Track and field
Bolt to retire after Olympics
Usain Bolt plans to retire after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Bolt said Wednesday he wants to win more gold in Rio, set another world record in the 200 meters next year and perhaps win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.
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“So far, (it) is after the Olympics in Rio,” Bolt said of his retirement plans. “I think if I am in great shape, I’ll go there and do what I have to do. I think it will be a good time to retire on top.”
Winning another three golds in Moscow last month made him the most decorated athlete in world-championship history with eight golds and two silvers. He has six gold medals from the Olympics.
“If I want to be among the greats of (Muhammad) Ali and Pele and all these guys, I have to continue dominating until I retire,” Bolt said ahead of his final race this season in the 100 at Friday’s Van Damme Memorial in Brussels.
Bolt won the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and at last year’s London Games. He won the same triple at the 2009 worlds before repeating that feat in Moscow last month.
Couples appoints Spieth to Presidents Cup team
Jordan Spieth started the season without status on any tour. He ends it by going to the Presidents Cup.
Fred Couples used his captain’s picks on the 20-year-old Spieth and Webb Simpson to fill out his 12-man team, making Spieth the youngest American to play in the Presidents Cup since it began in 1994.
“I’m just super stoked,” said Spieth, who won the John Deere Classic in July.
Nick Price used his picks on a pair of rookies — Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe and Marc Leishman of Australia — as the International team tries to win for only the second time. The matches are Oct. 3-6 at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.
By taking the rookie, Couples left Jim Furyk off an American team for the first time since the 1997 Ryder Cup, ending a streak of 15 straight teams. Couples said it was such a tough decision that he did not call Furyk, and left him a text message.
While he was disappointed, Furyk said Couples was in a tough spot.
“He had so many good players … he wasn’t going to make a bad choice,” Furyk said.
Spieth is assured of being the first player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to start a season without status and reach the Tour Championship.
Crew defeats Dynamo
Justin Meram and Ryan Finley each had a goal and an assist to lead the host Columbus Crew to a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo.
The Crew (9-13-5) ended a two-game skid. Houston (10-9-7) fell to 0-2-1 in its past three matches.
Seimone Augustus scored 23 points to lead the host Minnesota Lynx to a physical 83-74 win over the Los Angeles Sparks in a matchup of the top two teams in the Western Conference.
Maya Moore added 20 points for the Lynx (23-7), who increased their lead over the Sparks (21-10) in the standings to 2½ games. It was the fifth consecutive win for Minnesota, which beat the Sparks in the conference finals last season.
Candace Parker scored a game-high 25 points and Kristi Toliver had 14 as Los Angeles lost its second straight.
Angel McCoughtry scored 30 points and Erika de Souza added 17 points and 14 rebounds to help the host Atlanta Dream (16-13) clinch a playoff spot with an 89-80 overtime victory over the Indiana Fever (13-16).
Burton leaving Childress
Veteran driver Jeff Burton said he won’t return to Richard Childress Racing after this year to keep driving the No. 31 Chevrolet in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.
Burton, 46, said he previously told RCR that he planned to stop driving a full schedule after next year.
But now the car does not have enough sponsorship for all of next season so “we’re just accelerating (his departure) a year earlier,” he said.
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• Tamarando rallied for a half-length victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity for 2-year-olds on closing day of the summer meet at the seaside track in California. Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Tamarando covered 7 furlongs on the synthetic surface in 1:23.07 and paid $17.80 to win.
• Marc Gasol had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Spain limited Croatia to three points in the final quarter, opening its bid for a third straight European basketball title with a 68-40 victory in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
• The NCAA granted guard Michael Dixon’s waiver to play college basketball this season at Memphis after transferring from Missouri.
• Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland won the 11th stage of the Spanish Vuelta in a time trial in Tarazona, while Vincenzo Nibali of Italy took the overall leader’s jersey.
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