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VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Brad Knighton says the club must change its culture in the wake of a heartbreaking loss to the Montreal Impact in the Amway Canadian soccer final. He wants the Whitecaps to do away with their trend of giving up draws and losses late in games and instead lock wins down. "Until we can do that as a team and as players, collectively, were not going to go any farther than we are right now," he said. In other words, the Whitecaps need to move on from Wednesdays 2-2 draw with the Impact, which gave Montreal the title on the basis of more away goals. Next stop for Knighton and company: New York City and Saturdays Major League Soccer match with the talent-laden Red Bulls (7-4-4). Knighton said a good result is crucial to determining how the eighth-place Whitecaps (3-4-4) will fare the rest of the season as they attempt to move up the Western Conference standings. "Its something thats needed now," said Knighton, who is expected to start. "We cant wait for more results to hopefully go our way. We need to start taking accountability, putting points on the board and moving up the table or its going to be a long season here." Accordingly, Knighton called on the Whitecaps to get tougher in one-on-one situations and win more battles for the ball on set pieces, such as corner kicks. Montreal scored its decisive goal Wednesday off a corner. "I think were soft at times," said Knighton. "We dont get enough into people to throw them off (so that), maybe, they dont get the header. "At the end of last year, we were giving away late, soft goals on set pieces and it has continued this year. That just comes down to a mentality, a desire, to not let the person beside you win a ball." Knighton also wants the Whitecaps to start excelling on the road where, in league play, they are winless and have only scored three goals. "If you cant get points on the road in this league youre not really going to go anywhere," he said. Saturdays contest and games over the next month, he added, will serve as a character test for the Whitecaps. But Vancouver defender Andy OBrien said recent results must be put in perspective. "The last two games, weve drawn, but there is a feeling that weve been annihilated -- and I dont think thats the case," said OBrien. The Whitecaps fired 20 shots at Montreal in Wednesdays Canadian final. They are looking to finish more of their chances after missing on several opportunities in recent games. But OBrien and his back-line mates are likely to spend a considerable amount of time defending the Eastern Conference-leading Red Bulls, who are riding a seven-game unbeaten streak and boast such stars as French icon Thierry Henry, fellow ex-English Premier League star Tim Cahill and Brazilian midfielder Juninho. The Red Bulls have scored 22 goals this season, good for a share of the lead with Portland, while the Whitecaps have recorded 14 in total. Meanwhile, Vancouver will have to shine without several regulars. Interim captain Nigel Reo-Coker must sit out a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation, striker Darren Mattocks will be away on international duty, and midfielders Daigo Kobayashi (ankle) and Gershon Koffie (thigh) are injured. "Its a good chance for the boys to put a claim for a (lineup) spot," said rarely-used midfielder Matt Watson, who is expected to draw into the lineup. A good result could also bolster beleaguered coach Martin Rennies chances of keeping his job. Rennie has faced increasing criticism over tactics, lineup decisions and strategy, such as playing for a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Canadian final in Montreal, as the Caps did, when away goals effectively counted as double. But Rennie said he feels no more pressure than he ever has a coach, and expressed confidence that the team is close to being where it needs to be. "We know we have to pick things up in MLS and get good results," he said. 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Murray beat Sam Querrey 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 to clinch Britains opening-round victory against the United States on Sunday at Petco Park. "Im proud of the way Im playing just now, because I had to do a lot of work to get back to where I want to be," Murray said after celebrating with his teammates on the red clay court in a temporary stadium in left field of the downtown home of baseballs San Diego Padres. OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Boston Red Sox have had their way with the Oakland As this season. Theyre a perfect 5-0 and have outscored the As 67-19.The Red Sox will go for the season series sweep on Sunday afternoon at Oakland Coliseum, but right-hander Kendall Graveman, the As best pitcher this year, will make his 27th start and try to salvage one win for Oakland in the series.Graveman (10-9) is 9-3 with a 3.36 ERA in his past 17 starts after beginning the season 1-6 with a 5.36 ERA.Weve played a lot of playoff contention teams in this little stretch Ive had, Graveman said. Pitched against Baltimore, pitched against Cleveland twice. Its fun to go out and compete. Every lineups different, and they have a good one. You really have to study and pay attention to their hitters.Graveman is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two career appearances against the Red Sox, including one start, but he hasnt face them this year.You cant make mistakes to these guys, and its one after the other, As manager Bob Melvin said. Theres just no pause for even a breath against this lineup. Theyre just relentless, and I think weve seen them at their best, too.One night after pounding out 17 hits in a 16-2 victory in the series opener, the Red Sox had 17 more hits in an 11-2 victory on Saturday, scoring in double figures for the fifth straight time against Oakland this season.David Ortiz went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI. Rookie third baseman Yoan Moncada made his first career major league start and had his first two big league hits and first RBI. Hanley Ramirez hit his 20th home run of the season, a solo shot in the third. Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had two hits.Its been awesome, right-hander Rick Porcello said of the Red Sox offense after winning his major-leeague high 19th game on Saturday.dddddddddddd. From top to bottom, theres no weakness. Everyones been swinging the bat well. We got to continue it on both sides, pitching and offense and defense. This is a big road trip for us and obviously this entire month is huge. Hopefully, were peaking at the right time.The Red Sox (76-59) moved into a tie for first place in the American League East with Toronto, which lost 7-5 to Tampa Bay.Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (2-6) will make his 15th start in what has been an up-and-down, injury-plagued season. He missed the first 51 games of the season with a knee injury. Then two starts ago on Aug. 16 he had a no-hitter through four innings with seven strikeouts against Baltimore but left the game with a tight hamstring. He didnt start again until Aug. 28 and gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings in a loss to Kansas City.Rodiquez was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket on June 28 but recalled July 15. In his first seven starts after being recalled, he went 1-2 with a 2.52 ERA.Theres no physical restrictions here, Red Sox manager John Farrell said. Hes had a couple of start-and-stops this year and its limited how long of a run he could get on. The most recent time that he came back to us, he strung together probably six or seven very good starts for us, and then the hamstring, unfortunately, caused us to push the pause button a little bit.Whats transpired with Eddie is that the second half of the season hes come up with a more defined slider as a primary out pitch for him. 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