Sports in Brief: Bolt blazes to victory in 100 meters in Oslo

Posted: June 08, 2012

Jamaican star Usain Bolt recovered from a poor start to win the 100 meters in 9.79 seconds Thursday at the Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway, beating Asafa Powell by 0.06 seconds in the Diamond League meet.

Bolt, the three-time Olympic champion, overtook Powell in the closing strides to remain undefeated this year. Lerone Clarke was third in 10.10, completing a Jamaican sweep.

Sally Pearson of Australia, making her European debut, won the women's 100 hurdles, finishing in 12.49. Kristi Castlin of the United States followed in 12.56, and Tiffani Porter of Britain was third in 12.70. American Lolo Jones was fifth, followed by teammate Danielle Carruthers.

In the men's 400 hurdles, Javier Culson of Puerto Rico won in 47.92. Trinidad and Tobago's Jehue Gordon followed in 48.78, and American Justin Gaymon was third in 48.97. World champion David Greene of Wales was fourth in 48.98.

World indoor champion Renaud Lavillenie of France took the pole vault at 19 feet, 1 inch, and Vitezslav Vesely of the Czech Republic won the javelin at 289-1.

In the women's high jump, Chaunte Howard of the U.S. cleared 6-51/2 on her first attempt, a height that Olympic champion Tia Hellebaut of Belgium failed to clear.

In the women's 3,000 steeplechase, Kenya's Milcah Chemos won in 9:07.14.

COLLEGES: Villanova senior second baseman Tyler Sciacca was named the Big Five baseball player of the year, while St. Joseph's junior righthander Kyle Mullen (St. Joseph's Prep) was named pitcher of the year. Temple freshman shortstop Nick Lustrino was the rookie of the year. La Salle junior righthander Pat Christensen repeated as the student-athlete of the year, and St. Joseph's Fritz Hamburg was named the coach of the year.

The fourth annual Mayor's Cup football game between Temple and Villanova is set for 7 p.m. on Aug. 31 at Lincoln Financial Field.

Penn State announced the starting times for its first two home games. The Nittany Lions will open their season Sept. 1 at noon against Ohio in Bill O'Brien's debut as head coach. They will play Navy on Sept. 15 at 3:30 p.m. at Beaver Stadium.

The NCAA selected Penn women's soccer player Adrienne Lerner as one of two 2012 recipients of the Jim McKay Postgraduate Scholarship, given to to one female and one male student-athlete in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and potential to contribute to the sports communication industry.

SOCCER: Norwich City appointed Chris Hughton manager of the English Premier League club, one day after its former manager, Paul Lambert, officially took over at Aston Villa.

New Villarreal coach Manuel Preciado died of a heart attack, one day after joining the Spanish team. He was 54. Preciado, who was to be introduced on Friday, was in Valencia when he was stricken, the team said.

CYCLING: British rider Bradley Wiggins consolidated his Criterium du Dauphine lead by taking the fourth stage, a 33-mile time trial from Villie-Morgon to Bourg-en-Bresse, in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 12 seconds.

NOTEWORTHY: NASCAR pioneer Cotton Owens, 88. died in Columbia, S.C. The recently elected Hall of Famer made his mark as a driver and owner.

- Staff and wire reports

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