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Adrian, Magnussen gear for rematch in 100 free final

It’s The Missile vs. The Olympic Champion — in a rematch.

The 100-meter freestyle, swimming’s signature race, takes center stage Thursday at the world championships in Barcelona, Spain.

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And if the results from the London Games are any indication, it’s going to be decided by a fraction of a second.

A year ago in the Olympic final, Nathan Adrian of Bremerton edged James “The Missile” Magnussen by 0.01 seconds — the smallest margin in the sport. And the American and the Australian were the only swimmers to break the 48-second barrier in Wednesday’s qualification heats.

Magnussen led morning heats in 47.71 then Adrian topped the evening semifinals in 47.95.

“The 100 freestyle is a man’s man event,” Adrian said. “Anybody who can swim it does. So I think there’s going to be a lot of competition.”

Franklin wins third gold, pulls out of 50 back

Missy Franklin held off hard-charging Federica Pelligrini to win the 200 freestyle, the 18-year-old American claiming her third victory of the world championships and justifying the decision to cut back her program in Barcelona.

“We’re coming down the mountain now,” Franklin said.

She had been scheduled to swim two races in the evening session: the semifinals of the 50 backstroke, followed about 20 minutes later by the final of the 200 free.

But Franklin and her coach, Todd Schmitz, decided it was best to drop the non-Olympic 50 back.


U.S. Open boosts payouts

All singles players at the U.S. Open are getting a big raise this year, from the record $2.6 million each champion will take home, to the $32,000 for everyone losing in the first round.

The U.S. Tennis Association announced the breakdown of its across-the-board prize money overhaul at the Grand Slam tournament, four months after saying it would add more than $8 million to the pool. The total payout, including per diems for players, will be $34.3 million, up from $25.5 million in 2012. That’s an increase of about 35 percent overall.

Hingis wins in return

Martina Hingis won in her return to the WTA Tour, teaming with Daniela Hantuchova for a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Julia Goerges and Darija Jurak in the Southern California Open in Carlsbad.

Hingis, 32, last played a tour match in September 2007.

Haase advances in Austria

Defending champion Robin Haase stayed on course for a third straight title in Kitzbuehel, Austria, by beating Daniel Brands of Germany 6-4, 6-1.

Second-seeded Juan Monaco also reached the quarterfinals, while No. 4 Jurgen Melzer lost to 19-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem 7-5, 6-3.

Fish, Isner move on

Mardy Fish advanced to the third round of the Citi Open in Washington, beating 12th-seeded Julien Benneteau of France 6-3, 7-5.

Eighth-seeded John Isner, coming off a victory last week in Atlanta, held off Alex Kuznetsov 7-6 (6-2), 7-6 (6-4).


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