SPORTS in brief

Published: Monday | December 9, 2013 Comments 0

RSL lose on penalties after Palmer miss


On a freezing night at Sporting Park, Sporting Kansas City claimed their second Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup title by the slimmest of margins, winning an epic 7-6 penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.

Real Salt Lake missed their first two penalties, but came back to force sudden death, with Jamaican Lovel Palmer hitting the crossbar after Aurelien Collin netted in the 10th round of the shootout.

It was the third time the MLS Cup has been decided by a shootout.

lvaro Saboro opened the scoring after collecting a beautiful one-time pass from Kyle Beckerman, turning and firing past Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen in the 52nd minute.

Aurelien Collin got Sporting back in the game, though, rising above Chris Schuler to head a Graham Zusi corner past Nick Rimando in the 76th minute, sending the game to extra-time.

Australia win by 218 runs

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP):

Australia dismissed England for 312 this morning to win the second Test by 218 runs and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match Ashes series.

Scores: Australia 570-9 declared (Michael Clarke 148, Brad Haddin 118, Chris Rogers 72; Stuart Broad 3-98, Ben Stokes 2-70) and 132-3 declared (David Warner 83 not out; Jimmy Anderson 2-19) def. England 172 (Ian Bell 72 not out, Michael Carberry 60; Mitchell Johnson 7-40) and 312 (Joe Root 87, Matt Prior 69, Kevin Pietersen 53; Peter Siddle 4-57, Ryan Harris 3-54).

Johnson rallies to beat Woods

THOUSAND OAKS, California (AP):

Zach Johnson rallied from four shots behind with eight holes to play, holed out from a drop area for par on the last hole to force a playoff and beat the No. 1 player in golf at the World Challenge when Tiger Woods missed a five-foot par putt on the first extra hole.

"Pretty impressive what he did," Woods said. "He got me."

It was an extraordinary send off at Sherwood, which hosted the World Challenge for the 14th and final time before it moves to Florida next year. The big surprise was the winner in so many ways.

"I feel very fortunate, and a bit lucky," said Johnson, who moved into the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time in his career.

For Woods, it was only the fourth time in his career that he lost a lead of at least two shots going into the final round, the second time at Sherwood. Graeme McDowell overcame a four-shot deficit in 2010 and beat Woods in a playoff.

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