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Ledecky ends her season in style with another world record

Katie Ledecky ended her season by setting her second world record within 24 hours at the Pan Pacific championships in Gold Coast, Australia.

Ledecky, a 17-year-old from Bethesda, Md., cut almost six seconds off her own world mark by winning the 1,500-meter freestyle in 15 minutes, 28.36 seconds — a day after lowering her record in the 400 free. She finished the meet with five gold medals.

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“I knew it was my last race of the meet, and last race of the season,” Ledecky said. “I’ve had a really good season. I wanted to finish on a good note. I didn’t want to walk away from the meet with a ‘that was OK’ feeling — I dug in deep for the last 50. Put it all in there.”

Meanwhile, Michael Phelps won his third gold of the meet. Phelps, a winner of 18 Olympic gold medals, swam the butterfly leg of the medley relay to help the U.S. team win. Nathan Adrian of Bremerton also was part of the quartet that won in 3:29.72.

Earlier, Phelps earned gold in the 100 butterfly and 4×200 relay.

Phelps, 29, returned to competitive swimming in April after 1½ years in retirement.

“It was, I think, a successful year,” he said. “Obviously I’d like to win every single race I swim in. But, (that) doesn’t always happen. It was a learning experience, that’s most important.”

The United States topped the medal standings with 14 gold and 40 overall.

College football

Freshman Kaaya beats out Heaps for starting QB job at Miami

When Miami opens its season next Monday night at Louisville, true freshman Brad Kaaya will be the Hurricanes’ starting quarterback.

Kaaya, an 18-year-old from West Hills, Calif., beat out Kansas transfer Jake Heaps for the job.

Heaps, 23, was a standout at Skyline High School in Sammamish before starting his college career at Brigham Young.

“Separation came about a few days ago, about eight days ago,” said James Coley, Miami offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. “I thought that Jake did a great job this camp and I just thought that Kaaya, toward the end here, really pulled away and started getting really comfortable.”

Of the quarterbacks, Hurricanes coach Al Golden said, “I’m excited about that position. … Right now, Brad nudged out Jake and he’s our quarterback.”


Mikulak wins U.S. men’s title

Sam Mikulak won his second straight U.S. men’s title, edging John Orozco at the national championships in Pittsburgh.

Mikulak, 21, had a two-day total of 180.650 points, compared with Orozco’s 180.200, and provided a healthy jumping-off point for a U.S. team seeking redemption at the world championships in October in Nanning, China.

The Americans were fifth at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Horse racing

Shared Belief improves to 6 for 6

Shared Belief took the $1,001,250 Pacific Classic at Del Mar, near San Diego, and is unbeaten in six career starts.

Shared Belief’s ownership group includes George Todaro of Seattle, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and radio-television personality Jim Rome. The 3-year-old gelding, ridden by Mike Smith, beat Toast of New York by 2¾ lengths and paid $4.40 to win in the Grade I race where eight of the horses were at least 4 years old.

Shared Belief ran 1¼ miles on Polytrack in 2 minutes, 0.28 seconds and earned an automatic berth in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

Track and field

Bolt calls a halt to his season

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt of Jamaica has decided to end his injury-plagued season early, having competed in a mere three races this year.

Organizers for Thursday’s Diamond League meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, said the 28-year-old Bolt had withdrawn from the event’s 100-meter race and will not compete again this season.

Zurich meet director Patrick Magyar said he understood Bolt’s decision.

“Usain’s body has delivered tremendous performances over the last years. But, it is a body and not a machine,” Magyar said.


• Soccer superstar Lionel Messi and Barcelona are already up and running at full speed in the Spanish league. Messi scored twice in a 3-0 victory over Elche in the league opener.

Meanwhile, in the English Premier League, Manchester United was held to a 1-1 draw at Sunderland. First-year Man U manager Louis van Gaal has a loss and a tie in league play.

Juan Mata scored for Manchester United and Jack Rodwell connected on a header for Sunderland.

Sheanon Williams scored the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute to help the host Philadelphia Union beat the San Jose Earthquakes 4-2 in a Major League Soccer match.

Albert Ebosse, a striker from Cameroon, died of an apparent head injury after being struck by a rock reportedly thrown by a fan at a league match in Algeria. He was 24.

Ebosse was hit by the rock as players left the field after his team, JS Kabylie, lost 2-1 to visiting USM Alger in Tizi Ouzou.

Algeria’s interior ministry ordered a police investigation be opened into Ebosse’s death, according to a statement on the soccer team’s website.

• Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde of the Movistar team has the lead after two stages of the 21-stage Spanish Vuelta.

French rider Nacer Bouhanni of the team won the 108.3-mile stage from Algeciras to San Fernando in 4 hours, 1 minute, 30 seconds.

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