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Sports in brief: Lochte tops Phelps again



SHANGHAI — Ryan Lochte didn't merely defeat Michael Phelps for the second time this week in the 200-meter individual medley in front of a stunned crowd at the world championships Thursday, he also set a world record — the first since polyurethane speed suits were banned two years ago.

"I just wanted to do something that everyone thought was not possible," the former Gator said. "All the hard work I've done this year has definitely paid off."

Lochte took the lead after the first butterfly leg and held on as Phelps closed in the waning meters, touching the wall in 1 minute, 54 seconds — 0.10 faster than the world mark he had set at the 2009 world championships in Rome.

Phelps finished in 1:54.16, a personal best that went under the 1:54.23 he swam at the 2008 Summer Games. The silver medal left Phelps temporarily at loss for words — he uncharacteristically declined to speak with reporters immediately after the race, delaying his comments until the formal news conference that always follows the medal ceremony. He later apologized, admitting he needed time to collect his thoughts.

"I thought I had it on the last stroke," Phelps said. "I felt myself gaining and gaining and gaining. I fell short. He's really just done all the little, small things right. He's super-focused now. I think that race will provide a lot of motivation for the next year. … There is lots of frustration going through my head."


Leaving his sentencing, Rose gets speeding ticket

Former NBA player and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose was given a speeding ticket in suburban Detroit hours after he was sentenced to nearly three weeks in jail for drunken driving, authorities said. Rose was clocked going 46 mph in a 25-mph zone shortly before 9 p.m. on Wednesday night, police said. He was given a citation for going at least 10 mph over the limit. Rose's attorney did not return a message. Rose, 38, was sentenced earlier Wednesday to 20 days in jail for a March drunken-driving crash.

Et cetera

NHL: In a swap of forwards that helps both teams financially, the Devils sent Brian Rolston, 38, to the Islanders for Trent Hunter, 31. … The Avalanche signed first-round picks Gabriel Landeskog (second overall) and Duncan Siemens (No. 11) to three-year deals.

Soccer: Argentina striker Sergio Aguero completed his move to Manchester City, the five-year, $62 million deal one of the biggest in British soccer. … Fabio Quagliarella scored in the first half to lead Juventus past Chivas Guadalajara 1-0 in the World Football Challenge at Raleigh, N.C.

TENNIS: Marina Erakovic, a 121st-ranked qualifier, beat top-seeded Victoria Azarenka 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif., to reach the quarter­finals. Serena Williams beat Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 and will face Maria Sharapova. … Andy Roddick pulled out of next week's Legg Mason Classic because of a partially torn right abdominal muscle.

Running: Top American marathoner Ryan Hall said he would like to set a U.S. record when he runs his first Chicago Marathon on Oct. 9.

WNBA: Becky Hammon scored 33 to lead host San Antonio past Phoenix 102-91. … Visiting Indiana beat Connecticut 69-58, replacing the Sun in first place in the Eastern Conference. … Angel McCoughtry had 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as host Atlanta beat Los Angeles 89-80.

Times wires

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