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Tampa Bay Rowdies drop season opener 1-0

SOCCER

ROWDIES DROP SEASON OPENER

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico — The Tampa Bay Rowdies lost their NASL opener 1-0 Saturday at Puerto Rico despite a man advantage for the final 30 minutes.

The Islanders scored in the 69th minute when Nicholas Addlery beat former USF and Countryside High star Jeff Attinella with a left-footed shot into the bottom right corner.

"It is difficult for us to accept this loss," Rowdies coach Ricky Hill said. "I give credit to Puerto Rico, but we are very disappointed in this result."

Puerto Rico defender Jamie Cunningham was sent off in the 59th minute.

DEMPSEY MARK: Clint Dempsey scored twice as Fulham won 3-0 at Bolton. The American has 15 goals this season, the most for the club since the Premier League was formed in 1992.

SCOTLAND: Celtic clinched its 43rd league title, routing host Kilmarnock 6-0 to dethrone Glasgow rival Rangers with six games left.

HORSE RACING

Gemologist takes Wood Memorial

Gemologist won the $1 million Wood Memorial for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct, holding off Alpha by a neck to improve to 5 for 5. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt is one of the favorites for the May 5 Kentucky Derby. Ridden by Javier Castellano, Gemologist ran 11/8 miles in 1:50.96. Teeth of the Dog finished third.

SANTA ANITA DERBY: I'll Have Another beat 4-5 favorite Creative Cause by a nose in the $750,000 Derby prep. I'll Have Another, a 4-1 bet, ran 11/8 in 1:47.88.

ILLINOIS DERBY: Done Talking won the $500,000 race at Hawthorne, paying $27.10 to win after beating Morgan's Guerrilla by three-quarters of a length.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS: It's Me Mom won the Sprint in a track-record 1:08.67 at 6 furlongs, one of six $75,000 stakes in Oldsmar. Other stakes winners: Hooh Why (Turf Distaff), Roman Tiger (Turf Classic), Star Channel (Sophomore Turf), Tarpy's Goal (Sophomore) and Zunlei (Sophomore Fillies).

TENNIS

Bryan brothers give U.S. 2-1 lead

Wesley Chapel's Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to give the United States a 2-1 lead over host France in a Davis Cup quarterfinal in Roquebrune.

FAMILY CIRCLE CUP: Serena Williams downed second seed and Tampa resident Samantha Stosur 6-1, 6-1 to reach the final on clay in Charleston, S.C. Today Williams faces Lucie Safarova, a 6-0, 6-0 winner over Polona Hercog.

ET CETERA

DERBY LANE: Brother Buck of D'Arcy kennel won the $80,000 Distance Classic greyhound race in St. Petersburg. Flyin Commandant and Kiowa Wildbraves were next. Trained by Catherine D'Arcy, Brother Buck ran 660 yards in 37.62 seconds.

NFL: A documentarian says he had the right to release a recording of then-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams exhorting his players to punish 49ers players. In a statement on his website, Sean Pamphilon said he and his film subject, ALS-stricken ex-Saint Steve Gleason, "have a production agreement that I have followed." … Jets QB and former Florida star Tim Tebow will address a crowd of about 20,000 today at a church in Austin, Texas.

ROWING: One of England's oldest sporting events came to a halt when a protester jumped into the River Thames. Cambridge beat Oxford in the 158th match race after a 31-minute delay. The protester, Trenton Oldfield, claimed responsibility for the stunt on a blog.

Times correspondent Don Jensen, Times wires

Tampa Bay Rowdies drop season opener 1-0 04/08/12 [Last modified: Sunday, April 8, 2012 1:10am]
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