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Sports in brief: Rowdies tie Edmonton

SOCCER

Rowdies settle for scoreless draw on road

EDMONTON — Despite playing with a man advantage for more than 30 minutes, the Rowdies played to a scoreless draw Sunday against FC Edmonton.

Edmonton defender Mallan Roberts was sent off in the 53rd minute after receiving his second yellow card of the match.

"With them going down to 10 men, they tried to … deny space in the defensive third," Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. "We could have moved ball better, in my opinion. At times we were on the ball too long and it enabled them to get set up and stop our attacks."

Goalkeeper Diego Restrepo posted his second consecutive shutout for Tampa Bay (3-2-3, 12 points), and the draw extends the Rowdies' unbeaten streak to eight matches against Edmonton. Tampa Bay had been 3-0-0 on the road.

Edmonton keeper John Smits turned away scoring opportunities by Andres Arango in the 41st minute and Georgi Hristov in the 74th minute.

More soccer: Clint Dempsey scored twice in the second half and moved into second place on the U.S. career scoring list as the Americans beat a second-string Germany team 4-3 in an exhibition in Washington, D.C. … Alex Morgan scored twice as the U.S. women beat Canada 3-0 in an exhibition in Toronto. … Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro reopened after lengthy renovations, with Paulinho scoring late to give host Brazil a 2-2 exhibition tie against England.

NFL

Tebow's dad: No one has given up

On the heels of an ESPN report saying that those close to Tim Tebow have accepted that his NFL career is over, the QB's dad dismissed it as nonsense.

Bob Tebow told an NFL Network reporter: "You are old enough to not believe all you hear."

The former Gators star, 25, was let go by the Jets after spending the season buried on the depth chart, but he has not revealed what he plans to do next.

Raiders: Public relations director Zak Gilbert was fired after one season because of a story published by Sports Illustrated in April, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Owner Mark Davis was unhappy with how he and his late father, Al Davis, were portrayed, the Chronicle said. Sports Illustrated followed Mark Davis and GM Reggie McKenzie over the course of a year and the story cast McKenzie in a favorable light but was critical of Al Davis.

Horses

Orb, Oxbow eye Belmont meeting

Kentucky Derby winner Orb is set to take on Preakness winner Oxbow in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday after a workout in which trainer Shug McGaughey declared his colt ready for another race. "If he has a good week, he's a go," McGaughey said after Orb went 4 furlongs in 48.30 seconds. "He came off the track playing a little bit." Oxbow is expected to arrive at Belmont Park today. A large field is expected for the 1½-mile Belmont, with as many as 14 horses possible.

Et cetera

Swimming: Former Gator and Olympic star Ryan Lochte won the 200-meter individual medley in 1 minute, 58.07 seconds on the final day of the Santa Clara (Calif.) Grand Prix. He won the 400 individual medley and 200 back late Saturday.

WNBA: Atlanta improved to 3-0 by beating host Washington 73-63. … Host Chicago beat Tulsa 92-71. … Seattle beat visiting Phoenix 75-72.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Rowdies tie Edmonton 06/02/13 [Last modified: Monday, June 3, 2013 12:45am]

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