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Associated Press

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 3:36 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 4:01 AM


Villafana's goal ends drought and gets Chivas tie

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Jorge Villafana's goal in the 69th minute snapped a 600-minute scoreless streak and also dealt a blow to FC Dallas' playoff hopes as Chivas USA forged a 1-1 draw Sunday.

With the point earned, FC Dallas sits four points behind Vancouver for the fifth and final Western Conference playoff spot, and each team has two games remaining. Vancouver would secure the playoff spot with a victory or an FC Dallas loss.

Villafana's goal tied the game and ended the second longest drought in league history.

FC Dallas Blas Perez opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Perez finished off a rebound from a shot by David Ferreira. Meanwhile, Villafana's tally came off a feed from Miller Bolanos.


Dawn Woodward tops Women's Mid-Am qualifying

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Dawn Woodard topped the 64 match-play qualifiers Sunday in the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, following her opening 3-under 69 with a 1-over 73 in cool, windy conditions at Briggs Ranch.

The 38-year-old Woodard, from Greer, S.C., was the only player to finish under par.

"It was chilly starting out, but the big factor was the wind," Woodard said. "There was at least a two- to three-club difference from yesterday. I just tried to err on the safe side and take big numbers out of play."

Meghan Stasi of Oakland Park, Fla., finished three strokes back after a 71 in the event limited to players 25 and older.

Defending champion Ellen Port advanced with rounds of 76 and 75. The 51-year-old Port, from St. Louis, won the USGA Senior Women's Amateur last month.


TCU coach meets with chancellor, AD about Pachall

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson met Sunday with the school's chancellor and athletic director about suspended quarterback Casey Pachall.

Patterson said he couldn't say anything more about Pachall until after some other things got done. He wouldn't elaborate.

Pachall was indefinitely suspended after being arrested early Thursday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. That came eight months after the junior quarterback admitted to police that he smoked marijuana and failed a team-administered drug test.

Asked if there was any change in Pachall's status with the team, Patterson said, "not at this point."

Redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin threw for 270 yards and had three interceptions Saturday in a 37-23 home loss to Iowa State.

TCU (4-1), which plays Saturday at Baylor, dropped from 15th to out of the latest AP Top 25.


West Virginia may need defense at some point

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — West Virginia is off to a blistering start in its first Big 12 season, piling up points behind quarterback Geno Smith.

But if the No. 5 Mountaineers (5-0, 2-0) want to win the league and even challenge for a national title, they may have to eventually start playing better defense.

West Virginia has scorched Baylor and Texas for 118 points the last two weeks, but also surrendered 108 in two wild, heart-pounding games.

Smith doesn't seem to care, so long as he can keep pushing the Mountaineers in to the end zone. He has 12 touchdown passes the last two weeks, and 24 on the season without an interception. He may have to be at his best every week.

The Mountaineers rank No. 102 in the nation in total defense.