DEPLETED ROWDIES FALL TO MINNESOTA
BLAINE, Minn. — The Rowdies fell to Minnesota United 1-0 Saturday night in front of 8,932 at NSC Stadium. After seeing his second yellow card of the match in the 41st minute, Rowdies defender Ben Sweat was sent off, leaving Tampa Bay with 10 men. Forward Christian Ramirez scored the lone goal of the match in the 44th minute for Minnesota (9-2-5 fall season) after a defensive miscue by the Rowdies (4-9-3).
MORE SOCCER: Sergio Aguero scored five goals in a 20-minute stretch as host Manchester City used a second-half onslaught to beat Newcastle 6-1 and provisionally reclaim the top spot in the English Premier League. City has 18 points, two ahead of Manchester United. In other EPL matches, Southampton beat host Chelsea 3-1. The defending champs are only four points above the relegation zone. … The United States romped to a 6-1 victory over a depleted visiting Cuba squad to guarantee itself a semifinal spot in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying.
Dane leads Dunhill
Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark took a three-shot lead at the PGA Europe's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after 7-under 65 at St. Andrews in the third round. He was at 17-under 199. Florian Fritsch of Germany was second after 64 at Kingsbarns, with Benjamin Hebert of France another shot back after 67 at Carnoustie. The players alternated between the three courses on the first three days, with the final round at St. Andrews. Ernie Els, who scuffed a putt from less than a foot out in the first round, continued his resurgence with 66 at St. Andrews to sit six back.
Finals start today
Minnesota and Indiana enter today's Game 1 of the WNBA finals in Minneapolis in a rematch of the 2012 championship series. Just like three years ago, Maya Moore and the Lynx enter the series as favorites. Tamika Catchings, who also returns, led Indiana to a 3-1 upset over Minnesota in the best-of-five series in 2012.
TENNIS: Venus Williams won the Wuhan (China) Open when fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza retired with a left ankle injury while trailing 6-3, 3-0. It was the unseeded Williams' 47th WTA singles title.
RUGBY: Australia defeated England 33-13 to ensure the World Cup's host team will exit after the pool stage in London. South Africa continued its recovery after being upset by Japan two weeks ago, beating Scotland 34-16.