Archive for Sunday, August 7, 2011

National briefs: Sounders score 2 late goals, beat Sporting K.C.

August 7, 2011


Kansas City, Kan. — Mauro Rosales and Lamar Neagle scored less than two minutes apart at the close of the second half, giving Seattle Sounders a 2-1 win Saturday night and snapping Sporting Kansas City’s 14-match unbeaten streak.

Kansas City (7-7-9) lost its first game since May 21 — ending a 6-0-8 stretch.

Rosales tied the game at 1 in the 90th minute for Seattle (11-5-8), and Neagle’s game-winner in the second minute of stoppage time came on a loose-ball scramble in the area.

Sporting forward Omar Bravo was issued a straight red card — his second of the year and Kansas City’s club-record seventh of the year — for a hard challenge on Pat Noonan in the 58th minute.

Kei Kamara’s leaping header put Kansas City up, 1-0, in the 20th minute.


Scott leads at Firestone

Akron, Ohio — Ryo Ishikawa amazed even his peers in a charity-driven sport when he pledged in March to donate his entire earnings on the golf course to the tsunami relief fund in his native Japan.

He could double the donation today in a World Golf Championship that is surprising even him.

Coming off a missed cut in Japan, never better than 20th in stroke play in America, the 19-year-old sensation made six birdies and twice escaped trouble in the trees Saturday for a 6-under 64 that put him in the final group and only one shot behind Adam Scott in the Bridgestone Invitational.

Scott was at 12-under 198, the lowest 54-hole score at Firestone in 10 years. He will play in the last group with Ishikawa.

Tiger Woods, a seven-time winner at Firestone who hasn’t played in nearly three months, struggled again with his putting and had a 72. He was 13 shots behind in a tie for 38th in the 76-man field.

Auto Racing

Stenhouse Jr. takes Nationwide win

Newton, Iowa — Blinded by smoke billowing from Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s car on the final lap, Carl Edwards slammed into his Roush Fenway Racing teammate and inadvertently pushed him to victory in a wild finish to the NASCAR Nationwide race Saturday night.

Stenhouse appeared set to cruise to his second win at Iowa this year, but the No. 6 car blew an engine with the checkered flag in sight. With the smoke obscuring Edwards’ view and oil on the track, he slammed into Stenhouse and shoved him across the finish line.

Stenhouse crossed the line sideways, becoming the first Nationwide series regular to win two races this year.

Edwards wound up second, his No. 60 car torn up in the grass.


Rockies pitcher has neck surgery

Denver — Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio underwent neck surgery early Saturday to stabilize a fractured vertebra after being struck in the head by a line drive.

Rockies trainer Keith Dugger said neurosurgeon Dr. Peter Witt inserted two screws into the damaged C-1 vertebra and then sought to stabilize the area by putting a small metal plate on the back of Nicasio’s neck. Nicasio was placed in a cervical collar and remains under heavy sedation at Denver Health Medical Center but has control and movement in all his extremities.

He was reported in serious but stable condition and is expected to remain hospitalized into next week.

Dugger did not give a definitive prognosis for the 24-year-old Nicasio, saying there were still many unknowns. However, he said there are also encouraging signs.

“He can move his arms. He can talk. He can sit up with help. He remembers every detail of that game, including that pitch,” Dugger said. “He was squeezing my hand so tight in the room today. It’s a good sign. I’m optimistic, but we just don’t know. We’ll know more once we start getting into the therapy, at about the six-week mark.”

Beltre reinjures hamstring

Arlington, Texas — Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will miss an additional three weeks after aggravating the strained left hamstring that landed him on the disabled list in late July.

The All-Star was rounding first base during a running session Saturday when he came up lame and shut down the workout, slapping his head in frustration.

The club announced during the game against the Cleveland Indians later Saturday that an MRI indicated Beltre had done more damage to the hamstring and would miss the additional time.

Beltre has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 23. Saturday was his first attempt at back-to-back sessions.


Chiefs sign free agent DL Gordon

St. Joseph, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs signed free agent defensive lineman Amon Gordon on Saturday, giving them some added depth at one of their primary positions of need.

The 6-foot-2, 305-pound lineman has made four starts and played in 17 games with the Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks.

Amon, a fifth-round pick of Cleveland in 2004, has made 36 career tackles and forced one fumble. The former Stanford star also has spent time on the practice squads of Denver, Baltimore and Tennessee.

Giants’ top pick hurts foot

East Rutherford, N.J. — New York Giants first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara is out indefinitely with a fractured bone in his left foot.

A day after signing with the Giants, Amukamara was hurt in practice Saturday night and left the field.

Roughly an hour after the workout ended, the Giants said that the cornerback from Nebraska fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. He will have surgery to have a screw inserted in the foot and be sidelined for an undetermined period.

Dr. Victor Khabie, co-chief of Orthopedics and Spine Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital, says such injuries can be slow to heal.

Mason says he’ll sign with Jets

New York — Derrick Mason is reuniting with Rex Ryan, this time with the New York Jets.

The former Ravens wide receiver announced Saturday that he is signing with the Jets, adding a boost to New York’s receiving corps.

Mason announced the decision in a statement and added that he’s “looking forward to working under Rex and rejoining some familiar faces.” After choosing the Jets over the Ravens and Titans, he wrote on his Twitter page: “Jet fuel is full time to fly!!!!”


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