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Tampa Bay Rowdies tie Atlanta 1-1

SOCCER

ROWDIES LOSE LEAD LATE, SETTLE FOR TIE IN NASL

ATLANTA — The Tampa Bay Rowdies settled for a 1-1 tie Saturday, allowing a goal to Atlanta in the final five minutes.

Rowdies forward Daniel Antoniuk, who entered in the 67th minute, scored on a one-timer off a cross by forward Tsuyoshi Yoshitake on the back post in the 70th minute. Atlanta earned a point on forward Reinaldo Navia's score after a long pass from Lucas Paulini in the 87th minute.

"We have a lot of disappointed players because we felt that we should have earned three points," Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. "In the first half I felt that we took the game to them and played very well. I thought the second half was more even, but I still thought we were very much in control of the game."

The Rowdies (1-1-2) host NASL rival Fort Lauderdale at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg.

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GERMANY: Borussia Dortmund retained the Bundesliga title by beating visiting Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0. Ivan Perisic and Shinji Kagawa scored as Dortmund clinched with two games remaining.

TENNIS

Serena Williams helps put U.S. in command

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MONTE CARLO MASTERS: Seven-time defending champ Rafael Nadal will try to beat No. 1 Novak Djokovic for the first time in eight finals today. Nadal reached the final in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Gilles Simon. Djokovic rallied to beat Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

HORSES

Long shot upends field at Lexington Stakes

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ET CETERA

TRACK: Former Florida State standout Walter Dix won the 100 meters at the Mount Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., in a wind-aided 9.85 seconds. Dix won bronze at the 2008 Olympics. … Bershawn Jackson ran the world's fastest time this year to win his seventh 400-meter hurdles title at the Kansas Relays.

FIGURE SKATING: American Ashley Wagner won the free skate with 122.29 points but Japan, behind overall winner Akiko Suzuki and men's free skate winner Daisuke Takahashi, edged the United States to win the World Team Trophy in Tokyo. Japan had 55 points, two ahead of the Americans. Canada (42) was third.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Tampa Bay Rowdies tie Atlanta 1-1 04/21/12 [Last modified: Saturday, April 21, 2012 11:46pm]

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