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ROWDIES PICK UP POINT ON THE ROAD

INDIANAPOLIS — The Rowdies earned a road point with a 1-1 draw against the NASL spring season champion Indy Eleven on Saturday night.

Tampa Bay (7-8-7) scored first, with Justin Chavez putting in his first Rowdies goal in the 28th minute. Joe Cole sent in a lofted free kick from about 35 yards out that Chavez tapped between the legs of Indy goalkeeper Jon Busch at the back post.

Indy equalized six minutes later on a goal by Omar Gordon. A passing sequence was nearly broken up by Rowdies captain Tamika Mkandawire, but his touch wasn't enough to steer the ball clear of Gordon, who finished it cleanly past Matt Pickens.

MLS: Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the 50th minute and the visiting New York Red Bulls beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 to extend their club-record unbeaten streak to 10 games.

PRO BASKETBALL

Riley: Shaq transformed Heat

This is not, Pat Riley stresses, revisionist history. And it also is not, he insists, getting caught up in the moment that will have Shaquille O'Neal this Friday becoming the third former Heat player to enter the Basketball Hall of Fame. "I'll say this, and I mean this," Riley said, "Shaq's acquisition was bigger than any acquisition that we ever made, including the Big Three" — LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Alonzo Mourning. "Zo was big," Riley said, "but getting Shaquille changed everything for our franchise."

WNBA: Tina Charles had 23 points, including the 4,000th of her career, to help host New York beat Phoenix 92-70. Charles became the sixth fastest player in league history to reach that milestone and moved the Liberty closer to clinching at least the third seed in the playoffs.

ET CETERA

CYCLING: Robert Gesink of the Netherlands won the Spanish Vuelta's grueling 14th stage in the French Pyrenees, while Chris Froome kept Nairo Quintana from increasing his overall lead.

HOCKEY: The Czech Republic's David Krejci, Tomas Hertl and Radko Gudas are all out of the World Cup due to injuries.

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Sports in brief 09/03/16 [Last modified: Saturday, September 3, 2016 9:55pm]
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