October 12, 2010 in Sports

In brief: Women’s 100 has bizarre outcome

 
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Nigeria’s Osayomi Oludamola, center, shows her gold medal with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines’ Natasha Mayers, left, and England’s Katherine Endacott in a Commonwealth Games ceremony.
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Track and field: If you had three chances to guess who would win the women’s 100-meter gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, you could pick three different names and be right each time.

Sally Pearson originally won the race, crossing the finish line in 11.28 seconds last Thursday, and even got to do a victory lap at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium with an Australian flag draped over her.

But she was disqualified hours later for a previous false start, handing the gold medal to Osayomi Oludamola.

On Monday, however, the Commonwealth Games Federation said Oludamola tested positive for a banned substance. That means the Nigerian could be stripped of her title, which would leave Natasha Mayers of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who finished third, as champion.

NHL: Alex Ovechkin scored with 31.1 seconds remaining in overtime, lifting the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

Ovechkin, who had been limited to two shots, skated down the right wing, got a half-stride on defenseman Chris Phillips and sent a wrist shot from the right circle past goalie Pascal Leclaire for his third goal of the season.

• Islanders rally in third period, beat Rangers: In Uniondale, N.Y., Blake Comeau and P.A. Parenteau scored power-play goals 58 seconds apart late in the third period, rallying the New York Islanders to a 6-4 victory over the New York Rangers.

Parenteau tied it with 4:24 remaining and Comeau put the Islanders in front for good with his second goal of the day. • Backes, McDonald score 6 seconds apart: David Backes and Andy McDonald broke a 42-year-old franchise record by scoring 6 seconds apart early in the first period, and the St. Louis Blues went on to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

Backes scored at 3:53 when he sneaked down the left side after an Anaheim turnover and fired in David Perron’s centering pass. McDonald beat Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller with a wrist shot at 3:59.

• Thrashers goalie Pavelec suffered fainting spell: The Atlanta Thrashers say tests on goalie Ondrej Pavelec show he suffered a fainting spell in the season opener, which caused him to collapse on the ice.

Pavelec is back at home after spending two nights in the hospital following the scary incident Friday night.

NBA: Rodney Stuckey scored 16 points and rookie Greg Monroe added 15 points and seven rebounds to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 94-85 preseason victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Rookie Jordan Crawford, a Detroit native, led the Hawks with 20 points.

After a slow start, the Hawks (0-2) got back into the game with a 32-point second quarter. Detroit (2-1) held Atlanta to four field goals in the third quarter and pulled away.

College football: North Carolina has kicked star defensive tackle Marvin Austin off the team and says the NCAA declared receiver Greg Little and defensive end Robert Quinn permanently ineligible.

The announcements from the school and the NCAA came as part of the investigations into whether players received improper benefits from agents.

The NCAA says Little and Quinn each accepted incentives worth roughly $5,000.

• OSU WR Rodgers out for season: Oregon State flanker James Rodgers will miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury.

The senior was injured on Saturday in the second quarter of a victory over Arizona.

The exact nature of the injury was not released.

According to Oregon State, Rodgers is eligible for a medical hardship year because he has played just four games this season.

• Houston will ask NCAA for sixth year for Keenum: Houston is asking the NCAA for a waiver to allow injured quarterback Case Keenum to play a sixth season.

Keenum was nearing several NCAA career records when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee at UCLA.

Miscellany: In Beijing, No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat David Ferrer of Spain 6-2, 6-4 to defend his China Open tennis championship and win his second title of the year.

In the women’s final, No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki beat No. 3 Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

• L.A. stadium developers seek World Cup: Developers planning an NFL stadium near Los Angeles are tweaking their design to lure World Cup soccer matches.

Architect Dan Meis told the Associated Press he adjusted his plans for the stadium in the city of Industry to incorporate field measurements and bleacher configurations based on FIFA guidelines.

• Brazil beats Ukraine in exhibition: In Derby, England, Daniel Alves and Alexandre Pato scored for the second straight game, leading Brazil over Ukraine 2-0 in a soccer exhibition that maintained the Selecao’s perfect record under new coach Mano Menezes.

Daniel Alves scored in the 24th minute on a deflected volley off a Robinho cross.


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