first_imgGENEVA (AP):The fastest goal in World Cup history capped a night of 6-0 routs and The Netherlands’ further fall in European qualifying yesterday.Seven seconds ticked by when Belgium forward Christian Benteke’s shot finished his surging run through the Gibraltar defence, which kicked off but coughed up the ball.Benteke beat the 8.3 seconds that FIFA timed Davide Gaultieri taking to score for San Marino against England in 1993 and set the tone for the visiting Belgians’ 6-0 win.Portugal also won 6-0, but needed only a single excellent goal from Cristiano Ronaldo to dominate the Faeroe Islands.Instead, 20-year-old Andre Silva stepped up with a first-half hat-trick in just his fourth international match perhaps finally pairing Ronaldo with a true penalty-area predator for the freshly crowned European champion.Dutch decline has been steep since it followed runner-up and third-place finishes at the last two World Cups with failure to qualify for an expanded Euro 2016.A 1-0 loss at home to France was the latest setback, sealed by Paul Pogba’s powerful shot from 30 yards in the first half.Belgium and France top their groups, though Portugal trail Switzerland, which won their third straight qualifier, 2-1 at lowly Andorra.Only the nine European group winners advance directly to play in Russia and four runners-up will qualify through a play-off round.last_img read more

first_img aram.tolegian@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Prestesater first made a name for himself locally as a standout athlete at Glendora. His coaching career was highlighted by a very successful run at San Dimas, where he spent most of his career. Prestesater returned to coaching in 2005, following a brief retirement, and led West Covina to the San Antonio League title in his first season. The Bulldogs were 33-23 in Prestesater’s two seasons, and the 2006 league title was the school’s first since 1994. Prestesater later coached the Tribune team to a win in the Tribune/Star-News All-Star Classic following the season. “I think I did the best I could,” Prestesater said. “I just tried to get the program back to where it should be. I don’t know if they were really together there, so that’s what I tried to do.” Prestesater said he should be fine following surgery and didn’t completely rule out another return to coaching, but said it was unlikely. “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “If I knew for sure, then I’d probably come back. If somebody gets that job who I know, I can help them out.” West Covina athletic director Brian Murphy said the search for a replacement will begin immediately. Interest parties should contact Murphy at (626) 859-2900, Ext. 2975. center_img West Covina High School boys basketball coach Gary Prestesater has resigned after two seasons at the school because of back and leg ailments. “It’s hard to go out there and sit down during practice,” said Prestesater, who will have back surgery early next week. “I couldn’t stand in practice. My leg started hurting so bad.” last_img read more