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bolt wins 200 for 10th world gold

BEIJING — Usain Bolt reduced American rival Justin Gatlin to an also-ran with an impressive victory in the 200 meters for a record 10th world championships title Thursday.

Bolt stormed out of the bend first and triumphed in a season-best 19.55 seconds, banging his chest as he crossed the line. Gatlin (19.74) won silver.

Bolt, who had been suffering from injuries and modest form last year and early this season, leads 8-1 in their direct duels.

"Justin Gatlin said earlier in the week that he would bring out something special for the 200m. You don't talk about my 200m like that. So I had to prove to him that I am No. 1," said Bolt, who will seek another title in Saturday's sprint relay.

American Allyson Felix won the 400 meters for a ninth career worlds gold while American triple jumper Christian Taylor, a former Gator, and Polish hammer thrower Anita Wlodarczyk missed world records by a fraction for the other titles.

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TENNIS: The draw for the U.S. Open has Serena Williams opening against Vitalia Diatchenko, ranked 86th, and she could later face Americans Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys along with her sister, Venus. Maria Sharapova is a possible semifinal opponent.

NBA: Bulls star Derrick Rose was accused of sexual assault in a lawsuit filed Wednesday by a former girlfriend in Los Angeles. A spokeswoman for Rose acknowledged that he had a lengthy sexual relationship with the unnamed accuser, but denied the allegations.

NHL: Mike Richards, a free agent whose contract was terminated by the Kings, was charged with possession of a controlled substance Tuesday in Emerson, Manitoba.

SOCCER: Barcelona star Lionel Messi was voted UEFA's Best Player in Europe for last season. He beat teammate Luis Suarez and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo in a Europe-wide poll of journalists. The women's award went to Frankfurt star forward Celia Sasic.

HORSES: Divine Fortune, who won the 2013 Eclipse Award as the nation's best steeplechase horse, was euthanized Thursday after suffering a fractured shoulder in the Grade I New York Turf Writers' Cup at Saratoga Race Course.

Times wires

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