Friday, May 25, 2018
Sports

Sports in brief

Soccer

Rowdies win on road

The Tampa Bay Rowdies boosted their flickering NASL playoff hopes with a 4-1 victory Saturday night at Fort Lauderdale.

Stroker Georgi Hristov scored three times for Tampa Bay (9-8-8); according to the team it's the first hat trick since the franchise returned in 2012.

Tampa Bay trailed 1-0 but scored three times by halftime, with two of the goals coming from Hristov and one from forward Tom Heinemann. The Rowdies rose to fifth in the overall standings, just a point behind Minnesota for the last playoff spot after Minnesota's 3-1 loss to Ottawa.

The spring season (Indy Eleven) and fall season winners automatically reach the four-team playoffs with the other spots going to the next best overall records.

More soccer

Rooney watches win

Wayne Rooney was dropped for Manchester United's English Premier League game against champion Leicester in Jose Mourinho's biggest call in his short time in charge at Old Trafford. It proved a good decision, with United winning 4-1 and Rooney's replacement — Juan Mata — scoring. Mourinho said Friday that his captain had not been the same player since he was criticized for his display for England against Slovakia in a World Cup qualifier in early September.

MLS: Daniel Royer scored his first league goal in the 60th minute as the New York Red Bulls clinched a playoff berth for the seventh straight year with a 1-0 victory over visiting Montreal.

Spain: Barcelona cruised past host Sporting Gijon 5-0 in its first Spanish league game without injured star Lionel Messi, who is out for about three weeks with a groin injury.

Tennis

Wozniacki keeps surging

Former champion Caroline Wozniacki continued her late-season resurgence by beating No. 2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska to reach the final of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Radwanska led 5-3 in the second set, but Wozniacki broke her opponent twice to win the last four games in the set on her way to a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win. Wozniacki faces Naomi Osaka of Japan, who beat Elina Svitolina 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

ATP: Stan Wawrinka will try to follow his U.S. Open title with one in St. Petersburg, Russia, after beating Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (8-6), 6-2. Wawrinka faces Alexander Zverev today.

WNBA

Phoenix pulls upset

Diana Taurasi scored 30 and Brittney Griner added 22 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks to help No. 8 seed Phoenix upset host and No. 3 seed New York 101-94 in the playoffs. The Mercury will head to Minnesota for the semifinals, which is a five-game series as opposed to the two single elimination games that Phoenix has won.

Et cetera

Boxing: Jorge Linares defeated Anthony Crolla to capture the WBA lightweight belt by unanimous decision in Manchester, England.

Horses: Accelerate won the $201,035 Los Alamitos (Calif.) Derby by a head, surviving a foul claim.

Times wires

Comments
The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Stanley Cup final begins Monday in the unlikeliest of places, in a city brand-new to major pro sports and suddenly the center of the hockey world: Las Vegas, whose Golden Knights could become the first expansion team to win a championship.And whi...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
FSU football fans: How do you remember Jimbo Fisher?

FSU football fans: How do you remember Jimbo Fisher?

Former Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher should be back in the state next week for the SEC's spring meetings in Destin. It is, to my knowledge, his first big trip back to Florida since leaving for Texas A&M in December.With that in mind, my questi...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Alex Cobb excited about return “home” to Trop even in Orioles orange

Alex Cobb excited about return “home” to Trop even in Orioles orange

RHP Alex Cobb has already pitched twice against his former Rays mates in Baltimore and said it didn't feel that weird, especially since there were so many new faces in the lineup.But coming back to the Trop, where he made his big-league debut and spe...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Willy Adames goes back to AAA, leaving Rays with “a lot to be excited about’

Willy Adames goes back to AAA, leaving Rays with “a lot to be excited about’

Willy Adames' first stint in the major leagues ended as planned Thursday night when he was optioned back to Triple-A Durham at the end of his planned three-game cameo filling in for new father Joey Wendle.Adames said going back down was "tough" even ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

TAMPA — Captain Steven Stamkos said the Lightning's window for contending for a Stanley Cup championship is not closing."I think it's wide open," he said one day after the Lightning lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to the Capitals.Ge...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Indianapolis 500: How Danica Patrick changed racing

Indianapolis 500: How Danica Patrick changed racing

Tampa's Carlie Yent was at a racing banquet a few years ago when someone asked her to name the driver who influenced her the most.The answer was easy and obvious: Danica Patrick."She was someone I could look up to," Yent said, "and she was the most i...
Updated: 6 hours ago
After Danica Patrick, why aren’t there more women in auto racing?

After Danica Patrick, why aren’t there more women in auto racing?

If you assumed Danica Patrick's success would lead to a tidal wave of female drivers into racing's top series, you're not alone."I kind of thought the Danica thing would bring out a lot of people, honestly," said Tampa's Megan Rae Meyer, a 21-year-ol...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Calvary Christian’s record win streak ends in state final

Calvary Christian’s record win streak ends in state final

FORT MYERS — One of the most impressive streaks in high school baseball came to an end early Friday morning.Calvary Christian lost the Class 4A state championship 5-1 to Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian at Hammond Stadium in a game that ended ...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Rays journal: Blake Snell, flying Denard Span finally solve Red Sox

Rays journal: Blake Snell, flying Denard Span finally solve Red Sox

ST. PETERSBURG — Having lost two straight and nine of 12 times overall to the Red Sox, the Rays needed two things to go right Thursday:First, a strong start from Blake Snell.Second, some early runs against Rick Porcello from an offense that had...
Published: 05/24/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Thursday’s Rays-Red Sox game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Thursday’s Rays-Red Sox game

Home cooking clearly agrees with OF Denard Span. The 34-year-old Tampa product continues to deliver, producing at the plate, running the bases, making diving catches in the outfield, and Thursday, even going over the short sidewall twice in hot pursu...
Published: 05/24/18