September 16, 2012 in Sports

Sounders hit speed bump in Portland

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Paula Creamer of the U.S. plays a shot during day three of the Women’s British Open golf championships.
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Soccer: Rodney Wallace headed in a corner kick in the 78th minute and the Portland Timbers stalled the Seattle Sounders’ playoff push with a 1-1 draw Saturday.

The draw also kept the Timbers (7-14-7) in the driver’s seat in the Cascadia Cup, the annual head-to-head regional competition between the Sounders, Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Freddy Montero scored for the Sounders (13-6-9), who are second in the Western Conference and could have punched their ticket to the postseason with a win and a little bit of help.

Montero blasted the ball past Portland backup goalkeeper Joseph Bendik in the 56th minute, just seconds after Bendik subbed into the came in place of Donovan Ricketts, who was injured in the 51st after a nasty collision with Seattle’s Eddie Johnson in front of the goal.

Ricketts stayed on the ground for almost 4 minutes. He tried to remain in the game but waived for the trainer shortly after the resumption of play for help.

The Timbers appeared to be deflated until Wallace headed in a perfectly placed corner kick from Jack Jewsbury.

Shin opens 5-stroke lead in British Open

Golf: Jiyai Shin opened a five-stroke lead in the Women’s British Open, shooting an 8-under-par 64 in the wild-delayed second round in Hoylake, England.

Coming off a playoff victory Monday in the Kingsmill Championship, the 24-year-old South Korean player had a 9-under 135 total at Royal Liverpool.

The 64 is the lowest round in competition at Royal Liverpool, breaking the mark of 65 set by four players in the 2006 British Open.

American Paula Creamer finished tied for 17th at 1 over.

U.S. trims Spain’s Davis Cup lead

Tennis: Mike and Bob Bryan won the doubles match for the United States to trim Spain’s lead in the Davis Cup to 2-1 in Gijon, Spain.

The brothers were stretched by Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez in a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 victory in which Granollers appeared hampered by a left calf injury in the second set.

David Ferrer can clinch Spain’s fourth trip to the final today when he faces John Isner in reverse singles.

• Federer-Wawrinka lose in Davis Cup: Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka lost to Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 in doubles to cut Switzerland’s lead to 2-1 in the Davis Cup World Group playoff in Amsterdam.

Teenager sets record in 200 breaststroke

Miscellany: Japanese teenager Akihiro Yamaguchi set a world record in the 200-meter breaststroke in Tokyo.

The 18-year-old swimmer was timed in 2 minutes, 7.01 seconds at the national meet in Gifu.

He shaved 0.27 seconds off the mark set by Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta when he won the gold medal at the London Olympics.

• Hernandez outpoints Ross: Cuba’s Yoan Pablo Hernandez successfully defended his IBF cruiserweight title, unanimously outpointing Canada’s Troy Ross in Bamberg, Germany.

• Alvarez defends belt: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez stopped Josesito Lopez late in the fifth round in Las Vegas, defending his WBC 154-pound title with a relentless display of power by the 22-year-old Mexican champion.

• Samitar wins Garden City Stakes: Samitar beat Somali Lemonade by a head in the $300,000 Garden City Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf at Belmont Park in New York.

Ramon Dominguez was aboard for trainer Chad Brown as British-bred Samitar ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.74 over the course, paying $3.70, $2.70 and $2.20.

• Haskins, Shoemaker win titles: Sarah Haskins and Jarrod Shoemaker won their second career USA Triathlon Elite National Championship titles at the Nickel City Triathlon at Gallagher Beach in Buffalo, N.Y.

Haskins, from Colorado Springs, Colo., finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 5 seconds.

Shoemaker, from Clermont, Fla., won in 1:52:44.

• Speedskaters accuse coach of abuse: Five Olympic medalists and other current and former members of the U.S. speedskating team filed complaints accusing head coach Jae Su Chun of “unchecked” verbal, physical and psychological abuse.

Nineteen athletes filed a wide-ranging grievance against U.S. Speedskating and 14 signed a complaint with the U.S. Olympic Committee. The Chicago Tribune and Salt Lake Tribune reported on the accusations.


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