defeat, manifold injuries and the return home of Wade Dooley due to family bereavement hardly providing the ideal preparation for today's first Test.

Nigel Mansell pulled off an IndyCar victory in Milwaukee, so silencing critics who doubted his ability to win on oval tracks and giving him an 18-point lead in the championship standings.

Five years after his last golf victory, 25-year-old Peter Baker, of England, won the British Masters.