Robin Lod scored a late goal and Minnesota United beat visiting Seattle, 1-0, on Sunday to end the Sounders’ MLS-record 13-game unbeaten streak to open a season. Lod’s one-touch finish of a cross by Niko Hansen, who came on in the 74th minute, gave Minnesota (5-5-3) the lead in the 81st. The Sounders (8-1-5) were the first team to go unbeaten through the first 13 games of an MLS season, breaking a record set by the LA Galaxy in the league’s inaugural 1996 season and tied three other times. Tyler Miller, who finished with three saves for Minnesota, made a diving parry of a shot by Raul Ruidiaz just before halftime. His five shutouts this season are tied with Nashville’s Joe Willis and Colorado’s William Yarbrough for most in MLS. The shorthanded Sounders were without several regulars: brothers Cristian and Alex Roldan were away on international duty while Nouhou Tolo, Shane O’Neill, Nicolás Lodeiro, Stefan Frei, Jordan Morris, and Will Bruin did not play due to injuries.
Slumping Atlanta dumps coach
Atlanta United’s disappointing 2021 record has cost coach Gabriel Heinze his job. Atlanta fired Heinze a day after the team’s 1-0 home loss to the New England Revolution, putting the United (2-4-7) in 10th place in the MLS’s Eastern Conference. Assistant Rob Valentino was named interim head coach. Team president Darren Eales said a feud between Heinze and the team’s top player, Josef Martinez, was not part of the decision; Eales said other undisclosed issues led to the firing. “Over the last really couple of months there have been some issues that were concerning us that were not really related to the performance on the pitch or the Josef issue and that culminated in our decision today,” Eales said. Valentino is the team’s fourth coach in a year, and Eales said he feels the pressure to deliver a winner with his next hire. Atlanta parted ways with Frank de Boer last July. Stephen Glass finished the year as interim coach before Heinze was hired. Heinze joined Atlanta in 2020 after less than three full years at Argentine club Velez Sarsfield.
Moore, US men make quick work of Canada in Gold Cup
Shaq Moore scored 20 seconds in and the United States beat Canada, 1-0, in Kansas City to win Group B at the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The goal came when Kellyn Acosta passed wide to Sebastian Lletget, who one-timed a pass to the far post. The 24-year-old Moore got behind Tajon Buchanon and redirected the ball in from just inside the 6-yard box for his first international goal. Moore’s goal was the fastest since US records began in 1990. Clint Dempsey scored 30 seconds in against Ghana in the Americans’ 2014 World Cup opener. The United States is unbeaten against Canada in 20 home matches since 1957 and extended its winning streak against CONCACAF opponents to 13. Both nations already were assured of advancing. The US team finished atop its first-round group with a 3-0 record and will play its quarterfinal on July 25 at Arlington, Texas, against Costa Rica or Jamaica, both 2-0 going into their match Tuesday at Orlando, Fla. Canada finished the first round 2-1 and also will play Costa Rica or Jamaica.
Verstappen goes to hospital, Hamilton ends in Victory Lane
Lewis Hamilton roared back from a first-lap incident that sent championship leader Max Verstappen to the hospital and overcame a 10-second penalty to win the British Grand Prix in Silverston and reignite his title defense. The seven-time champion won at his home track to snap a run of five races without a victory and slash the gap to Verstappen at the top of the drivers’ championship from 33 points to 8. “Did I think that we would ever be back in the title fight? I prayed and hoped for it but I thought that it would be a long slog to try and regain any of the points,” Hamilton said. “We’re now closer, he’s still got quite a few points ahead but the race is on.” This season’s title battle boiled over on one of the hottest days of the year, in front of 140,000 fans at a packed Silverstone, with the terrifying incident that saw the race red-flagged and Hamilton given a penalty, and the 23-year-old Verstappen fuming in a hospital in Coventry. “Glad I’m ok. Very disappointed with being taken out like this,” Verstappen posted on Twitter. “The penalty given does not help us and doesn’t do justice to the dangerous move Lewis made on track. Watching the celebrations while still in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behavior but we move on.” Verstappen left the hospital later Sunday “without any major injuries,” his Red Bull team said. Verstappen beat Hamilton at the start for the second day in a row at Silverstone and the two title contenders furiously zigzagged for position. The drivers touched at least twice as Hamilton tried to slip past Verstappen for the lead. Hamilton’s front wheel touched Verstappen’s rear wheel the second time the drivers made contact, and the Red Bull careened off course, through the gravel and into the tire barrier. A tire from Verstappen’s car bounced off the car during the spin. Hamilton dropped from second to fifth as he served his penalty but he swiftly picked up two spots when he returned to the track and then Valtteri Bottas was ordered to move out of his Mercedes teammate’s way.
