Real Salt Lake routs Revolution

Real Salt Lake midfielder Nick Besler (center) leaps up to head the ball as the New England Revolution defense closes in Thursday night.
Real Salt Lake midfielder Nick Besler (center) leaps up to head the ball as the New England Revolution defense closes in Thursday night.(STEVE GRIFFIN/THE DESERET NEWS/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Nick Besler, Sebastian Saucedo and Corey Baird scored in the first 30 minutes and Real Salt Lake (14-12-7) eased past the New England Revolution, 4-1, on Thursday night in Sandy, Utah. New England (9-13-11) hasn’t won at Rio Tinto Stadium in seven meetings, going 0-5-2. Besler scored his first MLS goal in the fourth minute on a sliding finish of Baird’s cross at the end of a counter attack. Saucedo made it 2-0 in the 14th with a rolling finish inside the near post. Baird, a rookie, scored his eighth goal of the season in the 29th with a breakaway shot that froze goalkeeper Brad Knighton. Damir Kreilach scored his 12th goal on a header in the 50th for a 4-0 lead. New England scored in the 69th on Kelyn Rowe’s header. Teal Bunbury’s penalty-kick attempt in the 35th minute was denied by goalkeeper Nick Rimando . . . Two Russian soccer internationals were charged with battery and hooliganism after both were involved in two brawls in Moscow this month. Alexander Kokorin of Zenit St. Petersburg and Pavel Mamayev of FC Krasnodar were charged following fights at a hotel and at a coffee shop. Three people were injured in the incidents. Both players were detained on Oct. 11 pending investigation. They could face imprisonment of up to five years if convicted.


Alternative to college offered

The G League will begin offering ‘‘select contracts’’ worth $125,000 next year to elite prospects, giving them the chance to turn professional straight out of high school and avoid the college one-and-done rule. The league said that it is establishing a working group to identify players who could be offered the contracts. Currently players are not eligible to enter the NBA draft until one year after high school . . . The Denver Nuggets agreed to a contract extension with coach Michael Malone, who was in the final season of a four-year deal. The team didn't release details of the extension, but ESPN reported the extension was for two seasons . . . New Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard sat out the team’s season opener because of a lower-back injury. Howard missed all of training camp and Washington’s entire exhibition schedule.


College Basketball

Lawyer says coaches knew

A lawyer for James “Jim” Gatto, a longtime Adidas sports marketing manager, urged jurors to use common sense to conclude that college basketball coaches knew money was being paid to families to steer top players to their schools. Attorney Michael Schachter told jurors at a criminal trial's closings in Manhattan that they could follow the evidence to conclude that coaches like Bill Self at Kansas and Rick Pitino at Louisville knew about the payments. A prosecutor later disagreed. The jury is likely to start deliberations Monday.



Jutanugarn leads Shanghai

Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Buick LPGA Shanghai tournament in China. The Thai player had six birdies in a bogey-free round. Sei Young Kim and Danielle Kang were one shot back. Six other players were only two shots off the lead . . . Ashley Chesters was leading on 5-under 66 at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Sotogrande, Spain, when play was suspended because of darkness with 60 golfers yet to complete their weather-hit first rounds. More than four hours was lost as play was twice suspended because of stormy conditions and the threat of lightning . . . Chez Reavie overcame cool, windy conditions for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the CJ Cup in JeJu Island, South Korea.



Kings activate goalie Quick

The Los Angeles Kings activated goalie Jonathan Quick from injured reserve. Quick played in the Kings' season opener, but missed the next five games with a lower-body injury sustained in practice . . . Ninety-three women are suing the University of Southern California, alleging they were sexually harassed or abused by a campus gynecologist. They're the latest to contend that USC ignored decades of complaint against Dr. George Tyndall, who retired last year . . . Serena Williams’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou said in-match coaching should be allowed in tennis to help the sport’s popularity, he wrote in a Twitter posting. Mouratoglo admitted he used banned hand signals to try to help Williams during her loss in the US Open final Mouratoglou also pointed to what he called a ‘‘hypocrisy’’ — players currently are getting coached at tournaments that ban coaching . . . Anastasija Sevastova reached the Kremlin Cup semifinals by beating Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, in Moscow. Sevastova next faces Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur, who upset eighth-seeded Anett Kontaveit, 7-5, 6-1. The other semifinal pits Britain’s Johanna Konta against Russian Daria Kasatkina . . . Top-seeded John Isner, who can still qualify for the end-of-season ATP Finals in London, toughed out a 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5) victory in the second round of the Stockholm Open in Sweden against fellow American Bradley Klahn after receiving a bye in the first round.