WASHINGTON Long after the final whistle, the great orange party carried on.
Chants of "Thank you, Dynamo!" thundered from hundreds of fans wearing orange shirts, orange hair and even orange hard hats as they made the stands bounce at RFK Stadium.
On the field in the middle of the celebration, with grass stains on his orange socks, stood Houston Dynamo defender Eddie Robinson. He clutched the MLS Cup trophy and soaked in the fact that he now will own four championship rings.
"This is ridiculous, man," Robinson said. "I don't know what to say. To be so fortunate is unbelievable."
Meanwhile, the downtrodden New England Revolution players were already in the locker room dealing with the burden of knowing they have become the Buffalo Bills of MLS.
"How cruel can it be?" midfielder Steve Ralston said. "We're all devastated right now. There's not much to say. We're all feeling the same thing."
Make it two in a row for the Dynamo, the first MLS team to repeat in a decade. Houston rallied from a nervous and sloppy start to beat the Revolution 2-1 Sunday in the MLS Cup, a rematch of last year's final. A savvy tactical move by coach Dominic Kinnear led to two second-half goals, making Houston the first back-to-back champions since D.C. United won the league's first two titles in 1996 and 1997.
BOMBERS ADVANCE: Keith Stokes returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to help the Winnipeg Blue Bombers advance to the Grey Cup with a 19-9 victory over the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday in the East final.
Winnipeg will face Saskatchewan in the title game next Sunday at Rogers Centre. Saskatchewan beat British Columbia 26-17 in the West final.
MORRISON WINS: At Calgary, Alberta, Denny Morrison won the 1,000 meters Sunday in the Essent ISU World Cup, finishing in 1 minute, 7.25 seconds. Canadian teammate Jeremy Wotherspoon, the winner of more World Cup races than any man in history, was on world-record pace heading into the bell lap at the Olympic Oval, but faded to finish second in 1:07.31.
LPGA TOUR: At West Palm Beach, Fla., on the verge of an unlikely collapse, Lorena Ochoa came through with a $1 million shot. Wrapping up a sensational season, Ochoa overcame a double bogey on the 17th hole with a daring shot out of the rough and over the water to 3 feet for birdie Sunday to win the ADT Championship and claim the $1 million prize, the richest in women's golf.
DUNLOP PHOENIX: At Miyazaki, Japan, England's Ian Poulter won the Dunlop Phoenix, shooting a 1-under 69 for a three-stroke victory over Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Poulter had an 11-under 269 total.
PEBBLE BEACH INVITATIONAL: Tommy Armour III won the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational, closing with a 2-under 70 for a two-stroke victory over Ronnie Black and Rocco Mediate in the event that features both male and female players.
HONG KONG OPEN: Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Hong Kong Open for the second time in four years, taking advantage of Robert Karlsson's final-hole bogey for a one-stroke victory in the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tour.
UNC WINS TITLE: At College Park, Md., undefeated North Carolina won its fifth NCAA title in field hockey Sunday with a 3-0 victory over Penn State. Katelyn Falgowski scored in the first half and Rachel Dawson and Danielle Forword had goals in the second half for the Tar Heels (24-0).
Marquette vs Chaminade, ESPN2, 12:30 p.m.
LSU vs Oklahoma St., ESPN2, 3 p.m.
Maryland vs UCLA, ESPN2, 5 p.m.
Princeton vs Duke, ESPN2, 7 p.m.
Radford at Air Force, Mtn., 7 p.m.
Arizona St. vs Illinois, ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.
Nets at Jazz, KJZZ, 7 p.m.
Lightning at Thrashers, VS., 5 p.m.
Titans at Broncos, ESPN, 6:30 p.m.
Weber St. at Cal-State Bakersfield, AM-1430, 8 p.m.
Santa Clara at Utah, AM-700, 7 p.m.
Nets at Jazz, AM-1320/FM-98.7, 7 p.m.