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Sports briefs: Sept. 5

Jamaica's Usain Bolt crossed the finish line to give his team the win and a world record in the men's 4x100 relay finals
Jamaica's Usain Bolt crossed the finish line to give his team the win and a world record in the men's 4x100 relay finals AP

Track and field

Bolt leads Jamaica to 4x100 world record

In one whirlwind week, Usain Bolt turned the biggest disappointment of his career into another golden show capped with a world record even he thought was not within him this year. After opening with a false start in 100 finals last Sunday, Bolt again produced the amazing in his closing race of the world championships — anchoring Jamaica to a world record in the 4x100-meter relay in Daegu, South Korea. When the first three runners passed the baton, Bolt seized the moment.

"I said, 'Why not give my all.' I kept saying: 'I can do this. I can do this,'" he said. "For me, it was just to go out there fast."

One day after winning gold in the 200, Bolt was devastating down the home stretch of the relay and threw his yellow-clad chest across the line for a time of 37.04 seconds — the only world record in nine days of competition.

"This record was a great achievement," Bolt said. "I finished the championships on a good note so I'm proud of myself."

He got all the help he needed from his three teammates — a lightning start from Nesta Carter and a good exchange to Michael Frater before Jamaica's golden duo was up. Yohan Blake, the 100 champion in Bolt's absence, powered through the final bend, with Bolt already getting his giant stride going before he took the baton.

Caster Semenya failed to defend her 800 title, faltering late down the finishing straight to allow Mariya Savinova of Russia get the gold. Silver, however, was better than many expected as the South African showed glimpses of her powerful running that made her the dominating athlete over the distance two years ago, before a gender controversy sidelined her for a year.

Allyson Felix added another gold to bring her collection of titles to a women's record eight over four championships. The American ran the second leg of the winning 4x100 relay, one day after getting gold in the 4x400, too.

■ With Christian Taylor winning the triple jump, it left the United States at the top of medal standings with 12 gold and 25 overall.

UK Sports

84th-minute goal gives UK women title

Freshman Arin Gilliland headed in a corner kick from senior Kelsey Hunyadi in the 84th minute to give Kentucky's women's soccer team (5-0-0) a 2-1 victory against Baylor to claim Cardinal Classic championship at Louisville.

Hunyadi also scored her team-high fourth goal of the season in the 22nd minute to give the Wildcats the early lead. Baylor quickly tied it up four minutes and nine seconds later with a goal from freshman Justine Hovden.

Matt Lodge and Tyler Riggs both scored goals for Kentucky's men's soccer team, but thunderstorms in Lexington ended the 21st-ranked Wildcats' Kentucky Invitational matchup against IUPUI early and tied 2-2. IUPUI was leading 2-1 with the storm approaching before Riggs scored his fourth goal in the 85th minute.

Auto racing

NASCAR race rescheduled for Tuesday

NASCAR postponed its race at Atlanta Motor Speedway because of heavy rain. The AdvoCare 500 will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Any hopes of running the race Sunday night ended when another line of showers moved through the area about 9:30 p.m. — two hours after the scheduled start, and just as crews were finishing up their effort to get the track dry for a late-night start. NASCAR said there's no chance to get the race in Monday. The forecast calls for 4 to 5 inches of rain and possibly severe weather as remnants of Tropical Storm Lee move through the Atlanta area.

Will Power capped a perfect weekend by winning the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix. Power had the best time in Friday's practice session, captured the pole Saturday, then breezed to his second straight IndyCar victory and sixth of the season Sunday. Oriol Servia finished second and Tony Kanaan was third.

Horse racing

See You at Peelers disqualified

See You At Peelers was disqualified for interference in the stretch and dropped to second Sunday night in Nichols, N.Y., after appearing to win in her first race following her first career loss. New Album was given the victory in the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Tioga Downs. Driven by Jim Morrill Jr., See You At Peelers held off New Album by a head, but was ruled to have drifted into New Album's path during the stretch drive. See You At Peelers was 22-0 before finishing sixth behind Idyllic on Aug. 29 in the Nadia Lobell Stakes at The Meadows in Washington, Pa.

Grace Hall edged favored Judy the Beauty by 1¾ lengths Sunday in the 120th running of the $250,000 Spinaway Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Saratoga Race Course. Earlier, favored Brilliant Speed, ridden by John Velazquez, won the $100,000 Saranac Stakes for 3-year-olds by 2½ lengths over Queen'splatekitten.

Banned took the lead in the stretch, lost it briefly, then came on strong in the final strides to beat Midnight Interlude by a nose in the $250,000 Del Mar Derby on Sunday at Del Mar. The race was marred by catastrophic injuries to Burns in the run to the clubhouse turn. The horse fractured sesamoid bones in his right foreleg and was euthanized. Jockey Patrick Valenzuela strained his right leg and was replaced aboard his remaining two mounts.

Minor-League baseball

Legends to finish up with doubleheader

The Lexington Legends' game against the Savannah Sand Gnats game was rained out Sunday afternoon at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The teams will finish off the regular season a pair of seven-inning games Monday starting at 11:05 a.m.

The last word

IndyCar's Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves ran into each other during the morning practice run at the Baltimore Grand Prix, and it wasn't merely a casual encounter between two Brazilians. Kanaan lost his brakes and came to stop after soaring over the right side top of Castroneves' car. The mishap occurred as Castroneves was breaking into Turn 1. Neither driver was hurt. Kanaan said:

"I was actually lucky that Helio was there. He saved my life."

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