Northeastern University’s men’s heavyweight varsity crew was caught at the line by Great Britain’s No. 2 team, losing by just 6 feet in the final of the Ladies’ Plate — the second event for international eights — at the Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames on Sunday. Both boats finished ahead of the previous course record. GB2’s winning time of 5:58 bettered the previous mark by five seconds. Northeastern’s crew topped the mark by nearly four seconds. The only American win of the day was already guaranteed, with Harvard ‘‘A’’ beating Harvard ‘‘B’’ in the final of the Visitors’ Cup for student and club coxless fours. The “A” boat was four rowers from the varsity eight coached by the late Harry Parker. The losing boat was four rowers from Harvard’s lightweight varsity. It marked the first time since 2002 that two Harvard boats faced each other in the regatta in a final. In the Temple Cup for student eights, the Dutch boat edged Harvard by 2¼ lengths, and the Union Boat Club from Boston lost in the final of the Britannia Cup for club coxed fours, losing by a length to London’s Taurus ‘‘A’’. In the final of the Grand Challenge Cup for international eights, the University of Washington lost by one length to the Great Britain national squad. GB1 won in a record time of 5:54.
Cardinals’ Molina: Injury isn’t serious
St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina believes a little rest is all he needs after an MRI on his right knee showed only inflammation. He’s hopeful of being back in the lineup on Tuesday. Molina, who topped National League vote-getters for the All-Star Game, said he was certain he’d be ready for that game . . . Rangers righthander Nick Tepesch is headed to the disabled list with right elbow inflammation, and designated hitter Lance Berkman will join him because of left hip inflammation. The Rangers activated righthanded reliever Joakim Soria, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since Sept. 11, 2011, with Kansas City . . . The Indians sent inconsistent starter Carlos Carrasco back to Triple A Columbus. Carrasco is 0-4 and has not won in the majors since June 29, 2011.
Ganassi team dominates at Pocono
Scott Dixon led a big day for Chip Ganassi Racing, leading a podium sweep for the team with a win at the IndyCar Series event at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. Dixon was followed by teammates Charlie Kimball and Dario Franchitti in IndyCar’s first race at Pocono since 1989. Dixon’s 30th career IndyCar victory was his first of the season . . . Three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel surged ahead in his Red Bull at the start of the German Grand Prix in Nuerburgring and held off a strong challenge from the two Lotus cars to win his first race on home soil. Kimi Raikkonen was second, only a second behind, and Romain Grosjean was third.
Timbers’ unbeaten streak ends at 15
Bernardo Anor’s early goal helped the Crew defeat Portland, 1-0, in Columbus, Ohio, to end the Timbers’ 15-game unbeaten streak in MLS play. Portland (7-2-9) had gone 7-0-8 since March 9. The Crew (6-8-5) ended a three-game losing streak . . . Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi scored in the first eight minutes, and Sporting Kansas City beat the Chicago Fire, 2-1, in Bridgeview, Ill., snapping Chicago’s three-match winning streak . . . Marcelo Sarvas (65th minute) and Hector Jimenez (80th) scored for the Los Angeles Galaxy in a 2-0 home win over FC Dallas . . . Patrice Bernier scored from the penalty spot in the 80th minute, and the Impact tied Chivas USA, 1-1, in Montreal . . . D.C. United tied the host Colorado Rapids, 0-0, despite being blanked for the 12th time this season. United has scored just eight goals in 19 MLS matches . . . Gabriel Torres scored twice to lead Panama to a 2-1 victory over Mexico in the first round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at the Rose Bowl. Earlier in Pasadena, Calif., Martinique beat Canada, 1-0, as Fabrice Reuperne scored with less than a minute remaining in stoppage time.
Golson back to Notre Dame in spring
Quarterback Everett Golson will return to classes at Notre Dame in the spring, he said this weekend. In May, the Irish suspended Golson for the 2013 season for “poor academic judgment.” Coach Brian Kelly said Tommy Rees will be the starter in 2013 . . . Chris Weidman sent a shock wave through mixed martial arts, stopping Anderson Silva in the second round of the main event at UFC 162 to become the new middleweight champion Saturday night in Las Vegas. The win put an end to Silva’s nearly seven-year reign atop the UFC middleweight division and his 17-fight win streak . . . The Minnesota Timberwolves waived center Greg Stiemsma. The former Celtic played in 76 games for the Wolves last season, averaging 4 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 15.9 minutes . . . In WNBA play, Elena Delle Donne scored 20 points and Epiphanny Prince added 18 to help the Chicago Sky rout the New York Liberty, 93-64, in Newark . . . In Minneapolis, Maya Moore scored 14 of her 23 points in the third quarter and the Lynx earned their 10th straight victory over Phoenix, beating the Mercury, 91-59 . . . American cyclist Mara Abbott won the Giro Rosa, wrapping up the overall victory in the final time trial in Cremona, Italy . . . Midnight Aria earned just his second career win by holding off Dynamic Sky and Up With The Birds, the 17-10 favorite, in the $1 million Queen’s Plate at Woodbine, Canada’s richest thoroughbred race.