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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — An Iranian cyclist died after crashing in a road race at the Paralympics on Saturday. He was Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, the International Paralympics Committee said.

He received emergency treatment on the course and was transported to a Rio hospital, where officials said he died, the committee said. The committee said it believed this was the first death in a Paralympics.

Golbarnezhad, competing in the C4-5 races for athletes with lower limb impairments or amputations, crashed on a mountainous stretch of the road cycling course, the committee said. He suffered cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital. The cause of the crash was not clear. Officials said it was being investigated.

Silver for Clearwater sailor

With a victory in the final race of the Sonar class (three-person keelboat), the U.S. team of Clearwater's Brad Kendell, Rick Doerr and Hugh Freund won silver medals, the first Paralympic medals of their careers. Australia won the gold and Canada the silver. Doerr, Kendell and Freund entered the Paralympics as the reigning world champions. Kendell, who had both legs amputated above the knee after a 2013 plane crash, said it was hard to put into words what the medal meant for his team: "2016 has been unbelievable, and this is the year we've worked so hard for. Coming in as world champions, you don't want to let it get inside your head, but you know at least that you have a chance to medal."

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College basketball: George Washington fired coach Mike Lonergan, university provost Forrest Maltzman saying in a statement the school "will not tolerate conduct that runs counter to" the principles of inclusion and diversity. George Washington investigated players' allegations about Lonergan's behavior and conduct and concluded that Lonergan "engaged in conduct inconsistent with the university's values," Maltzman said. Lonergan coached George Washington for the past five seasons and led it to the NIT championship last season.

Soccer: First-place Manchester City beat Bournemouth 4-0 in the English Premier League to open a season with eight straight wins for the first time in its 136 years. Five of those have come in the league and the other three in the Champions League. … A day before he turned 18, American midfielder Christian Pulisic scored his first Bundesliga goal this season and set up two in Borussia Dortmund's 6-0 rout of visiting Darmstadt. … Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona eased to a 5-1 victory at Leganes, a club from southern Madrid in its maiden campaign in Spain's first division.

Tennis: Andy and Jamie Murray kept Britain alive in its Davis Cup semifinal against Argentina, winning the doubles match against Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in Glasgow, Scotland. Reverse singles matches are today. … Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig put Croatia up 2-1 its semifinal against France by upsetting top-ranked doubles pair Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 in Zadar, Croatia.

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Sports in brief 09/17/16 [Last modified: Saturday, September 17, 2016 9:32pm]
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