Yohan Blake blew away Usain Bolt out of the starting blocks and finished the 100-meter final in 9.75 seconds to upset the world-record holder by 0.11 seconds in the Jamaican Olympic trials Friday. The 9.75 seconds goes down as the best time this year and also breaks the 4-year-old National Stadium record; both previous marks were 9.76, held by Bolt . . . South African double-amputee Oscar Pistorius failed to qualify for the 400 meters at the London Olympics, finishing second in 45.52 seconds in Friday’s final, outside the 45.30 he needed.
Heat’s Bosh won’t stomach London
Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat announced through his agent Henry Thomas that he will not compete in the London Olympics because of injury. Bosh is still recovering after straining an abdominal muscle during the second round of the NBA playoffs . . . Mark Bartelstein, the agent for Mo Williams, said his client will go back to the Utah Jazz as part of a four-team deal that will send Lamar Odom back to the Clippers. The Rockets received the rights to the Clippers’ 53d overall pick, Furkan Aldemir, and the Jazz sent the team’s trade exception to Dallas. The Mavericks also received cash considerations from Houston . . . Boston College coach Steve Donahue said graduate student forward Andrew Van Nest will join the Eagles after graduating from Harvard University and will be available for this season . . . Asjha Jones tied her season high with 20 points as the Connecticut Sun cruised to a 77-64 WNBA victory over the Mystics in Washington.
Dodgers sign Cuban outfielder Puig
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig to a seven-year contract. Numerous media reports pegged the contract at $42 million, a record for a Cuban defector. Puig, 21, has rarely played outside Cuba, but excelled with Cienfuegos in 2010-11 before sitting out last season. Puig will report to the Dodgers’ spring training complex in Arizona when he enters the country . . . Texas Rangers prospect Jake Skole, a former first-round draft pick, was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance under baseball’s minor league drug program. The 20-year-old outfielder tested positive for an amphetamine . . . Minnesota Twins and catcher Ryan Doumit, 32, agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract.
NHL, players’ union begin negotiations
The NHL and the players’ union kicked off negotiations on a new labor deal with a 2½-hour meeting at the league’s Manhattan offices. A league spokesman said commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly met with NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr, special counsel Steve Fehr, and several player representatives. The collective bargaining agreement expires Sept. 15 . . . The Flyers named Terry Murray coach of Adirondack in the AHL . . . Tailback Isaiah Crowell was dismissed from the University of Georgia football team by coach Mark Richt following his arrest on felony weapons charges . . . South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman left after seven years to guide Texas A&M’s transition into the Southeastern Conference as the Aggies’ new AD . . . Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson overcame blustery wind to capture his first pole in more than a year when he edged Kyle Busch for the top spot Saturday at Kentucky Speedway. Johnson had a top speed of 181.818 miles per hour . . . Pole-sitter Austin Dillon, driving the legendary No. 3 car of the late Dale Earnhardt, led most of the final 113 laps to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway. It was the first victory for the rookie . . . Three Harvard and Radcliffe varsity eights won Friday, advancing to Saturday’s semifinals of the Henley Regatta along with the Crimson’s heavyweight four. Harvard’s Andrew Campbell moved into the semifinals of the Diamond Challenge Sculls.