rowdies forge 3-way tie
ST. PETERSBURG — It wasn't the worst result, but it certainly could have been better for the Rowdies, who squandered a halftime lead in a 1-1 draw to visiting Miami on Saturday before 6,912 at Al Lang Stadium. The teams are now in a three-way tie for the fourth and final NASL playoff spot with Minnesota, which lost its fourth in a row on a late goal to Jacksonville, 1-0.
Tampa Bay (9-8-9, 36 points) has six games remaining, one more than both Minnesota (10-11-6, 36) and Miami (9-9-9, 36).
Eric Avila had the Rowdies ahead with his goal in the 31st minute but Miami defender Rhett Bernstein tied it in the 74th.
"Very tough draw," said Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell. "They had two clear-cut scoring chances and they scored one goal."
Tampa Bay held a 15-7 shot advantage. For more, go to tampabay.com/sports.
76ers' Simmons expected to miss about three months
76ers forward Ben Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, is expected to have surgery next week for a broken bone in his right foot and miss about three months, according to reports. He apparently landed on teammate Shawn Long's foot during a scrimmage Friday.
horses: California Chrome cruised to a 21/4-length victory in the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita, improving to 6-0 this year as the front-runner for Horse of the Year honors. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome ran 11/8 miles in 1:48.07. … Flintshire, the 1-5 favorite, lost for the first time this season, as Ectot won the $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic by 5 lengths at Belmont Park.
boxing: Scottish boxer Mike Towell, 25, died Friday night after suffering severe bleeding and swelling to his brain during a bout in Glasgow on Thursday. … Nathan Cleverly of Wales defeated Juergen Braehmer by technical knockout to take the German's WBA light heavyweight belt and his second world title in Neubrandenburg, Germany.
tennis: Petra Kvitova overpowered Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-1 to win the Wuhan Open in China for her first title of the year. The 14th-seeded Kvitova, who won the inaugural tournament in 2014, hit nine aces and converted six of seven break points to post her fifth win over a Top 20 player this week. … Tomas Berdych defeated Thomaz Bellucci 6-2, 7-5 in the Shenzhen Open semifinals in China. The top seed converted four of 10 break chances. Berdych faces Richard Gasquet today. Third-seeded Gasquet led 6-2, 4-1 in the other semifinal when Janko Tipsarevic retired with a groin injury.
Darek Sharp, Times correspondent; Times wires