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Rowdies win fall season opener over San Antonio

Soccer

Rowdies Ride five-goal run in fall opener

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Rowdies stumbled in the opening minutes of their NASL fall season opener Saturday but recovered with five unanswered goals in a 7-4 win over San Antonio.

The Scorpions led 3-0 after the first 18 minutes.

The Rowdies responded with goals by Luke Mulholland (25th) and Keith Savage (32nd). Evans Frimpong tied it in the 42nd minute, and three minutes later Amani Walker put in the go-ahead goal. Georgi Hristov scored in the 67th minute to cap the five-goal run.

When San Antonio drew within a goal on Tomasz Zahorski's second tally, Etienne Barbara scored in the 85th minute, and Hristov added a penalty kick in the 90th minute.

Swimming

American teens on worlds gold rush

American Missy Franklin, 18, equaled the highest number of gold medals won by a woman at a single world championships when she won her fifth gold in Barcelona, Spain, taking the 200-meter backstroke in 2 minutes, 4.76 seconds.

"That was awesome," said Franklin, who bettered her 2012 Olympic performance of four golds and a bronze.

Franklin joined American Tracy Caulkins (Berlin, 1978) and Australia's Libby Trickett (Melbourne, 2007) as the only women to win five golds at the same worlds. If the United States, with Franklin, wins the 400 medley relay today, she will join Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz and East Germany's Kristin Otto as swimmers with at least six golds at a worlds or Olympics.

American Katie Ledecky, 16, set her second world record of the meet, winning the 800 free in 8:13.86. She set a record in the 1,500 final and has four golds in the meet. "She's not normal," U.S. women's coach Dave Salo said.

A night after winning two golds and setting a personal best in the 100 butterfly semifinals, former Gator Ryan Lochte finished sixth in the 100 fly final. Lithuanian 16-year-old Ruta Meilutyte won her 50 breast semifinal in a world-record time of 29.48 seconds.

ET CETERA

NBA: Former guard Craig Ehlo, 51, was released from jail and ordered to stay away from family members and his rural Spokane County home in Washington after lighting a pile of his clothes on fire next to the house after an argument with his wife. Ehlo, who resigned as coach at Eastern Washington in July, will be arraigned Aug. 14 on a charge of first-degree reckless burning.

Tennis: Tampa resident John Isner hit 29 aces to beat unseeded Dmitry Tursunov 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-4 and reach the Citi Open final in Washington, D.C.

Times wires

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