Track and field
Bolt sounds unfazed by loss
Superstar sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica laughed off suggestions Tuesday he might be “past it,” saying he is looking forward to defending his world-championship titles in the 100 and 200 meters.
Bolt, who will run the 200 meters at the Bislett Games on Thursday in Oslo, Norway, said he has his “eye on the prize” of the worlds in August in Moscow.
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He said he is not concerned by a rare defeat in the 100 meters last week.
Bolt lost by one-hundredth of a second to Justin Gatlin of the United States in Rome, marking his first significant international loss since a false-start disqualification at the 2011 worlds in South Korea.
“I’ll just point something out. In ’08, I lost one race and I won the Olympics that year,” Bolt said. “(The loss to Gatlin) doesn’t say much. All I’m concerned about, really, is the championship.
“Running the runs, getting into shape, figuring out what I need to do to get to the championship.”
Bolt, 26, is the world-record holder in the 100 and 200, and any slight dip in form will attract attention.
No. 1 Tar Heels reach CWS
Colin Moran hit an RBI triple in a three-run sixth inning and staff ace Kent Emanuel picked up his first career save by getting the final two outs to help North Carolina beat South Carolina 5-4 and earn a berth in the eight-team College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
North Carolina, the No. 1 overall seed in the 64-team NCAA tournament, won the decisive third game of the weather-delayed super-regional series in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Tar Heels are in the CWS for the sixth time in eight seasons.
Pac-12 teams Oregon State and UCLA are in the CWS field. Other teams who will play in Omaha are Louisiana State, Indiana, Louisville, North Carolina State and Mississippi State.
Arizona St. dismisses Garcia
Arizona State defensive back Andres Rafael Garcia, 22, has been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault, Tempe police said.
Garcia is being held on suspicion of two counts of sexual assault and one count of assault/domestic violence. He is accused of shoving a 21-year-old woman he knew backward into a wall, knocking her unconscious, and then sexually assaulting her.
Garcia has been dismissed from the team, school officials said.
Host Lynx beat San Antonio
Lindsay Whalen scored 23 points to help break open a close game in the final 12 minutes as Minnesota cruised to an 87-72 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars for the Lynx’s franchise-best 11th consecutive home victory.
Minnesota (3-1) has the best record in the Western Conference.
Throwing dog leads to firing
An Argentine player was expelled from a minor-league match and fired from his team for mistreating a dog that wandered onto the field.
Fox Sports de Argentina broadcast images of Bella Vista player Jose Gimenez using both hands to grab the black-and-white dog by the collar and throw it toward the bleachers during the match. The dog struck a chain-link fence and fell, but quickly got up and ran away.
The referee flashed a red card at Gimenez, signaling his expulsion.
Gimenez told the newspaper Gazeta de Tucuman he later felt ashamed by what he did and said he had been fired from the team. The player said he had a hard time trying to explain to his 3-year-old son “why I had choked a doggy on TV.”
• The IndyCar Series fined Team Penske $35,000 and docked it 15 points after a postrace inspection turned up a problem on Helio Castroneves’ race-winning car Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.
• A Georgia judge set bond at $250,000 for an ex-NBA player accused in a fatal suburban Atlanta car crash.
Daron “Mookie” Blaylock, 46, appeared in court on charges of vehicular homicide, driving on a suspended license, making an improper lane change and crossing the median in the May 31 head-on crash. The crash killed a 43-year-old woman.
• The French Anti-Doping Agency will look for the support of cycling’s governing body to store blood and urine samples from Tour de France riders for eight years. Bruno Genevois, the head of French agency AFLD, said Tour organizers have agreed to pay half the costs.
• Ex-Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine’s defamation lawsuit against ESPN is being moved to federal court, according to court papers.
Fine is suing for defamation stemming from broadcasts aired by ESPN that reported claims by two former ball boys Fine had molested them more than two decades ago.
• The new American Athletic Conference will hold its first men’s basketball tournament at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., from March 12 to 15.
• Henry Cecil, who trained unbeaten superstar Frankel and was one of British horse racing’s greatest trainers in a career spanning nearly half a century, died after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.
Cecil was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2006.
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