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Sports in brief: Former Seminole Walter Dix wins Prefontaine 200 meters

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Former Seminole Dix takes 200 at Pre

EUGENE, Ore. — Former FSU star and bronze medal 2008 Olympian Walter Dix spoiled Tyson Gay's return, winning the 200 meters at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday in 19.72 seconds.

Gay, who finished 0.04 seconds back, had not competed since May because of a hamstring injury. The Prefontaine, which did not include a men's 100, was a first step toward challenging Jamaican Usain Bolt's dominance in the sprints.

"Yeah, it's not bad for a first race," Gay said.

Dix was coming off a victory in the 100 last week in the USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, where he finished second to Walter Spearmon in the 200. Dix ran the 200 in 19.86 seconds this year at a meet in Rome.

Bolt, the world-record holder in the 100 and 200, did not compete at Saturday's meet, part of the elite IAAF Diamond League series.

Et Cetera

Colleges: Several FIU and Hurricanes players, including quarterback Jacory Harris, took part in a youth football clinic run by the foundation named after Bryan Pata, the former Miami player who was slain outside an apartment nearly four years ago. Pata's brother, Edwin Pierre-Pata, says the foundation that he helps run is trying to educate the college players on how to avoid violence as well as provide positive role models for kids. No arrest has been in the case, but police say the investigation remains open.

Horses: Chinchon beat Take the Points by 1½ lengths in the $750,000 United Nations Stakes on the turf at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. Chinchon improved to 4-for-19 against a field that included five Grade 1 winners. … Haynesfield, the only New York-bred in the field, won the $300,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park in New York. The 4-year-old colt trained by Steve Asmussen improved to 8-for-11 with the richest victory of his career.

NHL: The Penguins signed left wing Brett Sterling, 26, to a two-way contract that will pay him $500,000 if he plays in the NHL next season. Sterling had two goals and two assists in 19 career games with the Thrashers.

Soccer: Alvaro Saborio scored twice in a five-minute span and host Real Salt Lake routed New England 5-0 late Friday to extend its home unbeaten streak to a franchise-record 18 games. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando has not allowed a goal in 408 minutes, a franchise record.

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