Auto racing

MEXICO GP: Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais said he came to Mexico City to win the Grand Prix and leave the Champ Car World Series on a high note. So far, he's on his way to keeping his word.

The French driver, who next season will race for Scuderia Toro Rosso in Formula One, set a track record at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez with a lap time of 1 minute, 24.698 seconds in the first qualifying session for Sunday's race.

Bourdais broke the record of 1:24.801 set in 2006 by Justin Wilson to secure a place in the first row. Wilson, of RuSport, was second with a best time of 1.24.825. Wilson Power, of Team Australia, followed at 1.25.199.

LPGA TOUR: Paula Creamer made a big move Friday at Magnolia Grove to join Lorena Ochoa and Suzann Pettersen as the LPGA Tour's only multiple winners this year.

After birdieing the final seven holes Thursday for a share of the lead in the Tournament of Champions, Creamer shot a bogey-free, 7-under 65 on Friday to open a five-stroke advantage at 12-under 132.

Jin Joo Hong was second at 7 under after a 67. Annika Sorenstam (67) and Pat Hurst (69) were 6 under, and Karen Stupples (67) was another stroke back.


SEATTLE FRANCHISE: Seattle was granted an expansion franchise by Major League Soccer and could begin play as soon as 2009. Commissioner Don Garber will announce the decision in Seattle on Tuesday, the league said. MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche said Friday the team most likely will play at Qwest Field at first and could start playing as soon as the spring of 2009.


SILVER SLUGGERS: Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins, New York Mets third baseman David Wright and Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki won Silver Slugger awards Friday, complementing the Gold Gloves they earned earlier this week.

Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran, Detroit second baseman Placido Polanco and Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin also won both awards.

Alex Rodriguez won his ninth Silver Slugger after leading the majors with 54 home runs and 156 RBIs for the New York Yankees. He won for the second time as a third baseman; his other seven awards came at shortstop.

A-ROD TO DODGERS?: Joe Torre thinks there's a chance Alex Rodriguez could join him in Los Angeles. "It's possible," Torre said Friday, repeating that phrase twice. "You've got four or five clubs maybe that figure to be in the sweepstakes." Torre walked away from the New York Yankees after 12 seasons as manager and Rodriguez also cut ties with the club.