Landon Donovan back on U.S. World Cup roster
Landon Donovan will be back with the Americans when they resume World Cup qualifying next week.
U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann snubbed the Americans' all-time leading scorer for the last round of qualifiers, saying Donovan needed to work his way back onto the team following his offseason sabbatical.
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But Donovan redeemed himself — and then some — with his play in last month's Gold Cup, scoring five goals as the Americans won the title. He's continued his dazzling play with the Los Angeles Galaxy, scoring four goals in three games.
So when the United States resumes its qualifying campaign Sept. 6 in Costa Rica, Donovan will be on the roster, and quite likely on the field.
"The Costa Rica game in San Jose is the biggest game in 2013 for all of us because we want to win there," Klinsmann said. "We want to qualify as soon as possible for the World Cup in Brazil. We want to get the first-ever three points in World Cup qualifying in Costa Rica."
Field expanding by 9,000 for 2014
The Boston Marathon will accept an extra 9,000 runners for next year's race, making room for the more than 5,000 people stopped on the course this year when two bombs went off and for many of those wanting to run as a tribute to the victims.
Registration for the 118th edition of the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon will open Sept. 9, the Boston Athletic Association said.
The expanded field of 36,000 for the April 21, 2014, race would be the second largest in the event's history, behind only the 38,708 who registered for the 100th anniversary race in 1996. Organizers have said they are forced to cap the field size because they have limited space at the start in Hopkinton and on some of the course's Colonial-era streets.
Track and field
No easy win for Bolt at Weltklasse
Usain Bolt had to work hard for his 100-meter victory in 9.90 seconds at the Weltklasse Diamond League meet on Thursday.
The world and Olympic champion had the slowest reaction time out of the starting blocks. Fellow Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade, running two lanes to his left, led deep into the race. But Bolt gritted his teeth and muscled through the slight headwind to reach the front after 85 meters.
He edged ahead of Ashmeade, who finished in 9.94 for second place. American Justin Gatlin was third in 9.96.
Disgraced sprinter Ben Johnson is the face of a new anti-doping campaign. The Canadian was stripped of his Olympic gold medal and world record in the 100 meters at the 1988 Seoul Games after testing positive for steroids. After a two-year suspension, he received a lifetime ban in 1993 for a second positive doping test. Now, he is promoting an anti-doping campaign, Pure Sport, which has been launched by a sportswear company.
Charity golfer wins $1 million
Talk about karma. A Boston man who makes an annual trek to Albuquerque to play in a charity golf tournament hit a $1 million hole-in-one. Using a rented 8-iron, Jeff Barton sunk the shot from 150 yards out during Corley's Albuquerque Lincoln Volvo Million Dollar Shootout. It was part of a tournament to raise money for East Mountain High School, where the children of Barton's friend, Peter Nyland, go to school.
Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Lexi Thompson after the first round of the Safeway Classic. The 23-year-old Phatlum had 10 birdies and two bogeys in her afternoon round at Columbia Edgewater.
Espen Kofstad of Norway closed his round with three straight birdies and an eagle, shooting a 7-under 64 Thursday that gave him a two-stroke lead after the first day of the Wales Open.
Scott McCarron took the first-round lead Thursday in the Hotel Fitness Championship, the opening event in the new four-tournament Web.com Tour Finals series. The 48-year-old McCarron, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, had eight birdies, an eagle and two bogeys for an 8-under 64 at Sycamore Hills.
Budenholzer apologizes for DUI
Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has apologized for his arrest on a driving under the influence of alcohol charge. According to a report from the Georgia State Patrol, Budenholzer was pulled over at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in Atlanta for not having working taillights. Trooper J. Nelms said Budenholzer had bloodshot and watery eyes "and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath."
Budenholzer refused a breath test but agreed to a field sobriety test, according to the report. Nelms said in the report that Budenholzer was "polite" and that his speech patterns were mumbled, slow and slurred.
The Phoenix Suns have traded small forward Caron Butler to the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Ish Smith and center Viacheslav Kravstov. The Suns acquired Butler and former Kentucky point guard Eric Bledsoe from the Clippers on July 10 in a three-team trade that sent the Suns' Jared Dudley and Milwaukee's J.J. Redick to Los Angeles. Milwaukee got two second-round draft picks in the deal.
The Suns followed up by signing first-round draft pick Alex Len who has a 7-foot-4 wing span.
Fort Larned pulled from Woodward
Reigning Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned will be scratched from Saturday's Grade I, $750,000 Woodward at Saratoga Race Course with a possible hind end issue, trainer Ian Wilkes said.
Wilkes said the multiple Grade I winner was "a little off behind" when he came off the track Thursday but was optimistic the ailment was not serious.
"He worked great Monday morning and jogged and walked fine Tuesday and Wednesday," Wilkes said. "This morning, he was not 100 percent in his training. It's not serious, possibly a pulled muscle, but when you are competing against horses on this level, you have to be 100 percent."
Grade I winner Paynter became the 2-to-1 morning line favorite.
Minor league baseball
Legends lose third straight to Augusta
Augusta rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead, and the GreenJackets held on for a 5-4 win over the Lexington Legends Thursday night. The Legends had lead 4-1 at the top of the sixth. They return home for the final four games of the season against the West Virginia Power.
The last word
Lou Piniella, who managed five major league baseball teams, turned 70 on Wednesday and said there's nothing quite like managing the Chicago Cubs, which he did for four seasons, because there are no fans quite like Cubs fans. He said:
"Unless you're there and you do it ... it's different than what you would think going in. You know, you win three or four games in a row and you're going to win the pennant. You lose three or four games in a row and the season is over. It isn't an easy place to manage."