The Charlotte Independence scored early in each half and held off St. Louis FC 2-1 Saturday in United Soccer League Championship action in North Carolina.
The home side, which has gone 4-0-3 in its last seven improved to 5-7-8 overall. STLFC continued to struggle to get results in league play, falling to 5-5-6 overall and 0-4-3 in its last seven.
Reserve Caleb Calvert scored for STLFC, heading in a Lewis Hilton corner kick in the 76th minute.
"We dominated play between both boxes for large stretches again, but it isn't enough when we don't defend basic crossing scenarios properly and aren't ruthless enough in front of their goal,'' STLFC coach Anthony Pulis said. "We're going through a really rough spell at the moment and this is when we all need to stick together, show our strength of character and find a way to pull ourselves out of this." (Joe Lyons)
Another title for Slam: Quarterback Jaime Gaal and wideout Danielle Price hooked up on touchdown passes covering 72, 38 and 23 yards to lead the St. Louis Slam in a 34-0 rout of the Detroit Dark Angels in the Women's Football Alliance II title game Saturday afternoon at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo.
The Slam (11-0) won a championship for the fourth time overall and their third in four seasons. The team sat out last year to reorganize.
Taylor Hay added a 2-yard TD run just before halftime, Kaylee Neutzling booted field goals covering 27 and 35 yards and Danielle Thompson was perfect on four extra points in the Slam victory.
Detroit finished 8-3. (Joe Lyons)
St. Louis Surge win home finale: Nici Gilday had 23 points as the St. Louis Surge of the Global Women's Basketball Association shook off a sluggish start to blow past the Chicago Breeze 102-72 Saturday evening at Washington University.
The Surge (3-3) will close out the regular season with games on the road against the Music City Icons on July 27 and the Flint Monarchs on Aug. 3. (Joe Lyons)
Parel capitalizes on Goosen's woes: Scott Parel took advantage of Retief Goosen's problems Saturday to take the third-round lead in the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship in Akron, Ohio, the fourth of the PGA Tour Champions' five major tournaments.
Seven strokes behind Goosen at the start of the day, Parel birdied two of the last three holes — holing a 30-footer on the par-4 18th — for 3-under 67 and a one-stroke lead over Goosen at Firestone Country Club.
"I had quite few short ones on the front nine that I didn't make," Parel said. "I guess it all evens out."
Goosen followed his opening rounds of 69 and 62 with a 75. The South African played the first four holes in 4 over, making a bogey on No. 1, a double bogey on No. 3 and another bogey on No. 4. He had two more bogeys in the back nine and made only one birdie in the round. (AP)
Kim leads Marathon Classic: Sei Young Kim shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday in the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio, to take a one-stroke lead over Lexi Thompson.
Kim had seven birdies and two bogeys in gusty conditions to reach 16-under 197 at Highland Meadows Golf Club.
"It was a little tough to judge the distance," Kim said. "Wind very gusty, on and off." (AP)
Wiesberger leads in Scottish Open: Bernd Wiesberger will take a two-shot lead into the last round of the Scottish Open after carding 6-under 65 on Saturday in North Berwick, Scotland.
At 20 under after three rounds, Wiesberger posted the lowest ever 54-hole total at the European Tour event, and the lowest of his career.
Eric van Rooyen of South Africa shot 67 to drop out of a tie for the lead to second at 18 under at The Renaissance Club.
France's Romain Langasque (65) and Italy's Nino Bertasio (bogey-free 67) were two shots further back in a tie for third. (AP)