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ATHLETICS

BOLT INJURED SHORT OF FINISH LINE IN FINAL RACE

LONDON — Usain Bolt ended his stellar career in excruciating pain.

The Jamaican great crumpled with a left leg injury as he was chasing a final gold medal for the Jamaican 4x100-meter relay team Saturday at the world championships.

Having to make up lots of ground on the anchor leg, Bolt suddenly screamed, stumbled and somersaulted with the first injury he has experienced at a major competition. Jamaican team doctor Kevin Jones said Bolt had a cramp in his left hamstring.

That wasn't the only surprise. Britain went on to beat the United States in a tight finish.

"He is still the best in the world," said Justin Gatlin, Bolt's American rival who ended up with 100-meter gold and relay silver.

Before Bolt came onto the track, he was consoling Mo Farah, his long-distance equivalent who had just lost his first major race since 2011 when he failed to get gold in the 5,000 meters.

Farah also was bidding farewell to the track, coming up short of his fifth straight 5,000-10,000 double at major championships in a sprint against Muktar Edris of Ethiopia.

HOCKEY

Ex-coach, GM Murray dies

Bryan Murray, the longtime coach and GM who worked in the NHL for 35 seasons, died from colon cancer. He was 74. Mr. Murray served as GM for four teams and coach for five, winning the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year with the Capitals in 1983-84 and reaching the Stanley Cup final with the Senators in 2007.

SOCCER

Champs fall in EPL opener

Chelsea had two players sent off and lost to Burnley 3-2 in the first match of its English Premier League title defense. And Manchester City took 70 minutes to break through Brighton's resistance, leaving with a 2-0 victory.

FRANCE: Substitute Lucas Ocampos snatched a late winner for Marseille as the nine-time champions won 1-0 at Nantes to stay perfect two rounds into league play.

GERMANY: Borussia Dortmund began its German Cup defense by beating FC Rielasingen-Arlen 4-0. Bayern Munich also progressed easily, winning 5-0 at third-division Chemnitzer FC.

MLS: Clint Dempsey scored on a header in the 36th minute, and host Seattle stretched its unbeaten streak to eight games with a 1-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City.

TENNIS

Federer continues to roll

Roger Federer extended his longest winning streak in five years to 16 matches by reaching the Rogers Cup final in Montreal with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Robin Haase. In Toronto, Caroline Wozniacki cruised into the final with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Sloane Stephens.

Times wires

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