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Ledecky sets world record

Katie Ledecky, a 16-year-old from Bethesda, Md., obliterated the world record in the 1,500-meter freestyle Tuesday and earned her second gold medal at the world championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Ledecky won in 15 minutes, 36.53 seconds to surpass the record of 15:42.54 set by American Kate Ziegler in 2007.

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“It was really tough, my hardest race ever,” Ledecky said.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Missy Franklin of Centennial, Colo., won her second gold at the meet when she took the 100 backstroke in 58.42. She is attempting to become the first swimmer to win eight golds at one world meet.

College football

Ex- Penn St. trio to be tried

Penn State’s ex-president and two former top school administrators were ordered to stand trial on charges accusing them of a cover-up in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.

Prosecutors showed enough evidence during a two-day preliminary hearing to warrant a trial for ex-President Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley, District Judge William Wenner ruled in Harrisburg, Pa.

Sandusky, a defensive coordinator on then-coach Joe Paterno’s staff before retiring in 1999, was convicted last year of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and received a 30- to 60-year state-prison term.

Hyde’s case is dropped

A little more than a week after he was suspended indefinitely by Ohio State coach Urban Meyer for an alleged assault against a woman, running back Carlos Hyde had his case dropped by Columbus police.

Police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner said the alleged victim chose not to pursue charges against the Buckeyes’ leading scorer and second-leading rusher for the 2012 season.

Meyer later announced Hyde is suspended for at least three games “for conduct not representative of this football program or this university.”

2 players are killed in crash

Texas A&M defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu, 19, was among three people killed in a single-car rollover crash Monday near Cuba, N.M.

Also killed were 18-year-old Gaius “Keio” Vaenuku, an incoming freshman defensive lineman for Utah, and 13-year-old Andrew “Lolo” Uhatafe.

The driver, 18-year-old Salesi Uhatafe of Euless, Texas, and his father, Salesi Uhatafe Sr., suffered minor injuries.

Alcohol wasn’t involved and it appeared the driver, an incoming Utah freshman offensive lineman, was the only one wearing a seat belt, investigators said.

Driskel has appendectomy

Florida starting quarterback Jeff Driskel might miss the first two weeks of fall practice while recovering from an appendectomy.


Park seeks to extend streak

Inbee Park of South Korea pursues an unprecedented fourth straight major in a year at the Women’s British Open in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Park is scheduled to begin her first round at 11:03 p.m. PDT Wednesday.

Tiger Woods (2000-01) and Mickey Wright (1961-62) are the only players to have won four pro majors in a row, though neither did so in the same calendar year. Woods was the previous player to win three straight majors in a season.

One debate is whether to call the feat a Grand Slam if Park, 25, wins this weekend. The LPGA Tour added a fifth major this year, the Evian Championship in France in September.

Park’s major victories this year are in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, LPGA Championship and U.S. Women’s Open.


• The NHL San Jose Sharks signed center Joe Pavelski, 29, to a $30 million, five-year contract extension.

• Businessman Anthony Precourt’s Precourt Sports Ventures will take over operating rights to the Columbus Crew franchise of Major League Soccer from a company run by Clark Hunt.

Hunt’s father, the late Lamar Hunt, helped to establish the league.

• American Edwin Moses, 57, who won Olympic gold medals in the 400-meter hurdles in 1976 and 1984, is a candidate to become the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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