Dempsey's hat trick leads Seattle to MLS draw
The plan was for Clint Dempsey to go 60 minutes and see how he was feeling less than 72 hours after playing 90 minutes in a U.S. national team exhibition against Mexico.
When the one-hour mark arrived, Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders were trailing rival Portland by two goals. He wasnt about to check out.
Dempsey scored the first hat trick of his MLS career, including a goal in the 85th minute and a penalty kick in the 87th to help the Sounders rally late for a wild 4-4 draw with the Timbers on Saturday.
You always feel good when you are contributing, scoring goals or getting assists, Dempsey said.
Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said, Hes a leader. He wants to lead this team. And he wants to show people hes ready for the World Cup. I think he did that today.
-- Also in the MLS, Juan Luis Anangono headed in the tying goal from a difficult angle in the 86th minute and the host Chicago Fire earned their fourth straight draw in a 2-2 tie with the Philadelphia Union.
-- In Europe, Chelsea reclaimed the lead in the English Premier League - at least for a day - Atletico Madrid remained in front in Spain and Bayern Munichs record 53-game unbeaten run in the Bundesliga ended with a 1-0 loss to Augsburg.
Chelsea provisionally dislodged Liverpool from the top spot by cruising to a 3-0 victory over Stoke, while title rival Manchester City routed Southampton 4-1.
Atletico found it tougher, only overcoming Villarreal 1-0, while Barcelona beat Real Betis 3-1 and Real Madrid routed Real Sociedad 4-0.ElsewhereCzechs reach Davis Cup semis
The Czech Republic became the first team to reach the Davis Cup semifinals, while heavily favored Switzerland had another disappointing loss in the doubles.
The defending champion Czechs clinched an unassailable 3-0 lead over Japan after Radek Stepanek and Lukas Rosol comfortably beat Tatsuma Ito and Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the doubles.
Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka lost in doubles as Switzerland is down 2-1 to Kazakhstan.
Andy Murray first had to complete a 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Italys Andreas Seppi in their delayed singles match, before returning to the court to help Britain take a 2-1 lead with a win in the doubles.
-- No. 14 seed Andrea Petkovic of Germany and Jana Cepelova of Slovakia advanced to the finals of the Family Circle Cup at Charleston, S.C.
Petkovic rallied in the final two sets to defeat sixth-seeded Eugenie Bouchard 1-6, 6-3, 7-5, while Cepelova came back from 4-1 down in a third-set tiebreaker to oust 17-year-old Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (7).
Motor sports: Tony Stewart knocked Brad Keselowski from the pole as qualifying for Sundays Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
-- Mercedes swept the front row for Sundays Bahrain Grand Prix as Nico Rosberg claimed pole position, qualifying ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton.
College baseball: Vince Brunos home run was the lone highlight for Cal (14-14, 3-5 Pac-12), which lost 3-1 and dropped its second straight at Washington State (14-13, 5-3).