SAILING chief threatens to move '16 events
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The head of sailing's governing body threatened Saturday to move all Olympic events out of polluted Guanabara Bay unless the water is cleaner and floating rubbish is removed for next year's Rio Games.
"If we can't get the water to a level, then we'll move it (to the Atlantic Ocean) for sure," Peter Sowrey said on the final day of a week-long Olympic test event.
Local organizers and the International Olympic Committee have said repeatedly the water is safe despite being filled with floating rubbish and untreated sewage. Sowrey, chief executive officer of ISAF, said one course for the test event was closed after floating rubbish hindered racing for two days.
Djokovic, Federer, Serena in finals
Novak Djokovic pulled away to a 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 win over qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov to reach today's Western & Southern Open final in Mason, Ohio. He faces defending champion Roger Federer, a six-time champion who has never lost the tournament's title match. Djokovic, ranked No. 1, is 0-4 in this tournament's final. Federer used his steady serve to beat Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6 (8-6).
On the women's side, defending champion Serena Williams beat 14th-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-3 and faces in today's final third-seeded Simona Halep, who beat Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-2. Halep moves ahead of Maria Sharapova, who withdrew from the event with a leg injury, into the No. 2 seed for the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 31.
track and field
Bolt, Gatlin advance in 100m
Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin moved closer to setting up the biggest duel of the world championships, striding into today's 100-meter semifinals with victories in their heats at Beijing. Also advancing was former Gibbs High standout Trayvon Bromell. The final is also today. Britain's Mo Farah won the 10,000-meter final, which left him halfway to his third long-distance double since winning gold in the 5,000 and 10,0000 meters at the 2012 Olympics. In the marathon, 19-year-old Ghirmay Ghebreslassie became the youngest man to win and the first world champion from Eritrea.
Jordan gets $8.9M in likeness lawsuit
Michael Jordan said "it was never about the money" after a federal jury in Chicago ordered the owners of defunct supermarket chain Dominick's to pay him $8.9 million for using his identity without his permission in an ad.
"It was all just about protecting my name and my likeness," he said after the verdict late Friday. Jordan said he would give the money to Chicago charities.
Jordan's identity was used without permission in a 2009 ad in a Sports Illustrated issue commemorating Jordan's election to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: Devin Obee hit a three-run home run to help Bowling Green, Ky., beat Portland, Ore., 7-5 in an elimination game at Williamsport, Pa. In other elimination games, Australia beat the Caribbean 3-0, Asia-Pacific beat Canada 16-4 in four innings and Cranston, R.I., beat Webb City, Mo., 6-3.
Soccer: Promoted Bournemouth beat West Ham 4-3 for its first win ever in the English Premier League. Manchester United and Newcastle tied 0-0.