Revolution tie Dynamo in first game of season

Daigo Kobayashi scored on a header in the final seconds of second-half stoppage time and the New England Revolution tied the Houston Dynamo 3-3 on Sunday in an MLS season opener at Houston.

Diego Fagundez scored the opening goal in the third minute and had two second-half assists for the Revs, who entered having won three straight against the Dynamo.

Cristian Maidana, Andrew Wenger and Giles Barnes scored for Houston. Will Bruin had two assists.

SHEBELIEVES CUP: Alex Morgan scored a minute into stoppage time, Hope Solo notched her 97th career shutout, and the United States beat France 1-0 at Nashville, Tennessee.

The Americans improved to 8-0 in 2016, outscoring opponents 30-0.


DAVIS CUP: Andy Murray recovered from losing a two-set cushion to beat Kei Nishikori at Birmingham, England, and give defending champion Britain an insurmountable 3-1 lead over Japan in the first round.

Murray won 7-5, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3 for his 14th straight Davis Cup victory, earning Britain a quarterfinal match against Serbia.

John Isner moved the United States into the quarterfinals, defeating Australia’s Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (4) for a winning 3-1 edge in the first-round tie on grass at Melbourne, Australia.

MALAYSIAN OPEN: Second-seeded Elina Svitolina came back to beat Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5 in the rain interrupted final at Kuala Lumpur.

The match finished at midnight local time as rain halted play for well over three hours before the 21-year-old won out.


IDITAROD: The world’s most famous sled dog race began with mushers leaving the town of Willow, Alaska.

Scott Janssen, an undertaker by profession, was the first musher to set out. The nearly 1,000-mile race has a staggered start, and the other 84 mushers behind Janssen were to leave in two-minute intervals.

The winner is expected in the old Gold Rush era town of Nome, on Alaska’s western coast, in about nine days.


WORLD CUP: American Mikaela Shiffrin won a women’s slalom in Slovakia by a massive 2.36-second margin, while Frida Hansdotter of Sweden finished 10th to wrap up the discipline title.

In tough conditions from snowfall and rain, Shiffrin posted the fastest time in both runs to finish ahead of Wendy Holdener of Switzerland.

Shiffrin, who turns 21 next week, earned her 19th World Cup victory. She hasn’t lost a slalom race since February 2015, but couldn’t win the discipline title for a fourth straight season because she missed five races during a two-month injury layoff.

 Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway locked up the slalom title with a race to spare after finishing runner-up to Marcel Hirscher in Slovenia.

Hirscher, who won the slalom title the previous three seasons, held on to his first-run lead to beat Kristoffersen by 0.81 seconds.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Martin Fourcade of France took his third title in Oslo, Norway, winning the 12.5-kilometer pursuit in 32 minutes, 56.5 seconds.

The Frenchman had already won mixed relay and sprint gold medals.

Tim Burke was the top U.S. men’s finisher, in 17th place.

In the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit, Laura Dahlmeier of Germany had perfect shooting for her first world title in an individual event and Germany’s first victory in the current championships.

American Susan Dunklee finished 10th.


NFL: Mario Williams completed a two-day free agent visit with the Miami Dolphins without reaching a deal. The four-time Pro Bowl defensive end is shopping for a new team after being released by the Bills.

– From news service reports