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Brendan Hansen regained the upper hand in one of swimming’s fiercest rivalries — and he didn’t even need a world record to do it.

The record-breaking Monday in Montreal was left to Roland Schoeman and Jessica Hardy — one to be expected, the other a total shocker.

Michael Phelps seemed to be back on form, posting the best time in the semifinals of the 200-meter freestyle. But his first individual medal of the World Swimming Championships will have to wait another day.

Schoeman captured the 50 butterfly and broke the world record he set just a day earlier in the semifinals. He held off American Ian Crocker in a furious dash from one end of the pool to the other, touching in 22.96.

Crocker claimed the silver in the non-Olympic event, followed by Sergiy Breus of Ukraine.

Hardy, an 18-year-old American swimming in her first international event, seems to have quite a future after her stunning performance in the semifinals of the 100 breaststroke.

The teenager from Long Beach, Calif., got off the block quicker than anyone and never faltered, posting a time of 1 minute, 6.20 seconds. That broke the record of 1:06.37 set two years ago by Australia’s Leisel Jones at the Barcelona world championships.

But the highlight of this night was the latest showdown between Hansen, who holds world records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima, who swept Hansen in those events at the Athens Olympics last summer.

Eager for redemption, Hansen got another chance at the worlds — with Kitajima in the very next lane for the 100 final.

Hansen took control in the first 50 and touched first in 59.37 seconds, just off the world mark of 59.30 he set at last year’s U.S. Olympic trials but a new meet record. Kitajima was second in 59.53.

•Cheered on by 5,000 fans packing the temporary venue in Parc Jean-Drapeau, the Canadians rallied for an 8-6 overtime victory over Greece in the waterpolo quarterfinals of the World Swimming Championships.

The U.S., which won the 2003 title in Barcelona, moved into the semifinals by beating Australia 8-5. Also advancing were Russia, which knocked off Olympic gold medalist Italy 7-5, and Hungary, which blew out Germany 10-4.

college football

No violations in Wade case

A university investigation into events prior to the killing of a former Arizona State football player, allegedly by a teammate, found “errors in judgment” by coach Dirk Koetter and then-A.D. Gene Smith but no violations of university policies or procedures.

The committee, chaired by law professor Myles Lynk, also concluded in a public report that no faculty or staff members had any cause to believe Loren Wade, then an ASU player and now charged with the killing, was capable of shooting another person.

Wade, 21, was a sophomore running back when former player Brandon Falkner was shot to death outside a Scottsdale nightclub on March 26. Wade was arrested at the scene and is awaiting trial for first-degree murder.

•Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith did not break NCAA rules when he missed a class to attend a camp sponsored by Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair this summer, the school said.

Ohio State athletic department officials spent six weeks probing Smith’s attendance at the June football camp in Nashville, Tenn.

Hockey

Wings waive Whitney, other vets

The Detroit Red Wings placed defenseman Derian Hatcher and forwards Darren McCarty and former Spokane Chief Ray Whitney on waivers, effectively cutting ties with the three high-profile veterans.

If the players go unclaimed, the Red Wings have the option of buying out their contracts and making them unrestricted free agents.

Hatcher’s contract calls for a salary of $4.94 million this season, Whitney is due $2.66 million and McCarty $1.71 million.

•The Los Angeles Kings and eight-time All-Star forward Luc Robitaille agreed on a one-year contract.

The 39-year-old Robitaille is the highest-scoring left wing in NHL history, and has spent 13 of his 18 NHL seasons with Los Angeles.

Financial terms of the contract were not announced.

Miscellany

OLN gets rights to America’s Cup

Outdoor Life Network, which made a name for itself broadcasting the Tour de France, has acquired the rights to broadcast the 2007 America’s Cup in the United States.

OLN plans to broadcast qualifying regattas beginning this year, the Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers in 2007 and the America’s Cup match between the Louis Vuitton winner and Alinghi of Switzerland. The next cup will be sailed in Valencia, Spain, although some of the qualifying regattas will be sailed elsewhere in Europe.

•Bulgaria’s Olympic committee submitted the nation’s capital, Sofia, as a candidate to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, the committee said.

Also, Austria formally submitted a bid from Salzburg to host the 2014 Games. It’s the second consecutive bid from Salzburg, which lost to Vancouver in the race for the 2010 Games.

•Kenya was ordered by soccer’s governing body to play its Sept. 2 World Cup qualifier against Tunisia in an empty stadium as punishment for fan violence.

Kenya and Morocco tied 0-0 in the June 18 qualifier at Nairobi. A 15-year-old boy was killed before the game and others were injured when fans stampeded to get into the stadium.

•Olympic champion Dwight Phillips won the long jump with a leap of 27 feet, 8 1/4 inches on his first attempt in the Helsinki (Finland) Grand Prix at the same stadium that will host the world championships.

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