August 18, 2013

Sports Digest

TRACK AND FIELD

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Usain Bolt of Jamaica strikes his classic pose after winning the 200 meters at the world track and field championships in Moscow on Saturday.

The Associated Press

Bolt finishes sprint sweep at world championships

Usain Bolt achieved a fourth major championship double with the 200 meters title Saturday as Jamaica ruled the sprint again in the world track and field championships at Moscow.

Bolt matched his performances at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and 2009 worlds, finishing in 19.66 seconds to beat Jamaican teammate Warren Weir by .13 seconds. Curtis Mitchell of the United States took bronze in 20.24

The United States got its only gold of the night from 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.

Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda became the first non-Kenyan since 2005 to win the men's marathon gold medal, breaking away from Boston Marathon champ Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia to finish in 2:09:51.

American Brigetta Barrett, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the women's high jump, took silver again behind Russia's Svetlana Shkolina, who cleared 6 feet, 8 inches.

The Russians also beat the favored U.S. women's 4x400 relay team by .22 seconds.

TENNIS

WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN: Unseeded American John Isner rallied for another upset, beating seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro 6-7 (4), 7-6 (9), 6-3 in a grueling semifinal at Mason, Ohio.

The 6-foot-10 Isner needed 2 hours, 47 minutes to improve to 16-3 since retiring from Wimbledon in the second round because of a knee injury.

Third-seeded Rafael Nadal beat sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the other semifinal.

Top-ranked Serena Williams ousted defending champion Li Na, 7-5, 7-5, in the first women's semifinal, advancing when Li double-faulted on match point.

SOCCER

PREMIER LEAGUE: Two spectacular goals from Robin van Persie helped Manchester United begin its title defense with a 4-1 win at Swansea.

Also, Aston Villa opened its season with a 3-1 win at Arsenal, while Liverpool defeated Stoke 1-0.

MLS: Juan Agudelo returned to the lineup for the New England Revolution after a two-month injury absence and scored a dazzling goal in the 54th minute to lead the Revs to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Fire at Foxborough, Mass.

Kelyn Rowe banged in a rebound of a Saer Sene drive in injury time for New England's second goal.

BASEBALL

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: Trae McLemore hit a grand slam and drove in six runs to lead Nashville, Tenn., to a 10-2 victory over Corpus Christi, Texas, in an elimination game at South Williamsport, Pa.

GOLF

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

Huh, the PGA Tour's reigning rookie of the year, and Reed, the second-round leader who shot a 71, 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.

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

Bryant, a rookie on the tour, made 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.

SOLHEIM CUP: Karine Icher put an emphatic end to a stunning shutout at Parker, Colo., that put Europe on the verge of its first Solheim Cup win in America.

Icher rolled in a 45-foot birdie putt on the 18th green as she and Beatriz Recari hung on for a 1-up win, giving Europe its first sweep of a Solheim Cup session in 11 years.

The Europeans won all four afternoon matches to build a 101/2-51/2 lead going into Sunday's singles matches.

U.S. AMATEUR: Matt Fitzpatrick advanced to the final of the U.S. Amateur with a 2-and-1 victory over Corey Conners at Brookline, Mass.

BASKETBALL

NBA: The Saratoga Springs Police Department said Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach Bob Beyer, 51, was charged with resisting arrest following an altercation with bouncers at Gaffney's bar.

FOOTBALL

NEFL: Emeka Uwasomba rushed for a pair of touchdowns to lead the Maine Sabers (5-0) to a 26-13 win over the North Shore Generals (2-3) at Lynn, Mass.

Jeremy Shorey threw a 24-yard TD pass to Kendrick Ballantyne and Dylan Chandler added a touchdown run. Brolin Frye, Tony Hicks and Wes Myers each had an interception.

-- From staff and news services

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