August 18, 2013 in Sports

Bolt wins third straight world title in 200

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Jamaica’s Usain Bolt strikes a pose as he celebrates winning the men’s 200-meter final at the World Athletics Championships.
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Track and field: When Usain Bolt means business, he is still all alone out there.

Bolt coasted to his third straight 200-meter world title Saturday in Moscow, with the race basically wrapped as soon as he entered the finishing straight.

Jamaican teammate Warren Weir never got close to Bolt’s world-leading mark of 19.66 seconds, but crossing .13 seconds later for silver still left him enough time to join him in a reggae dance to Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.”

“The energy was great tonight,” Bolt said. “The crowd was into it.”

Curtis Mitchell of the United States took bronze in 20.24 but was never in the hunt for gold.

Now Bolt will go for his fourth triple gold at a major championship when he joins the Jamaican team for the 4x100 relay today.

“It should be even better,” Bolt said.

The United States got its only gold of the night from 21-year-old Brianna Rollins, who surged at the end of the 100 hurdles to edge Olympic champion Sally Pearson. Her winning time of 12.44 seconds beat the Australian by .06 seconds. University of Idaho assistant coach Angela Whyte, competing for Canada, was sixth in 12.78.

Huh, Reed share lead at Wyndham

Golf: John Huh shot an even-par 70 for a share of the lead with Patrick Reed after three rounds in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

Huh, the PGA Tour’s reigning rookie of the year, and Reed, the second-round leader, were at 10-under 200.

Zach Johnson had the day’s best round – a 66 – and was one stroke back along with Bob Estes and Jordan Spieth. Estes shot 68, and Spieth had a 70.

• Bryant leads at Dick’s: Bart Bryant shot a 10-under 62 to take the second-round lead in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y.

Bryant, a rookie on the Champions Tour, took advantage of another serene day at En-Joie Golf Club, making six birdies in his first seven holes to surge past first-round leader Kenny Perry. Bryant was at 16-under 128, a 36-hole record for the tournament, four shots ahead of Corey Pavin.

• Europe nears Solheim Cup title: Europe has its largest lead ever on American soil going into the final day at the Solheim Cup in Parker, Colo.

English teen Charley Hull had a clutch putt that set up the Europeans for a victory. Another rookie, Carlota Ciganda, made a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole to deliver another point.

Europe was assured of at least a four-point lead going to today’s singles.

• Fitzpatrick, Goss advance to final: Matt Fitzpatrick advanced to the final of the U.S. Amateur in Brookline, Mass., with a 2-and-1 victory over Corey Conners at The Country Club.

Fitzpatrick could become the first English champion of the tournament since Harold Hilton in 1911. He will play Oliver Goss, who earned a 2-up victory over fellow Australian Brady Watt.

First Penn State abuse case settled

College football: A man who was sexually abused by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has become the first to settle a civil claim against the university, the man’s attorney said.

The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported that the young man known as “Victim 5,” who testified at Sandusky’s criminal trial last year, settled for several million dollars.

Attorney Tom Kline confirmed the deal in an email to the AP but did not immediately provide any other details. The man identified himself for his testimony, but AP generally does not identify people who were victims of sex crimes.

The paper reported the deal is the first of 26 settlements expected soon among 31 young men who have pressed claims over the actions of Sandusky.

• Auburn’s McNeal off team: Auburn safety Demetruce McNeal was dismissed from the team following his arrest on a marijuana possession charge.

Coach Gus Malzahn announced the decision after meeting with McNeal.

Malzahn said Nick Marshall will be Auburn’s starting quarterback in the opener against Washington State.

• Irish linebacker’s career ends: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says linebacker Danny Spond told teammates that his football career is over with the 14th-ranked Fighting Irish.

Kelly wouldn’t disclose the exact reason other than to say it was a medical condition. He says the senior from Littleton, Colo., planned to issue a statement next week.

• Roby, Smith suspended by Buckeyes: Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says two more of the team’s top players will be suspended for at least the opener.

Starting cornerback Bradley Roby will sit out the Aug. 31 game against Buffalo because of his arrest in July on misdemeanor charges of assaulting a bar bouncer.

Running back Rod Smith has been suspended for the Buffalo game because of a violation of team rules last winter.

Storm defeat defending champs

WNBA: Tina Thompson scored 14 of her 23 points in the second half to lead the Storm in a 77-70 win over the defending champion Indiana Fever in Seattle.

Tanisha Wright added 16 points and Shekinna Stricklen 15 for Seattle (11-13), which has won two of three and remained two games ahead of San Antonio for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Briann January (Lewis and Clark) scored 17 points for Indiana.

Kovalev captures light-heavy title

Miscellany: Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1) handed Nathan Cleverly (26-1) his first professional loss, stopping the Welshman in the fourth round to take the WBO light-heavyweight title in Cardiff, Wales.

• Biles soars to gymnastics title: Simone Biles won the U.S. women’s gymnastics title, edging Kyla Ross in Hartford, Conn.

The 16-year-old Biles put together a two-day score of 120.450, just ahead of the 120.250 posted by Ross. Brenna Dowell was third.


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