Richmond Times-Dispatch

Seattle downs Los Angeles FC ELSEWHERE

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Nicolas Lodeiro scored early in the first half, Raul Ruidiaz added a second midway through the second, and Jordan Morris provided the capper as the defending champion Sounders beat depleted Los Angeles FC 3-1 on in the opening round of the MLS playoffs on Tuesday night in Seattle. Seattle’s version of the “Big 3” sent the Sounders into the Western Conference semifinals next week against FC Dallas.

♦ Two Romanian weightlift­ers were stripped of their 2012 Olympic medals after positive doping tests, extending the record of doping cases at any Summer or Winter Games to 77. The Internatio­nal Olympic Committee said silver medalist Roxana Cocos and bronze medalist Razvan Martin tested positive for multiple steroids in a reanalysis of their samples.

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