True wins national 5K title in Providence, moves to the top of circuit standings

North Yarmouth native Ben True, who won the national 10-kilometer road racing title in Atlanta this summer, surged from third to first over the final 100 meters to win the national 5K crown Sunday on the streets of Providence, R.I.

True’s victory in the Downtown 5K in 13 minutes, 42.5 seconds was worth $8,000 and vaulted him into the overall points lead in the USA Running Circuit standings. He plans to race in the only remaining event, the 10-mile national championship Oct. 2 in Minneapolis.


NHL: Former NHL player Mike Danton was sent to prison for plotting to take a life. In his return to professional hockey, the skills he learned in jail may well have saved one. Danton, who served a five-year jail term for conspiracy to commit murder, was playing in his first game with Swedish third-division club Ore on Sunday when his linemate Marcus Bengtsson hit his head on the ice after a hard hit and started convulsing.

Using the first-aid training he received in prison, Danton dropped to the ice as well, waited for Bengtsson’s jaw to unclench and then shoved his hand into his teammate’s mouth to stop him from choking on his own tongue.


REALIGNMENT: Twelve is enough for the Pac-12, putting the Big 12 in position to survive yet again.

The Pac-12 presidents and chancellors voted not to expand again. Commissioner Larry Scott says “after careful review we have determined that it is in the best interests of our member institutions, student-athletes and fans to remain a 12-team conference.”

Meanwhile, across the county in New York, Big East Commissioner John Marinatto said his members “pledged to each other that they are committed to move forward together.” The Big East also has been staring at an uncertain future after Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced last weekend they are moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference.


MANNY RAMIREZ: Former World Series MVP Manny Ramirez, who retired in April after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, hopes to play for a winter league team in his Caribbean homeland. Winston Llenas, president of the Cibao Eagles, a winter league team in the northern Dominican Republic for whom Ramirez played in 1993-94, said Ramirez is expected to start training with his former team next week.


WNBA: Seimone Augustus had 22 points and the Minnesota Lynx beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 85-67 in Minneapolis to finish their playoff series. The Lynx face the Phoenix Mercury in the Western Conference finals.