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Friday's Sports in Brief

Friday's Sports in Brief

The World's Fastest Man wasn't the fastest man in Jamaica on Friday night.
Instead, that honor was snatched away by Yohan Blake, the man they call "The Beast," who blew away Usain Bolt out of the starting blocks and finished the 100-meter final in 9.75 seconds to upset the world-record holder by 0.11 seconds in the Jamaican Olympic trials.
Blake is the reigning world champion, but that victory came with an asterisk because Bolt, the reigning Olympic champion, didn't run that night in South Korea after being disqualified for a false start.
This was their first rematch, the first real race between the training partners since then. Bolt was considered the favorite, not only because of his world record _ 9.58 seconds _ but because Blake had never run faster than 9.82 in his life.
Well, now, he has.
The 9.75 seconds on a calm night in Kingston goes down as the best time in the world this year and breaks the four-year-old National Stadium record; both previous marks were 9.76 _ both held by Bolt. Only Bolt, Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay have ever run faster.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ Allyson Felix is looking solid on the track even in the midst of controversy, winning her semifinal heat at Olympic trials on Friday.
Same with training partner Jeneba Tarmoh, who moments earlier captured her race convincingly, too.
After the 200 final Saturday, these two sprinters will finally address what everyone is anxious to know: Just how they will break their third-place tie in the 100.
A runoff? A flip of the coin?
Soon, there will be a resolution. Maybe even something as simple as one of them surrendering the spot to the other.
CYCLING
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has filed formal charges against Lance Armstrong, accusing the seven-time Tour de France winner of using performance-enhancing drugs throughout the best years of his career.
The agency notified Armstrong, former team manager Johan Bruyneel and several other Armstrong team associates of the charges in a letter on Thursday.
The charges came after a USADA review panel examined evidence in the case, which now goes to an arbitration panel to decide. If found guilty, Armstrong could be stripped of the Tour de France titles he won from 1999-2005. This year's Tour de France begins Saturday.
Armstrong maintains his innocence. Armstrong attorney Robert Luskin called the charges "wrong and baseless."
Also charged are team doctors Pedro Celaya Lezama and Luis Garcia del Moral; team trainer Pepe Marti, and consulting doctor Michele Ferrari. Because they are so closely linked, USADA rolled all of the charges into a single case.
Armstrong and the others charged have until July 9 to inform USADA if they plan to challenge the evidence before an arbitration panel.
TENNIS
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) _ A day after Rafael Nadal's stunning exit at Wimbledon, the only other men who have won the tournament since 2003 _ six-time champion Roger Federer and defending champion Novak Djokovic _ found themselves trailing far-less-accomplished opponents, too.
Federer came close to following Nadal out the door, though. The owner of a record 16 major trophies, and a quarterfinalist or better at 32 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, the third-seeded Federer dropped the first two sets against 29th-seeded Julien Benneteau of France, then was two points away from losing six times, before coming all the way back Friday to pull out a 4-6, 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-1 victory in the third round.
Djokovic also fell behind against someone he was expected to beat easily, No. 28 Radek Stepanek, but he rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 victory that moved him closer to a semifinal showdown against Federer.
SWIMMING
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ In another major breaststroke upset, Scott Weltz won the 200 meters at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Friday night, leaving Brendan Hansen and Eric Shanteau with only one individual event at the London Games.
On a night when Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps were focused on getting through semifinal races, Nathan Adrian won the 100 freestyle, and Cullen Jones claimed the second spot for London, while Natalie Coughlin barely kept alive her last chance to make it back to the Olympics.
But the men's 200 breast was the real stunner, just as shocking as the women's 100 breast, which was won by Breeja Larson over Rebecca Soni and Jessica Hardy. At least Soni got second place, still good enough for a do-over in the Olympics.
Clark Burckle claimed the second spot on the Olympic team, another big surprise. Shanteau finished third and Hansen faded to fourth, the two of them forced to settle for only swimming the 100 breast in London after going 1-2 in that event at the trials.
GYMNASTICS
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Jordyn Wieber, the reigning world champion, breezed through the first night of the Olympic trials on Friday and all but assured herself of the lone guaranteed spot on the five-woman London team. Wieber finished with 61.7 points, 0.3 points ahead of Gabby Douglas, who had to work out of a hole after making a big error on uneven bars, her first event.
Only the winner of the two-day trials competition is guaranteed a spot on the five-woman London team, with the remaining four to be picked by a selection committee following Sunday night's competition.
Aly Raisman, normally rock steady, finished a distant third after a big wobble on balance beam and going out of bounds on floor exercise, where she is the reigning world bronze medalist. Kyla Ross landed her vault on her backside and was fifth. McKayla Maroney fell off both uneven bars and balance beam and was seventh. And reigning Olympic champion Nastia Liukin had another rough night.
HOCKEY
NEW YORK (AP) _ The NHL and the players' union opened negotiations on a new labor deal Friday by meeting for about 2 1/2 hours.
Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly met with NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr, union special counsel Steve Fehr and several player reps at the league's Manhattan offices.
Among the players in attendance were Scott Hartnell of the Flyers, Rick DiPietro of the Islanders and George Parros of the Anaheim Ducks, Chris Campoli of the Canadiens, Dan Winnik of the Sharks, Brandon Dubinsky of the Rangers, Brad Boyes of the Sabres, Ron Hainsey of the Jets.
This was the first formal talks between the two sides. They come after the NHLPA's executive board held a three-day meeting in Chicago earlier this week.
The collective bargaining agreement expires Sept. 15. There is fear the league could be heading toward another lockout.
GOLF
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) _ Hunter Mahan finally got a good score to match a flawless swing.
In temperatures that topped 100 degrees, Mahan ran off seven birdies Friday for a 6-under 65 in the AT&T National. It was the best score of the week at Congressional, and it gave him a two-shot lead over Robert Garrigus, Jimmy Walker and Brendon De Jonge.
Tiger Woods got back in the mix with a 68 in the morning, though Mahan made his weekend task a little tougher. Mahan made birdies on two of the last three holes to reach 7-under 135, leaving Woods five shots behind.
The heat was so stifling that Chris Couch struggled to finish, one caddie had to stop after nine holes and another threw up from drinking too much water.
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) _ Veronica Felibert shot a career-best 6-under 65 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship.
Felibert, a rookie from Venezuela who made the field as the second alternate, had seven birdies and needed only 27 putts at Pinnacle Country Club. The round came after the former Southern California player missed the cuts in her previous three tournaments, and one week after switching to a new putter.
China's Shanshan Feng, the LPGA Championship winner this month, was a stroke back.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng, the two-time defending champion, opened with a 2-over 73, her fifth straight round over par. No. 2 Stacy Lewis, a former University of Arkansas star, had a 70.
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Defending champion Fred Couples birdied the final three holes in sweltering conditions Friday for a 7-under 63 and the second-round lead in the Senior Players Championship.
Couples, the winner last year at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y., reached 11 under at Fox Chapel on a day when the temperature reached 96 degrees with a heat index of 105. He won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in March for his seventh victory on the 50-and-over tour.
Couples is thriving in the heat, in part because it's better for his chronically bad back. He has one bogey through two rounds, has birdied the two par-5 holes both days and has hit 36 of 38 greens.
Joe Daley was a stroke back after a 64.
Olin Browne had a tournament-record 62 to reach 5 under. He opened with a 73.
First-round leader Bruce Vaughan was 2 under. He followed a 64 with a 74 that included seven bogeys.


Updated : 2021-05-11 22:56 GMT+08:00