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Chivas knocks off San Jose

Erick Torres scored his 11th goal of the season to give Chivas USA its first back-to-back victories of the season, 1-0 over the host San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night.


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Erick Torres scored his 11th goal of the season to give Chivas USA its first back-to-back victories of the season, 1-0 over the host San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday night.

Chivas USA (4-7-5) won on the road for just the second time this season and got its second consecutive shutout. San Jose (4-7-4) lost its third straight game by a 1-0 margin and has now gone 315 minutes since scoring its last goal.

Chicago, Toronto draw

Rookie Harrison Shipp’s second-half goal gave the host Chicago Fire a 1-1 draw with short-handed Toronto FC on a rainy night.

The Fire (2-4-9) had its winless run pushed to five games and Toronto’s unbeaten streak reached six games.

Toronto FC (6-4-3) was reduced to 10 men when forward Luke Moore was sent off in the 29th minute after leading with an elbow on a challenge with Chris Ritter. Jackson Goncalves scored on a header in the 42nd minute.

WNBA

Candice Dupree had 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead the host Phoenix Mercury to its sixth straight win, 87-69, over the Chicago Sky.

Diana Taurasi added 15 points, hitting a three-pointer with 6:46 left in the third quarter to pass Katie Smith (6,452 points) for second place on the WNBA’s career scoring list.

Taurasi, who now has 6,457 points, reached that total in her 316th game — 166 fewer than Smith played. Tina Thompson tops the career scoring list with 7,488 points.

Allie Quigley scored 16 points to lead the Sky (8-9), which has lost four of six.

Brittney Griner, who set a league mark with 11 blocked shots Sunday against Tulsa, was held to four points but grabbed 11 rebounds and had three blocks for Phoenix (12-3).

The Sky again played without leading scorer Elena Delle Donne, who is out indefinitely with Lyme disease, and Courtney Vandersloot, who led the league in assists before spraining her knee. Vandersloot, from Kentwood High School, is expected to be out at least six weeks.

Fever defeats Mystics

Natasha Howard scored 20 points and Erlana Larkins had 16 as the Indiana Fever used a big second quarter to beat the host Washington Mystics 80-77. Indiana (8-9), winner of two straight after losing five of six, shot 53 percent from the field. Monique Currie scored 18 points for the second straight game for the Mystics (7-11).

NHL

Canucks sign right wing

The Vancouver Canucks signed free-agent right wing Radim Vrbata to a $10 million, two-year deal. Vrbata, 33, had 20 goals and 31 assists in 80 games last season for the Arizona Coyotes.

Meanwhile, the frenzy of high-priced signings and big-name trades that took place to open the league’s annual summer signing period Tuesday slowed to a trickle a day later.

The New York Islanders made the biggest splash by signing forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin to four-year contracts. Grabov­ski’s deal is worth $20 million, while Kulemin will make $16.75 million.

The Nashville Predators added veteran center Olli Jokinen with a $2.5 million, one-year deal.

Golf

Harding Park adds events

TPC Harding Park in San Francisco will host the Match Play Championship in 2015, the PGA Championship in 2020 and the Presidents Cup in 2025.

Samuel Henry “Errie” Ball, who played in the first Masters, died Wednesday in Stuart, Fla. The golf pro was 103.

He was a PGA of America member for 83 years, which the organization says is a membership record. Ball was inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame in 2011.

Erik Compton, K.J. Choi and Brooks Koepka are among 10 players officially added to the field at the British Open. The other seven added to the field were Kevin Stadler, J.B. Holmes, Charles Howell III, Freddie Jacobson, Chesson Hadley, Anirban Lahiri and Scott Stallings.

Oscar Pistorius does not display the narcissism associated with men in abusive relationships and linked to “rage-type” murders, according to a psychologist’s report read at the athlete’s murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa.

The report adds to conflicting evidence about the character of the double-amputee runner, who killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by firing his pistol through a closed toilet door in his home. The defense has sought to support Pistorius’ contention that he killed the 29-year-old model by mistake, fearing an intruder was about to attack him; the prosecution says the Paralympian is a jealous egotist who shot Steenkamp after a Valentine’s Day argument.

The evaluation, which included a separate report by three psychiatrists, said Pistorius was not mentally ill when he killed Steenkamp early on Feb. 14, 2013. That conclusion appeared to remove the possibility that Pistorius could be declared not guilty by reason of mental illness.

ELSEWHERE

• The IndyCar Series fined Carlos Huertas $10,000 for two infractions on his winning car during the first race of last weekend’s Grand Prix of Houston.

• A 23-year-old online poker star beat the reigning World Series of Poker Player of the Year in a $1 million buy-in charity tournament in Las Vegas. Massachusetts resident Daniel Colman won more than $15 million.

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