Gay hits best time this year
Tyson Gay ran the fastest time so far this year of 9.77 seconds to win the 100m at Rome’s Golden Gala on Friday and show Olympic champion Usain Bolt that he will not surrender his world sprint titles without a fight next month. The American had to be in good form to see off Bolt’s Jamaican compatriot and former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, who ran 9.88 despite saying beforehand he was not fully fit after suffering an ankle injury over two months ago. Another Jamaican, Yohan Blake, came third with a time of 9.96.
Ryan Lochte wins 200m IM
Ryan Lochte clocked the second-fastest time ever in the 200m individual medley at the US Nationals in Indianapolis on Friday, taking over from Michael Phelps as the US medley maestro. With Phelps choosing not to swim the medley this season, Lochte moved quickly to put his stamp on the event, winning both the 200m and 400m IMs to clinch spots at the Rome world championships later this month. With Phelps dropping out of the 100m free because of a sore neck and Lochte withdrawing to concentrate on the 200m IM, Nathan Adrian seized his chance, completing the sprint double. Winner of the 50m free on Thursday, Adrian used a late kick to get home first in the 100m free in 48.00 seconds, just ahead of David Walters on 48.17. The women’s 200m backstroke came down to a battle of teenagers, with 16-year-old Elizabeth Beisel beating 15-year-old Elizabeth Pelton to the wall with a winning time of 2:08.80.
Asashoryu looking ‘podgy’
Grand champion Asashoryu, no stranger to public criticism, has been labeled “podgy” in a bizarre attack on the volatile Mongolian. A popular former wrestler now working as a TV commentator accused Asashoryu of being flabby, even though his 150kg frame is relatively small for the sport. “He looks podgy,” Shuhei Mainoumi told Japanese media. “He doesn’t look as buff. When I got flabby I hated being naked and showing off my body — he looks a bit like that.”
Chargers running back shot
A San Diego Chargers running back from Philadelphia has been hospitalized after being shot in his car at a suburban intersection. A hospital spokesman said 23-year-old Curtis Brinkley was in stable condition in the intensive care unit at Albert Einstein Medical Center. An uncle, Gregory Brinkley, told WPVI-TV that he was able to talk with relatives on the phone. Police say the shooting occurred early Friday morning as Brinkley was driving in Cheltenham in Montgomery County, just north of Philadelphia. Police said they were looking for a gunman who fled in a car but don’t know a motive for the shooting.
John Deere postponed
The second round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, has been postponed because of heavy rain and was scheduled for yesterday. Scheduled to start at 7am on Friday, tournament officials were hoping to begin play at 4pm after several delays. They called the round off entirely about 20 minutes before the first groups were scheduled to tee off. By then, the sun was out and most of the clouds had disappeared. But the course was simply too wet, so officials moved the round back a day and scheduled 36 holes for today. Two-time US Open champion Lee Janzen and Darron Stiles are tied for the lead after shooting 7-under 64 on Thursday.