Mike Magee scored the tying goal in the 69th minute, and Landon Donovan converted a penalty kick four minutes later, leading the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps in a knockout playoff game Thursday night.

The defending MLS champion Galaxy will host the Earthquakes on Sunday night in Carson in the first leg of a home-and-home series. The second leg is Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Darren Mattocks scored in the fourth minute for fifth-seeded Vancouver, which had won just three of its last 17 matches.

But Los Angeles' stars finally came through. David Beckham's corner kick helped set up Magee's goal, and Donovan drew a penalty with a strong run to earn the go-ahead goal, the record 21st of his MLS playoff career.

San Jose won the Supporters' Shield as league's best regular-season team.

  • Donovan isn't sure he wants to play at the 2014 World Cup, a stance that prompted U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann to say he intends to speak with the midfielder. Donovan, a veteran of three World Cups, has been sidelined by a string of injuries this year. "If I'm not enjoying playing any more, the World Cup is the last thing on my mind," he said. The U.S. team starts the 10-game final round of World Cup qualifying in February.

    Colleges

    UCLA receiver Darius Bell was cleared to play against Arizona on Saturday. He suffered a broken rib and separated shoulder against Cal on Oct. 6.

  • Stephen Morris threw for two early touchdowns, both set up by Virginia Tech special-teams miscues, and Miami (5-4, 4-2 ACC) posted a 30-12 win over the visiting Hokies (4-5, 2-3). The loss ensures Tech's streak of eight straight 10-win seasons will end.

  • Freshmen Archie Goodwin (22 points), Nerlens Noel (17) and Alex Poythress (11) led No. 3 Kentucky to a 93-61 exhibition basketball rout of visiting Northwood.

  • Tennessee rolled to a 104-44 exhibition win over Carson-Newman under new women's coach Holly Warlick. Pat Summitt was in the front row watching her longtime assistant's head coaching debut.

    Cycling

    The IOC opened an investigation that could result in Lance Armstrong losing his 2000 Olympic bronze medal. The IOC is looking into the Olympic involvement of Armstrong and other riders implicated in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report detailing "the most sophisticated and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." Santa Rosa's Levi Leipheimer, a former Armstrong teammate, could have his 2008 bronze medal revoked. A key witness in the USADA's case against Armstrong, Leipheimer confessed to doping. In August, the IOC stripped Tyler Hamilton -- an ex-Armstrong teammate -- of his 2004 gold medal.

  • The IOC is monitoring the UCI's plans for an independent investigation to examine the federation's conduct with Armstrong raised by the USADA report. Allegations include Armstrong donating $125,000 to the UCI in exchange for covering up suspicious doping tests. Cycling's governing body last week stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles.

    Miscellany

    Jerzy Janowicz posted a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2 upset of Andy Murray in the third round of the Paris Masters. The U.S. Open champion served for the match at 5-4 in the second set. Also, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic secured places for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals after reaching the quarterfinals. They'll join Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Murray, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Juan Martin del Potro at The O2 in London next week.

  • Los Angeles forward Dustin Brown became the latest high-profile NHL player to head for Switzerland during the lockout. The captain of the Stanley Cup champion signed with reigning Swiss league champion ZSC Lions, his agent confirmed to ESPN.

  • The New York City Marathon course will be the same as past years because there was little damage along the 26.2-mile route from Hurricane Sandy.

    MCT Information Services contributed to this report.