Haskins, college coach key in integrating teams, dies
Don Haskins, credited with helping break color barriers in college sports in 1966 when he used five black starters to win a national basketball title for Texas Western, died. He was 78. Texas-El Paso spokesman Jeff Darby said the Hall of Fame coach died yesterday afternoon. He had no other details. UTEP was previously known as Texas Western.
Long wins gold in 100 butterfly
Middle River's Jessica Long took gold in the women's 100-meter butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 11.96 seconds in Beijing. "It's unbelievable. All the work I've been doing has paid off," she said. "I'm really happy to start off the meet this way, and I'm just going to take every moment in. I haven't seen my family yet so I'm excited to share it with them." The United States won four gold medals in swimming on the opening day, the most of any country.
Villegas claims BMW Championship
Camilo Villegas won the BMW Championship, a wire-to-wire victory made possible by three big putts on the back nine at Bellerive in St. Louis for his first PGA Tour title. "It was a pretty good little stretch there that just tested my nerves and showed myself that I was good enough to stay out there," said Villegas, who finished at 15-under overall. Villegas pulled away from Jim Furyk, held off Anthony Kim and wound up winning by two shots over Dudley Hart, who birdied his final two holes for a 65. It was Hart's best finish in four years and it earned him two trips to Georgia - the Tour Championship in two weeks and the Masters next April. Vijay Singh all but secured the FedEx Cup when he tied for 44th. He has such a large lead in the points race that he only has to complete four rounds at East Lake in the Tour Championship to collect the $10 million payoff. Villegas, a 26-year-old Colombian in his third year on the PGA Tour, finished at 15-under 265 and earned $1.26 million.
European Nykredit Masters:: Annika Sorenstam ended her pro career in Europe by finishing third in Helsingoer, Denmark. The 37-year-old Hall of Famer from Sweden closed with a 2-under 71. She was five shots behind winner Martina Eberl (66), who finished at 14-under 205.
Amateur:: Brad Foxwell shot a record 7-under 64 and won the ninth annual Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp. Fall Publinx at Forest Park Golf Course. The previous 18-hole record of 65 was set by Foxwell and Jim Winner last year. Tim Osgood equaled his career round in getting second at 66, followed by Jack McDonald, 68, in the record field of 131 entries. The usual 36-hole event was reduced to one round after rain washed out the first day at Mount Pleasant Golf Course.
Dixon loses race, wins IndyCar Series title
Helio Castroneves barely won the Peak Indy 300, but it wasn't enough to stop Scott Dixon from taking his IndyCar Series second championship. Castroneves came from last place yesterday to win in Joliet, Ill., but Dixon, who knew coming in he only had to finish eighth or better to win the title, took the lead with a perfect pit stop late in the race and nearly held off Castroneves for the victory, crossing the finish line inches behind the winner. It was sweet redemption for Dixon, who lost both the race and the championship to Dario Franchitti last year at Chicagoland Speedway when he ran out of fuel two turns from the finish. Dixon became the fourth straight Indianapolis 500 winner to go on to earn the series championship, following Dan Wheldon, Sam Hornish Jr. and Franchitti.
Formula One Belgian Grand Prix: : Felipe Massa was declared the winner after Lewis Hamilton was penalized for cutting a corner during a late duel with world champion Kimi Raikkonen in Spa-Francorchamps. Hamilton crossed the line 14.4 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Massa in a dramatic finish that saw Raikkonen crash into a barrier, but the McLaren driver was penalized 25 seconds for an illegal maneuver. Race stewards said in a statement that Hamilton "cut the chicane and gained an advantage" that allowed him to take the lead from Raikkonen in the rain-splashed finale. The penalty demoted Hamilton to third, with BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld promoted to second. Instead of an eight-point edge, Hamilton now leads Massa 76-74 with five races remaining.
Rahy's Attorney takes Woodbine
Canadian-owned Rahy's Attorney won the $1 million Woodbine Mile, while favored Kip Deville faded to finish a distant fifth in Toronto. With the win, Rahy's Attorney clinched a berth in the Breeders' Cup Mile on Oct. 25 in Santa Anita Park in California. Kip Deville, North America's top-ranked turf mile horse, took the early lead, but couldn't hold it coming around the turn. Kip Deville managed to get into second in the stretch, but faded and finished five lengths behind. Ventura, a filly, was second, 11/4 lengths behind, while Just Rushing was third. Rahy's Attorney, ridden by Slade Callaghan, finished in 1:36.14 on the turf.
Eight Belles:: Larry Jones stood at the podium, his voice breaking ever so slightly. Even now, four months later, the veteran trainer finds it difficult to talk about the death of Eight Belles. "It still tears me up as bad as the day that it happened," Jones said after a memorial service for the filly at the Kentucky Derby Museum, a furlong or two from the track where she ran her final race. "But I do feel now that some things are coming in order and we know that [the racing industry] is going to be better because of Eight Belles." More than 200 fans, some from New York and South Carolina, crammed the small courtyard outside the museum in honor of the filly who came in second at the Kentucky Derby.
Powell takes sprint in Italy
Asafa Powell won the 100 meters at the Rieti Grand Prix in 9.82 seconds in Italy. Powell, who set a then-world record of 9.74 on the same track a year ago, clocked 9.77 in his semifinal heat, but that was still well off the world record of 9.69 set by fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt at the Beijing Olympics last month. Coming off a false start, Powell got off slowly in the final. "If I got my normal start in the final I would have broken the world record," he said. "I know that I can break the world record."
College soccer:: Phil Bannister tied a career high by scoring two goals as the Loyola men earned their third straight victory, a 2-1 win over host Towson in the 56th meeting between the teams. The Greyhounds (3-0-0) improved their advantage in the all-time series to 37-15-4 and have won past two against the Tigers (1-2-0). Liam Maloney gave Towson a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute before Bannister tied the score with 1:39 left in the first half. Bannister scored the game-winner with less than two minutes to play.
Mixed martial arts:: Chuck Liddell was the face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Rashad Evans is part of the changing of the guard in mixed martial arts. Evans knocked out Liddell with a thunderous overhand right to the jaw 1:51 into the second round late Saturday night at UFC 88, setting up a likely championship bout with light heavyweight title-holder Forrest Griffin late this fall. "Hopefully it puts me right up there," Evans said. "I'm a patient man." Liddell, the former champ and a key figure in the rise of the sport, has lost three of his last four fights, two of them by knockouts. The 38-year-old was on the canvas for several minutes after the knockout before getting to his feet and walking out of the octagon.