rowdies BLANK Orlando
ORLANDO — The Rowdies shut out Orlando City B 2-0 in Thursday's regular-season finale. Up next for Tampa Bay: a USL Eastern Conference quarterfinal Oct. 21 at Al Lang Stadium against an opponent to be determined. The Rowdies (14-7-11, 53 points) move up to second in the East and will finish at least fourth, depending on Saturday's results. On Thursday, Georgi Hristov scored off a header in the 74th minute and Sebastian Guenzatti scored in second-half stoppage time.
M.J.: Super teams hurting league
Hornets owner Michael Jordan said that NBA stars ganging up and playing for super teams will hurt competitive balance. "I think it's going to hurt the overall aspect of the league from a competitive standpoint,'' Jordan told Cigar Aficionado. "You're going to have one or two teams that are going to be great, and another 28 teams that are going to be garbage. Or they're going to have a tough time surviving in the business environment.''
GOLF: Justin Thomas, bidding to win his third straight CIMB Classic, managed 2-under 70 to sit six strokes behind leader Cameron Smith at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Smith opened with 8-under 64 and leads a PGA Tour event after the first round for the first time in 64 starts. In LPGA play, Sung Hyun Park shot 6-under 66 for a share of the first-round lead with Min-Sun Kim and Minjee Leein in the KEB Hana Bank Championship at Incheon, South Korea. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome is four back at 2-under 70.