Heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day. Associated Press reporters on the scene heard multiple blasts and a barrage of gunfire. Security forces have been attempting to rescue an unknown number of hostages inside the mall held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists.  (AP Photo/ Jerome Delay)

USA Cycling has endorsed British challenger Brian Cookson against incumbent President Pat McQuaid in a contentious election that will be decided Sept. 27 in Florence, Italy. Cookson has promised to rebuild cyclings reputation and governance after years of doping allegations that reached a crescendo with the Lance Armstrong confession. The culture of doping within the sport largely stained McQuaids two-term tenure. Friday’s Photos of the day USA Cycling has raised concerns about the legitimacy of McQuaids nomination for the presidency after he failed to gain support from his home Irish federation and Switzerland, where he lives. He is running with support from Malaysia and Thailand. USA Cycling said in endorsing Cookson on Wednesday that he is best qualified to lead UCI and rebuild trust in the organization. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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READ: Carrasco leaves Shield race behind to help Houston make a playoff run TEAM NEWS The Dynamo put an end to their winless streak after four matches, their second-longest winless run this season, after going seven games without a victory from May 12-June 30. The goal was the Dynamo first from a free kick since May 26, and their first from a deadball situation since July 13. The Dynamo have scored seven goals from set pieces this season. We always try and take advantage of them, said assistant coach Wade Barrett, who handled bench coaching duties vs. Philadelphia with Dominic Kinnear suspended. We have guys who have really good service and have some good guys attacking the ball. For whatever reason, we havent gotten too many of those recently, but it was nice that we did. Ricardo Clark returned to the starting lineup for the first time since coming off in the first half due to injury in the Aug. 17 game vs. Seattle, and he scored his first goal since July 6. Brad Davis returned to the starting lineup after missing the New York match while on international duty and recorded his first assist since Aug. 17. Giles Barnes played a second consecutive match in a midfield role, playing an attacking spot with Clark in a deeper-lying holding role. I think having Ricardo back brings a different kind of athleticism into the team, Barnes said. Everyone knows thats one of his strongest points. His athleticism to get in and around people and to get box-to-box and get winning tackles.