Kansas City, Kan. — Roger Espinoza scored a rare goal before getting red-carded, and Sporting Kansas City went on to beat Real Salt Lake, 2-0, on Wednesday night to extend its club-record unbeaten streak to 14 games.
Teal Bunbury added his second goal in two games for Kansas City (7-6-9), which has won two of its last three and climbed over .500 for the first time since its season-opening 3-2 win at Chivas USA. RSL (9-5-6) lost back-to-back games for the first time since April 2010.
NFL, players working to finish CBA
New York — With yet another deadline approaching, NFL players and owners still are debating drug testing, benefits and the player conduct policy disciplinary process as they work to complete the collective bargaining agreement.
The NFL and the players union were discussing those issues Wednesday, with the league year scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. CDT today. That’s when players who signed new contracts will be allowed to practice for the first time if the players approve the CBA.
Among the players’ concerns is how HGH testing would be implemented, who would oversee it and what would be a fair appeals process. Blood tests are used to look for HGH, while urine tests are used to detect other substances that violate the league’s drug policy.
Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated the expectation an agreement would be finalized on time.
Giants say they won’t trade DE
East Rutherford, N.J. — The Giants have changed their minds about trading disgruntled defensive end Osi Umenyiora.
In an email to Umenyiora’s agent Tony Agnone, the Giants ordered him to stop speaking to other teams about a trade, the desired compensation for which would have been a first-round draft pick. Umenyiora, dissatisfied with a contract that will pay him $7.1 million over the remaining two seasons of a six-year, $41 million extension he signed in 2005, reportedly is looking for a six-year deal in excess of $10 million per year.
Former NFL star Bubba Smith dies
Los Angeles — Former NFL defensive star Bubba Smith, who found a successful second career as an actor, died Wednesday in Los Angeles at age 66.
Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said Smith was found dead at his Baldwin Hills home. Winter said he didn’t know the circumstances or cause of death.
Police spokesman Richard French added the death does not appear to be suspicious.
The top overall pick in the 1967 draft after a sensational career at Michigan State, the 6-foot-7 Smith spent five seasons with the Baltimore Colts and two seasons each with Oakland and Houston. He won the 1971 Super Bowl with the Colts.
A-Rod to be interviewed in probe
Chicago — Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will be interviewed by Major League Baseball as part of its investigation of his involvement in illegal poker games.
Rodriguez also faced questions about his gambling habits in 2005, when the Daily News reported he attended games at an underground poker club in New York. The slugging third baseman later acknowledged “it wasn’t the right thing to do,” and checked with MLB before holding a charity poker tournament the following year.
Now baseball wants to talk to him again.
“We take this very seriously and have been investigating this matter since the initial allegation,” MLB said Wednesday in a statement. “As part of the investigation, the commissioner’s office will interview Mr. Rodriguez.”