Celski of Federal Way earns gold medal in 3,000 at worlds
J.R. Celski of Federal Way won the men’s 3,000-meter superfinal on the last day of the world championships in Montreal.
Celski earned the gold medal with a time of 4 minutes, 59.528 seconds. Shi Jingnan of China placed second in 5:01.801 and Viktor Ahn of Russia was third.
Most Read Stories
Ahn finished first in the overall classification with 63 points, Celski had 55 and Canadian Charles Hamlin was third with 48 points.
Celski, 23, won a silver medal in the 500 meters on Saturday.
Shim Suk-hee of South Korea won the women’s overall title.
Djokovic, Pennetta win titles
Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat Roger Federer of Switzerland 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) to win the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., for the third time.
Flavia Pennetta of Italy defeated Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-2, 6-1 in the women’s final.
Federer leads the series with Djokovic 17-16. In this week’s ATP Tour rankings, Djokovic will remain in second behind Rafael Nadal of Spain and Federer will rise from eighth to No. 5.
Pennetta, 32, had wrist surgery in August 2012 and her ranking dropped to 166th in the world last June. At No. 20, she became the lowest seed to win the Indian Wells women’s title.
Radwanska, the second seed, was bothered by a left-knee injury during the final.
Broncos sign receiver Sanders
The Denver Broncos signed receiver Emmanuel Sanders, previously with Pittsburgh, to a three-year, $15 million contract. Denver was in the market for a receiver after Eric Decker decided to sign with the New York Jets.
Several teams reportedly were angered by the Sanders deal. NFL.com reported Sanders’ agent, Steve Weinberg, shopped his client around after agreeing to a deal with Kansas City.
“We were close to a deal, but it wasn’t anything official just yet,” Sanders said. “In terms of shopping around, we didn’t shop around. Teams were still calling.”
Players who re-signed with their teams included receiver Julian Edelman of New England and linebacker Calvin Pace of the Jets.
Portland, Vancouver get draws
Gaston Fernandez scored in the 79th minute to give the Portland Timbers a 1-1 draw with the visiting Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer.
Jeff Larentowicz scored on a penalty kick in the 19th minute for the Fire.
In another MLS match, Kekuta Manneh scored in the 81st minute to give the Vancouver Whitecaps a 1-1 tie with Chivas USA. Erick Torres scored in the 45th minute for Chivas, which played with 10 men after midfielder Agustin Pelletieri was ejected in the 13th minute for a studs-up tackle on Vancouver’s Pedro Morales.
Liverpool, Arsenal rule the road
Liverpool and Arsenal won away games to pull closer to English Premier League leader Chelsea.
Liverpool routed defending champ Manchester United 3-0 and Arsenal won 1-0 at Tottenham.
Liverpool and Arsenal are four points behind Chelsea but have played one fewer match.
Manchester City is six points off Chelsea’s lead, but has played three fewer matches.
• Austrian skiers ended the World Cup season with titles in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.
Marcel Hirscher won the men’s season slalom championship and Anna Fenninger clinched the giant-slalom title. They were childhood training partners.
• Stormy Lucy, a 5-year-old mare trained by Frank Lucarelli, won the Grade II Santa Ana on turf at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.
Lucarelli has won five training titles at Emerald Downs in Auburn.
Stormy Lucy, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, beat Emotional Kitten by 1½ lengths after running 11
8 miles in 1 minute, 47.11 seconds. She paid $11 to win in the $200,500 race.
Seattle Times news services