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Sports in brief: Swimmer Ryan Lochte sets first individual world record since high-tech bodysuit ban

Swimming

Ex-Gator sets 1st Solo Mark since suit Ban

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — American Ryan Lochte set the sport's first individual record since high-tech bodysuits were outlawed at the start of the year. The former Gator from Daytona Beach won the 400-meter individual medley at the short-course world championships in 3 minutes, 55.50 seconds, smashing Laszlo Cseh's mark by nearly two seconds.

"World records are records and they're meant to be broken, and I guess it's only a matter of time," Lochte said. "I guess I'm lucky that mine happened sooner" than anyone else.

China's women had set a record in the 800 freestyle relay, and Russia's men set an 800 free relay mark.

Autos

Drivers view repaved Daytona like Talladega

NASCAR drivers testing Daytona International Speedway for the first time since it was completely repaved agreed that the Daytona 500 will feature tighter packs at 200 mph and increase the possibility for wrecks.

"It's certainly going to be more Talladega-type, really close, restrictor-plate racing," defending Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray said. "… You've got to hope that you're going to make it to the end because the odds (of big wrecks) are going to be really good I'd say."

More autos: Chip Ganassi expanded his IndyCar stable to four after hiring American drivers Graham Rahal, 21, and Charlie Kimball, 25. "Look, I don't want to push Dario (Franchitti, 37) or Scott (Dixon, 30) out the door, but I think you need to keep an eye on who's coming in the door, too," Ganassi said. "These guys probably represent the next generation of drivers."

media

Woods' travails named AP sports story of year

Tiger Woods' return to the public eye, from his televised confession of infidelity to a winless PGA season, was voted sports story of the year by the Associated Press. The Woods fallout (1,316 points) topped the Saints winning their first Super Bowl (1,215).

ET CETERA

Boxing: A Las Vegas judge issued an outstanding arrest warrant for Floyd Mayweather on a misdemeanor battery complaint alleging he poked a security guard in the face. The fighter's lawyer has denied wrong­doing on his client's behalf.

Golf: The opening round of the South African Open in Durban was rained out with only six players completing nine holes.

Volleyball: Penn State (31-5) reached Saturday's national title match after sweeping Texas in Kansas City, Mo. Penn State faces Cal (30-3), which swept USC.

Times wires

Sports in brief: Swimmer Ryan Lochte sets first individual world record since high-tech bodysuit ban 12/16/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 16, 2010 10:46pm]
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