American Biles earns world all-around title
Simone Biles, a 16-year-old from Spring, Texas, made people forget the United States came to the world championships without the defending and Olympic champions, defeating teammate Kyla Ross to win the all-around gold medal Friday in Antwerp, Belgium.
Ross, a 16-year-old from Aliso Viejo, Calif., led by 0.016 points entering the final floor exercise.
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Biles turned the event into a victory dance by scoring 15.233 points, compared with 14.333 for Ross.
Biles’ total was 60.216 points and Ross had 59.332.
“On floor, I just have a lot of fun,” Biles said. “That is the main key.”
Biles qualified for all four apparatus finals this weekend — the first female U.S. gymnast to do so since Shannon Miller in 1991.
Defending champion Jordyn Wieber and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas skipped the event. Wieber is a student at UCLA and Douglas has not been training much since the London Olympics last year.
Russian Aliya Mustafina, the 2010 world champion, took bronze with 58.856.
Biles and Ross showed the depth of the U.S. team in the new Olympic cycle ahead of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“We are hoping that these girls keep going all the way to the Olympics,” U.S. women’s coach Martha Karolyi said.
MLS suspends Arena
Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena has been suspended for one match by Major League Soccer after going on the field during Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the host Portland Timbers.
Galaxy forward Robbie Keane appeared to score the equalizer early in stoppage time but he was called offsides. Both Keane and teammate Landon Donovan had an animated argument with officials while Arena shouted from the sideline.
Arena also confronted the referees on the field after the match.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee determined Arena left his technical area and entered the field of play, which results in an automatic one-match suspension.
Arena will miss the Galaxy’s match Sunday against rival Chivas USA.
Arena, 62, coached the University of Puget Sound team in 1976, the same year he was a backup goalkeeper for the Tacoma Tides of the American Soccer League.
Fire, Dynamo prevail
Ricardo Clark scored in the sixth minute and Houston beat visiting Montreal 1-0, extending the Dynamo’s MLS unbeaten streak to four.
Meanwhile, Jeff Larentowicz, Bakary Soumare and Quincy Amarikwa scored as Chicago defeated host D.C. United 3-0.
With less than three months to go before the December deadline established by FIFA for the delivery of the 12 stadiums for the 2014 World Cup, Brazil is working at full steam in an effort to have all venues ready.
Local organizers are saying they will make it, but recent setbacks have prompted reason for concern.
Of the six stadiums yet to be delivered, five were less than 90 percent completed by September, according to the most recent government numbers.
Nadal, Djokovic win
Rafael Nadal of Spain kept alive his hopes of wresting the No. 1 world ranking from Novak Djokovic of Serbia by rallying for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Fabio Fognini of Italy in the quarterfinals of the China Open in Beijing.
Djokovic, the defending champion, advanced with a 6-1, 6-2 rout of American Sam Querry.
In women’s play, top-ranked Serena Williams of the United States beat former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 6-4 to raise her record against the Dane to 6-1.
• The New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators started their NHL seasons with exciting road victories.
Matt Moulson scored the only goal of the shootout in the sixth round as New York edged New Jersey 4-3.
Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson scored with 1:35 left in the third period and Craig Anderson made 35 saves as the Senators blanked Buffalo 1-0.
Meanwhile, host Colorado beat Nashville 3-1 to improve to 2-0 under new coach Patrick Roy, a Hall of Fame goaltender.
• Amy Dombroski, a professional cyclocross racer for the Young Telenet-Fidea team who lived in Boulder, Colo., died Thursday. Dombroski was doing speed training behind a scooter when she collided with a van in Belgium. She was 26.
• Shot-putter Jillian Camarena-Williams, a three-time U.S. outdoor champion, has accepted a six-month suspension after testing positive for a banned substance, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency officials said.
Camarena-Williams, 31, tested positive for Clomiphene, a prohibited hormone, in an out-of-competition test July 1.
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