Pair of early goals helps Revolution beat D.C. United

Zack Schilawski scored his first goal of the season and Shalrie Joseph converted a penalty kick to lead the New England Revolution to a 2-1 win over D.C. United in Foxborough, Mass.

New England was awarded a penalty kick after United’s Dax McCarty inadvertently swung his leg out to clear a ball in the penalty box area and sideswiped Revolution midfielder Pat Phelan. Joseph scored his ninth career penalty-kick goal for New England in the 17th minute, drilling a shot off goalie Pat Onstad’s left hand into the lower right corner of the net for a 2-0 lead.

Schilawski scored New England’s first goal in the eighth minute when his initial stab of a shot deflected off United defender Marc Burch before Schilawski sent a volley over the head of Onstad.

U.S. SOCCER: Juan Agudelo scored in the 59th minute, and the United States rallied for a surprising 1-1 tie against Argentina and Lionel Messi in a high-profile exhibition game in East Rutherford, N.J.

Esteban Cambiasso put fourth-ranked Argentina ahead in the 42nd minute after a thrilling run to the endline by Messi, who passed through the legs of U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra. Angel Di Maria’s initial shot was stopped by goalkeeper Tim Howard, but Cambiasso scored on the rebound.

After the U.S. switched to a more offensive approach, the 18-year-old Agudelo scored his second goal in three international appearances. It followed Landon Donovan’s corner kick and an initial header by Bocanegra that was saved by goalkeeper Mariano Andujar.


QMJHL: Olivier Dame-Malka scored what proved to be the winning goal 1:26 into the second period, and the Lewiston Maineiacs held on for a 2-1 victory over the Moncton Wildcats at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee to even their best-of-seven first-round playoff series at 1-1.

Lewiston opened the scoring on a goal by Michael Chaput 5:59 in, then made it 2-0 on Dame-Malka’s goal, which was assisted by Chaput and Jonathan Parisien.

Nicholas Champion finished with 17 saves for the Maineiacs, who outshot the Wildcats 27-18.

Game 3 is Tuesday at Moncton, New Brunswick.


SONY ERICSSON OPEN: An ailing Andy Roddick lost his opening match to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in Key Biscayne, Fla. Roddick, a two-time champion, needed three visits from a trainer in the second set.

Another two-time champion, Roger Federer, beat Radek Stepanek to match Pete Sampras with 762 career match victories. Federer needed barely an hour to eliminate Stepanek, 6-3, 6-3.


WORLD CUP: In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Japan’s Victoire Pisa won the $10 million World Cup by a half length, capturing the world’s richest horse race in a lift to the disaster-ravaged country.

Three Japanese horses were entered, and the March 11 earthquake and tsunami clearly were on the minds of the owners and trainers. Many wore polo shirts with the word “Hope” on the sleeve and the date of the double-disaster on the back. Victoire Pisa’s win was the highlight of an eight-race card that featured 110 horses racing for $26.25 million.


WORLD CUP: World champion Nathan Johnstone of Australia and Xuetong Cai of China won halfpipe season titles in Arosa, Switzerland.

Johnstone placed fifth Saturday to extend his overall points lead over Japan’s Ryo Aono.

The 17-year-old Xuetong was third and held her points advantage over Holly Crawford of Australia.


EUROPEAN TOUR: Kenneth Ferrie shot a 60 at the Andalucia Open in Malaga, Spain, to equal the European Tour record and climb within one stroke of leader Paul Lawrie heading into the final round.

Lawrie proved steady again and had five birdies in a 65.

LPGA: Second-ranked Jiyai Shin shot a 3-under 70 to take a one-stroke lead over Sandra Gal after the third round of the Kia Classic in City of Industry, Calif. Gal also shot a 70. South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi was six strokes back in third after a 65, the best score of the round.