Earthquakes win in Houston
Danny Hoesen scored in the 33rd minute as the visiting Earthquakes beat the Houston Dynamo 1-0 in a Major League Soccer game Saturday.
Hoesen reeled in Kofi Sarkodie’s cross and slotted home a turnaround left-footed finish from the middle of the box.
The Earthquakes (11-12-6) moved up to fifth place in the Western Conference. The Dynamo (10-10-8) dropped into a sixth-place tie with Real Salt Lake.
In other matches: In front of the largest crowd to attend a stand-alone MLS match, Josef Martinez had his second hat trick in a row and his third of the season to help host Atlanta United hold on for a 3-3 draw against Orlando City. Atlanta United set the record with 70,425 on hand at MercedesBenz Stadium . ... Tony Tchani scored against his former team in second-half stoppage time to give the host Vancouver Whitecaps a 2-2 tie with the Columbus Crew . ... Substitute Abu Danladi scored in the 89th minute to give visiting Minnesota United a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Impact. ... Nemanja Nikolic tied a Chicago club record with his 18th goal of the season and the host Fire won 3-0 over D.C. United . ... Diego Rubio scored twice to help host Sporting Kansas City beat New England 3-1 . ... Dominique Badji scored in the 88th minute for the host Colorado Rapids in a 1-1 tie with New York City FC. ... Stefan Frei made a diving save in the 42nd minute and visiting Seattle extended its club record unbeaten streak to 13 matches with the scoreless draw at FC Dallas . ... Jefferson Savarino scored the go-ahead goal in the 61st minute and host Real Salt Lake spoiled Diego Valeri’s record-setting night by beating the Portland Timbers 2-1. Valeri set an MLS record by scoring in his eighth consecutive match when he tied it at 1 on a header in the 47th minute . ... Tosaint Ricketts’ brace led host Toronto FC past the LA Galaxy 4-0.
ELSEWHERE Surf league buys Mavericks rights
A bankruptcy judge has approved the sale of assets owned by the organizers of the Titans of Mavericks big wave surf contest in Northern California.
The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Deborah Saltzman ruled Friday that Cartel Management, Inc., which owns Titans of Mavericks LLC, can sell Titans assets to the World Surf League for $525,000.
The contest is held annually in 25-foot-plus waves at the Mavericks break near Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay. The window runs from November through March. Motorsports: Justin Allgaier pulled away off the final restart and won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Allgaier, from nearby Riverton, won for the second time this season in NASCAR’s second-tier series.
Sebastian Vettel showed his mastery of the Marina Bay circuit to take pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix, while championship rival Lewis Hamilton struggled and finished fifth. Tennis: Qualifier Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan beat defending champ Christina McHale 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 to reach the final of the Japan Women’s Open in Tokyo. Diyas, a Tokyo finalist in 2014, will face Japan’s Miyu Kato in Sunday’s final. Kato beat Croatia’s Jana Fett 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4.