Sports log: Red Bulls aid Revolution with victory


Tim Cahill scored eight seconds into the game Sunday, the fastest goal in MLS history, and the New York Red Bulls (16-9-8) beat the host Houston Dynamo, 3-0, to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games. Houston’s five-game unbeaten streak was snapped, and the Dynamo (13-11-9) are sixth in the East with one game remaining. The loss allows the New England Revolution (13-11-9), who sit in fifth in the East, to control their destiny because they own the tiebreaker (goals) with Houston . . . Jaime Penedo turned aside four shots to help the host Los Angeles Galaxy (15-11-7) earn a 0-0 tie with the San Jose Earthquakes (13-11-9) . . . In San Antonio, Lauren Holiday and Carli Lloyd scored in the first half, and the US women’s national team overpowered Australia, 4-0, giving coach Tom Sermanni a victory in his first match against his former side. Sermanni coached Australia for eight years before taking over the US job in late 2012.


Rodriguez’s lawyers pressure MLB

One of Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers wants MLB to release testimony about whether commissioner Bud Selig knew Anthony Bosch distributed banned substances to teenagers. Rob Manfred, baseball’s chief operating officer, testified last week during the grievance filed by the players’ union to overturn Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension. A person familiar with the hearing, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press on Saturday that Manfred testified the sport wasn’t concerned whether Bosch distributed performance-enhancing drugs to minors because MLB’s interest was his relationship with players under investigation. Saturday’s revelations prompted Rodriguez’s lawyers to ask for the full release of Manfred’s testimony.


BC defeats overmatched Dartmouth

Thanks to a six-goal second period, second-ranked Boston College throttled Dartmouth, 7-2, at Conte Forum. Emily Field scored twice in the decisive period, as the Eagles (5-1-0) scored on six of their 10 shots. Lindsey Allen scored both goals for the Big Green (0-1-0) . . . Behind 23 saves from Lauren Slebodnick, No. 5 Cornell (2-0-0) topped Northeastern, 3-0, in Ithaca, N.Y. Chloe Desjardins stopped 26 shots for the Huskies (3-3-0).


Williams faces tough draw in Istanbul


Top-ranked titleholder Serena Williams will face former winner Petra Kvitova in her group at the WTA Championships, which start Tuesday in Istanbul. The event that brings together the top eight players in the world also put Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber in Williams’s Red Group. Second-ranked Victoria Azarenka heads the White Group, which also includes Li Na, Sara Errani, and Jelena Jankovic. Third-ranked Maria Sharapova pulled out of the event because of a shoulder injury. Williams is looking to become the first player to successfully defend the title since Justine Henin in 2007 . . . Caroline Wozniacki beat teenager Annika Beck, 6-2, 6-2, in the final of the Luxembourg Open . . . Tommy Haas defeated Robin Haase, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, to win the Erste Bank Open in Vienna . . . Richard Gasquet rallied to beat qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Simona Halep beat Samantha Stosur, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2, in the women’s final . . . Grigor Dimitrov secured the Stockholm Open title by beating David Ferrer, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 . . . Roger Federer thinks he made mistakes this year by playing when injured. Ahead of his hometown Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel, which starts Monday, Federer said he regretted playing matches with back problems at Indian Wells in March, and Hamburg and Gstaad in July.


Asada tops Wagner at Skate America

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Japan’s Mao Asada beat American Ashley Wagner at Skate America in Detroit. Asada scored 204.55 points. Wagner, the 2012 Skate America champion, finished with 193.81. In pairs, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia set a world record in their successful defense of their Skate America title, finishing with 237.71 points . . . Michael Phelps is working out with his former coach but is not ready to announce a comeback to swimming in time for the Rio Olympics in 2016. Initially adamant he would never compete again, Phelps softened his stance this past summer after reports began swirling of an imminent comeback . . . Kate Hansen won the final round of the luge team selection races in Park City, Utah, cementing her spot on the roster that the United States will send into the first half of the World Cup season that starts next month. She finished in a two-run time of 1 minute, 29.601 seconds. Chris Mazdzer won the men’s selection race, and the team of Matt Mortensen and Preston Griffall prevailed in the doubles competition . . . Steven Holcomb and brakeman Chris Fogt won the second race of the US two-man bobsled team trials series in Park City. Holcomb and Fogt finished two runs in 1:37.20. Nick Cunningham and Dallas Robinson were second in 1:37.55 . . . Goalie Martin Biron announced his retirement after playing parts of 16 NHL seasons. Biron, 36, went 230-191-52 with Buffalo, Philadelphia, the Islanders, and Rangers . . . In the Detroit Marathon, Zachary Ornelas, 22, of Ann Arbor, Mich., won the men’s race in 2 hours, 20 minutes, 11 seconds, while Lyubov Denisova, 42, of Ukraine won the women’s race in 2:44:53.