Lochte wins 200 IM; Adrian third in 100 freestyle
Ryan Lochte bounced back from a disappointing start to the world swimming championships in Barcelona, Spain, showing he still knows how to touch the wall first with his victory in the 200-meter individual medley Thursday night.
“The first two days I wasn’t myself,” said Lochte, who hardly looked in peak form when he finished fourth in the 200 freestyle and struggled in the 4×200 freestyle relay. “I am a swimmer who is really relaxed and goes out there to have fun.”
Missy Franklin, the 18-year-old who recently graduated from high school, is 4 for 4 at the championships after anchoring the U.S. to victory in the 4×100 freestyle relay, matching her gold-medal haul at the London Olympics.
Ledecky, only 16 and getting ready for her junior year of high school, is 3 for 3 after swimming the leadoff leg of the relay. It was her first chance to be part of a U.S. relay team at a major international meet.
The U.S. settled for silver and bronze in the men’s 100 free — swimming’s glamour event. Australia’s James Magnussen rallied on the return lap to edge Jimmy Feigen and reigning Olympic champion Nathan Adrian from Bremerton.
It was the 13th world championship gold of Lochte’s career, his 21st medal overall, and his third straight title in the 200 IM — a race he lost to Michael Phelps at the last Olympics.
49ers are hurting
Injuries are suddenly piling up fast for the San Francisco 49ers in training camp.
All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis was wearing a black cast around the base of his right hand and wrist and was among more than a dozen players not participating in practice Thursday. Barely 45 minutes into the workout, trainers carted cornerback Chris Culliver off the field with an apparent left knee injury.
Harbaugh wouldn’t confirm reports that Willis’ hand was broken, reverting to his typical line on injuries that the linebacker was “working through something.” But he said Willis will be back before the season opener against Green Bay on Sept. 8.
Culliver’s injury appeared more serious. He was covering a punt and getting blocked by rookie Marcus Cooper when he went down in pain, holding his left knee and burying his head in his hands.
• Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle DeMarcus Love was suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on PEDs.
• The Philadelphia Eagles are setting up Riley Cooper with sensitivity training after the wide receiver was caught on video making a racial slur.
• Carolina released veteran offensive lineman Geoff Hangartner, leaving the starting right guard spot up for grabs. Hangartner has started 83 games, including 12 last season for Carolina.
Raptors sign former Zag Daye
The Toronto Raptors signed free-agent forward Austin Daye, a former Gonzaga star. The 6-foot-11 Daye averaged 4.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 55 games last season for Detroit and Memphis.
• The New Orleans Pelicans now have uniforms to go with a new team name, emblems and color scheme the NBA franchise released earlier this year. The home uniforms are white with gold and red trim, with “New Orleans” written in navy blue across the front, along with blue numbers.
The road uniforms are navy blue with the same trim, but with lettering and numbers in white.
NASCAR completes TV deal with Fox
NASCAR completed its $8.2 billion television package Thursday by adding two years to its deal with Fox Sports and setting a schedule that gives the network the first 16 Sprint Cup races beginning in 2015. The deal now runs through 2024 and is the same length as the deal NBC Sports signed last week.
• Karim Benzema scored a pair of second-half goals to lead Spanish soccer power Real Madrid to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer in Glendale, Ariz. The match was the first for both teams in the inaugural Guinness International Champions Cup tournament, which features six other teams from Europe.
• Lawmakers from Pennsylvania and Ohio introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would require NCAA schools to guarantee four-year scholarships to athletes who play collision sports and due process for schools accused of breaking rules.
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