Josef Martinez and Franco Escobar scored goals, Brad Guzan came up with a couple of clutch saves and Atlanta United gave the city its first title since 1995 with a 2-0 victory over Portland in the MLS Cup final Saturday night.
Cheered on by the largest crowd in franchise history, United captured the crown in just its second season to set off a huge celebration in a city that has known so much sporting heartbreak. Owner Arthur Blank got to lift the trophy, just under two years after his other team, the NFL's Falcons, squandered a 25-point lead in an epic Super Bowl collapse.
Martinez, capping the greatest goal-scoring season in MLS history, put United ahead in 39th minute. Escobar added an insurance goal in the 54th, turning the final minutes into a raucous, flag-waving celebration and sending coach Tata Martino out with a title in his final game as coach. He's reportedly headed to Mexico to take over as that country's national coach.
Atlanta reveled in its first title since the Braves won the 1995 World Series — a gap of 8,442 days, for those counting.
U.S., Sweden in name Cup group
Defending champion United States is grouped with Sweden again for the Women's World Cup next summer in France.
The draw, which determined the group stage for the 24 teams set to play in soccer's premier tournament, was held Saturday in Paris.
Host France will open the World Cup on June 7 with a match against South Korea.
The No. 1-ranked U.S. team landed in the same group with Sweden for the fifth straight World Cup and the sixth time overall. Also in Group F are Thailand and Chile, which is making its World Cup debut.
The United States will open the tournament against Thailand in Reims on June 11.
Three teams tied
Gary Woodland and Charley Hoffman shot an 8-under 64 in modified alternate-shot play for a share of the lead in the QBE Shootout.
Woodland and Hoffman birdied the final three holes to match the teams of Emiliano Grillo-Graeme McDowell and Brian Harman-Patton Kizzire at 19-under 125, with a better-ball round left at Tiburon Golf Club.
Grillo-McDowell and Harman-Kizzire, tied for lead with Bryson DeChambeau and Kevin Na at 59 after the first-round scramble, each shot 66. Na and DeChambeau were a stroke back after a 67.
Luke List and Charles Howell III shot 66 to get to 17 under, and LPGA Tour player Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau were another stroke back after a 67. Defending champions Steve Stricker and Sean' O'Hair were 15 under after a 67.
Beckham won't play
Odell Beckham Jr. will not play in Sunday's game against the Redskins.
The receiver had been a limited participant in practices because of a bruised quadriceps, an injury suffered on the last play of the loss to the Eagles two weeks ago, and was ruled out Saturday.
... Browns cornerback Terrance Mitchell was activated from injured reserve after missing eight games because of a broken right wrist.
AROUND THE HORN
Women's skiing: Mikaela Shiffrin won a World Cup super-G in St. Moritz, Switzerland, confirming the slalom great's arrival as a pure speed racer. Shiffrin, who got her first career super-G win last weekend, was 0.28 seconds faster than Lara Gut-Behrami and 0.42 clear of third-placed Tina Weirather. Saturday's race was just Shiffrin's 10th super-G start in nine seasons.
Men's skiing: Marcel Hirscher dominated again in the World Cup, winning a giant slalom in Tval D'Isere, France, by a huge 1.18-second margin over Henrik Kristoffersen.
Baseball: Mike Napoli decided to retire after hitting 267 homers and batting .246 in 13 seasons.