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Red Bulls take MLS points lead

Luis Robles got his 10th shutout of the season, leading the host New York Red Bulls to a 1-0 win over FC Dallas on Sunday.

Robles, who is tied with five other goaltenders for the MLS lead in shutouts, made two saves to help New York to its fourth straight victory.

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The Red Bulls improved to 15-9-6 with a league-leading 51 points. Sounders FC has 50 points.

FC Dallas midfielder Erick deflected New York midfielder Jonathan Steele’s crossing pass into the net in the 76th minute for the game’s only goal.

Raul Fernandez made one save for Dallas (10-9-10), which is three points out of the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Manchester City delivered a ruthless attacking display to rout Manchester United 4-1 in the English Premier League, the first derby between the rivals since the retirement of United manager Alex Ferguson.

United (2-2-1) is eighth with seven points under new manager David Moyes, its poorest Premier League start since the 2004-05 season.

Arsenal leads on goal difference over Tottenham (both 4-1), with City (3-1-1) two points back, ahead of Chelsea and Liverpool on goal difference.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and set up a goal as Real Madrid rallied for a 4-1 win over visiting Getafe in the Spanish league. Scheduled to make his home debut for Real, multimillion-dollar transfer Gareth Bale missed the match after injuring his left thigh during warmups.

International basketball

France takes European title

France won its first major basketball title, beating Lithuania 80-66 in the final of the European championships in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker had a quiet game for France, which broke open a close contest by ending the third quarter with a 14-0 run that kept Lithuania scoreless for four minutes. France’s lead grew to 22 with three minutes left in the third and Lithuania never recovered.

Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers scored 17 points, and Boris Diaw — Parker’s Spurs teammate — added 15 for France. Parker finished with 12 points and was named tournament MVP.


Serena withdraws

Top-ranked Serena Williams, who won her 17th Grand Slam singles title at the U.S. Open, pulled out of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, saying she needed time to recover from a busy summer playing schedule.

Sister Venus Williams overpowered Mona Barthel of Germany 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the second round.

Third-ranked Maria Sharapova also pulled out of the Tokyo tournament because of a right-shoulder injury that kept her out of the U.S. Open.

Second-seeded Gilles Simon beat two-time defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-3 to win the all-French Open de Moselle final in Metz, France, for his first title of the year.

Women’s basketball

Summit set for Monday

The NCAA will host a women’s basketball summit Monday in Indianapolis with top coaches, administrators and committee members to discuss the paper that Val Ackerman submitted in late June with suggestions to improve the state of the game.

The summit will serve as a prelude to a bigger gathering at the women’s Final Four this April in Nashville.

Many of Ackerman’s suggestions were aimed at boosting attendance, which has become stagnant over the past few years. Last season, the NCAA averaged 5,466 for all tournament rounds, which was 17th since the tournament began in 1982.

While most of the ideas that will be discussed at the summit are for long term-solutions, the women’s basketball committee came up with its own short-term plan by allowing schools to bid on and host the NCAA regionals for the first time in nearly a decade. It’s a move that has angered many coaches, who say wealthy schools will be able to buy their way into the Final Four.

“To me, the hypocrisy is overwhelming in a sense that money is going to trump fairness,” Duke’s Joanne P. McCallie said. “That’s the message that’s being sent. We are principled about our game, but we can be bought and sold.”


• Sixth-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia won his fourth career title by rallying to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 at the St. Petersburg Open in Russia.

• Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland rallied from a set down to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-4 and win the Korea Open in Seoul.

• Edmonton Oilers center Sam Gagner will miss the start of the NHL regular season with a broken jaw.

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