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In brief: Jamaican sprinters dominate at Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth games: Andrew Riley won the 110-meter hurdles gold Tuesday to complement his teammate Kemar Bailey-Cole’s 100-meter gold medal on the track at the Commonwealth Games, clinching both high-profile sprint races for Jamaica at Glasgow, Scotland.

Next up will be the 4x100-meter relay, where Jamaica will be favored when world record holder Usain Bolt makes his only appearance of the athletics program in Glasgow.

Due to a left foot injury, Bolt didn’t attempt to qualify for the individual sprints. The relay qualifying is on Friday, with the final on Saturday.

Jamaica’s women sped to a clean sweep of medals in the 400 meters, with Stephanie McPherson taking gold, Novlene Williams-Mills the silver and Christine Day the bronze.

In Tuesday’s finals on the last night of swimming, Canada’s Ryan Cochrane won the 1,500 meters, England’s Ben Proud took the 50-meter freestyle and Lauren Boyle of New Zealand won the women’s 400 free. Australia won 19 golds and England 10.

Catharine Pendrel of Canada, the 2011 mountain bike cross-country world champion who finished ninth at the 2012 London Olympics, won gold in the women’s cross-country race at the Cathkin Braes Country Park course in Glasgow. Her teammate Emily Batty took the silver. In the men’s race, New Zealanders were 1-2, with Anton Cooper beating Samuel Gaze by just three seconds for gold.

Silva returns Jan. 31 against Diaz in Vegas

Ultimate fighting: Former UFC champion Anderson Silva will return to the octagon Jan. 31 against Nick Diaz in Las Vegas.

Silva (33-6) hasn’t fought since December, when the Brazilian star shattered his left shin in a bout with Chris Weidman.

The 39-year-old Silva had won 16 straight fights and made 10 consecutive title defenses before back-to-back losses to Weidman, who took the middleweight belt from Silva in July 2013. Silva refused to retire after his gruesome injury, instead working toward a comeback.

The popular Diaz (26-9) is a former Strikeforce welterweight champion, but he has lost both of his UFC title shots.

Suns forward tests three times legal limit

NBA: Phoenix forward P.J. Tucker was charged with ‘extreme drunken driving’ two months before he signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract – $12.7 million guaranteed – with the Suns.

Scottsdale police say Tucker had a blood alcohol level of .222 percent nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08 for operating a vehicle in Arizona.

Tucker’s Mercedes Benz was pulled over by a Scottsdale police officer on May 10. The police report says Tucker’s speech was slurred and eyes were bloodshot, and he nearly fell over during the sobriety test.

The Suns said they were aware of the incident but had no comment while the case remains in court.

Tucker signed his contract with the Suns last week.

Wallace signs multi-year contract: Grizzlies controlling owner Robert Pera has removed the interim tag and named Chris Wallace as Memphis’ general manager, signing him to a multi-year contract keeping him with the franchise.

Wallace had been serving as interim general manager since a front office shake-up May 19. The controlling owner said in a statement that Wallace had been at the front of some of the Grizzlies’ biggest successes with experience in Memphis and the NBA making him the ideal fit to lead basketball operations.

Hamlin’s team members suspended

AUTO RACING: NASCAR suspended Denny Hamlin’s crew chief and car chief on Tuesday for six races because the Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection following his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Darian Grubb and Wesley Sherrill were both suspended through the Sept. 6 race at Richmond. They are not eligible to return until the opening race for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, Sept. 14 at Chicago.

Grubb was also fined $125,000.

Hamlin and team owner Joe Gibbs were both also docked 75 points in the driver and owner standings. It dropped Hamlin from 11th to 21st in the Sprint Cup standings.

Ivanovic takes opening victory

Tennis: No. 5 seed Ana Ivanovic won her first-round match in the Bank of the West Classic, defeating Sabine Lisicki 7-6 (2), 6-1 at Stanford Calif.

The former world No. 1 lost to Lisicki in three sets in their previous meeting at Wimbledon.

Ivanovic has won three WTA Tour titles this season after failing to win a tournament in 2013. She owns 14 career titles.

Wimbledon semifinalist loses: Top-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic lost to France’s Kristina Mladenovic in the first round of the Citi Open at Washington.

Mladenovic rallied for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory against the Wimbledon semifinalist. She will face American qualifier Taylor Townsend in the second round.

On the men’s side, Americans Jack Sock, Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson each advanced with straight-set victories. Other first-round winners included Dominican Republic’s Victor Estrella Burgos and Dudi Sela of Israel.

Minor league player wins bat-attack suit

Miscellany: A minor league baseball player hit by former major leaguer Jose Offerman in a 2007 baseball bat attack won nearly $1 million in a lawsuit in Bridgeport Connecticut.

A jury awarded $940,000 to former Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans, who had sought $4.8 million, his lawyer Josh Koskoff said. Nathans is still affected by a head injury he suffered in the attack, though he has made some recovery and is now an attorney in Portland, Maine, his lawyer said.

Attorneys working on deal: A German court says prosecutors and lawyers for Bernie Ecclestone are in talks about a possible deal to end the Formula One boss’ bribery trial.

The 83-year-old Ecclestone went on trial in Munich in April, charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust. The charges involve a $44 million payment to banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, who is serving an 8 1/2-year sentence for taking the money.

Ecclestone says Gribkowsky blackmailed him.

His defense team called for proceedings to be closed, citing lack of evidence that Ecclestone was criminally responsible.



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