Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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New York Cosmos tie keeps Tampa Bay Rowdies' playoff hopes alive

Soccer

N.Y. Tie keeps Rowdies' NASL hopes alive

From a late goal scored in New York sprang life for the Rowdies in Tampa Bay.

Defender David Proctor scored in the 90th minute Sunday as Edmonton tied New York 1-1 and prevented the host Cosmos from clinching a berth in the NASL Soccer Bowl.

A win by the Cosmos (7-1-4, 25 points) would have locked up the fall season title and a spot opposite spring winner Atlanta on Nov. 9.

Instead, the defending NASL champion Rowdies (5-2-5, 20 points) are mathematically alive with two matches left. The Rowdies beat San Antonio 1-0 on Saturday on Luke Mulholland's penalty kick. Tampa Bay plays at Edmonton on Oct. 27 and hosts Minnesota on Nov. 2.

More soccer: Former Gator Abby Wambach extended her international record with her 162nd goal as the United States routed Australia 4-0 in an exhibition at San Antonio, Texas.

TENNIS

Serena draws formidable foe

Top-ranked titleholder Serena Williams faces former winner Petra Kvitova in her group at the WTA Championships, which start Tuesday in Istanbul.

Sunday's draw for the event that brings together the top eight women's players also put Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber in Williams' Red Group. Second-ranked Victoria Azarenka heads the White Group, which includes Li Na, Sara Errani and Jelena Jankovic. Third-ranked Maria Sharapova is out with a shoulder injury.

More tennis: Simona Halep beat Tampa resident Sam Stosur 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 in the women's final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Men's top seed Richard Gasquet rallied to beat qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. … Top seed Caroline Wozniacki beat Annika Beck 6-2, 6-2 in the Luxembourg Open final. …Roger Federer said he regrets playing through back problems at events in March and July but hopes to finish strong at his last three events, beginning with this week's Swiss Indoors. "With hindsight … they were errors," said the seventh-ranked Federer, 32, who is 36-13 this year.

ET CETERA

Figure skating: Japan's Mao Asada had trouble in her free skate but beat American Ashley Wagner for the Skate America title in Detroit. Asada (204.55 points) won despite a fall on her triple axel and a two-footed landing on her triple lutz thanks to her elevated technical difficulty. Wagner, the 2012 Skate America champion, scored 193.81.

NBA: The Bucks exercised contract options on forward John Henson, a former Sickles High standout, and point guard Brandon Knight. Henson, the 14th overall pick in last year's draft, had his third-year option picked up. He averaged 6.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in his rookie season. Knight had his fourth option year picked up. … Seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady, who retired this past summer after a 15-year career that included a troublesome knee injury, said on NBA TV that he considered using performance-enhancing drugs to recover. He decided against it after researching possible side effects.

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