Yelena Isinbayeva sets world record in pole vault

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Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva bounced back from losing her world title by setting a world record of 16 feet, 7 1/4 inches in the Weltklasse meet on Friday in Zurich.

Usain Bolt, in his first race since smashing world records in the 100 and 200 meters, shook off Jamaican teammate Asafa Powell to win the 100 in 9.81 seconds. He was well off his world record of 9.58 set less than two weeks ago at the world championships in Berlin.

World champion Sanya Richards won the 400 meters in 48.94 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year. Fellow American Allyson Felix was second in 49.83, and Shericka Williams of Jamaica was third in 50.40.

LaShawn Merritt beat American teammate and rival Jeremy Wariner in the 400, clocking 44.21 seconds.


Wozniacki advances to Pilot Pen final

Caroline Wozniacki waited most of Friday, then moved back into the finals of the Pilot Pen, beating Flavia Pennetta, 6-4, 6-1, in a match that was moved from a 13,000-seat stadium to an indoor college court because of rain in New Haven, Conn.

The 19-year-old Wozniacki is scheduled to play for her sixth career title today against Elena Vesnina, who upset former Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Amelie Mauresmo, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, in the second indoor semifinal of the night.

The men's semifinals were rained out, but tournament officials hoped to get both those matches in today, as well as both finals.


Ryan Briscoe wins pole at Chicagoland

Ryan Briscoe took a small step to boost his IndyCar championship bid, winning the pole for today's race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.

The series points leader will start alongside his teammate, Helio Castroneves, with Dario Franchitti directly behind him in the third starting spot.

Kyle Busch held off Todd Bodine on a restart with seven laps to go, then cruised to a victory in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

IndyCar driver Will Power has been released from the hospital and returned home to Indianapolis after multiple injuries during a crash in Sonoma, Calif., last Saturday.

BASKETBALL Richardson, Smith are suspended The NBA has suspended Denver's J.R. Smith and Phoenix's Jason Richardson after both were recently convicted of driving offenses.

Smith will sit out the Nuggets' first seven games for pleading guilty to reckless driving in New Jersey. Richardson will miss two games after he pleaded guilty to drunken driving in Arizona.


Pac-10 reaches deal with Alamo Bowl

The Pacific 10 Conference reached a four-year deal with the Alamo Bowl that will match the league's No. 2 football team against a Big 12 opponent.

The arrangement, which begins in 2010, has been imminent for weeks and was previously announced by the Alamo Bowl. The Pac-10 went 5-0 in bowl games last season but has been criticized for not having enough marquee arrangements after the Rose.

-- Chris Dufresne

The NCAA must release documents on Florida State's appeal of an academic cheating penalty, a Florida judge ruled, noting that the NCAA's rationale for keeping the documents secret would "emasculate" the state's broad public access laws.

Oklahoma has reported a handful of minor NCAA rules violations, mostly dealing with what the university describes as inadvertent phone calls or text messages by various coaches.


Brewers' Hoffman claimed on waivers

Milwaukee Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman was placed on waivers and claimed by another team, but Milwaukee General Manager Doug Melvin said he had not had any trade discussions involving the career saves leader.

Melvin declined to say which club claimed the 41-year-old Hoffman, but reported it was the San Francisco Giants.

Former Oregon State assistant wrestling coach and UFC heavyweight Randy Couture (16-9) meets Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (31-5-1) tonight in Portland in the main event of UFC 102, the league's first major mixed martial arts show in Oregon. Keith Jardine meets Thiago Silva in a light-heavyweight bout.

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