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Bolt wins in 100 meters at worlds

His legs were hurting, the rain was pouring and he was trailing late in the race.

Doesn’t matter. This is Usain Bolt.

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And nothing gets in the way of the Jamaican sprinter and first place, especially when he is driven as he was Sunday in the 100-meter final at the world championships in Moscow.

Bolt blew by U.S. runner Justin Gatlin with about 30 meters to go and never glanced back.

Two years ago at worlds, Bolt false-started in the final to lose his crown.

“It’s always great to get back your title,” said Bolt, who won in 9.77 seconds. “I’m happy with myself I got it done.”

There was a downpour shortly before the 100 final. When Bolt was introduced to the crowd, he pretended to open an umbrella.

U.S. athletes Brittney Reese and Ashton Eaton added to the star power at the meet.

Reese won her third straight long-jump gold. Eaton is the owner of the world decathlon title, adding to the Olympic gold he won last year.

College football

USC soph QBs surpass Browne

USC freshman quarterback Max Browne, a graduate of Skyline High School in Sammamish, no longer is in the running to start the Aug. 29 opener at Hawaii, Trojans coach Lane Kiffin announced.

Third-year sophomores Max Wittek and Cody Kessler will compete for the starting job.

“It’s going from three to two,” Kiffin said.

On the other hand, Kiffin praised Browne — “he’s probably as advanced as any guy that we’ve had this quick” — and said Browne won’t necessarily redshirt this season.

“He’s got to be ready to play and prepare like that,” Kiffin said. “Regardless of what happens this season, whoever plays and however well they play, we’ll go back to spring and reopen it again and he’ll have a year under his belt.”


Chicago beats Minnesota in OT

Chicago Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne forced overtime with a clutch three-pointer and finished with a career-high 32 points in a 94-86 victory over visiting Minnesota in a meeting of conference leaders.

Sylvia Fowles scored 31 points and ex-Gonzaga standout Courtney Vandersloot added 13 points and a game-high nine assists for East-leading Chicago (15-7).

Seimone Augustus scored 26 points for league-leading Minnesota (17-5).

Chicago was 31 of 33 from the free-throw line and Minnesota made all 17 of its free throws.

In other league games, Diana Taurasi scored 20 points to lead host Phoenix past Tulsa 77-56; Cappie Pondexter had 33 points to help visiting New York beat Atlanta 88-82; and Crystal Langhorne scored 18 points as host Washington beat Connecticut 74-63.


Williams earns 8th title of year

Top-ranked Serena Williams of the United States breezed to her third Rogers Cup title, beating unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-0 in Toronto.

Williams won her eighth WTA title of the year and the 54th of her career. She didn’t lose a set at the tournament.

Nadal dominates in Montreal

Rafael Nadal of Spain beat Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-2 in the Rogers Cup final in Montreal, spoiling Raonic’s bid to become the first Canadian champion in the event in 55 years.

Nadal, competing in his first tournament since a first-round loss at Wimbledon in June, earned his eighth tournament title this year and the 58th of his career.


Manchester United prevails

Manchester United, last season’s English Premier League champion, beat English FA Cup champ Wigan 2-0 in the Community Shield match at Wembley Stadium in London.

Robin van Persie scored the goals.

Galaxy’s Donovan scores 3 times

Landon Donovan scored all of the Los Angeles Galaxy goals in a 3-3 Major League Soccer draw at FC Dallas. Blas Perez scored twice for FC Dallas in the second half.

In another MLS match, Chivas USA and the Colorado Rapids tied 1-1 in Carson, Calif.


Danielson wins Tour of Utah

American Tom Danielson of the Garmin-Sharp team won the Tour of Utah in Park City, finishing third behind 5-Hour Energy rider Francisco Macebo Perez of Spain in the sixth stage.

Danielson’s overall time was 23 hours, 5 minutes, 48 seconds. He beat American Chris Horner of the RadioShack Leopard Trek team by 1:26.

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