Late goal gives U.S. a 1-1 tie with Honduras

Bobby Wood scored off a scramble in the 85th minute, and the United States escaped from Honduras with a 1-1 tie Tuesday after nearly falling into a deep hole in World Cup qualifying.

Romell Quioto scored in the 27th minute after defender Omar Gonzalez failed to clear the ball with a slide tackle. Quioto was left with an open 11-yard shot that beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan to the far post, causing exuberant fans to stomp and shake Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.

Christian Pulisic was fouled about 30 yards from the goal and Kellyn Acosta took the free kick. Goalkeeper Luis Lopez batted the ball with his left hand, and Matt Besler hooked it to Jordan Morris. He sent a backward header to Wood, a 73rd-minute substitute.

Wood chested the ball and scored his ninth international goal, avoiding a huge U.S. embarrassment.


FOOTBALL: Florida State slipped all the way to the No. 10 in The Associated Press college football poll after losing to Alabama and losing quarterback Deondre Francois to a season-ending injury.

The Crimson Tide are No. 1 again, securing 60 of 61 first-place votes in the first Top 25 of the regular season. Ohio State remained No. 2 in the media poll and received the other first-place vote. Defending champion Clemson moved up to No. 3. Penn State is No. 4 and Oklahoma moved up No. 5.

Maryland QB Tyrrell Pigrome is out for the season with a torn right ACL, an injury that takes some of the joy out of the Terrapins’ season-opening 51-41 upset of Texas last Saturday. Pigrome will undergo surgery this week, Coach DJ Durkin said.

 Navy transfer Alohi Gilman is not eligible to play this season for Notre Dame. Coach Brian Kelly said the NCAA denied the school’s final appeal for immediate eligibility instead of Gilman sitting out the usual one year required of transfers.

 UCF has moved its home football game against Memphis up a day, 6:30 p.m. Friday, as a precaution to avoid any potential disruption by Hurricane Irma.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Xavier added a year to Coach Chris Mack’s deal, keeping him under contract through the 2022-23 season.

 Brandon Clarke, who led San Jose State in scoring last season, is transferring to Gonzaga.

 St. John’s recruit Sidney Wilson has transferred to UConn and the Huskies are seeking a waiver that would allow him to play this season.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Star Notre Dame center Brianna Turner, who suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during the NCAA Tournament in late March, will miss the upcoming season to continue rehabilitation.


NBA: Tilman Fertitta, a billionaire restaurant and casino owner from Houston, agreed to buy the Houston Rockets from Leslie Alexander.

Terms were not released and must be approved by the NBA Board of Governors.

WNBA: The Atlanta Dream fired Coach Michael Cooper after plummeting to their worst season since 2008, 12-22.


NHL:The New York Rangers have hired former players Brian Leetch and Brad Richards as advisers.

Leetch and Richards will work on prospect development and assist with on-ice development for the Rangers and their top affiliate, the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf Pack.

– News service report

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