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PORTLAND, Ore. Dani Alves Paris Saint-Germain Jersey . -- 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 in his MLS career, including goals in the 85th and 87th minutes 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. "Im in a good rhythm at the moment and its about continuing that form." Trailing 4-2 for most of the second half after goals from Diego Chara and Maximiliano Urruti early in the half gave Portland the advantage, Dempsey led Seattles stunning late comeback to earn a point in the first Cascadia rivalry matchup of the season. Dempsey scored in the 85th minute to get Seattle within 4-3, a goal that felt was coming with the pressure the Sounders were pushing forward. Seconds later, Seattle defender DeAndre Yedlin was taken down in the penalty box by Portlands Ben Zemanski and referee Hilario Grajeda immediately pointed to the penalty spot. Yedlin said he was hoping to draw a penalty on the play and Zemanski obliged by clipping the young Seattle defender. After a brief discussion with Gonzalo Pineda, who was expecting to take the penalty kick, Dempsey stepped up. He converted the chance, beating former Seattle goalkeeper Andrew Weber to get Seattle even. "That point today felt like more than a point. It kind of felt like a win," Dempsey said. The afternoon was an advertisement for the league, even if it gave the coaches heartburn. Play was wide open and end-to-end. There were 41 shots and countless near misses. There were four goals in the first 25 minutes -- including goals from Seattles Kenny Cooper, Portland Diego Valeri and Dempsey -- along with the two late scores. And the biggest star on the field burned brightest even if he was a little tired at the end. "Hes a leader. He wants to lead this team. He wants to show that last year was not the Clint Dempsey that were going to see this year," Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. "And he wants to show people hes ready for the World Cup. I think he did that today." Seattle walked off thrilled with the final result and knowing there were other missed chances in the final minutes to get a winner. Meanwhile, the Timbers stood stunned as the worst start in their brief history continued. The Timbers have generally been slow starters since joining the league in 2011, but now have just three points after five games, not the opening anyone in Portland expected after reaching the Western Conference finals last season. "You should never give up 4 goals, and you should never tie a game if you score 4 goals," Portland coach Caleb Porter said. Chara was the star until Dempsey took over. On his 28th birthday, Chara scored in MLS play for the first time since September 2011. Seattle defence was willing to give him space and he took advantage with two perfectly placed shots from outside the penalty box. His first goal in the ninth minute deflected off goalkeeper Stephen Freis hand but had enough force to get into the net. His second goal, and what appeared to be the winner, came from about 25 yards and Frei had no chance at the save. Both times, Seattles defenders failed to step up and defend Charas shot. "I feel good, but obviously completely not happy with the game," Chara said. "We should have won that game, so to score 2 goals, for me, is good, but Id rather see a W than me score 2 goals." Urrutis goal in the 57th minute appeared to give Portland plenty of cushion. But Dempsey said otherwise and both sides had to settle for the draw in one of the wilder matchups of a rivalry dating to the mid-1970s. Adrien Rabiot Jersey .m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE — Falcons by 3 1/2RECORD VS. Marquinhos Jersey . Miralem Pjanic dribbled through the defence to score an extraordinary goal in the 43rd minute at the Stadio Olimpico and Gervinho added another from a rebound in the 65th for Romas ninth straight victory — ending Milans five-match winning streak.Lucie Safarova had two wins — one in the womens singles, another in the mixed doubles — to give the Czech Republic a 2-1 victory over Canada on the opening day of the Hopman Cup on Sunday.Safarova defeated Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard 6-0, 6-4 to give the Czechs an early 1-0 lead, then teamed with Adam Pavlasek to beat Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., and Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-2 in the mixed doubles decider.In between, Vancouvers Pospisil secured the Canadians only point with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Pavlasek in the mens singles.Seventh-ranked Bouchard, coming off a breakthrough season that saw her reach the final at Wimbledon and two other Grand Slam semifinals, was no match for the No. 16-ranked Safarova in the tournament opener at Perth.I was going for all my shots, and it worked well, Safarova said. I tried to keep the pressure on, quickly. When she has time, she takes control.In the night session Sunday, Poland took a winning 2-0 lead over Australia after the singles matches. Agnieszka Radwanska beat Casey Dellacqua 6-2, 6-3 and Jerzy Janowicz defeated Matt Ebden 3-6, 7-5, 6-0, with Ebden double-faulting on match point.On Monday, Serena Williams was set to play her first match for the United States with John Isner against Italy, while Andy Murray leads Britain against France.Williams said the high temperature of 41 C forecast for Monday would suit her just fine as preparattion for the frequently scorching conditions at the Australian Open in two weeks. Edinson Cavani Paris Saint-Germain Jersey. .If anything its going to help me for Melbourne, Williams said Sunday. Perth is one of the hottest places Ive ever played, so it will be really good for the preparation in Melbourne, which is always super-hot.The Perth Arena roof will be shut during Williams match against Italian Flavia Pennetta if the heat policy is enforced, or both players agree the conditions are unsafe.At the Brisbane International, another of the Australian Open warm-up events ahead of the Jan. 19 start of the first Grand Slam of the year, hometown hope and former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur lost her first-round match 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to Varvara Lepchenko of the United States on an opening day of upsets.Earlier, Ajla Tomljanovic beat sixth-seeded and former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 7-6 (6), 6-0.Tomljanovic, who was born in Croatia but is now based in Brisbane, is planning to apply for Australian citizenship in the next few months.In other matches, seventh-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain beat Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 and Kaia Kanepi of Estonia upset fifth-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.Maria Sharapova is the top-seeded player in the womens tournament, while Roger Federer headlines the field in the mens draw, alongside defending champion Lleyton Hewitt. Cheap Arizona Cardinals Jerseys Cheap Falcons Jerseys Cheap Ravens Jerseys Cheap Bills Jerseys Cheap Panthers Jerseys Cheap Bears Jerseys Cheap Bengals Jerseys Cheap Browns JerseysCheap Cowboys Jerseys Cheap Broncos Jerseys Cheap Lions Jerseys Cheap Packers Jerseys Cheap Texans Jerseys Cheap Colts Jerseys Cheap Jaguars Jerseys Cheap Chiefs Jerseys ' ' '

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