ROWDIES can clinch postseason TONIGHT
NEW YORK — The Rowdies can clinch a berth in the NASL postseason with a victory tonight at New York.
Tampa Bay, on a three-match unbeaten streak, is one point ahead of Fort Lauderdale for the fourth and final spot in the four-team postseason.
If the Rowdies tie, the Strikers must tie or lose their game Sunday at Jacksonville for the Rowdies to advance. If they both lose, the Rowdies advance. The Strikers have a commanding lead over the Rowdies in goal differential, the first tiebreaker.
Unfortunately for the Rowdies, the Cosmos are still alive in the race for the No. 1 seed, though their fate might be determined before their 7 p.m. kickoff. If Ottawa wins or draws in Atlanta in a match that kicks off at 4, New York will be locked in as the No. 2 seed. If Ottawa loses and the Cosmos win, New York is the No. 1 seed.
NASL's RailHawks sold
A sports marketing firm implicated in an investigation into corruption in world soccer sold its NASL team. The sale of the Carolina RailHawks from Traffic Sports USA to Cary (N.C.)-based entrepreneur Stephen N. Malik was announced Friday. Aaron Davidson, president of Miami-based Traffic Sports, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and other charges stemming from the FIFA scandal.
Japan's Uchimura wins No. 6
Japan's Kohei Uchimura won his sixth world title and there was never any doubt, from the near-flawless opening floor exercise to the slightly watered-down high bar routine that ended with Uchimura nailing the landing. When his final score of 92.332 points was posted in Glasgow, Scotland — more than 1.6 better than Cuban teen Manrique Lardue and China's Deng Shudi — the 26-year-old held up six fingers and flexed. "It's not about the result," Uchimura said through a translator. "It's about the performance." Larduet's silver marked the best-ever finish by a Cuban man in the all-around.
rugby: South Africa finished third in the Rugby World Cup after subduing Argentina 24-13 in a consolation playoff in front of a sellout of almost 56,000. The teams that beat them last weekend, New Zealand and Australia, meet in the final today at Twickenham, England.
TENNIS: Roger Federer overcame midmatch service problems to beat David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 and advance to the Swiss Indoors semifinals in Basel. Top-seeded Federer faces in today's semifinals Jack Sock. Rafael Nadal beat Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 and faces Richard Gasquet.
figure skating: Ashley Wagner topped the women's short program at Skate Canada International in Lethbridge, Alberta. The three-time U.S. champ scored 70.73 points. Japan's Yuka Nagai was second at 63.35 and teammate Kanako Murakami third.