August 4, 2011 in Sports

In brief: Sounders move ahead at CONCACAF

 
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Fredy Montero of the Seattle Sounders, left, battles for the ball with Roberto Chen during Wednesday’s CONCACAF match.
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Soccer: Nate Jaqua and Alvaro Fernandez scored in extra time to give the Seattle Sounders a 2-0 win over Panama’s San Francisco FC in the second leg of a CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round game Wednesday night at Seattle.

Jaqua scored on a point-blank kick in the 98th minute to help Seattle win the two-game series by an aggregate 2-1 score and advance to the group stage of the tournament.

Seattle forced extra time with a 1-0 win in regulation on a header by Fernandez in the 41st minute. That tied the aggregate score at 1-1, because San Francisco beat the Sounders 1-0 on July 26 in Panama.

The Sounders open group play Aug. 16 at home against Guatemala’s Comunicaciones.

Record crowd sees Chivas beat Barcelona: Marco Fabian scored twice within a 2-minute span midway through the second half to lead Chivas of Mexico to a 4-1 victory over Barcelona before a record South Florida soccer crowd of 70,080 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

Rams QB Bulger retires after 11 years

NFL: Former St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger tells ESPN.com he is retiring after 11 NFL seasons.

Bulger was selected for the Pro Bowl twice and passed for 22,814 yards, 122 touchdowns and 93 interceptions.

Bulger was drafted out of West Virginia by New Orleans in 2000, but never played a game for the Saints. He latched on with St. Louis in 2001 and eventually succeeded Kurt Warner as the starter in St. Louis.

He passed for more than 3,800 yards three times, including a career-best 4,301 in 2006, the only season he played all 16 games.

Seizure sends Patterson to hospital: Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson likely will stay overnight at a hospital after suffering a seizure at training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., trainer Rick Burkholder said.

Patterson dropped to the ground between plays during a morning practice, and the player began violently shaking. He was immediately tended to by Burkholder and his staff, with assistance from rookie offensive lineman Danny Watkins, a trained firefighter.

Burkholder said the 6-foot-1, 300-pound Patterson was undergoing further tests.

Giants change mind on Umenyiora: The New York Giants have changed their minds about trading disgruntled defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

In an e-mail to Umenyiora’s agent Tony Agnone, the Giants ordered him to stop speaking to other teams about a trade, the desired compensation for which would have been a first-round draft pick. Umenyiora, dissatisfied with a contract that will pay him $7.1 million over the remaining two seasons of a six-year, $41 million extension he signed in 2005, reportedly is looking for a six-year deal in excess of $10 million per year.

The Broncos, Ravens, Seahawks, Rams, and Chargers showed some interest in the pass rusher who finished last season with 111/2 sacks. But none was willing to give up a first-rounder.

In other camp news, former All-Pro fullback Le’Ron McClain agreed to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a person with knowledge of the deal, giving the defending AFC West champs a short-yardage option; and unrestricted free-agent safety Gerald Sensabaugh re-signed with Dallas, getting a $2.5 million, one-year contract instead of a longer-term deal he had hoped to get from them or another team.

Video game focuses on former stars

NBA: Video game makers are bracing for an extended NBA lockout by focusing on former players who made the league popular in hopes of taking the attention away from the impact labor strife will have on their product.

In the upcoming “NBA 2K12,” which goes on sale Oct. 4 despite the lockout, 2K Sports plans to introduce a new mode, called NBA’s Greatest, that will feature the league’s top 15 players of all time and some of the most famous rivalries.

Hall of Famers such as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Julius Erving will be featured.

Former Bucks, Rockets president dies: Ray Patterson, who presided over one NBA title and four conference titles as president of the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets, died at the age of 89 in Sugar Land, Texas.

Franklin blazes way to first national title

Swimming: Missy Franklin won the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. national championships at Stanford, Calif., with the fifth-fastest time in the world this year.

The 16-year-old phenom touched in 59.18 seconds to win her first national title, two days after returning from the world championships in Shanghai.

Wright, Jutanugarn lead at Junior PGA

Golf: Zachary Wright of Phoenix shot a 3-under-par 69 to take a five-stroke lead at the boys Junior PGA championship at Fort Wayne, Ind.

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand leads the girls competition at 7 under after a second-round 68, putting her three strokes up on Mariah Stackhouse of Riverdale, Ga.


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