Chelsea title defense opens in 9-man loss
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.