track and field
Bolt leads Jamaican relay team to gold
• Usain Bolt won his third gold medal of the world championships in Moscow, anchoring Jamaica to victory in the 400-meter relay on Sunday.
The Jamaican team of Bolt, Nesta Carter, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nickel Ashmeade won in 37.36 seconds.
The United States finished second in 37.66 for silver.
Britain, which had been third, was disqualified for a bad change, moving Canada up to bronze in 37.92.
Bolt had already won the 100 and 200 meters. It was his second sprint triple at the world championships, matching the two he has won at the Olympics.
With his victory, Bolt moved to the top of the career world championships medals table with eight gold and two silver, edging Carl Lewis, who has eight gold, one silver and one bronze.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce became the first woman in world championships history to sweep the sprint events when she anchored Jamaica to gold in the 400-meter relay final.
Teddy Tamgho of France won the men’s triple jump. Eunice Sum of Kenya held off Olympic champion Mariya Savinova at the end to win the women’s 800 meters.
Asbel Kiprop of Kenya defended his title in the men’s 1,500 meters, beating American Matthew Centrowitz by half a second.
Christina Obergfoell of Germany won her first major javelin title at age 31, beating Kimberley Mickle of Australia to clinch the gold medal.
Messi scores twice to lead Barcelona
• Lionel Messi scored two goals and set up another to help mark the debut of Neymar and Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino in a 7-0 thrashing of Levante, ensuring the Spanish champions started their title defense in style. With signature signing Neymar watching from the bench, Messi almost single-handedly dismantled overmatched Levante. After Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring, Messi claimed Barcelona’s second goal, stole possession to create the third, and passed for Pedro Rodriguez to score the fourth. Messi scored his second goal from the penalty spot before Xavi Hernandez made it 6-0 against the demoralized visitors just before halftime.
• Jose Mourinho enjoyed a euphoric Chelsea homecoming, and Tottenham put aside the turmoil surrounding Gareth Bale’s future by also making a victorious start to the Premier League season. Chelsea ripped apart Hull inside 25 minutes at Stamford Bridge, with the goals from Oscar and Frank Lampard securing a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge. Roberto Soldado converted a penalty kick for Tottenham to score on debut and clinch a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Marquez continues hot streak in USA
• Marc Marquez makes winning look easy in America. The 20-year-old rookie took the lead Sunday with a nifty inside pass midway through the Indianapolis Grand Prix, saved his wobbly bike two turns later and then pulled away from the pack for a 3.495-second victory over Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa. He became only the third rider in MotoGP history, and the first rookie, to win three races in one country in the same season. Marquez’s fourth win of the season also tied Kenny Roberts’ single-season rookie record, set in 1978, and gave Marquez his fifth consecutive win on U.S. soil.
• Ron Capps won the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn., for his third Funny Car victory of the season. Capps beat Don Schumacher Racing teammate and points leader Matt Hagan with a run of 4.063 seconds at 312.28 mph. Hagan finished in 4.095 at 312.78. Spencer Massey won the Top Fuel division, and Mike Edwards topped the Pro Stock field.
• Emirates Team New Zealand fell out of the second race of the Louis Vuitton Cup finals in San Francisco because of a mechanical problem, handing Italy’s Luna Rossa a victory that evened the series at one apiece. After nose-diving and losing two men overboard during its opening win, Emirates appeared to be sailing smoothly on the second day. The Kiwis pushed ahead by about 400 meters before the hydraulic system that controls the daggerboard malfunctioned near the end of the third leg of the five-leg race on foggy San Francisco Bay. For the second consecutive day, officials called off the second race due to strong wind. Two makeup races will be held today, previously a scheduled day off. The winner of the best-of-13 series will face Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup that is scheduled to start Sept. 7.
• Up With the Birds won the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, running 1½ miles on the turf course in 2:28.69 in the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. The Queen’s Plate runner-up gave owner Sam-Son Farm its record sixth victory in the race. River Seven was second in the 10-horse field, followed by Pyrite Mountain.
— From wire reports