Track and field
Bolt holds back, still runs fourth fastest 200 in history
Even with the 200 meters already won, Usain Bolt gritted his teeth and dipped his 6-foot-5 frame at the line. He proved his point.
The Jamaican may have clowned around before the race and renewed his antics afterward, but for 19.40 seconds Saturday at the world championships in South Korea he was as all business. And when he's this serious, he's impossible to catch.
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"I am still the best," he said. "It was beautiful."
Bolt stayed an instant longer in the starting blocks, clearly not wanting to false start as he did in the 100 finals when he was disqualified. His slow start hardly mattered. He quickly passed the competition around the curve. From there, it was simply a matter of what his time would be. He didn't let up, huffing and puffing all the way.
It wasn't near his world record of 19.19, but it was the fourth fastest in history. And that's with Bolt admitting he's nowhere near his record form of two years ago at the worlds. He expects that to change for next year's London Games, when the stakes are bigger and the lights brighter.
"I have to come to the Olympics and do my extreme best and blow the peoples' minds," Bolt said.
On Saturday, he was not the entire show. The Americans hauled in five medals to increase their total to 21, four more than Russia.
Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards-Ross led the women's 1,600-meter team to gold, while Walter Dix wound up with silver, finishing 0.30 seconds behind Bolt. Danielle Carruthers and Dawn Harper couldn't catch Sally Pearson in the 100 hurdles but still took silver and bronze. The surprise of the night for the U.S. came when 21-year-old Matthew Centrowitz finished third in the 1,500 meters, less than a second behind winner Asbel Kiprop of Kenya.
Kahne slips, slides way to Atlanta pole
Atlanta Motor Speedway's slippery track made an impression Saturday during qualifying for Sunday night's Sprint Cup race. Kasey Kahne won the pole but made his 29.775 seconds around the track sound like a survival test.
Kahne said his car "got away from me a little bit" and he had to make an unexpected tap on his brakes coming out of a turn.
"It was definitely not a perfect lap, but it was a little better than what everyone else did," Kahne said.
Kahne will start one spot ahead of Clint Bowyer, as two long shots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship will have another shot at a much-needed win.
Kahne, who called Atlanta Motor Speedway his favorite track, won the pole with a speed of 186.196 mph. He is 15th in the points race and acknowledged he must win Sunday or next week in Richmond to have a shot to qualify for the Chase. "Right now we're one of the ones on the outside looking in," he said.
Quiet Giant wins Molly Pitcher Stakes
Quiet Giant drew off in the stretch to win the $250,000 Molly Pitcher Stakes at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., on Saturday, beating Payton d'Oro by five lengths. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Julien Leparoux, the 4-year-old horse ran 11⁄16 miles over a fast track in 1:431⁄5. The victory in the Grade II race was the seventh in 12 career starts for Quiet Giant.
■ Weemissfrankie rallied to win the $250,000 Del Mar Debutante by 1¼ lengths in California. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Weemissfrankie ran 7 furlongs on the synthetic Polytrack surface in 1:23.20. Self Preservation was second her American debut after two starts in Ireland.
Volleyball sweeps its third straight
The Kentucky volleyball team captured the Kentucky Classic, capping off the weekend with its third consecutive sweep — 25-22, 25-22, 29-27 — over Virginia Tech on Saturday in Memorial Coliseum. The Wildcats did not drop a set in the first of its two home tournaments and to improve to 5-2 overall.
"They are all good teams that we played this weekend," UK Coach Craig Skinner said. "We talked about being more consistent and I thought we did that this weekend."
Junior libero Stephanie Klefot, who had a match-high 14 digs in the clinching victory over Virginia Tech, was named the MVP of the tournament. Setter Christine Hartmann and outside hitter Lauren O'Conner were also named to the All-Tournament team.
Earlier in the day, UK defeated Ohio 25-20, 30-28, 25-14.
High school football
Bowling Green stops St. Xavier's streak
Bowling Green (3-0) overcame a 14-7 deficit at halftime to top St. Xavier 28-20 late Friday night, beating the host Tigers for the first time in nine tries. The win also marked the first time a Kentucky team other than Trinity has beaten St. Xavier since Male did it in 2006.
"We came in confident that we could do it, knowing that we could do it," Purples senior quarterback Scooter Hollis said. "We were able to execute, and we pulled it out."
Hollis and St. Xavier quarterback Alex Mattingly accounted for four rushing touchdowns in the game, but it was two big defensive plays that were the difference for the Purples.
After Hollis tied the game in the third quarter with his second score, senior Michael Bailey returned a blocked punt for a touchdown to give Bowling Green a lead it never relinquished. Senior Jerrett Ingram later recovered a Tigers fumble, setting up the Purples to ice the game with a touchdown run by senior running back Hunter Neveras.
The last word
When American Sloane Stephens played in her first U.S. Open juniors tournament several years ago, she was the biggest fan of French player Gael Monfils. Now 18, Stephens said:
"I was in love with Gael Monfils. Like, he was it. I was going to marry him. That was it. Never talked to me. Never even spoke to the guy in my life."
After Stephens upset 23rd-seeded Shahar Peer in the second round Thursday, she happened to ride in the same van as the seventh-ranked Monfils back to the hotel.
"He is the nicest person in the world, but I'm definitely not going to marry him. I'm following him on Twitter, but that's as far as I'm going to go with that."