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Sports briefs: Aug. 23

Reese Hoffa, a Louisville native, won in the shot put at the ISTAF World Challenge in the Olympic stadium in Berlin.
Reese Hoffa, a Louisville native, won in the shot put at the ISTAF World Challenge in the Olympic stadium in Berlin. AP

Horse racing

It's Tea Time takes Saratoga's Lake Placid Stakes

It's Tea Time drew away to a 7¼-length victory in the $150,000 Lake Placid Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on a sloppy track at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday. Only three fillies went to the post for the Lake Placid, which was moved from the inner turf course to the main track because of steady rain that began overnight and continued into the afternoon. The Rusty Arnold-trained It's Tea Time, ridden by Julien Leparoux, ran 11⁄8 miles in 1:54.53. Hatheer finished second. Three entries, including morning-line favorite Check the Label, were scratched. The wet conditions and the relocation of three other races slated for the turf resulted in a total of 29 scratches from the 10-race program.

■ With top-ranked 3-year-old filly Blind Luck running on the opposite coast instead of nipping her at the finish line, Evening Jewel held off a late charge from Harmonious to win the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks on Saturday night in California. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Evening Jewel sat third in a field of 10 for most of the Grade I stakes for 3-year-old fillies, cut inside to the rail and took the lead coming out of the second turn and hung on for the half-length, covering 11⁄8 miles on the turf course in 1:47.27. Blind Luck won the $500,000 Alabama Stakes earlier Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in New York.

Atta Boy Roy led most of the way under jockey Calvin Borel and won the $200,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup on Saturday night in Oklahoma City. The 5-year-old Washington-bred son of Tribunal went off at 1-5 odds in the 6-furlong race and didn't disappoint, beating Wando Redd by 5½ lengths.


Federer beats Fish in Cincinnati

Roger Federer beat Mardy Fish 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-4 on Sunday, winning his second straight Cincinnati Masters championship and fourth overall. He was barely on the court all week because his opponents got hurt and his game was so good. For the first time, the world's second-ranked player was pushed to the limit.

Federer said the short time on the court came in handy.

"Maybe I was just a touch fitter than him today," Federer said.

The Swiss star ended a streak of three straight losses in tournament finals, winning his first Masters event since Cincinnati last year. His 63rd career title tied Bjorn Borg for fifth place in the Open Era. Pete Sampras is fourth at 64, and Jimmy Connors holds the record with 109.

Bob and Mike Bryan won their 64th career doubles title, beating Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi 6-3, 6-4.

Track and field

Kenyan sets 800-meter world record

Kenya's David Rudisha posted a world 800-meter record at the ISTAF World Challenge in Berlin on Sunday. The 21-year-old former junior world champion crossed the line in 1 minute, 41.09 seconds, beating the 13-year-old previous best mark set by Wilson Kipketer of Denmark by two hundredths of a second.

South Africa's Caster Semenya chalked up a comfortable victory in the women's 800 meters, running at the same Olympic Stadium in track where she won the world title a year ago. The 19-year-old posted 1:59.90, breaking the two-minute barrier in her third race since returning to competition in July after being cleared by the international athletics federation IAAF following gender tests.

Louisville native Reese Hoffa won the shot put with a throw of 69 feet, 10¼ inches.

Auto racing

Power pads IndyCar points lead

Will Power won at the track he had to be airlifted from a year ago, padding his IndyCar Series lead with a dominating run Sunday at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Power never made it to race day in 2009, his weekend and season over with a practice session crash that left him with a broken back.

Other than a few first-day jitters early in the week, the Team Penske driver never showed any sign of fear in his return to Sonoma. Power set an IndyCar record with his eighth pole of 2010 on Saturday and led 73 of 75 laps over the technically demanding 2.303-mile circuit through the hills of the California wine country.

Power pushed his series lead to 59 points over Dario Franchitti, who finished third behind Scott Dixon. Ryan Briscoe was fourth.


19 players treated for mysterious injury

School officials, parents and players remained puzzled Sunday over what caused 19 members of a high school football team in northwest Oregon to suffer muscle damage — three of whom required surgery — following a fall camp. The 19 McMinnville High School players all had elevated levels of the enzyme creatine kinase, or CK, which is released by muscles when they're injured, said Dr. Craig Winkler of Willamette Valley Medical Center. High CK levels can lead to kidney failure if not properly treated. "To have an epidemic like this is very weird," Winkler said. "To have this number of athletes in one single community in one environment is very usual."

Three of the players also were diagnosed with a rare soft-tissue condition called "compartment syndrome," which caused soreness and swelling in their triceps. They underwent surgery to relieve the pressure, Winkler said. Ten boys remained hospitalized Sunday, but they were in good condition and were expected to be released Monday, said Rosemari Davis, Willamette Valley Medical Center's chief executive officer.

Officials said the cause was still a mystery, but high CK levels can result from vigorous exercise or the use of certain medications or food supplements. Two players said Sunday they were unsure what caused their injuries but supplements were not a factor. Jacob Montgomery said he first experienced a tightness in his triceps and forearms Tuesday. "They swelled to the verge of popping," the 17-year-old senior said. "I thought it was just swelling from an intense workout."

■ Texas Tech senior Taylor Potts will start the season at quarterback. Potts will lead new coach Tommy Tuberville and the Red Raiders when they begin the season in two weeks against SMU. The senior started 10 games last season, throwing for 3,440 yards and 22 touchdowns. His last start was a 29-for-43 performance for 372 yards and two scores in a 41-31 win over Michigan State in last year's Alamo Bowl.

The last word

Team USA Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski, on naming the team's zone "Orange" in homage to assistant coach Jim Boeheim:

"(Boeheim) said he doesn't have any buildings named after him at Syracuse, so we named the zone after him."