Track and field

Back in form, Gay runs 3rd-fastest 200 ever

Tyson Gay, the reigning world champion, ran the third-fastest time ever in the 200 meters in winning in 19.58 seconds at the Reebok Grand Prix on Saturday in New York. The only faster times are Usain Bolt's world record last year of 19.30 and Michael Johnson's 19.32 in 1996. It was in the 200 at last year's U.S. Olympic trials that Gay hurt his hamstring. He didn't win a medal at the Beijing Games after coming in as the world champion in the 100 and 200. Gay's previous personal best was 19.62 seconds in 2007. He blew away a strong field, beating second-place finisher Wallace Spearmon by 0.4 of a second.

NCAA West Regional:: Oregon's Matt Centrowitz (Broadneck) won the men's 1,500 meters in Eugene, Ore., finishing in a meet record of 3 minutes, 38.30 seconds.


Keselowski takes Nationwide race at Dover

Brad Keselowski raced to his first Nationwide Series victory of the season, taking the lead during a restart with two laps left at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Kyle Busch led most of the second half of race and appeared on the way to his third win of the season. But he seemed to have tire trouble off the restart that came after the caution with seven laps left. Busch also was nudged from behind by Joey Logano and both cars went up the track, giving Keselowski space to pass. Logano was second on the first anniversary of his Nationwide debut. Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers and Carl Edwards rounded out the top five. Fourth-generation Earnhardt driver Jeffrey Earnhardt failed to qualify for what he was hoping would be his Nationwide debut. He was the lone driver who did not crack the 43-car field.

Camping World Trucks: : Brian Scott, 21, won the race at Dover for his first career victory in any NASCAR series.


Indy 500 winner Castroneves hits wall in qualifying

Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves has crashed in qualifying at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis. Castroneves bounced off the wall during qualifying for the A.J.Foyt 225. The Brazilian driver was not injured, but his Penske Racing No. 3 Dallara suffered considerable damage, and he will start today's race from the rear of the 20-car grid.


Crystal Palace Baltimore to play parent in Waldorf

Crystal Palace Baltimore will play its parent club, London's Crystal Palace Football Club, in an exhibition July 13 at 8 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, home of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs minor league baseball team. The match will be televised nationally by Fox Soccer Channel. Tickets will be general admission and priced at $14 for adults and $12 for youth, seniors and military. ... On Friday night, Crystal Palace Baltimore lost, 1-0, to Real Maryland before an announced 2,887 at UMBC Stadium on Gary Brooks' header in the 88th minute.

Elsewhere: : El Salvador and Jamaica played to a 0-0 tie in an international exhibition before an announced 30,313 at RFK Stadium in Washington. It was El Salvador's final game before its 2010 World Cup qualifier against favored Mexico at home Saturday. ... Chelsea recovered after conceding the fastest goal in FA Cup final history, beating Everton, 2-1, in Wembley, England, to win the trophy a fifth time. Louis Saha put Everton ahead after 25 seconds, but Didier Drogba tied the score in the 21st minute and Frank Lampard delivered the winner with 18 minutes left.


Clark leads Crowne Plaza; Texas A&M; men win NCAAs

Tim Clark birdied the 18th hole for a 6-under-par 66 that gave him a two-stroke lead going into the final round of the PGA Tour's Crowne Plaza Invitational. Clark moved ahead of playing partner Steve Stricker with a birdie on the 11th hole, then strung together pars until No. 18. The South African was at 17-under 193 as he chased his first career PGA Tour victory; he has finished second six times, including this tournament last year.

Champions Principal Charity Classic: : Nick Price shot a 4-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Joey Sindelar and Mark Wiebe into the final round in West Des Moines, Iowa. Former Maryland coach Fred Funk is tied with Mark McNulty two strokes back.

NCAA MEN: : Texas A&M;'s Bronson Burgoon hit a gap wedge from the rough to within 3 inches of the 18th hole in Toledo, Ohio, to win his match and clinch the first Division I title for the Aggies.

Et cetera

Menchov set to clinch Giro victory in time trial

Russian Denis Menchov added two seconds to his overall lead at the Giro d'Italia in the next-to-last stage in Anagni. He finished ahead of Danilo Di Luca in a mid-race sprint and leads the Italian by 20 seconds entering today's final time trial in Rome. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong remained 12th overall, but his gap behind Menchov rose to 15:04.

RUNNING: : Paul Kipkemei led a 1-2 finish for Kenya in the Stockholm Marathon, winning in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 35 seconds. Isabellah Andersson of Sweden won the women's race in 2:33.52.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: : Daron Park, women's assistant coach at Maryland the past two seasons, left to become associate head coach at Louisiana Tech.

PRO FOOTBALL: : Powered by a season-high five touchdown passes from E.J. Nemeth and three interceptions by Armar Watson, the Baltimore Mariners routed the D.C. Armor, 57-25, at 1st Mariner Arena in the American Indoor Football Association.

COMPETITIVE EATING: : Takeru Kobayashi, a six-time world hot dog eating champion from Japan, consumed 5 3/4 P'zones in a six-minute span of chaotic pizza consumption in Culver City, Calif., to edge Joey Chestnut, who ate 5 1/2.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: : Brandon Meredith hit two home runs and Tyler Lavigne pitched into the eighth inning as San Diego State eliminated defending College World Series champion Fresno State with a 4-1 victory in Irvine, Calif.

- From Sun staff and news services

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