Sports Digest: Fire finally scores in loss to Chivas USA

2013-03-24T21:15:00Z 2013-04-09T23:32:08Z Sports Digest: Fire finally scores in loss to Chivas USA nwitimes.com
March 24, 2013 9:15 pm

Pro soccer

Chivas USA beats Fire 4-1: Defender Joaquin Velazquez and striker Juan Agudelo scored midway through the second half to lead Chivas USA to a 4-1 victory over the Fire on Sunday.

Velazquez gave Chivas (2-1-1) a 2-1 lead on a header in the 73rd minute. He directed midfielder Edgar Mejia's long cross from the left side past goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi before Chicago's defenders could react.

Agudelo scored just under 2 minutes later. He took a loose ball, ran to the goal, and scored from 15 yards out when Chicago midfielder Jeff Larentowicz backed off.

Chivas added an own goal in the 89th minute when Fire defender Jalil Anibaba knocked Jose Correa's centering pass into the Chicago goal.

Patrick Nyarko scored Chicago's only goal, its first of the season after 333 minutes, 57 seconds, plus stoppage time, without a tally. It tied the match, but only for 9 minutes.

Pro golf

THUNDERSTORM STOPS TIGER'S MARCH AT BAY HILL: Tiger Woods is going to have to wait one more day to try to reclaim No. 1 in the world.

Moments after Woods made a 10-foot birdie putt on the second hole, a vicious thunderstorm packing gusts that topped out at 62 mph interrupted the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and wiped out play until Monday.

The storm dumped nearly 1½ inches on Bay Hill and formed small ponds in the fairways — there was even a fish in the middle of the 18th fairway. The wind toppled the TV tower behind the 10th green, which was a pile of metal poles, wood, mesh netting and had a stationary camera in the middle of it all.

About an hour after a tornado warning expired, officials said they would need time to clean up the course and let it drain. The final round is set to resume at 10 a.m. today.

ALLEN SHOOTS 67 TO WIN GULF RESORT CLASSIC: Michael Allen was stunned for a second, staring at the 4-foot par putt he missed on the 18th hole that dropped him into a tie with Bernhard Langer for the lead at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

Then he felt the whipping wind — gusting to 30 mph at times — hitting him the face. Maybe he wasn't in such a bad spot after all.

"It was very, very tough to judge the wind out there," Allen said.

Sure enough, the 54-year-old was back on the 18th green celebrating about 45 minutes later.

Allen started the day two shots behind the leaders, but made five birdies on the front nine to vault into the lead and held on for his first victory of the season and fourth on the Champions Tour. He navigated the windy conditions brilliantly at Fallen Oak until the final five holes, where he had three bogeys.

He finished the day with a 5-under 67 and was 11 under for the tournament, but the missed putt on 18 had put a victory in jeopardy.

Auto racing

HINCHCLIFFE WINS 1ST CAREER RACE IN INDYCAR OPENER: James Hinchcliffe watched the 2011 season-opening race at St. Petersburg from the sidelines because he didn't have a deal yet to drive in the IndyCar Series. Out of work again at the end of the year when his race team closed its doors, the Canadian was pondering his future in the Indianapolis house he shared with a bunch of roommates when his big break finally came.

Michael Andretti was on the phone in need of a driver to fill Danica Patrick's seat. The ride had gone to Dan Wheldon, who signed to drive the GoDaddy car for Andretti Autosport but was killed shortly after in the 2011 season finale at Las Vegas.

Hinchcliffe was both honored and humbled — feelings that came flooding back Sunday when it all came full circle for him as he picked up his first career victory on the street course in Wheldon's adopted hometown of St. Pete.

"This is his hometown; this is his car," said Hinchcliffe, who will be added now to the Wheldon monument unveiled Thursday at Turn 10 on the course. "Knowing my face will be on that memorial, that's really special."

Around the horn

The Valparaiso men’s track and field team began its outdoor season by registering seven first-place finishes at the Gene and Rose Edmonds Invitational on Saturday in Rensselaer. Valpo winners were Jacob Frey (hammer, 163 feet, 3 inches; discus, 141-7), Jeremy Getz (javelin, 208-3), Elijah Owen of LaPorte (high jump, 6-2 3/4), Barrett Rehm (pole vault, 13-1 1/2), Michael Salguero (1,500-meter run, 4 minutes, 20.8 seconds) and Antown Hatchett (400, 52.46). The Valpo women's team received firsts from Jazmin Taylor (high jump, 5-1 3/4 inches), Sarah Peters (pole vault, 10-8), Erica Funk (discus, 129-5), Sarah Drozdowski (hammer, 156-3) and Nicole Zehel (1,500, 4:57.94). ... The Valparaiso women's tennis team (1-11) lost 7-0 to South Dakota (11-7) on Saturday at The Courts of NWI. ... Hailey Chmela scored the Valpo soccer team's lone goal in a 2-1 loss to IPFW at the Saint Francis Spring Fling on Saturday.

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