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Bolt sets track record in win at Bislett

Bolt arrived at Bislett Stadium in an electric Formula One car before his record win. (Associated Press)
Bolt arrived at Bislett Stadium in an electric Formula One car before his record win. (Associated Press)
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Track and field: Usain Bolt bounced back from a rare defeat, setting a track record at the Bislett Games on Thursday in his first 200-meter race of the season.

Bolt, who lost the 100 by 0.01 seconds in Rome last week, finished in 19.79 on the track in Oslo, Norway. He is the only one to break 20 seconds this season.

“Overall, it was a good run, I can’t complain. It’s sub 20,” Bolt said. “I could have done better. I think I need to work on my corners but otherwise it was a good race.”

Norway’s Jaysuma Saidy Ndure finished second with a season-best 20.36, and James Ellington of Britain third in 20.55.

Bolt topped the Bislett record set by Frank Fredericks of Namibia in 1996 by 0.03 seconds.

• Blake banned for failed test: Jamaican 400-meter runner Dominique Blake has been banned from the track for six years after failing a dope test.

Blake, who competed for Penn State from 2004 to 2008, tested positive last year for methyhexaneamine, a stimulant that is commonly used as a nasal decongestant and banned in competition.

On Thursday, the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel handed down the ban for Blake’s positive test during Jamaica’s Olympic trials last June. She finished sixth in the 400 meters.

Blake also was banned for nine months after ephedrine was found in her system in 2006.

• South Africa excludes Pistorius: As expected, Oscar Pistorius has been left off South Africa’s track team for the Paralympic world championships.

South Africa selected 32 athletes for the event next month in Lyon, France.

It marks the first major meet that Pistorius will miss as he prepares for his murder trial in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Kidd introduced as Nets head coach

Basketball: After playing in the NBA for 19 years, Jason Kidd says he’s nervous about being a rookie coach.

Kidd was introduced as the new head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, less than 24 hours after he was hired by the franchise he led to its greatest NBA success.

Kidds says that, “Yes, I have a lot to learn about coaching” but when he was playing as a point guard, “I felt like I was an extension of the coach.”

The Nets decided to hire him to replace P.J. Carlesimo despite his lack of coaching experience.

Cheeks to coach Pistons: Nearly two months after Lawrence Frank was fired, the Detroit Pistons introduced their new coach – Maurice Cheeks.

Cheeks becomes the franchise’s fourth coach in six seasons – following Frank, John Kuester and Michael Curry.

He inherits a team with solid young players in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. But the Pistons went 54-94 in two seasons under Frank and attendance dropped with the team struggling.

This is the third head coaching stop for Cheeks. He had a 284-286 record with the Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers.

Stars prospect dies in Norway at age 23

Miscellany: Dallas Stars prospect Scott Winkler has died in his home country of Norway after recently completing his senior season at Colorado College. He was 23.

School officials said in a news release that Winkler died unexpectedly at his parents’ home. The native of Asker, Norway, was a third-round pick by the Stars in 2008.

The school said Winkler graduated from Colorado College on May 20 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

• Frank retains lead in Switzerland: Gregory Rast won the sixth stage of the Tour de Suisse at Meilen with a final sprint, and Mathias Frank retained the overall lead.

BMC Racing’s Frank finished in the main field to keep the yellow jersey and his 23-second lead over Roman Kreuziger of Saxo-Tinkoff.

• Injured star jockey retires: Eclipse Award-winning jockey Ramon Dominguez announced his retirement, forced out of horse racing because of head injuries sustained in a January spill at Aqueduct.

The 36-year-old New York-based rider said he had hoped to resume his career but doctors advised him to retire after he fractured his skull.

Greenspan quits as Rice athletics chief: Rick Greenspan says he is resigning as Rice University’s athletic director after three years in the position.

Greenspan says he will leave June 30 to expand his consulting business and pursue other opportunities.

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