Aussies set two swim records

Published August 29, 2006

HOBART, Australia - Leisel Jones broke the 100-meter breaststroke short-course world record for the second time in two days, and Libby Lenton set a world mark in the 100 butterfly Monday at the Australian short-course championships.

Jones finished in 1 minute, 3.86 seconds, beating her mark in the semifinals Sunday night by 0.26 seconds.

"I didn't think I actually had it in me, so I just had to psych myself up for it and found something that I probably didn't think I had," Jones said. "You never know how much you've got left in you because last night I would've said I couldn't go any faster."

Lenton beat Jessicah Schipper to win the 100 butterfly in 55.95 seconds, taking 0.39 off the mark set by U.S. star Nathalie Coughlin in 2002.


Four elected to Hall

Former U.S. National Team defenders Alexi Lalas and Carla Overbeck, Olympian Al Trost and builder Philip Anschutz were inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y.

Lalas, a defender, starred for the U.S. national men's team and was a standout in Major League Soccer. Overbeck was part of the original crop of women's stars, serving as the team's onfield leader through two Women's World Cup titles and the 1996 Olympic gold medal triumph. Trost scored two goals for the U.S. team at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. Anschutz has been a key leader in the growth of Major League Soccer and the construction of soccer-specific stadiums.

MLS: D.C. United midfielder Domenic Mediate had surgery on his broken right leg and is out for the season.


U.S. blanks North Korea

Jennie Finch pitched a two-hitter to lead the United States past North Korea 7-0 at the world championships in Beijing.

Finch struck out seven and was backed by Crystl Bustos, who put the Americans (2-0) ahead 3-0 with a three-run double.

In other games, Japan beat Venezuela 7-1, Canada defeated Britain 5-1 and Greece downed Botswana 8-0.


CYCLING: Francisco Jose Ventoso of Spain captured the third and longest stage of the Spanish Vuelta, completing the 132-mile route in 5 hours, 43 minutes, 45 seconds. Thor Hushovd of Norway was second and kept his overall lead, finishing in the same time as Ventoso.

HOCKEY: The Boston Bruins signed T.J. Trevelyan, who had 78 goals and 76 assists in four seasons at St. Lawrence University, to a multiyear contract. Trevelyan was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the nation's top college player.

HORSE RACING: Barbaro's X-rays showed the pastern joint on his right hind leg had fused. The pastern joint connects a horse's hoof with the rest of the leg. Barbaro, this year's Kentucky Derby winner, shattered his right hind leg in more than 20 places in the opening yards of the Preakness Stakes on May 20.

TENNIS: The Associated Press reported that Maria Sharapova and racquet manufacturer Prince have agreed to a 10-year, $25-million endorsement deal that will last beyond her playing career.

TRACK AND FIELD: Marion Jones' backup "B" drug sample from the U.S. championships is to be tested late this week, according to her attorney. The "A" sample from the June 23 test was positive for the banned endurance-enhancer EPO. If the second test is positive, the five-time Olympic medalist could face a minimum two-year ban from the sport.

WRESTLING: Former Olympic heavyweight champion Kurt Angle says he is leaving entertainment wrestling, though he is not formally announcing his retirement. Angle said he decided to stop wrestling for World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. after he injured his groin, tore an abdominal muscle and injured a hamstring Aug. 13.