Sports log: Houston keeps pace with Revolution


Adam Moffat scored in the 90th minute and Tally Hall made seven saves to lift the Houston Dynamo to a 1-1 tie with the host Chicago Fire Sunday afternoon in MLS play. The draw, the second between the squads this season, moved Houston (10-8-7) into a tie with New England (10-9-7) for the fifth and final playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Each squad has 37 points, and Houston has a match in hand; the Revolution have eight matches left. Chicago (10-10-5) has 35 points . . . Erick Torres scored twice in the first 14 minutes for Chivas USA (5-7-14), but host Vancouver (10-7-9) battled back for a 2-2 draw after Tom Heinemann’s strike in second-half stoppage time.

Real Madrid signs Bale for record fee

Francisco Alarcon scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo added another goal to give Real Madrid a 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao just before the club finalized its signing of Gareth Bale to a record fee. Madrid had until Monday evening to close the deal for Bale with Tottenham. Madrid signed the 24-year-old to a six-year deal for a world-record fee, believed to be around $130 million. The fee would be about $9 million higher than what Madrid paid to acquire Ronaldo in 2009 . . . Liverpool got a goal from Daniel Sturridge and the Reds beat rival Manchester United, 1-0, at Anfield. Liverpool is on top of the Premier League standings with the maximum 9 points. United manager David Moyes said Wayne Rooney, who missed the game after sustaining a cut to his head during Saturday’s practice, has ‘‘no chance’’ of playing in England’s two upcoming World Cup qualifiers.


Braves call up Garcia for stretch run

The Braves purchased the contract of veteran righthander Freddy Garcia from Triple A Gwinnett. The 36-year-old is expected to pitch out of the bullpen. Garcia is 155-106 in 16 major league seasons with Seattle, the White Sox, Philadelphia, Detroit, the Yankees, and Baltimore. He was 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 games, 10 starts, with Baltimore this season . . . Veteran designated hitter Lance Berkman and righthander Neftali Feliz were activated from the disabled list by Texas. Berkman has been out since July 7 with left hip inflammation and soreness in his surgically repaired right knee. Before going on the DL, Berkman hit .254 with six home runs and 34 RBIs in 68 games. Feliz hasn’t pitched in the majors since May 2012 while recovering from Tommy John surgery . . . Mets manager Terry Collins’s job is safe for 2014, sources told New York has struggled the three years the 64-year-old has been in charge, but the source said there is a “strong expectation” Collins will be re-signed after the season . . . The Blue Jays activated All-Star reliever Steve Delabar and righthander Dustin McGowan off the disabled list. Delabar is 5-2 with a 2.90 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 49 innings. He has not pitched since Aug. 2 because of a sore shoulder . . . Righthander Kyle Farnsworth was among Pittsburgh’s call-ups. The 15-year-veteran went 1-1 with a 4.06 ERA in six games at Triple A Indianapolis after signing a minor league contract Aug. 16 . . . The Yankees expanded their roster, adding infielder David Adams and three pitchers: righthanders Dellin Betances and Brett Marshall and lefthander Cesar Cabral. It is Adams’s fourth stint with the Yankees this season.


Altercation overshadows Trucks race


Chase Elliott wrecked Ty Dillon on the last lap to win the NASCAR Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, but that was just the start of the theatrics. After the race, sixth-place finisher Max Papis and the girlfriend of driver Mike Skeen had an altercation in which the woman slapped Papis across the face. Papis and Skeen had been battling for third in the closing laps of the race until contact between the two on the last lap ruined Papis’s finish. The two hit again during the cool-down lap, and Papis voiced his displeasure during his post-race interview. When he finished talking he was approached by Skeen’s girlfriend and slapped. Papis said on Twitter the slap dislocated his jaw. Skeen, meanwhile, said Papis entered his team hauler after the incident and tried to pull his girlfriend down the stairs . . . Simon Pagenaud won the Grand Prix of Baltimore, though the lasting image of the race will be Scott Dixon stuck in his car against the wall after another unfortunate run-in with rival Will Power — another recent incident between the two. Tony Kanaan, the Indy 500 winner, made IndyCar history with his 212th consecutive race.


Michigan State’s Harris injures ankle

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Michigan State guard Gary Harris, the Big Ten freshman of the year last season, suffered an ankle injury playing pickup basketball Friday and will miss at least four weeks, according to reports. He averaged 12.9 points per game . . . Candice Wiggins scored a season-high 25 points to help the host Tulsa Shock beat New York, 93-88, further denting the Liberty’s WNBA playoff hopes . . . The United States defended its title in the women’s eight on the final day of the rowing world championships, overpowering Romania and Canada in Chungju, South Korea. Britain prevailed in the men’s eight, edging Germany. The United States placed third.