Archive for Saturday, August 22, 2009

Felix wins women’s 200

August 22, 2009


— Allyson Felix spoiled Usain Bolt’s birthday party Friday, winning the women’s 200 meters to end Jamaica’s sprint domination at the world championships. It was the first sprint gold medal for the United States at the championships and Jamaica’s first loss. Jamaica beat the United States, 5-0, in sprints in the Beijing Olympics.

After the Jamaican relay team qualified for the 4x100 final without Bolt on the track, Felix glided to the finish with an elegance reminiscent of a long distance runner to win her third straight 200 world title.

With a raised fist and a smile at the finish, Felix broke the Jamaican hold on sprinting that dated back to Beijing. She held off an early charge from Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, and once Felix entered the straight, where her stride is at its most efficient, there was no stopping her.

“I defended my title,” Felix said. “I cannot ask for more.”

Earlier, the Jamaican sprint team qualified for the 4x100 relay final, giving Bolt a shot at winning a third gold and setting a third world record at the world championships.


Tribune to sell Cubs

Chicago — Tribune Co. has reached a long-awaited definitive agreement to sell the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field to the billionaire Ricketts family. The announcement came Friday, nearly 21⁄2 years after the marquee baseball franchise and historic ballpark were put up for sale. Tribune said it is selling all but a 5 percent stake, for about $845 million.

The Ricketts family founded online brokerage TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. and was led in the Cubs bid by Chicago investment banker Tom Ricketts, the son of company founder Joe Ricketts.

Red Sox activate Baldelli

Boston — The Boston Red Sox have activated outfielder Rocco Baldelli off the 15-day disabled list as they begin a weekend series against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Baldelli was put on the DL on Aug. 6, a day after fouling a ball off his left ankle during batting practice.


Martin bags pole at Bristol

Bristol, Tenn. — Mark Martin has won the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway for a race that will be critical to his Chase for the championship chances.

Martin turned a lap at 124.484 mph to win his fifth pole of the season Friday and sweep the top starting spot at Bristol this season. He beat Greg Biffle, who ran a lap at 124.307, and rookie Scott Speed, who qualified third at 124.146. Meanwhile, feuding drivers Brian Vickers and Kyle Busch qualified 14th and 15th — meaning they’ll start close to each other in tonight’s race.

Ragan Nationwide winner

Bristol, Tenn. — David Ragan held off Carl Edwards on a two-lap sprint to the finish to win the Nationwide Series race Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Edwards was second and shaved nearly 100 points off of Kyle Busch’s daunting lead in the series standings.


Tourney dates switched

Indianapolis — The NCAA is switching the 2010 tournament dates for the Spokane, Wash., and Oklahoma City sites. The Spokane site, hosted by Washington State, will be played March 19 and 21. Originally those games were to be held March 18 and 20. Oklahoma City now gets the March 18 and 20 games. The Big 12 is the host of the Oklahoma site.

Psychiatric exam sought

Louisville, Ky. — Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to order a psychiatric exam for the woman accused of trying to extort $10 million from University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

In a motion filed Friday, prosecutors say Karen Cunagin Sypher may be “so mentally incompetent” that she doesn’t understand the legal proceedings or cannot assist in her own defense.

Memphis guard to play

Memphis, Tenn. — Guard Elliot Williams has been granted a transfer waiver by the NCAA and is eligible to play for Memphis this coming season. Williams played his freshman season at Duke, where he started 12 games and averaged 4.2 points a game.


Blazers sign Cunningham

Portland, Ore. — The Portland Trail Blazers signed draft pick Dante Cunningham to a multiyear contract on Friday. The 6-foot-8 power forward was the 33rd overall pick in the June draft out of Villanova. He averaged 16.1 points and 7.5 rebounds last season.


ISU lineman Hulbert leaves

Des Moines, Iowa — Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads says backup offensive lineman Matt Hulbert has left the team. Hulbert is a 6-foot-7, 297-pound tackle from Ankeny. He started six games last season but was listed as a backup to Kelechi Osemele on the most recent depth chart.

Sooner LB has torn ACL

Norman, Okla. — Oklahoma’s depth at middle linebacker is getting tested again after reserve Tom Wort went down due to a knee injury. Sooners coach Bob Stoops said Friday that Wort had torn his anterior cruciate ligament.


Bryant tops Tradition

Sunriver, Ore. — Brad Bryant had a one-stroke lead over defending champion Fred Funk after the first two rounds of the Jeld-Wen Tradition at Crosswater Golf Club.

Bryant was steady Friday with an even-par 72 that gave him a 10-under 134 in the fourth of five majors on the Champions Tour this year. Funk shot 67 to reach 9 under through two rounds.

U.S. leads Solheim Cup

Sugar Grove, Ill. — Paula Creamer’s 25-footer gave the United States a 41⁄2-31⁄2 lead after the first day of the Solheim Cup, and made Juli Inkster the highest-scoring U.S. player in the event’s history. The 49-year-old has scored 171⁄2 points.

Riley, Moore share lead

Greensboro, N.C. — Chris Riley’s best round of the year has pushed him into a share of the lead at the Wyndham Championship. Riley shot a 63 to move to 11-under 129 and claim a share of the lead with Ryan Moore during an incomplete second round at the PGA Tour’s final event before the playoffs.


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