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blunder does in rowdies, who fall 1-0

OKLAHOMA CITY — A goalkeeping blunder led to a 1-0 Rowdies loss to Rayo OKC on Wednesday night.

Tampa Bay (5-4-6) next plays at the Ottawa Fury on Saturday.

Late in the first half, goalkeeper Matt Pickens misplayed a ball and Billy Forbes scored on a header.

The Rowdies controlled much of the first half and long portions of the second, but couldn't find the equalizer.

Tampa Bay coach Stuart Campbell and assistant coach Raoul Voss served one-game suspensions after their dismissal from Tampa Bay's match last Saturday.

Assistant Stuart Dobson served as head coach Wednesday.


Retests show 11 positive results

The International Weightlifting Federation said 11 more weightlifters, including six silver and bronze medalists, have tested positive in retests of samples from the 2012 London Olympics.

The IWF said in a statement that all 11 athletes, who include four Russians, have been provisionally suspended until their cases are closed.

MORE OLYMPICS: Basketball center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back. The Warriors said Varejao should be ready for the start of NBA training camp. … Switzerland's Belinda Bencic, No. 16 in the WTA rankings, is pulling out of the Games because she is not completely ready even though a left wrist injury is healed.


NHL: Mike Hoffman, the Senators' leading scorer last season, avoided arbitration by agreeing to a four-year contract worth nearly $21 million. … The Red Wings announced a two-year, $8 million contract with goaltender Petr Mrazek. … The Hurricanes signed coach Bill Peters to an extension through the 2018-19 season. He is 65-72-27 in two seasons while leading a rebuilding project.

AUTOS: The Daytona 500 is moving back to its traditional weekend in 2018. The race had been held on Presidents Day weekend from 1968 to 2011, then NASCAR officials tweaked the date beginning in 2012, anticipating changes to the NFL schedule that could have ended up putting the Super Bowl on the same weekend as NASCAR's season opener. Now, with the NFL unlikely to expand its schedule anytime soon, NASCAR's biggest race is moving back to its original calendar spot. … NASCAR suspended the crew chief for Kevin Harvick for an improperly installed lug nut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rodney Childers will not appeal the suspension or a $20,000 fine. He will miss Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway.

cycling: There were no were no cases of riders using hidden motors inside their bikes on this year's Tour de France, the International Cycling Union said. The UCI said 3,773 tests using magnetic resistance technology were carried out throughout the 21 stages.

horses: The Nyquist-Exaggerator rivalry will resume in Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. Preakness winner Exaggerator will be entered today. Nyquist won the Kentucky Derby.

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