Chelsea ti­tle de­fense opens in 9-man loss

San Francisco Chronicle - - SCOREBOARD -

Chelsea had two play­ers sent off and lost to Burn­ley 3-2 in the first match of its English Pre­mier League ti­tle de­fense on Satur­day, in­ten­si­fy­ing the con­cerns sur­round­ing the champions after their frus­trat­ing off­sea­son in the trans­fer mar­ket.

Cap­tain Gary Cahill was shown a straight red card for a studs-first lunge in the 13th minute, then the champions con­ceded three goals in a 20-minute pe­riod be­fore half­time.

Striker Sam Vokes scored two of them by con­vert­ing crosses, sand­wich­ing a stun­ning vol­ley by left back Stephen Ward.

Chelsea im­proved after half­time. Al­varo Mo­rata, on as a se­cond-half sub­sti­tute, re­duced the deficit in his first league start since a club-record move from Real Madrid for $75 mil­lion.

Any hopes of an un­likely come­back looked to have dis­ap­peared when mid­fielder Cesc Fabre­gas was red-carded in the 81st after re­ceiv­ing his se­cond book­ing.

In other Pre­mier League games, Wayne Rooney marked his first game back at boy­hood club Ever­ton by scor­ing in a 1-0 win over Stoke . ... Liver­pool al­lowed a goal in se­cond-half in­jury time and had to set­tle for a 3-3 draw at Wat­ford. .

In MLS play, Clint Dempsey scored on a header in the 36th minute, and the host Seat­tle Sounders stretched their un­beaten streak to eight games with a 1-0 vic­tory against Sport­ing Kansas City. dom­i­nated in his home state to win the XFin­ity Mid-Ohio Chal­lenge in Lex­ing­ton.

Hor­nish, from De­fi­ance, Ohio, took the lead from rookie Daniel Hem­ric on lap 62 of 75 after the sev­enth cau­tion at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He beat him by 1.335 sec­onds.

Rookie Matt Tifft, a Hinck­ley, Ohio, na­tive was third, 2.373 sec­onds back of Hor­nish.

Hor­nish led for 61 laps and avoided a 10-car pileup on lap 69 that re­sulted in the se­cond red flag. Blake Koch of Kaulig Racing from Akron, Ohio, won the first stage ahead of Brennan Poole. Hor­nish, who won the pole, eas­ily took the se­cond 20-lap stage by 4.645 sec­onds over Hem­ric.

Darrell Wal­lace Jr. made the most of his first NASCAR Truck Series race in three years, hold­ing off a late chal­lenge from Christo­pher Bell to win at Michi­gan In­ter­na­tional Speed­way in Brook­lyn.

Wal­lace took the lead in his No. 99 Chevro­let with about 10 laps left in the 100-lap, 200-mile race. He had to con­tend with Austin Cin­dric and Bell to­ward the end, but Wal­lace was able to edge Bell by 0.18 sec­onds. Kyle Busch was third after win­ning the first two stages.

Obit­u­ary: Long­time NHL coach and gen­eral man­ager Bryan Mur­ray has died at 74. He worked in the league in some ca­pac­ity for 35 straight sea­sons.

Mur­ray, who was di­ag­nosed with colon can­cer in 2014, won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year with the Cap­i­tals in 1983-84 and reached the Stanley Cup Fi­nals with the Sen­a­tors in 2007.

Ten­nis: Roger Fed­erer ad­vanced to the Rogers Cup fi­nal in Mon­treal with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) vic­tory over un­seeded Robin Haase. The se­cond-seeded Fed­erer, 36, will face the win­ner be­tween 18-yearold Denis Shapo­valov and 20year-old Alexan­der Zverev.

Caro­line Woz­ni­acki ad­vanced to the Rogers Cup fi­nal in Toronto with a 6-2, 6-3 vic­tory over Sloane Stephens. The sixth­seeded Woz­ni­acki elim­i­nated Stephens in a tidy 83 min­utes at Aviva Cen­tre. She will play de­fend­ing cham­pion and se­cond seed Si­mona Halep of Ro­ma­nia or fifth-seeded Elina Svi­tolina of Ukraine in Sun­day’s fi­nal.

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