Power needs six extra holes for first PGA win
Seamus Power won the Barbasol Championship for his first PGA Tour victory, beating J.T. Poston with a tap-in par on the sixth hole of a playoff in Nicholasville, Ky. Poston drove into the water that lines the right side of the par-4 18th at Keene Trace and made a bogey on the final extra hole. Power hit the fairway, played his second to 12 feet and two-putted for the victory. Because the tournament was played opposite the British Open, Power did not earn a spot in Masters. The 34-year-old Irishman did secure his PGA Tour card, wrapped up a spot in the playoffs and earned berths next year in the PGA Championship, The Players, and the Tournament of Champions. “I view myself as extremely lucky,” Power said. “I’m 34 and I’ve yet to work a day in my life. So every time I get to play a tournament or play an extra year on tour, to me it’s a massive bonus. I love playing golf, it’s my favorite thing to do.” Power birdied the par-3 16th and the 18th in regulation for a 5-under 67, posting at 21-under 267 while Poston was squandering the lead behind him. Poston had a double bogey on the par-5 15th after driving an inch out of bounds to the left, and followed with a three-putt bogey on the par-3 16th. He parred the final two holes for 70. On the first extra hole, Power holed an 18-foot birdie chip from the collar of the 18th green and Poston matched him with a 10-foot putt. They matched pars on the next four holes — on No. 18 again, then twice on the par-3 17th, and again on 18. Anirban Lahiri and Sam Ryder finished a stroke out of the playoff, each shooting 65.
Anderson captures Newport crown
Kevin Anderson beat 20-year-old American Jenson Brooksby, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4, to win the Hall of Fame Open in Newport, R.I. The 35-year-old South African captured his seventh ATP tour title, his first since the Maharashtra Open at Pune in January 2019. Anderson, a wild-card entrant and the eighth seed, is coming off knee surgery last year. Brooksby, the second-youngest finalist in the tournament’s 45-year history, played in his first ATP final. Greg Rusedski, then 19-years-old, was the youngest when he won the 1993 title on Newport’s grass courts, the only tourney played on grass in North America. The tournament is held in conjunction with enshrinement ceremonies into the International Tennis Hall of Fame . . . Pablo Carreno Busta continued to impress on clay with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Filip Krajinovic in the Hamburg (Germany) European Open final. The second-seeded Spaniard did not drop a set and converted all three of his break opportunities. It was Carreno Busta’s first ATP 500 title, and sixth title overall . . . Shirley Fry Irvin, a tennis player who in the pre-Open era swept the singles and doubles titles in the four Grand Slam tournaments, died Tuesday at her home in Naples, Fla. She was 94. Her death was announced by the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where she was inducted in 1970 . . . Hudson Potts’s grand slam keyed a seven-run fifth inning as host Portland beat visiting Reading, 15-4, in Double A baseball . . . The Triple A East game between host Worcester and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was suspended due to the threat of inclement weather with the game scoreless after five innings. The game had been suspended Saturday in the top of the second inning due to heavy rains. The twice-suspended game will resume when Scranton/WB returns to Polar Park for a series Aug. 17-22. Sunday’s regularly-scheduled game that was to follow will also be made-up during that series . . . Much of the sliding track at Königssee, Germany, has been washed away, after torrents of floodwater pushed through large segments of the facility and turned it into piles of rubble. German officials said Sunday they were evaluating the damage, though it was clear that large areas of the track — which has played host to major international bobsled, skeleton, and luge events for more than 50 years — would have to be rebuilt. The Königssee area is one of many in Western Europe that has felt the wrath of storms in recent days. Floods were blamed for at least 180 deaths in Germany and Belgium through Sunday, and police said they feared the number would continue rising. More than 100 people in the Berchtesgaden area, which includes Königssee, were evacuated after the Ache River swelled. Königssee was the first artificially refrigerated sliding track in the world, converting to that from a natural track in the late 1960s. It has played host to dozens of World Cup and world championship events, most recently the luge world championships this past season.