Track and field: Justin Gatlin of the United States proved that he will be the toughest rival for Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt at next month’s world championships by running 9.94 seconds to win the 100 meters at the Herculis meeting on Friday in Monaco.
Gatlin held off countryman Dentarius Locke, who finished 0.02 seconds back. French champion Jimmy Vicaut took third in 9.99.
Amantle Montsho of Botswana (women’s 400) and Vitezslav Vesely of the Czech Republic (men’s javelin), along with Kenyans Asbel Kiprop (men’s 1,500) and Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (men’s 5,000), meanwhile, set world-leading marks in the 10th leg of the Diamond League circuit.
Brad Walker (University High) finished second in the pole vault.
Rypien in front at celebrity tourney
Golf: Former NFL, Washington State and Shadle Park quarterback Mark Rypien had an eagle and three birdies to take a two-point lead after the first round of the American Century Championship in Stateline, Nev.
• Creamer among leaders: Former winner Paula Creamer shares the lead through the second round of the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.
Creamer shot a 3-under-par 68 to pull even with Beatriz Recari and Alison Walshe at 8-under 134 at the tournament’s midpoint.
• Amateur Public Links final set: Oklahoma State sophomore Jordan Niebrugge and University of California junior Michael Kim each won two matches at Laurel Hill in Lorton, Va., to advance to today’s 36-hole final in the U.S. Amateur Public Links.
• Sanderson Farms leaderboard crowded: Six players are tied atop the leaderboard midway through the lightning-delayed second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Madison, Miss. Vaughn Taylor, Fabian Gomez, Paul Stankowski, Troy Matteson and Kyle Reifers are tied at 10 under in the clubhouse. Daniel Summerhays also is at 10 under but completed only eight holes in the round.
• Ha, Markle take titles: Jennifer Ha of Calgary, Alberta, won the Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur in Walla Walla, and Kareen Markle of Meridian, Idaho, won the Women’s Mid Amateur.
Shaky Federer moves into semis
Tennis: Top-seeded Roger Federer struggled for a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5 victory over Florian Mayer and a place in the semifinals of the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg.
• Williams cruises into semis: Serena Williams easily won her Swedish Open quarterfinal, breaking Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain three times in each set of a 6-1, 6-1 victory in Bastad.
Blues, Stewart avoid arbitration with deal
Miscellany: The St. Louis Blues and forward Chris Stewart avoided arbitration and agreed to terms on a two-year contract.
Stewart, 25, was a restricted free agent after leading the team in scoring.
• U.S. beats Cuba in 10 innings: Kyle Schwarber’s sacrifice fly scored Taylor Sparks in the top of the 10th inning and the United States beat the Cuban national team 3-2 in Omaha, Neb.
The win was the second extra-inning victory in consecutive nights for the Americans in Game 2 of a five-game exhibition series.
• Future Zag helps Canada: Emma Wolfram, an incoming Gonzaga freshman, scored five points, grabbed six rebounds and had one block as the Canadian Junior Women’s National Team beat the Netherlands 69-67 at the FIBA U19 World Championship.
• Stakes a dead heat: Brazen Persuasion and Bahnah won the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes in a dead heat at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Each filly earned $60,000.