Double amputee Pistorius falls just short in 400 qualifying
Oscar Pistorius' four-year quest to run in the 400 meters at the London Olympics came down to less than a quarter-second at the end.
That's how close the "Blade Runner" was in Porto Novo, Benin, to carving out his place in history.
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The South African double-amputee missed out on qualifying in his individual event by an agonizing 0.22 seconds on Friday in his last chance ahead of next month's games.
Silver at the African Championships and a first major individual medal in an able-bodied race was only small consolation for the world's most famous disabled athlete, who has defied doubts over his ability throughout his career and came a little more than two-tenths of a second from reaching the pinnacle of his sport in his final qualifying race.
He still should be picked for South Africa's 1,600 relay team, but the dream of testing himself against the world's best runners over one lap in Olympic Stadium is gone for Pistorius — for now.
The Fastest Man in the World wasn't the fastest man in Jamaica on Friday night.
That honor goes to Yohan Blake, who got out of the blocks fast and finished the 100-meter final in 9.75 seconds to upset world-record holder Usain Bolt by 0.11 seconds in the Jamaican Olympic trials.
Blake is the reigning world champion but that victory, last year in South Korea, came with an asterisk because Bolt didn't run that night after being disqualified for a false start. This was their first rematch, their first real race since then. Bolt was considered the favorite, not only because of his world record — 9.58 seconds — but because Blake, his training partner, had never run below 9.84 in his life.
Well, now, he has.
The 9.75 seconds goes down as the best time this year and also breaks the four-year-old National Stadium record; both marks were 9.76 — both held by Bolt.
As much as the numbers, though, it was all that daylight between Blake and Bolt at the finish line that told this story. Blake, the man known as "The Beast," let out a primal scream when he crossed. Bolt just sort of pulled up — no "To the World" pose or anything else to celebrate.
Asafa Powell will join them at the Olympics, after finishing in 9.88.
4-mile time trial kicks off Tour de France
Cadel Evans thinks one Tour de France title will make it easier to win another one. And he's ready to add that second championship right now.
Evans opens his title defense when the 99th edition of cycling's marquee race begins Saturday with a quick, 4-mile prologue in Liege, Belgium — an individual time trial expected to be dominated by specialists such as Fabien Cancellara of Switzerland and Tony Martin of Germany, or contender Bradley Wiggins of Britain.
For a race covering 2,100 miles over three weeks, the prologue is just the very beginning for the rider who will cycle down Paris' Champs-Elysees in the yellow jersey on July 22 — but it could provide an early indication about who won't be in front at the end.
George Hincapie is best known for helping other riders win the Tour de France. This time, he is going to be on top by himself.
Hincapie will begin the Tour for a record 17th time on Saturday. The last American to wear the yellow jersey has played a key role in nine Tour victories during his 19-year career, including each of Lance Armstrong's seven wins.
If Hincapie rides into Paris when the race ends July 22, the 6-foot-3 New Yorker will match Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk with a record 16 completed Tours. Zoetemelk finished his last Tour in 1986.
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 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.
State Am comes down to last hole
Karisa Akin, a former Central Hardin star who plays for Middle Tennessee State, birdied the 18th hole to edge Eastern Kentucky University senior April Emerson and take the Women's Kentucky State Amateur title. Akin had trailed by two holes early over the Elizabethtown Country Club course.
Georgia dismisses tailback Crowell
Georgia tailback Isaiah Crowell was dismissed from the team Friday by Coach Mark Richt after the sophomore was arrested on felony weapons charges.
Police found a gun in Crowell's vehicle early Friday morning. Georgia announced the dismissal Friday afternoon.
Crowell was arrested at a vehicle checkpoint on the Georgia campus at around 2:20 a.m. Among the charges he faces are carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a weapon on school property. Crowell consented to a search after officers smelled marijuana in the vehicle. Police found a 9-millimeter Luger pistol under the driver's seat with an altered serial number.
Linebacker Shayne Skov has been reinstated to the Stanford football team and will serve a one-game suspension this season after he was arrested and jailed earlier this year for driving under the influence. Coach David Shaw said Friday that Skov, a senior who missed most of the Cardinal's 2011 season with a knee injury, will sit out the season opener Aug. 31 against San Jose State.
Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel was arrested and jailed early Friday after he was involved in a fight and police said he produced a fake ID. College Station police spokeswoman Rhonda Seaton says Manziel, 19, was charged with disorderly conduct, failure to identity and possessing a false identification card, all misdemeanors.
The NCAA said Friday it will reconsider scholarship sanctions imposed on Boise State's football program.
In a 25-page decision, the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee concluded that the scholarship penalty announced last September, in addition to Boise State's self-imposed sanctions, was "excessive such that it constituted an abuse of discretion."
Boise State's voluntary measures included three fewer scholarships for the 2011-12 school year and fewer preseason practices. The NCAA added scholarship reductions from 85 to 82 through the 2013-14 school year and limited contact during spring practice.
South Carolina AD heads to Aggies
South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman has left after seven years to guide Texas A&M's transition into the Southeastern Conference as the Aggies' new AD. The 61-year-old Hyman said Friday he looked forward to leading his new school in its transition from the Big 12 Conference into the SEC. Hyman will take over for Texas A&M's Bill Byrne, who retired in May.
The last word
Marathon swimmer Penny Palfrey is attempting a record 103-mile unassisted swim from Cuba to Florida. Said the 49-year-old:
"I spent my teenage years swimming and studying, and then I've spent a lot of time raising my family and supporting my husband's business. And now I feel that it's my window in life to do something that I love to do. I don't believe that I can do it much later in life so this is my opportunity now. "