In brief: Sounders sail into CONCACAF quarters
Sammy Ochoa and Steve Zakuani scored first-half goals and the Seattle Sounders, having already clinched their quarterfinal berth, cruised by Honduras’ Marathon 3-1 on Wednesday night to finish 4-0 in group play in the CONCACAF Champions League.
The Sounders joined Mexican teams Monterrey and Santos Laguna with 4-0-0 records. They will be the No. 3 seed for the quarterfinal round next March.
Islanders stay on island
NHL: The New York Islanders finally have a new home and it’s in Brooklyn. After seven months of negotiations, and offers to move the team out of New York, team owner Charles Wang announced that the Islanders will relocate about 25 miles west to the Barclays Center once their lease expires at Nassau Coliseum after the 2014-15 season.
Also speaking at the press conference in New York, Commissioner Gary Bettman says it looked as if a full-82 game schedule “is not going to be a reality,” as the lockout of the players union nears its seventh week.
• Blue Jackets turn to ex-Blues exec Davidson: The Columbus Blue Jackets hope to turn around their fortunes by turning to former St. Louis Blues executive John Davidson as the club’s president of hockey operations.
Huskies win in exhibition
Miscellany: C.J. Wilcox scored 21 points, Andrew Andrews and Abdul Gaddy each added 14, and Washington beat defending NCAA Division II national champion Western Washington 88-78 in Seattle in their lone exhibition game.
• Williams wins at WTAs: Serena Williams beat Li Na of China 7-6 (1), 6-3 for her second win in round-robin matches at the WTA Championships in Istanbul to close in on the semifinals at the tournament for the top eight players in the world.
• Harrington wins Grand Slam: Padraig Harrington is a winner for the first time in two years, shooting a 4-under-par 67 for a one-shot win at Port Royal in Southampton, Bermuda.
• Cavs extend Scott: A person familiar with Cleveland says the Cavaliers exercised the option on coach Byron Scott’s contract for the 2013-14 season.
• NCAA defends Penn State sanctions: NCAA president Mark Emmert says the sanctions levied on Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal dealt with the behavior of university leaders and whether or not the school handled the allegations appropriately.
• Game On Dude to try again: Game On Dude will be out to avenge his agonizing loss of a year ago when he runs again in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 3, and a victory could give credence to a bid for Horse of the Year honors.
• Ex-Giant Taylor speaks in sex case: Gridiron great Lawrence Taylor, 53, told a Manhattan jury at a civil trial that he paid for sex with a “very, very pretty” prostitute in 2010 but denied accusations that he ignored obvious signs she was a teen runaway in distress.
• Smith to throttle for JR Motorsports: Regan Smith will race for the Nationwide Series championship next season driving for JR Motorsports. Smith will drive the No. 5 Chevrolet.
• Ole Miss promotes Frank: Brett Frank has been named Mississippi’s acting women’s basketball coach for the upcoming season.
• Mattos dies at 83: Two-time Olympic pole-vaulter George Mattos has died at age 83. Relatives said the Pole Vault Hall of Fame member died Oct. 18 in southern Oregon. He had prostate cancer.