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Tyson Gay defeats Asafa Powell in 100-meter final at World Athletics Final

Gay overcomes a slow start to beat Powell and Darvis Patton. World record-holder Usain Bolt skips the race.

September 13, 2009|Staff And Wire Reports

Tyson Gay beat Asafa Powell in the 100 meters at the World Athletics Final in Thessaloniki, Greece, on Saturday, finishing in 9.88 seconds in his last major race of the season.

Gay overcame a slow start to pull away from Powell, who was timed in 9.90. Darvis Patton of the U.S. was third in 10.00. World record-holder Usain Bolt skipped the race.

Allyson Felix won the women's 200, beating fellow American Sanya Richards in a photo finish after both finished in 22.29. Kerron Stewart of Jamaica was third in 22.42.

In the women's pole vault, world record-holder Yelena Isinbayeva cleared a modest 15 feet, 9 inches for an easy victory. The Russian, who has broken the world record 27 times in her career, then failed at 16-7 1/2 . Brazil's Fabiana Murer and Poland's Monika Pyrek shared second at 15-1 1/4 .

In the 400, Olympic and world champion LaShawn Merritt of the U.S. won in 44.93 seconds. Chris Brown of the Bahamas was second in 45.49 and David Neville of the U.S. was third in 45.60.



Gomez takes silver for U.S.

Light welterweight Frankie Gomez settled for silver at the world boxing championships in Milan, losing 8-2 to Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo in the finals. It was another disappointing international tournament for the United States.

Gomez was the only American to make the finals, and had trouble dealing with the experience and longer reach of the Cuban fighter. The U.S. was coming off its worst showing in Olympic history, prompting Coach Dan Campbell to retire.

Russia dominated the world championships, winning gold at light heavyweight and heavyweight, along with four silver medals. Host nation Italy also won a pair of golds.



Unbeaten Turkey defeats Spain

Turkey remained undefeated at the European basketball championship in Lodz, Poland, with a 63-60 victory over Spain, the world champions who are led by NBA stars Pau Gasol and Rudy Fernandez.

Turkey forward Ersan Ilyasova scored 15 points and made a key block in the closing seconds of the second-round game.

Spain had the ball and a chance to win with 12 seconds to play. Sergio Llull drove to the basket, but Ilyasova got a hand on the shot and teammate Ender Arslan rebounded. Center Semih Erden then hit two free throws to seal the Group F win.



Moncoutie wins; Valverde in lead

David Moncoutie of France won the mountainous 13th stage of the Spanish Vuelta in Sierra Nevada, Spain, and Alejandro Valverde of Spain retained the overall lead. Moncoutie completed the 107.2-mile ride from Berja to Sierra Nevada in 5 hours 9 minutes 22 seconds.

Italian Francesco Chicchi has won the sixth stage of the Tour of Missouri in St. Joseph, Mo. Chicchi, riding for Liquigas-Cannondale, completed the 110.3-mile stage in a time of 3 hours 41 minutes 41 seconds. American David Zabriskie, riding for Garmin-Slipstream, finished in the pack but retained the Missouri Tourism Leader's Jersey.



Senators trade Heatley to Sharks

The Ottawa Senators traded disgruntled winger Dany Heatley to the San Jose Sharks, ending a lingering dispute with a player who felt he was not being used properly by the team. The Sharks gave up Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second-round pick. Ottawa also sent a fifth-round pick to San Jose.



Seymour ready to join Raiders

Richard Seymour says he's "excited" to join the Oakland Raiders after initially being "blindsided" by his trade from New England. Seymour's first public comments about the trade appeared in the Boston Herald on Saturday.

The five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman had not reported to the Raiders since they dealt a 2011 first-round pick for him last Sunday, raising speculation he did not want to join what has been the NFL's worst team over the last six years.

Seymour says he just needed to gather his thoughts and take care of some family issues before leaving for Oakland.

After crashes sent two skaters to the hospital, Apolo Anton Ohno earned a narrow victory in the 500 meters at the U.S. short track national championships in Marquette, Mich.

The five-time Olympic medalist barely got his right skate blade in front of Jeff Simon in the final at the hockey rink on the Northern Michigan University campus.

Ohno was timed in 41.928, with Simon crossing the line in 41.967. The victory allowed Ohno to pad his first-place point total in the overall standings.

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