hristov gives rowdies tie at miami
MIAMI — The Rowdies picked up a road point courtesy of Georgi Hristov's 85th minute equalizer against Miami FC at Ocean Bank Field at FIU Stadium on Saturday night.
Hristov's penalty, after Eric Avila had been fouled in the 18-yard box, evened the score after Dario Cvitanich put Miami up 1-0 in the 17th minute. It was Tampa Bay's first goal of the year.
"It was an exciting game," Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell said. "It was end to end, and both teams tried to attack. We're very disappointed to concede the goal we did because it was from a set piece. Before the game, we went through Miami's strength on set pieces."
England: Arsenal had its Premier League title hopes all but dashed when West Ham came from two goals behind to tie 3-3. Arsenal is third, 10 points behind leader Leicester, which was idle. Manchester City pulled within two points of Arsenal by rallying for a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion.
Spain: Barcelona stumbled for a third straight match in its quest to defend its league title, losing at Real Sociedad 1-0 and letting Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid tighten the race further. Atletico fought back at Espanyol to win 3-1, and Cristiano Ronaldo led Madrid's 4-0 rout of Eibar. Two rounds ago, Barcelona was nine points ahead. The lead is now three over Atletico and four over Madrid.
boxing: Anthony Joshua stopped Charles Martin inside two rounds to snatch the IBF heavyweight belt off the American in London.
college basketball: Stony Brook, coming off its first NCAA Tournament appearance, hired Ohio State assistant Jeff Boals as its coach. Boals succeeds Steve Pikiell, who left for Rutgers.
HORSES: Joan Scott trainee Speed Seeker ($51) pulled off the biggest upset among six $75,000 stakes races on Florida Cup Day at Tampa Bay Downs, setting a stakes record in winning the Distaff Turf under jockey Erick Rodriguez in Oldsmar. Speed Seeker clocked 11/16 miles in 1 minute, 40.42 seconds. Other winners: Life Imitates Art ($5.40) in the Sophomore Turf; Catalina Red ($8.80) in the Sprint; Go Around ($6.40) in the Turf Classic; April Gaze ($3.20) in the Sophomore Fillies; and Imperial Hint ($3.40) in the Sophomore. … Kid Cruz ($5), owned by Stephen Brandt and Rick Boylan of St. Pete Beach, won the Grade III $200,000 Excelsior Stakes at Aqueduct in New York.
tennis: Fourth-seeded defending champion Jack Sock beat top-seeded John Isner 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 in an all-American semifinal in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship in Houston. Sock faces Argentina's Juan Monaco in the final today. Monaco, the 2012 winner, beat third-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-4, 6-2. … Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber, ranked No. 2 in the world, retired because of a viral illness during her semifinal match at the Volvo Car Open, sending American Sloane Stephens to the final at Charleston, S.C. Stephens faces qualifier Elena Vesnina, who upset fifth-seeded Sara Errani 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times staff, wires