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Sprint sweep for brilliant Bolt in Beijing

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt ran the fastest time of the year in 19.55 seconds to win a record fourth straight world 200m title and sweep the individual sprints at a major global championships for a fifth time in Beijing yesterday. Five days after beating Justin Gatlin toFULL STORY

United back in Champions, Rooney scores hat-trick

Manchester United had double reason to celebrate on Wednesday — the team is back in the Champions League group stage and star striker Wayne Rooney is scoring again. Rooney ended a drought of 10 games without a goal stretching back to April 4 with a hat-trickFULL STORY

‘Chubby Kid’ bats way into records

By Paul Huang

Lin “Chubby Kid” Hung-yu batted his way into the record books earlier this week by homering on three straight at-bats against the Uni-President Lions on a six-RBI night to become just the eighth player in league history to accomplish the feat. The veteran slugger out ofFULL STORY

Kevin Anderson, Taiwan’s Lu advance

Second-seeded defending champion Petra Kvitova rallied to beat Madison Keys 4-6 6-1, 6-2 in the third round of singles, while Taiwan’s Chuang Chia-jung and Chen Liang of China defeated Eva Hrdinova and Nicole Melichar 1-6, 6-4, 10-6 in the doubles quarter-finals on Wednesday night atFULL STORY

Defending champ Kvitova, Taiwan’s Chuang advance

Second-seeded South African Kevin Anderson locked up his sixth ATP quarter-final berth of the season with a straight-sets win over Jerzy Janowicz, while Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun beat South Korea’s Chung Hye-on 7-6 (7/1), 1-6, 7-5 on Wednesday at the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina. Lu bookedFULL STORY

Verlander, Tigers shut out Angels 5-0

Justin Verlander lost a bid for his third no-hitter when Chris Iannetta lined a leadoff double in the ninth inning that landed on the left-field line as the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-0 on Wednesday night. Trying to become the sixth major leaguerFULL STORY

Double gold for Japan at worlds

Japan won both golds on offer in Astana on Wednesday on the third day of the world judo championships to take control of the medals table. Shohei Ono of Japan won the title in the men’s 73kg category, defeating countryman Riki Nakaya in the final. The victoryFULL STORY

Lima strikes for al-Ahli in Tehran

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) al-Ahli stunned Iran’s Naft Tehran, with Lima’s 62nd-minute goal giving them a 1-0 win to boost their semi-final chances in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday At the Azadi Stadium in Tehran, former Benfica player Lima scored the only goalFULL STORY

Maria Sharapova looks to rekindle US Open magic

Ten years after becoming world No. 1 for the first time as a bubbly 18-year-old, Maria Sharapova returns to the US Open, eager to recapture the magic of her 2006 title run. However, the world’s richest sportswoman has a stack of hurdles to overcome at FlushingFULL STORY

LA’s Olympic plan gets mixed greeting

Facing an early test of support at home, Los Angeles’ 2024 Olympics plan stalled on Wednesday amid questions about potential runaway costs and the impact on neighborhoods already strangled by traffic and congestion. The Los Angeles City Council had been expected to vote on a proposalFULL STORY

Amir Khan to help Pakistan produce boxing champions

British boxer Amir Khan on Wednesday vowed to help Pakistan produce champion pugilists with a network of academies in his family’s country of origin. The former two-time world champion is currently touring the South Asian giant of 200 million people better known for its prowess inFULL STORY

Javelin medalists tout Finnish school

Periods of intense training for two African athletes at a Finnish javelin school have overturned the natural world order in the physically demanding and technically challenging event. There was a shock on Wednesday at the World Championships when Kenya’s Julius Yego won gold with the third-longestFULL STORY

Everton survive extra-time scare against Barnsley

Everton came from 2-0 down to beat Barnsley 5-3 in extra-time in the second round of the English League Cup on Wednesday. The build-up to the match was overshadowed by ongoing speculation that Everton defender John Stones, a former Barnsley player, would be leaving the MerseysidersFULL STORY

De Villiers leads hosts to series win

A.B. de Villiers hit a rapid 64 that provided the momentum for South Africa to gain a series-clinching 62-run win in the third and final one-day international against New Zealand at Kingsmead on Wednesday. The win enabled South Africa to leapfrog New Zealand into third placeFULL STORY

Australian Caleb Ewan wins Vuelta stage

Caleb Ewan of Australia charged to the front in the final 100m to win the fifth stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday, while Tom Dumoulin did enough to pass Colombian Esteban Chaves to claim the overall lead. Dumoulin gained the leader’s red jersey byFULL STORY

England win T20 to keep Ashes series hopes alive

England gave themselves hope of retaining the Women’s Ashes as Sarah Taylor’s 50 saw them to a seven-wicket Twenty20 win in the first Twenty20 international in Chelmsford on Wednesday. It was a match England had to win if they were to have any chance at allFULL STORY

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CYCLING Nike fights subpoenas Athletic apparel giant Nike Inc is fighting subpoenas for documents and witness depositions in the US federal government’s lawsuit against former cyclist Lance Armstrong. Armstrong and the government have both subpoenaed Nike, which was one of Armstrong’s major sponsors until dropping him inFULL STORY

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