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nothing special in man u loss

LONDON — Jose Mourinho was humiliated on his return to Chelsea as Manchester United's dithering defense was brutally exposed in a 4-0 loss Sunday.

Mourinho endured chants of "You're not special anymore" from home fans, who adored the self-styled "Special One" when he was delivering trophies across two spells in charge of the London club.

With Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante also scoring after Pedro Rodriguez's opener 30 seconds into the game, this capitulation by United — owned by the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs — was reminiscent of the gloomy final days of Mourinho's second Chelsea reign, halted in December with his firing.

After nine games, United has fewer points (14) than at this stage last year under Louis Van Gaal (19) and is seventh in the Premier League, six points behind pacesetters Manchester City, which tied visiting Southampton at 1; Arsenal and Liverpool. Chelsea climbed to fourth.

MLS: Defending champion Portland is heading home, FC Dallas claimed the Supporters' Shield and Seattle's second-half revival continued on an eventful final day of the regular season. Portland was eliminated from the playoffs with a 4-1 loss at Vancouver. With Columbus already eliminated going into the final day, it marked the first time in league history that the finalists from the prior season did not make the playoffs. Dallas claimed its first Supporters' Shield for highest point total (60) with a 0-0 draw at Los Angeles. Seattle, which fired coach Sigi Schmid after a disappointing first half, beat visiting Real Salt Lake 2-1 to clinch a playoff spot. Host Sporting Kansas City clinched a spot with a 2-0 win over San Jose. Host Philadelphia lost 2-0 to the New York Red Bulls but claimed the sixth and final spot in the East because of New England's 3-2 victory at Montreal.

U.S. women win: Carli Lloyd scored twice and the Americans beat Switzerland 5-1 in an exhibition at Minneapolis.

et cetera

Tennis: Top seed Angelique Kerber struggled to defeat seventh seed Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-3 on the opening day of the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore. Third seed Simona Halep won the first match of the round-robin portion of the eight-player tournament, 6-2, 6-4 over sixth-seeded American Madison Keys. … Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion who has had wrist problems in recent years, won the Stockholm Open to end a 33-month title drought, beating sixth seed American Jack Sock 7-5, 6-1.

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