Chicago ousts MLS defending champ

By wire services
Published October 31, 2005

WASHINGTON - Ivan Guerrero scored twice in the first half and Zack Thornton extended his MLS record with his 13th playoff shutout to lead Chicago past D.C. United 4-0 on Sunday, eliminating the defending champion.

The win, which followed a scoreless tie in the first leg of the home-and-home aggregate series, puts the Fire in the East final at New England starting Sunday.

The Fire took the lead in the 10th minute after goalkeeper Nick Rimando misplayed Thiago 's corner kick and Jack Stewart headed it in.

MORE SOCCER: Former Manchester United star George Best was taken off a ventilator and recognized people in what his doctor called "lots of improvement." Best, 59, is recovering from a chest infection that spread to his kidneys and other organs and internal bleeding probably related to drugs taken after a liver transplant three years ago.


Roddick rolls to title

Andy Roddick beat Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2 to win the Lyon Grand Prix in France, his 20th ATP title. Roddick, who was not broken during the tournament, broke in the fourth game of the first set, when he dropped only two points on serve.

ST. PETERSBURG OPEN: Thomas Johansson won his first title of the season, beating Nicolas Kiefer 6-4, 6-2 in Russia. GAZ DE FRANCE STARS: Kim Clijsters beat Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-3 to win the title in Hasselt, Belgium, her ninth title this year and 30th overall. GENERALI LADIES: Nadia Petrova won her first WTA title, beating Patty Schnyder 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in Linz, Austria.


Kenyans sweep Frankfurt

Wilfred Kigen led a Kenyan sweep of the Frankfurt Marathon in Germany. He finished in 2:08:29, a second ahead of Jason Mbote and five ahead of cousin Wilson Kigen . Russia's Alevtina Biktimirova won the women's race in 2:25:12.

MARINE CORPS: Mexico's Ruben Garcia won in Arlington, Va., finishing in 2:22:14. American Susannah Kvasnicka pulled away in the third mile to win the women's race in 2:47:07.

N.Y. CITY: 2003 winner and 2005 London Marathon winner Martin Lel of Kenya plans to run Sunday despite a thigh injury.


ARENA FOOTBALL: The Storm signed receiver/defensive back Mickey Peters , who was on its practice squad last season. Peters, who caught 193 passes for 2,293 yards and 22 touchdowns at Texas Tech from 2001-03, is the nephew of Storm coach Tim Marcum .

CYCLING: Italy's Ivan Basso , second at last year's Tour de France, will skip May's Giro d'Italia to focus on July's Tour de France. HORSES: Todd Kabel won his 3,000th race late Saturday aboard Sprightly at Woodbine in Toronto. Kabel, 39, led the jockey's colony in wins (156), stakes wins (36) and earnings ($10,467,570) in 2004. SKATING: Canada's Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon won the ice dance at Skate Canada in St. John's, Newfoundland. They had 179.60 points, 9.1 more than the Ukraine's Elena Grushina and Ruslan Goncharov . WEIGHTLIFTING: China's Yang Lian set a world record in the women's 106-pound division, lifting 258 pounds in the clean-and-jerk at the East Asian Games in Macau, China.