Sports in brief: American wins 110 hurdles at world championships

Track and field

American wins 110 hurdles after dq

DAEGU, South Korea — Olympic champion Dayron Robles was disqualified for interfering with Chinese star Liu Xiang in the 110-meter hurdles Monday, giving runnerup Jason Richardson of the United States the victory in one of the most anticipated races at the world championships.

In a race almost as controversial as Sunday's 100 final disqualification of Usain Bolt, Robles crossed the line first, but Liu appealed after the Cuban tangled with him over the two last hurdles, which dropped Liu to third.

An appeal was denied.

"I am really sorry about the situation," Liu said. "We are good friends."

Richardson called his win "bittersweet."

"Whatever reward I get from doing my best, I will accept. If it's gold, silver or bronze, it doesn't matter," Richardson said. "You never want to see someone as talented as Robles disqualified."

"He won the race. That's what we know," said Robles' coach, Santiago Antunez.

American Carmelita Jeter won the women's 100 meters, riling the Jamaicans. "We'll see her again," said Jamaican Olympic gold medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who finished fourth.

Double-amputee Oscar Pistorius (46.19 seconds) was last in the 400-meter semifinals. "My goal was to make the semifinal, and I did it," he said. "Even if I would have ran faster, I wouldn't have made the final."

Soccer

Barcelona rolls 5-0 in Spanish league opener

Lionel Messi and Thiago Alcantara led host Barcelona to a 5-0 win over Villarreal to open a campaign for a fourth straight Spanish league title.

With starters Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Adriano and Maxwell injured and Dani Alves suspended, Barcelona experimented with a three-man defensive line with Eric Abidal alongside reconverted midfielders Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets.

Barcelona is undefeated in all competitions at home since last season's home opener.

More soccer: Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey will not join the U.S. team for Friday's international friendly against Costa Rica in Carson, Calif. He will get treatment for back spasms and is expected to play Sept. 6 at Belgium. … Three are in custody after more than 100 youths attacked a Panathinaikos fan club in Athens, Greece. Three are hospitalized with stab wounds. … Brazilian great Zico, 58, agreed to a one-year deal as Iraq's national coach.

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Basketball: Nuggets restricted free agent Wilson Chandler will play in China and can't opt out of his deal and return to the NBA if there is a 2011-12 season. Lead negotiators for owners and players plan to meet Wednesday for the second time since the lockout began three months ago. … The FBI said former NBA player Javaris Crittenton was arrested without incident Monday after checking in at a Southern California airport. He will face a murder charge in an Atlanta shooting. He had planned to fly to Atlanta and turn himself in. … The Knicks hired Mike Woodson as an assistant. The former Atlanta coach is known for defense.

Autos: Kevin Harvick clinched a wild-card berth in the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Harvick was not listed among drivers who clinched Saturday at Bristol, but a review by NASCAR determined his three wins were enough. Seven spots can be claimed over the next two races, at Atlanta and Richmond.

nhl: The Coyotes traded right wing Lee Stempniak for Flames center Daymond Langkow. Langkow, who turns 35 next month, played four games last season, bothered by a neck injury. The Lightning drafted him fifth overall in 1995.

Cycling: The final Tour de France doping tests were negative, meaning only Alexandr Kolobnev failed a test.

Times wires

Sports in brief: American wins 110 hurdles at world championships 08/29/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 12:54am]

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