Track and field
Jones sizzles to victory in 100-meter hurdles
Hometown favorite Lolo Jones cruised to the 100-meter hurdles title at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Jones, who grew up in Des Moines, won her second outdoor national title in 12.69 seconds on a scorching Saturday afternoon in Iowa. Danielle Carruthers, a state champion from Paducah Tilghman, finished eighth.
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Jeremy Wariner, the favorite in the 400, collapsed halfway through the finals with a hip flexor injury. He was helped off the track after Greg Nixon won in 44.61.
Sanya Richards-Ross, who has been battling a quadriceps injury since April, was a late scratch in the 400. Debbie Dunn took advantage, winning in a world-leading 49.64.
Chaunte Lowe broke her own American record in the high jump, leaping 6 feet, 8¾ inches. Lowe set the U.S. mark at 6-8¼ last month in Cottbus, Germany.
Bershawn Jackson won the men's 400 hurdles in 47.32, the fastest time in the world this year.
Phelps first, then last at Paris Open
Michael Phelps easily won the 200-meter butterfly at the Paris Open before ending the first day of the meet by finishing last in the 100-meter freestyle.
Phelps led from the start of the 200 butterfly, finishing in 1 minute, 55.70 seconds. Christophe Lebon edged fellow Frenchman Jordan Coelho to finish second in 1:59.01.
Phelps swam in the 100 freestyle final about half an hour later and finished eighth. Frenchman Fabien Gilot won in 48.65.
"I think as a whole, for the day, it's not terrible," the 14-time Olympic champion said. "I'm more happy with my fly. I think there is still a lot of work to do."
Phelps will also compete in the 200 freestyle and the 200 individual medley on Sunday.
Kerr leads by 8 in LPGA Championship
Cristie Kerr shot a 3-under 69 despite persistent rain Saturday and extended her lead to a tournament record eight shots after three rounds of the LPGA Championship.
Kerr, the top-ranked American seeking her second career major victory, opened the day with a five-shot lead at Locust Hill Country Club. Her advantage entering Sunday's final round tops the mark of seven set in 1961 by winner Mickey Wright.
Mika Miyazato double-bogeyed No. 18 to finish at 72 and fall into a three-way tie for second with rookie Azahara Munoz and Jimin Kang after both finished with 70s.
Rose takes 3-stroke lead at Travelers
Justin Rose shot a 68 Saturday and held a three-stroke lead over Ben Curtis heading into the final round of the Travelers Championship.
Curtis shot a 64 at the TPC River Highlands to trim Rose's advantage and Vaughn Taylor (67) is another two strokes back at 11-under 199.
Ricky Barnes, Scott McCarron, Brendon de Jonge, Bubba Watson, Matt Jones, Corey Pavin and Bill Lunde were all tied for fourth place, six strokes behind Rose.
Faldo: Monty is snubbing me
Former Europe captain Nick Faldo believes he is being ignored by successor Colin Montgomerie in the buildup to the Ryder Cup in October.
Faldo's haul in winning 25 points in 11 Ryder Cups is a record. He was also Europe captain in defeat at Valhalla two years ago.
However, during three days spent in Munich with Montgomerie at the BMW International Open this week, there has been no dialogue between the pair.
"I wrote to Monty three weeks ago suggesting we meet up for a chat, but I have not had a reply," said Faldo, who quit the German tournament on Friday after missing the cut. "I don't think I need say any more than that. It says it all."
Asked about talking to Faldo, Montgomerie said: "I think Nick missed out here so I don't know what he is doing."
College World Series
UCLA, Gamecocks advance to finals
Trevor Bauer limited TCU to four hits and struck out 13 in eight innings and Blair Dunlap hit a three-run homer Saturday, leading UCLA to a 10-3 victory that sends the Bruins to the College World Series finals and the Horned Frogs home.
UCLA (51-15), which hadn't won a game in two previous CWS appearances, will play South Carolina (52-16) in a best-of-three series starting Monday.
Christian Walker homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, and South Carolina staved off elimination a fourth straight time Saturday night and advanced to the finals by beating rival Clemson 4-3.
U.S. improves to 4-0 at Worlds
Lauren Lappin had three hits and four RBI and Jennie Finch picked up the victory as the United States beat Botswana 21-0 in a game that was stopped after three innings Saturday at the world softball championships.
The Americans will have a tougher time on Sunday against Australia, which is expected to challenge Japan and the U.S. for the title. Olympic champion Japan defeated Cuba 1-0 after a rain delay to remain unbeaten after four games.
Lorenzo triumphs, Hayden seventh
Jorge Lorenzo has captured the Assen TT for his fourth victory of the Moto GP season. The Yahama rider won the Dutch Moto GP race in 41 minutes, 18.629 seconds on Saturday.
Honda rival Dani Pedrosa finished second, nearly three seconds behind. Australian Casey Stoner took third on a Ducati to earn his first podium finish of the season. Owensboro native and former Moto GP champion Nicky Hayden crossed the line in seventh for Ducati.
Sportswriter takes North American Cup
Champion pacer Sportswriter held off a determined We Will See to win the $1.5-million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.
Sportswriter stormed to the lead to open the race and looked in control in the stretch. Despite being pressed late by We Will See, a 30-1 shot, the colt held on to win in the 27th edition of the world's richest pacing event. Sportswriter, who was bred by Lebanon, Ky., lawyer Jim Avritt, won the 1-mile race in 1:483⁄5.
The last word
Golfer Colin Montgomerie revealed he has undergone a small blood transfusion in Germany in an attempt to speed up his recovery from a torn calf muscle which threatens his appearance in the British Open at St. Andrews next month. Montgomerie said his doctor has injected the muscle with blood from a young cow.
"So now I am not shouting 'Fore!' on the golf course anymore, I am shouting 'Moo!'"