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Sports in brief


Rowdies earn tie at Atlanta

ATLANTA — The Rowdies extended their unbeaten streak to seven games with a 1-1 draw Saturday night against Atlanta.

Atlanta forward Pedro Mendes scored the lone goal of the first half in the fourth minute when his strike from outside the 18-yard box got past Rowdies goalkeeper Diego Restrepo.

Tampa Bay tied it in the 50th minute on a goal from the penalty spot by forward Georgi Hristov.

The match was delayed in the ninth minute because of lightning for 23 minutes.

The Rowdies have one win and four ties in the NASL fall season.

Women: U.S. Olympian Tobin Heath and Canadian Olympian Christine Sinclair led Portland to the National Women's Soccer League title with goals in a 2-0 win over Western New York at Rochester, N.Y.

Premier League: Manchester City avoided another slip against a league newcomer, winning 2-0 at home against Hull a week after losing to Cardiff.


IOC meeting to have three major votes

Rarely, if ever, has so much been on the line at a single Olympic meeting.

When International Olympic Committee members gather this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina, they will be faced with three decisions that will shape the direction of the Olympic movement for the next decade.

At stake: Choosing the host city of the 2020 Summer Olympics, electing an IOC president to succeed Jacques Rogge and selecting one sport to add to the 2020 program.

The favorites: Tokyo, Thomas Bach and wrestling.

Prime ministers, royalty, sports stars and celebrities will be part of the election extravaganza at the IOC session, which begins Wednesday and lasts through Sept. 10.

Though most IOC members are primarily interested in the Sept. 10 presidential election, the first big vote comes Sept. 7 with a secret ballot on the 2020 host city. It's a contest among Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul.

2016 Games: IOC inspectors are sure to deliver a clear message to organizers in Rio de Janeiro when they arrive for a two-day visit today: end delays and speed up. Rio officials will have to answer questions about a slowdown in landing local sponsorships, worries over hotel space and transportation, and recent protests over big spending on major sports events such as the Olympics.

High schools

Soccer players charged in camp sex assault

Three soccer players attending a sports camp in western Massachusetts have been arrested on charges they sexually assaulted three younger campers.

The assaults occurred Aug. 25 at Camp Lenox in Otis, where Somerville High was holding an annual team-building retreat, Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless said. The three juniors, members of the junior varsity team, assaulted three freshmen in a cabin, he said.

Seventeen-year-old Galileo Mondol and two 16-year-old boys were arrested Friday. Mondol's attorney, William Korman, said Saturday he is confident his client will be exonerated.

School Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi said 161 students, including 61 soccer players, attended the camp, with 19 adult supervisors. School officials said the investigation indicated the incident was isolated.

Et cetera

WNBA: Sylvia Fowles scored 18 to help host Chicago beat Atlanta 85-68 and clinch homecourt advantage through the Eastern Conference playoffs. Chicago, which won its sixth straight, is the top seed in the East in the eight-year franchise's first postseason appearance. The regular season ends Sept. 15. ... Seattle lost to host Minnesota 97-74 but clinched a West playoff berth with San Antonio's 80-67 loss to visiting Los Angeles. Los Angeles remained a game behind Minnesota for the top seed in the West. Minnesota has the best record in the league at 22-7.

Times wires

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