Compiled from wire reports
Uchimura captures fourth world title
• Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura won a record fourth all-around world championship Thursday in Antwerp, Belgium, beating Japanese compatriot Ryohei Kato in a final that had a sense of inevitability from the start.
Uchimura opened with the best floor exercise of the six top qualifiers, and was in command the rest of the way. He mixed strength, poise and elegance in every discipline, setting himself apart from all gymnasts and reinforcing his reputation as the greatest in the history of the sport.
“I always do my own things,” Uchimura said. “I don’t think about rivals.”
Even though Uchimura already held the men’s record for all-around world titles, he still shared it overall with retired women’s great Svetlana Khorkina of Russia, who also won three. Uchimura also qualified for the weekend floor exercise, high bar and parallel bar finals.
In the contest for the other medals, Sam Mikulak of the U.S. made a decisive error late in his high bar routine and instead of challenging for silver he ended up fifth. Fabian Hambuechen of Germany started with a weak pommel horse routine, but his evening-long chase ended with a great floor exercise and the bronze medal.
Uchimura finished with 91.990 points, almost a massive two points ahead of Kato, who had 90.032.
Alabama suspends standout safety
• University of Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules, leaving the defending national champions without one of college football’s top defensive backs. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban declined to say at a news conference what rules were involved in Clinton-Dix’s case. The Tuscaloosa News reported today that Corey Harris, an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Alabama, was placed on administrative leave for providing impermissible benefits to Clinton-Dix.
• A University of Mississippi professor says that a group of Ole Miss students, including football players, disrupted a production of a campus play with “hate speech” on Tuesday night in Jackson, Miss. Michael Barnett, the assistant theatre chair, said that several students in the play told him that audience members were disruptive and used “derogatory terms” for homosexuals during a production of The Laramie Project on campus. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze confirmed that football players were in the crowd. Barnett says a group of football players apologized after the play.
Olympic legend Belov dies at 69
• Sergei Belov, a starting guard on the Soviet Union basketball team that won a gold medal over the U.S. at the 1972 Olympics, died Thursday. He was 69. The first international player to be elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame, Belov died in Perm, Russia, Euroleague Basketball said in a release on its website. It didn’t list a cause of death. Belov scored a game-high 20 points in the Soviet Union’s 51-50 win over the U.S. in the gold-medal game in Munich, which ended on a decisive last-second layup after the clock had been reset.
• Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge has a hip flexor strain and is day-to-day. The 6-foot-11 Aldridge sustained the injury during Wednesday night’s practice and did not participate in practice on Thursday.
Korda, Choi share lead in Beijing
• American Jessica Korda and South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi shot 9-under 64 in Beijing to share the lead after the first round of the inaugural Reignwood LPGA Classic, 4 strokes ahead of the rest of the field. Choi birdied her last four holes, while Korda matched her career-best round. Neither made a bogey. Third-ranked Stacy Lewis of the United States (68) was in a tie for third place with South Koreans Hee Young Park and Hee Kyung Seo.
•The Minnesota Wild signed forward Jason Pominville to a five-year contract extension. Terms were not disclosed
• Amy Dombroski, a 26-year-old American racer in the bicycle sport of cyclo-cross, died when she was struck by a truck while training in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium.
— From wire reports