July 12, 2010 in Sports

Sounders give up late goal, settle for tie

 
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American Mardy Fish returns the ball to Olivier Rochus of Belgium in the final match of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships.
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MLS: David Ferreira scored from 12 yards from the left side in the 87th minute, and FC Dallas pulled out a 1-1 tie with the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night in Seattle.

Ferreira’s shot was set up by Heath Pearce, who sent a cross through the penalty area to Ferreira. Dallas (5-2-7, 22 points) extended its unbeaten streak to five games.

Ferreira has factored into the scoring in the last three games for Dallas. He converted game-winning penalty kicks against Chivas USA on June 26 and against Kansas City on July 3. He now has three goals this season.

Fish rallies for title at Hall of Fame

Tennis: Mardy Fish won the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, rallying for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory over fourth-seeded Olivier Rochus of Belgium in Newport, R.I.

Fish overcome his frustration at a close line call at the end of the first set to win his fourth career title. The fifth-seeded American entered the week ranked 79th.

Serbia, Argentina make Davis Cup semifinals: Argentina and Serbia wrapped up Davis Cup quarterfinal victories on the road to join France and the Czech Republic in the tournament’s last four.

David Nalbandian beat Mikhail Youzhny 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3 in the deciding match in Moscow to clinch Argentina’s 3-2 win over Russia, which lost at home for the first time since 1996.

In Split, Croatia, second-ranked Novak Djokovic defeated Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in front of a fiery Croatian crowd to give Serbia an unassailable 3-1 lead over its neighbor. The Serbs will host the Czech Rebuplic, last year’s runner-up, in September.

Dillon wins Trucks race in Iowa

Auto Racing: Austin Dillon held off Johnny Sauter in a green-white-checkered finish and picked up first career win at the NASCAR Trucks Series race in Newton, Iowa.

The 20-year-old Dillon won from the pole, becoming the second-youngest driver to win a truck series race, behind Kyle Busch. The grandson of longtime NASCAR owner Richard Childress kept his truck clean while a number of top drivers ran into trouble.

Sauter finished second for his third top-5 finish this season. He was followed by Matt Crafton, Ken Schrader and James Buescher.

Weber wins British Grand Prix: Mark Webber won his third Formula One race of the season, cruising to victory in the British Grand Prix after overtaking Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel on the opening lap in Silverstone, England.

The Australian finished 1.36 seconds ahead of championship leader Lewis Hamilton of McLaren in second.

Hamilton leads the overall standings with 145 points, 12 ahead of McLaren teammate Jenson Button. Webber is third with 128.

Wallace set to sign deal with Pistons

NBA: Ben Wallace says he’ll sign a two-year contract with the Detroit Pistons.

Wallace told the Associated Press he heard from a lot of teams, but agreed to a two-year deal about a week ago because he wants to retire with the Pistons. He’ll make $1.9 million each season.

The 35-year-old Wallace was one of Detroit’s best players last season when it missed the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

Union still uncertain about HGH testing

NFL: The future of testing for human growth hormone is shaping up to be a contentious issue in negotiations between the NFL and the players’ union, with the league supporting blood-based testing and the union less convinced about its validity.

Kevin Mawae, the president of the NFL Players Association, told the Associated Press that the union is aware of developing tests, one of which is a blood test that could detect HGH for up to 14 days. But he said the union believes the test that is currently available, which has only about a 48-hour window of detection, “is not completely reliable.”

The current collective bargaining agreement expires in March, which could lead to a work stoppage during the 2011 season. While the key issues are expected to revolve around finances, the future of the salary cap and free agency, there are signs that the future of drug testing will be an issue.

Over the past several months, the league has become a more vocal supporter of blood-based testing.

Vick a no-show at own golf tourney: Michael Vick was a no-show at his celebrity golf tournament Sunday after probation officials restricted travel for the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback this weekend.

Vick spokeswoman Judy Smith said that Vick’s travel has been at the discretion of his probation officer since he was released from prison in a federal dogfighting case in May 2009.

The restriction follows a prosecutor saying this week that while Vick wasn’t involved in a shooting after his 30th birthday party in Virginia Beach, Va., that he was in a confrontation before the incident.

Beal leads U.S. to FIBA U-17 title

Miscellany: James McAdoo, of Norfolk, Va., scored 20 points and tournament MVP Brad Beal of St. Louis added 19 as the United States won FIBA’s Under-17 championship with a 111-80 victory over Poland in Hamburg, Germany.

Michael Gilchrist, of Somerdale, N.J., had 18 points for the U.S. (8-0), which won its games by an average of 34.8 points.


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