Soccer Dwayne De Rosario, Eddie Robinson and Stuart Holden scored goals and the Houston Dynamo defeated FC Dallas, 3-0, in Frisco, Texas. Houston (14-7-6) pulled into a tie with Chivas USA for first place in the Western Conference. FC Dallas (12-11-4) lost for the fifth time in its past seven games. ETC.: Tim Howard played for the first time since dislocating a finger while in goal for the United States against Brazil on Sept. 9, and Everton beat Middlesbrough, 2-0, in London. Basketball The Knicks kept tinkering with their roster two days before training camp, acquiring the draft rights to Jared Jordan and working toward a buyout of Dan Dickau’s contract. The Knicks traded cash considerations to the Clippers in a deal that sends last season’s NCAA assists leader back to New York. The Clippers took Jordan with the 45th pick in the NBA draft. Jordan averaged 17.2 points and 8.7 assists last season for Marist, becoming the first player to lead Division I in assists for two consecutive seasons since Avery Johnson in 1987-88. ETC.: Tina Thompson scored 18 points to help the United States qualify for the 2008 Olympics with a 101-71 victory over Cuba in the gold medal game at the FIBA Americas tournament in Valdivia, Chile. College football West Virginia quarterback Pat White’s status for Saturday’s game at Syracuse is uncertain as he recuperates from a bruise on his right thigh. ETC.: Mississippi State quarterback Josh Riddell tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during Saturday’s loss to South Carolina and is out for the rest of the season. College women’s soccer Junior Amy Rodriguez scored in the 69th minute to break a 1-1 tie and lift No. 18 USC to a 2-1 upset of No. 2 Portland at McAlister Field. The goal is Rodriguez’s seventh career game-winner, lifting her to No. 6 all-time at USC. USC is 8-1-1; Portland is 7-3. ETC.: Second-half goals from senior Katie Osborne and sophomore Lacey Bartels paced Loyola Marymount (6-3-1) to a school- record sixth straight win, 2-0, over visiting UC Riverside (6-4). Tennis Venus Williams beat Maria Kirilenko, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, in the championship of the Korean Open in Seoul, South Korea. ETC.: French Open finalist Ana Ivanovic of Serbia won the Fortis Championships, beating Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the final in Luxembourg. … Dmitry Tursunov of Russia won his third ATP career title, beating Benjamin Becker of Germany, 6-2, 6-1, in the Thailand Open in Nonthaburi. Horse racing Curlin caught Lawyer Ron in the final strides after a riveting stretch duel and won the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup in New York, giving the Preakness winner an automatic berth in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic next month. Curlin re-established himself as not only a leading 3-year-old but perhaps the favorite for the BC Classic at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park on Oct. 27. ETC.: English Channel squeezed through an opening along the rail and went to win the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic in New York for the second straight year. Also at Belmont Park, Fabulous Strike won the $400,000 Vosburgh Stakes. Miscellany Haile Gebrselassie took advantage of a perfect course and ideal conditions to set a world record at the Berlin Marathon. The 34-year-old Ethiopian raced through Berlin’s flat and fast course to set his 25th world record in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 26 seconds. That lowered the time of his good friend Paul Tergat by 29 seconds. It was the sixth time a marathon world record was set in Berlin, where Tergat set the previous record in 2003. ETC.: Women’s marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe returned to running after 21 months away, finishing second behind American Kara Goucher at the Great North Run in Newcastle, England. … The host city of Stuttgart, Germany, could not stop Paolo Bettini from competing, and the opposition could not stop him from winning. Bettini won the first back-to-back world road race titles in 15 years, drawing on raw anger after a week of criticism and court action to come from behind in a sprint finish. … The United States lost to South Africa, 64-15, in Montpellier, France, in the final group game at the Rugby World Cup and ended the tournament with losses in all four of its games. … Dimitri Patzold won the San Jose Sharks’ backup goalie job when the club sent Thomas Greiss to the minors.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Greg Biffle scored his first victory of the season Sunday – even though his car ran short on fuel before crossing the finish line – in a wild race in Kansas City, Kan., that jumbled the Chase for the championship standings. The Chase field imploded at Kansas Speedway, where rain and impending darkness cut the race short by 85 miles. Seven of the 12 Chase drivers finished 30th or worse, and defending Nextel Cup champion Jimmie Johnson reclaimed the points lead (by six points over Jeff Gordon). Rain caused two delays totaling almost three hours. Johnson was one of the few Chase drivers to make it unscathed to the finish line, and when he got there, he questioned the finishing order. The race ended under caution because Juan Pablo Montoya blew a tire with four laps to go in an event that NASCAR had already shortened by 57 laps. It should have set up an overtime finish, but NASCAR declined to restart the race because of impending darkness. The event was finished under caution, and Biffle’s car began to sputter on the last lap. As his car coasted toward the line, local star Clint Bowyer and Johnson both passed him before he reached the checkered flag. Johnson immediately said Kansas native Bowyer should be celebrating in Victory Lane, not Biffle, and Bowyer agreed. ETC.: Britain’s Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix in Oyama, using his pole position to avoid dangerous spray from rival cars in wet and wild conditions. … Tony Stewart will not be penalized for cursing on live TV following practice Saturday at Kansas Speedway.