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Sports in brief Rowdies fall in finale, miss chance to clinch playoff spot

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NEW YORK — The Rowdies missed a chance to clinch a berth in the NASL playoffs in their season finale Saturday, losing 2-0 to New York. The Rowdies can still get the final playoff spot if Jacksonville beats Fort Lauderdale today. Fort Lauderdale gets the spot with a win or tie.

New York, which closed out the regular season with four consecutive wins and clinched the top spot in the combined spring and fall season standings, got goals in the 54th and 58th minutes from Raul and Sebastian Guenzatti.

England: Chelsea suffered a 3-1 loss at home to Liverpool, and Arsenal and Manchester City continued to set the pace at the summit of the Premier League. Arsenal beat Swansea 3-0. City beat Norwich 2-1. City and Arsenal have 25 points each, but City is first with a better goal difference. Manchester United was held to a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace. United dropped to fourth. Leicester moved to third by beating West Brom 3-2.

more soccer: Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 13th goal of the season as Real Madrid defeated Las Palmas 3-1 to remain on top of the Spanish league. Barcelona kept pace by defeating Getafe 2-0 on Neymar's league-leading ninth goal and Luis Suarez's 300th career goal. The Spanish powerhouses have 24 points each from 10 games, with Madrid ahead on goal difference.

tennis

Familiar final: Federer vs. Nadal

Roger Federer faces Rafael Nadal in a final for the first time in 21/2 years today. Both had straight-sets wins to set up a Swiss Indoors title match in Basel that is their first oncourt meeting since January 2014 and first final since May 2013.

"It's fantastic for the fans, for the tournament … and for both of us," said the top-seeded Federer after easing to a 6-3, 6-4 win against unseeded American Jack Sock. Nadal, seeded third, beat Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-6 (9-7). He said he was excited about "an opportunity to play a match that is special."

WTA Finals: Petra Kvitova plays for her second title after outplaying third-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) in the semifinals in Singapore. Fourth-seeded Kvitova, who won the title on her first attempt in 2011, plays fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat second-seeded Garbine Muguruza 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-5.

ET CETERA

figure skating: American Ashley Wagner ran away with the Skate Canada women's title at Lethbridge, Alberta.

gymnastics: Americans Daria Spiridonova and Madison Kocian, China's Fan Yilin and Russia's Viktoria Komova made history at the world championships, tying for gold in the uneven bars when the judges awarded each the same score at Glasgow, Scotland. There are no tiebreakers in world meets. It's the first time there had been a tie for a world gold medal. On vault, Russian Maria Paseka won, with North Korea's Hong Un Jong second and all-around champion Simone Biles of the United States third. Biles won her 12th career world medal, a record for a U.S. woman.

rugby: New Zealand capped one of the most dominant eras in the sport's history by becoming the first team to retain the World Cup, repelling Australia's second-half resurgence in a 34-17 win at London.

running: Wilson Kipsang and fellow Kenyan Mary Keitany look to defend their titles today at the New York City Marathon (9 a.m., ESPN2).

Times staff, wires

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