Dang Van Lam was Vietnam’s hero with a decisive save in a 4-2 penalty shoot-out victory over Jordan in a last-16 tie that had finished 1-1 after extra time.Jordan had been ahead when Baha Abdel-Rahman’s sweetly struck free-kick gave Vital Borkelmans’ side the initiative just before half-time, but the second period saw a resurgent Vietnam take control of the game.Nguyen Cong Phuong’s equaliser rattled Jordan, who then withstood successive waves of Vietnam pressure to take the game into a goalless period of extra-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Baha’ Seif rattled the crossbar with Jordan’s second penalty before Van Lam saved from Ahmed Salah, and Bui Tien Dung I then rolled in the winning strike to send Vietnam into the last eight.Vietnam coach Park Hang-seo said he expected a physical encounter and his side shirked none of the early duels while containing the threat posed by Yousef Rawshdeh in the Jordan attackThe Golden Dragons carved out their best chance of the first half when Doan Van Hau played a fast one-two with Nguyen Quang Hai before lashing a low shot towards goal, but experienced Jordan goalkeeper Amer Shafi got down well to parry the ball away from danger.After Do Hung Dung was penalised for his high challenge on Salem Al Ajalin, Abdel-Rahman stepped up and curled the ensuing free-kick from the side of the penalty area into the far corner of the net to put the Brave Gentlemen 1-0 up at the interval.Just six minutes into the second half Vietnam drew level when Nguyen Trong Hoang’s inswinging cross beat a line of Jordan defenders and Cong Phuong slid in to meet it with a volley that flew over Shafi’s head before he could react.The equaliser galvanised Vietnam who might have taken the lead had Phan Van Duc connected cleanly with his shot when he raced through on goal 10 minutes later, and Dung drilled a low swerving effort that Shafi could only punch clear as extra-time loomed.Yasen Bakheet’s looping volley over the crossbar was the best either side could muster in extra time, and when it mattered most it was Van Lam who held his nerve, diving to his right to save Salah’s penalty and clinch victory for Vietnam in the shoot-out.
Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith stands on the field prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State Athletics Director Gene Smith will be a part of the NCAA’s Commission on College Basketball, a 14-member committee tasked with “examining critical aspects of a system that clearly is not working,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement Wednesday.The creation of the commission comes on the heels of an FBI investigation that led to federal corruption charges against four college basketball assistant coaches. Ohio State hasn’t bee implicated in any wrongdoing.“I am privileged and honored to serve alongside such a distinguished group committed to making the great game of college basketball even better for all parties involved,” Smith said in a statement.Smith, who also joined the College Football Playoff selection committee this fall, is one of two current athletic directors on the commission, which is chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The other is Hofstra’s Jeffrey Hathaway.“The recent news of a federal investigation into fraud in college basketball made it very clear the NCAA needs to make substantive changes to the way we operate, and do so quickly,” Emmert said in a release.“While I believe the vast majority of coaches follow the rules, the culture of silence in college basketball enables bad actors, and we need them out of the game,” he added. “We must take decisive action. This is not a time for half-measures or incremental change.”The commission, which will first convene in November, will focus on three main areas. The first is “the relationship of the NCAA national office, member institutions, student-athletes and coaches with outside entities,” according to the release. Those outside entities include apparel companies, agents and AAU basketball.The FBI investigation revealed that Adidas made back-channel payments to at least three players in exchange for those players committing to Adidas-sponsored schools. James Gatto, the company’s director of global marketing, was arrested on three charges, including wire fraud.The commission’s second area of concern is the relationship between the NCAA and the NBA, particularly on what can be done to address the proliferation of “one-and-done” players in college basketball, which is due in part to the NBA’s draft-eligibility requirements.Thirdly, the commission will work on “creating the right relationship between the universities and colleges of the NCAA and its national office to promote transparency and accountability.”The commission’s recommended solutions will be presented to the NCAA Board of Governors and the Division I Board of Directors at their April meetings.“We need to do right by student-athletes,” Emmert said. “I believe we can — and we must — find a way to protect the integrity of college sports by addressing both sides of the coin: fairness and opportunity for college athletes, coupled with the enforcement capability to hold accountable those who undermine the standards of our community.”Updated on Oct. 11, 2017, 4:51 p.m. with Smith’s statement.