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Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose shoots during a practice session ahead of a NBA Global Games match against Washington Wizards in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. The Chicago Bulls will face Washington Wizards on Oct. 12 in the first-ever NBA game in Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Samantha Stosur, of Australia, returns a shot to Varvara Lepchenko in the third round of play at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in New York. Stosur won the match. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Goncalves lifts Revolution past Impact, 1-0
MONTREAL – Jose Goncalves scored in the 31st minute and the New England Revolution kept their MLS playoff hopes alive with a 1-0 victory over the slumping Montreal Impact yesterday.
The Revolution (12-11-9) moved within a point of the Impact (13-11-7) in the Eastern Conference.
Revolution forward Saer Sene appeared to break his left ankle in the 19th minute while going for a ball in the Montreal penalty area. Sene’s foot got caught between Davy Arnaud’s legs. He was taken off on a stretcher.
Montreal is winless in five games.
Injured Donovan, Jones dropped from U.S. roster
CHICAGO – Midfielders Landon Donovan and Jermaine Jones were dropped from the U.S. roster for Tuesday’s final World Cup qualifier at Panama because of injuries, and goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Matt Besler were allowed to return to their clubs.
The U.S. clinched its seventh straight World Cup berth last month and beat Jamaica, 2-0, Friday night to clinch first place in North and Central America and the Caribbean for the third straight cycle.
The Americans announced the roster moves yesterday, saying Donovan was bothered by the ankle he sprained in mid-September while playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Jones by the knee injury that has cost him playing time with Schalke.
U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Brad Guzan will start in goal at Panama and Goodson in defense.
Bulls’ Rose sits out with knee soreness
RIO DE JANEIRO – Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose sat out last night’s preseason game against the Washington Wizards because of a sore left knee, the same one that kept him out all last season after surgery.
Team officials did not indicate the extent of the injury yesterday, simply listing Rose with “left knee soreness.”
Rose has played two preseason games without any sign of problems. But the first NBA game in South America was missing its biggest star. The matchup at the HSBC Arena was expected to be a sellout, with the top ticket selling for about $915. The venue will be used for gymnastics during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Thompson takes three-shot lead in LPGA Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Lexi Thompson moved into position for her second LPGA Tour title, shooting a 5-under 66 yesterday to take a three-stroke lead in the LPGA Malaysia.
The 18-year-old American, the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic winner, had five birdies in her bogey-free round to reach 17-under 196 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. She opened with rounds of 67 and 63.
South Korea’s Ilhee Lee was second after a 70. Norway’s Suzann Pettersen and China’s Shanshan Feng were third at 11 under. P
Jamieson shoots 60 to tie European Tour record
VILAMOURA, Portugal – Scotland’s Scott Jamieson matched the European Tour record with an 11-under 60 to pull within two strokes of leader Paul Waring after the third round of the Portugal Masters.
The 18th player to shoot 60 on the tour, Jamieson settled for par on the final hole when his 15-foot birdie chip grazed the edge of the hole and stayed out. After opening with rounds of 66 and 73 to make the cut by a stroke, he had 11 birdies in the bogey-free round.
Waring, from England, had a 67 to reach 16 under.
Jamieson was 14 under along with Ireland’s Simon Thornton, Wales’s Jamie Donaldson and South Africa’s Hennie Otto.
Cochran leads SAS Championship
CARY, N.C. (AP) – Russ Cochran shot his second straight 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour’s SAS Championship.
The 54-year-old left-hander, the 2010 winner at Prestonwood Country Club, birdied five of the first six holes, dropped a stroke on the par-5 seventh and added birdies on Nos. 15 and 17. He won the Principal Charity Classic in Iowa in June for his fourth victory on the 50-and-over tour.
Defending champion Bernhard Langer, Kirk Triplett and David Frost were tied for second. They each shot their second straight 67. Triplett is coming off a successful title defense two weeks ago in the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
Nadal upset by del Potro in Shanghai Masters
SHANGHAI – Top-ranked Rafael Nadal was eliminated in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters yesterday, losing 6-2, 6-4 to Juan Martin del Potro.
The fifth-ranked Del Potro overpowered Nadal with his deep, punishing groundstrokes, breaking the Spaniard twice at the start of the match to race out to a 4-0 lead.
Del Potro will try to win his first Masters title today against top-seeded Novak Djokovic, who defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the other semifinal, 6-2, 7-5.
Top-seeded Kerber, Ivanovic reach final in Linz
LINZ, Austria – Two-time former champion Ana Ivanovic defeated Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland, 6-4, 6-4, yesterday to set up a final against top-seeded Angelique Kerber at the Generali Ladies.
Kerber overpowered Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, 6-2, 6-0, to reach her second final of the season. The 10th-ranked German was beaten by Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic in the Tokyo final two weeks ago.
The former top-ranked Ivanovic won the event in 2008 and ’10 and holds nine more WTA titles, but this will be the Serb’s first final of the season.
Ivanovic is 3-1 against Kerber, but the German won their most recent match in straight sets in Tokyo last month. Kerber is eyeing her third career title.
Stosur to face Bouchard in Japan Open final
OSAKA, Japan – Samantha Stosur of Australia swept past American teenager Madison Keys, 6-1, 6-2, yesterday to reach the final of the Japan Open.
She will face another teenager today, after 19-year-old Eugenie Bouchard of Canada beat Japan’s Kurumi Nara, 6-2, 6-2, to reach her first career WTA tour final.
The third-seeded Stosur was never broken against the 18-year-old Keys and clinched the win in just over an hour.
Federer, coach Annacone split after 3-plus years
Roger Federer is splitting with coach Paul Annacone.
Federer, who owns a record 17 Grand Slam titles, said yesterday on his website that he will stop working with Annacone after 3 ½ years together.
The move comes only two days after Federer’s latest surprising loss in a year filled with them: He was beaten, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, in the third round of the Shanghai Masters by Gael Monfils, a former top-10 players now ranked 42nd and recently back from injury.
The defeat hurt the 32-year-old Federer’s chances of qualifying for the season-ending ATP Tour Finals. He has spent more weeks ranked No. 1 than any man but is currently No. 7.