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MONTREAL -- If there is a team in MLS that gives the Montreal Impact headaches, it is the Columbus Crew. The Impact looked to be cruising to a win after Marco Di Vaios Major League Soccer-leading 18th goal in the 23rd minute when the crafty Federico Higuain went to work, setting up a pair of second-half goals in the Crews 2-1 comeback victory on Saturday afternoon. Defender Chad Marshall and striker Dominic Oduro scored for Columbus (10-14-5), which has been a thorn in Montreals side this season. The Crew, who handed the Impact only their second home loss of the season, won the season series with Montreal 2-0-1, taking five of six points at Saputo Stadium. Impact coach Marco Schallibaum uses the French term "bete noire" to describe Columbus, which his players know means nemesis. "Its football -- you always have a bete noire," said Schallibaum. "Its very hard to explain." This one was straightforward. The Impact wasted several chances to make it a 2-0 game, and pushed so hard for a second goal that they left themselves open for talent like Higuain to make them pay. The first was a smartly curled free kick that found Marshalls head on the left side of the penalty area in the 66th minute to tie the game. The second came after Justin Mapp lost the ball in the midfield and Higuain sent a perfect pass that the onrushing Oduro got a toe on in the 79th. "Its difficult to explain, but every time we play against Columbus its a difficult game for us," said Impact defender Matteo Ferrari. "We started well. "In the second half, we were in control and also had some chances. It was important to score the second goal and we didnt. They got the second goal with a mistake in the midfield and then it was difficult to come back." The game-winner was Oduros 10th of the season, including one in each game against Montreal. "It looks like I have their number, but at the end of the day, we just played well," said Oduro. "We wanted to get a result and we did. We played well and made it happen." Montreal (13-8-6), which entered the day in a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference, ended a four-game unbeaten run with a game they should have had salted away by the intermission. The Impact got the early lead Patrice Bernier lofted a pass over the penalty area to Ferrari, who headed into the middle for Di Vaio to nod in for his seventh goal in the last five games. But Mapp was stopped from point blank by Matt Lampson in the opening minutes, captain Davy Arnaud just missed converting a Di Vaio pass, Felipe Martins froze on a chance from close range, Di Vaio wasted one when he cut left instead of shooting, and Jeb Brovsky was stopped by a diving save at the end of the half. Di Vaio had another chance early in the second half, but was stopped. "I dont think they were hungrier than us, I just think our focus was maybe too much on getting the second goal and we didnt do a good enough job covering space when we were going forward," said midfielder Collen Warner. It was a game they were counting on to win. Schallibaum started his first 11, not saving any veterans for a key CONCACAF Champions League game in San Jose on Tuesday night. "Its very disappointing," said Arnaud. "I thought we created a ton of chances. "We could have put the game out of reach. We talked before the game about how dangerous they are on set pieces and it hurt us because they got back in the game on a set piece." It all added up to another setback against Columbus, a team that lost eight of 11 games before making a coaching change on Sept. 2. Interim coach Brian Bliss has two wins and a loss since taking over. Now the Crew hope to put a streak together to try to climb back into the playoff hunt. They are on the tail of Chicago, Houston and England for fifth place and final a post-season berth. "This was critical to our goal of getting a playoff spot," said Bliss. "Now weve put some pressure on some teams that are ahead of us." Montreal resumes league play Saturday against the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps. Custom Phoenix Suns Jerseys .com) - Markus Granlund scored the game-winning goal as the Calgary Flames used an early offensive flurry to defeat the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1, on Monday. Devin Booker Suns Jersey . -- When the Los Angeles Kings are on top of their formidable defensive game, they revel in the silence they can create in a frustrated road arena. http://www.officialsunsfanstore.com/dra ... ns-jersey/. Ive said it before, Ive worked with top pros and I could have made my own program. Elie Okobo Jersey . -- LeBron James warned the Orlando Magic to stop double-teaming him and ignoring James Jones. Jamal Crawford Suns Jersey . With just under five seconds remaining - the Raptors having clawed back from a 19-point deficit and pulled within one - DeRozan took the handoff from Chuck Hayes.CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Cleveland Browns are limping to the finish line.The Browns (7-8) lost their fourth straight game Sunday, including their second in a row under rookie starter Johnny Manziel.Manziel was a mere 3 of 8 for 32 yards passing and ran twice for 3 yards in the 17-13 defeat to the Carolina Panthers before leaving with a hamstring injury late in the first half.Brian Hoyer wasnt much better, finishing 7 of 13 for 134 yards, the bulk of that coming on an 81-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Cameron. He threw one interception and was sacked three times.The Browns had just 228 yards on offence and eight first downs.Offensively, not near good enough to win in this league, Browns coach Mike Pettine said. We made the one big play, but other than that we never really seemed to get in much of a rhythm.The Browns were officially eliminated from playoff contention Saturday when San Diego beat San Francisco. Theyve not been to the playoffs since 2002.Manziels status for next weeks season finale at Baltimore remains uncertain.He was injured when he sprinted out to his left just before halftime. Linebacker Luke Kuechly and safety Colin Jones converged on Manziel, taking him to the ground for a 1-yard loss. Manziel attempted to get up, then fell back to the ground. He remained in his uniform but did not return.Manziel said afterward he felt his hamstring tighten up earlier in the game.I kept walking more and I just felt like something that I hadnt experienced before and felt like I needed to get checked out, Manziel said.Manziel said he left the game frustrated but determined to improve in the off-season.If anything it makes me hungrier to work in this off-season and get with these guys and stay on top of this stuff. and come back next year and come out and try to have some success early in the season and sustain that through a season, Manziel said. Thats obviously a long way from now. but just the way my mindset has flipped from being a guy that you never know when you are going to get a chance to go in and trying to stay on top of your stuff to being the guy for a couple weeks. ... It hurts me and eats at me to not be out there with those guys.The Pantherrs (6-8-1) are talking playoffs even though they have fewer wins than the Browns (7-8).ddddddddddddThe victory sets up a winner-take-all showdown next Sunday at Atlanta between the Panthers and Falcons for the division title. It also guarantees a team without even a .500 record will win the NFC South.The winner will join the 2010 Seattle Seahawks as the only teams to reach the post-season in a non-strike-shortened season with a losing record.Now it all comes down to one game and thats all we can ask for is to be in that situation, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.Cam Newton threw for one touchdown and ran for another just 12 days after the quarterback suffered two fractures in his lower back following an automobile accident. Jonathan Stewart ran for 122 yards and caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Newton.The Panthers have now won three straight after going more than two months without a victory.The Panthers led most of the game before Cameron got behind the secondary to give Cleveland its first lead of the game at 13-10 with about 10 minutes remaining.But Newton, looking healthy and mobile in escaping from the pocket, drove the Panthers back downfield. He completed a 9-yard pass to Stewart, who slipped out of the backfield untouched and found an open pocket in the end zone.The effort was tremendous, Rivera said of Newton. It kind of speaks to who he is and his toughness.Newton called the last 12 days tiring, but said the whole ordeal has left him with an entirely different perspective on life.For me to come out of an accident like that, all praises go to God, Newton said. He is using me in a positive way and Im using my influence in a positive way. Im on a (pedestal), so when I do good things or bad things people are going to be affected. So I just want to use mine in a positive light to encourage the next person. That is what we are on this earth for — to make people better.NOTES: Panthers cornerback Josh Norman had an interception for Carolina, but then fumbled on the return when he held the ball with one hand and was hit from behind. ... The Browns ran 46 plays to Carolinas 77.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '
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