Photo: Frank Augstein, Associated Press
Valeri Qazaishvili had a goal and an assist to lead the San Jose Earthquakes past the Portland Timbers in a 2-1 victory at Avaya Stadium on Saturday night.
The Earthquakes (12-14-6) bounced back from two consecutive blowout losses (4-0 to D.C. United and 4-1 to the Chicago Fire) to keep their Major League Soccer playoff hopes alive.
Portland (13-11-8) has lost two of its past three games and is four points back of Western Conference-leading Vancouver .
Qazaishvili bent his shot to the right post and past diving goalkeeper Jeff Attinella in the 16th minute. Danny Hoesen shot between a defender’s legs and into the bottom left corner of the net in the 49th minute. Chris Wondolowski and Qazaishvili assisted on the goal.
The Timbers’ Sebastian Blanco scored in the 87th minute, his sixth goal of the season.
•In other MLS highlights, Victor Vazquez broke a tie in the 80th minute on a penalty kick and host Toronto FC defeated the New York Red Bulls 4-2 to win the Supporters’ Shield as the MLS regular-season champion. … Josh Williams and Justin Meram scored and the host Columbus Crew clinched an Eastern Conference playoff spot with a 2-0 victory over D.C. United. … Jesse Gonzalez made two of his four saves in second-half stoppage time to preserve FC Dallas’ scoreless draw at Orlando City.
•In the biggest English Premier League match of the young season, Kevin De Bruyne helped visiting Manchester City beat his former team, Chelsea, 1-0 with a 25-meter shot that flew into the top corner in the 67th minute.
City stayed in first place on goal difference from Manchester United, which won 4-0 against Crystal Palace as Romelu Lukaku scored his 11th goal in 10 games. •Neymar scored two goals and Paris Saint-German thrashed Bordeaux 6-2 to remain unbeaten in the French league. PSG extended its lead to three points over Monaco.
•At least 25 fans were injured when a barrier collapsed in Amiens, France, during a Ligue 1 match. The Amiens-Lille match was stopped after the opening goal in the 15th minute by Lille. Lille fans behind the goal surged forward to celebrate and the fence broke under the pressure, spilling fans onto the field. Four supporters were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
by Coyotes 4-0
Derek Stepan and Brendan Perlini each scored two goals as the Arizona Coyotes beat the host Sharks 4-0 in an NHL exhibition game at SAP Center.
The Sharks, who had won three of their first four preseason contests, outshot the Coyotes 31-21 but went 0-for-4 on the power play.
San Jose concludes its exhibition season Sunday in Las Vegas, then opens the regular season Wednesday at home against Philadelphia.
•In NHL preseason highlights, Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher and Jacob De La Rose each scored twice, and the host Canadiens routed the Ottawa Senators 9-2. … Matt Calvert and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored 68 seconds apart in the first period, and the host Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0. … In Chicago, Corey Crawford made 38 saves for the Blackhawks, and Patrick Sharp scored a power-play goal in the third period in a 1-0 win over Boston.
Motor sports: Ryan Blaney crashed the Xfinity Series playoffs and the Cup regular dominated to win the race at Dover International Speedway in Delaware. Xfinity playoff drivers took the second through six spots and nine of the top 11.
•Lewis Hamilton took the pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix while title rival Sebastian Vettel’s miserable luck continued as he quit early in qualifying after losing power on a straight.
• Ben Rhodes kept his championship chances intact in NASCAR’s Truck Series by winning in Las Vegas, the first national series victory of his NASCAR career. Rhodes held off Christopher Bell in the closing laps to earn an automatic berth into the second round of the playoffs.
The win came in Rhodes’ 45th series start and continued a run of consistency he’s shown of late in his Toyota.
Obituaries: Joe Tiller, who guided Drew Brees as a Boilermaker and was Purdue’s winningest football coach (87-62), died at age 74 of natural causes in Buffalo, Wyo.
•Frank Hamblen, who won seven NBA championships as an assistant to Phil Jackson in Los Angeles and Chicago, died at age 70 in Del Mar (San Diego County). The cause of death was not immediately available.