St. Petersburg vet wins second swimming gold
LONDON — Exactly a year after losing his sight during military service in Afghanistan, St. Petersburg's Brad Snyder won the 400-meter freestyle at the Paralympics on Friday.
Snyder, who won gold in the 100 free and silver in the 50 free, finished in 4:32.41. The win came in front of many of the Navy lieutenant's fellow servicemen and friends.
"The crowd is so emotional," Snyder, 28, said. "It's hard to put that out of my mind. But after the military, I am conditioned to do that quite well."
Snyder was blinded after stepping on an improvised explosive device. He is one of many veterans using sports to aid their recovery.
"This was a whim of a dream last February," he said. "So for it to come true, it is very, very exciting."
Jamaica gets first win against U.S.
Jamaica beat the United States 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Kingston, Jamaica, the country's first win over the Americans in 18 tries. Clint Dempsey put the United States ahead after 35 seconds. Jamaica scored on free kicks in the 23rd and 62nd minutes.
Informal talks held on labor situation
Representatives from the owners and players union held informal talks on a new collective bargaining agreement in New York. The current deal expires Sept. 15, and commissioner Gary Bettman has said the players will be locked out if a new deal is not reached. Union executive director Donald Fehr said he expected the informal talks to resume today.
NBA: Singer and actor Justin Timberlake will be part of the group buying the Grizzlies, according to reports. Timberlake, 31, grew up in a suburb of Memphis.
Track: American Aries Merritt set a world record in the 110-meter hurdles at a Diamond League meet in Brussels. The Olympic champ finished in 12.80 seconds, 0.07 faster than Cuba's Dayron Robles in 2008.
Cycling: Lance Armstrong could keep his bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics even if he's stripped of his seven Tour de France victories for doping. Denis Oswald, a senior IOC member, said it was unclear if the Olympic body can take the time trial medal from Armstrong. … Armstrong's lifetime ban will keep him from running next month's Chicago Marathon. The race is sanctioned by USA Track and Field, which adheres to World Anti-Doping Agency's rules.