Cuba’s Robles sets world mark in 110 hurdles

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Cuba’s Dayron Robles took the world record away from Liu Xiang, challenging the Chinese hurdler’s status as prohibitive favorite entering his homeland’s Olympics.

Robles shaved 0.01 of a second off Xiang’s 110-meter record Thursday night at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, winning in 12.87 seconds.

“It is such a good time; I did not expect that. Wow!” Robles said.

Robles’ record overshadowed Usain Bolt’s victory in the 200 in 19.83, a world-leading time for the season. It was the Jamaican’s first appearance this year in his favorite race, and it came less than two weeks after he set a world record of 9.72 in the 100.


Florida State leads the men’s competition at the NCAA Division I track and field championships in Des Moines with 16 points, followed by Oregon and Texas A&M; Corpus Christi with 10 apiece.

Stanford led after two women’s events with 11 points, followed by Mississippi and Iowa State with 10 apiece.


Capitals’ Ovechkin wins top awards


Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals earned plenty of consolation prizes in a season that produced a first-round playoff exit.

Ovechkin won the Hart Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award, honoring his MVP season that produced NHL highs with 65 goals and 112 points.

Ovechkin edged finalists Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins for both honors. The Hart is voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Assn., while the Pearson is given out by the NHL Players’ Assn.

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau, hired during the season after Washington’s woeful start, earned the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top bench boss.



Federer scores easy victory in Germany

Top-seeded Roger Federer advanced to the quarterfinals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Jan Vacek.

Third-seeded Andy Roddick reached the quarterfinals at Queen’s Club in London when fellow American Mardy Fish withdrew because of a left ankle injury after losing the opening set, 7-6 (5).


Top-seeded Rafael Nadal needed three sets to defeat Kei Nishikori, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Yanina Wickmayer, 18, earned her second consecutive victory over a seeded player, defeating No. 8 Michaella Krajicek, 6-3, 6-4, at the DFS Classic in Birmingham, England.

Second-seeded Tommy Robredo reached the Warsaw Open quarterfinals after Wayne Odesnik retired while trailing, 6-4, 1-1.

Former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport and French Open finalist Dinara Safina have entered the East West Bank Classic, joining the likes of Serena and Venus Williams.


The tournament is July 21-27 at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

-- Lisa Dillman


Grand jury to subpoena three Buffalo players


Three Buffalo Bills players and a high-ranking team official have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury investigating a hit-and-run accident involving running back Marshawn Lynch’s sport utility vehicle, police said.

The Buffalo News reported that the three players being issued subpoenas were rookie wide receivers James Hardy and Steve Johnson and second-year offensive lineman Christian Gaddis.

Seattle Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren said surgery forced him to skip two days of mini-camp, although he wouldn’t say what was wrong.

“I didn’t die, all right?” a smiling Holmgren said after the team’s final mini-camp practice.


Disgruntled wide receiver Chad Johnson showed up, but wasn’t taking part in drills, at the Cincinnati Bengals’ minicamp.


U.S. women’s soccer team loses Whitehill

Cat Whitehill, a defender for the U.S. women’s national soccer team, will not play in the Olympics after tearing a knee ligament.


Olympic all-round champion Paul Hamm, who is recovering from a hand injury, has submitted a petition to be included in the U.S. Olympic team for the Beijing Games.

Florida center Marreese Speights has decided to keep his name in the upcoming NBA draft, hiring an agent and skipping his final two years of eligibility.

Connecticut basketball recruit Elena Delle Donne, the national high school player of the year, left summer school and returned home to Delaware. It’s not clear whether Delle Donne will return to campus.



Frerotte played in three Super Bowls

Mitch Frerotte, an offensive lineman who played in three Super Bowls for the Bills, has died in Kittanning, Pa. He was 43. His cousin is Gus Frerotte, a Minnesota Vikings backup quarterback, who said he died of a heart attack.