Felix gains threepeat in women's 200 meters

Posted: August 22, 2009

Allyson Felix of the United States won her third consecutive 200-meter title at the world championships, winning in 22.02 seconds yesterday in Berlin.

Felix edged Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica by 0.33 seconds.

Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas took bronze.

The sprint triumph was the first for the United States at the championships, and the loss the first for Jamaica. Jamaica beat the United States, 5-0, in the sprints at the Beijing Olympics.

Earlier, Usain Bolt rested as the Jamaican relay team qualified for the 4x100 relay. The United States was disqualified for an illegal baton change. The 4x100 team had botched the exchange at the Olympics.

The United States got a 1-2 finish in the men's 400, with Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt beating defending champion Jeremy Wariner.

Colleges

Federal prosecutors in Louisville, Ky., asked U.S. District Court Judge Charles Simpson to order a psychological examination for Karen Cunagin Sypher, 49, the woman charged with trying to extort $10 million from Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino.

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A judge in Tallahassee, Fla., ruled that the NCAA must publicly release documents on Florida State's appeal of an academic cheating penalty, and criticized the athletic organization for allegedly making underlying threats against the university.

Circuit Judge John C. Cooper said he would give the NCAA two days from when he signs a written order next week to turn over the documents to the Associated Press and other media outlets that filed a public-records lawsuit.

NCAA lawyers said they would appeal to block the release.

The documents focus on Florida State's appeal of an NCAA plan to strip coaches and athletes of wins in 10 sports.

That includes football coach Bobby Bowden, who stands to lose 14 victories. It would dim his chances of again becoming major college football's winningest coach. Bowden has 382 victories and is one behind Penn State's Joe Paterno.

Pro basketball

Former Villanova forward Dante Cunningham, the 33d overall pick in the NBA draft, signed a multiyear deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. Terms were not disclosed.

Tennis

Second-seeded Serena Williams advanced to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, in Toronto. Williams will face fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia, who advanced with a 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-3 win over Australia's Samantha Stosur.

Andy Murray of Britain won a 53-shot rally on his way to a quarterfinal win over Julien Benneteau of France at the Cincinnati Masters. The defending champion recorded a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory in Mason, Ohio.

The second-ranked Murray will face top-ranked Roger Federer of Switzerland, who extended his winning streak against Australia's Lleyton Hewitt to 13 matches with a 6-3, 6-4 win.

Soccer

In the first Women's Professional Soccer championship game, the Los Angeles Sol (12-3-5) will play Sky Blue FC (7-8-5) of New Jersey today in Carson, Calif.

The U.S. national team will play at Germany on Oct. 29 in the first meeting since January 2007 of the two most successful women's-soccer-playing nations. The United States is 16-4-4 against Germany.

High schools

Matt Huckabee, a two-way lineman from Timber Creek High School in Camden County, has accepted a football scholarship to Hofstra.

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