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Sports news briefs — July 31

Compiled from wire reports


Franklin takes 200 for third event win

• Missy Franklin held off hard-charging Federica Pelligrini to win the 200-meter freestyle on Wednesday night, the 18-year-old American claiming her third victory of the world championships and justifying the decision to cut back her program in Barcelona.

France’s Camille Muffat went out hard, leading after the first lap and 0.75 under the world-record pace. But Franklin edged ahead at the midway point and held off Pelligrini, the Italian world-record holder, to win in 1 minute, 54.81 seconds, a personal best.

South Africa’s Chad le Clos, best known for his upset win over Michael Phelps at the Olympics, showed he’s still the man to beat in the 200 butterfly. He went back and forth with Poland’s Pawel Korzeniowski before turning it on the final lap to win in 1:54.32.

China’s Sun Yang won the 800 freestyle going away and Ryan Lochte bounced back from a disappointing fourth-place showing in his first individual event, moving into the final of the 200 individual medley as the fastest qualifier (1:57.07).


Oregon St. players are suspended

• Oregon State players Devon Collier and Eric Moreland were suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. Coach Craig Robinson declined to say which rules were violated when announcing the suspensions this week. Collier and Moreland, who both play forward, can participate in workouts with the team while attending summer classes. Collier, entering his senior year, averaged almost 13 points per game last season. Moreland, a junior, averaged nine points and more than 10 rebounds.

• USA Basketball is moving from Colorado Springs, Colo., to a new facility next to Arizona State University. USA Basketball announced that it will relocate its headquarters and training center to a $350 million development project that will be called USA Place. The 10.5-acre site in downtown Tempe will include a 4,500-seat event center, a 330-room hotel, 500 luxury apartments, a 30,000-square-foot conference center and 200,000 square feet of office space.

college football

Freshman can play for UCLA this fall

• Blue chip college football recruit Eddie Vanderdoes won his appeal to the NCAA and will be eligible to play this season for UCLA after first signing a national letter of intent with Notre Dame. Vanderdoes, from Auburn, Calif., signed with the Fighting Irish in February, but decided later he wanted to stay closer to home because of an ailing family member. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly declined to release the highly rated defensive tackle from his NLI, which meant that while Vanderdoes could attend UCLA this year he could not play until 2014 and would have only four years to play three seasons. Now he will have the standard five years to play four seasons.

• Former Colorado State and NFL standout Joey Porter will join the Rams’ coaching staff this season as he finishes up his degree. Rams coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday that Porter will serve as an undergraduate student assistant coach. Porter was a star for the Rams and went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl title with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005. He will be inducted into CSU’s sports Hall of Fame in November.


AS Roma topples MLS All-Stars 3-1

• Italian powerhouse AS Roma, led by longtime star Francesco Totti, scored 4 minutes into the game and then added two second-half goals to rout a team of MLS All-Stars 3-1 in Kansas City. Kevin Strootman and Alessandro Florenzi each had a goal and an assist, and Junior Tallo also scored for Roma, the three-time Serie A champions. Omar Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Galaxy scored the only goal for the MLS side in second-half stoppage time.

• Ecuador striker Christian “Chucho” Benitez died of heart failure, Qatari club El Jaish said Wednesday, without adding further details. The 27-year-old striker died Monday, a day after playing his first match for his new club. His body was due to be flown back to Ecuador just after midnight today, but the flight was delayed until noon.

other SPORTS

Panthers, Gomez set on 1-year deal

• Two-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Gomez is joining the Florida Panthers. The Panthers said that they agreed to terms with the veteran center on a one-year deal. Gomez leads all active U.S.-born NHL players in assists with 530 and points with 701. Gomez, 33, has also played for New Jersey, the New York Rangers, Montreal and San Jose. He’s been to the Stanley Cup finals three times, winning with the Devils in 2000 and 2003. Gomez also played for the U.S. on the 2006 Olympic team.

• The mother of Bill Johnson says the former Olympic downhill champion has “improved tremendously” since he elected to no longer go through treatment for an infection that was attacking his major organs. D.B. Johnson-Cooper said in a phone interview Wednesday that Johnson returned to his assisted-living facility in Gresham, Ore., and has “improved every day.”

— From wire reports


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