Sports log: Golden day for Franklin and Ledecky


Missy Franklin made history at the world championships in Barcelona — and she might not even be the most impressive swimmer on her own team. The US women’s coach gives his vote to Katie Ledecky. ‘‘She’s not normal,’’ said Dave Salo, marveling at another world-record performance by the 16-year-old. Franklin won her fifth gold medal of the championships with a dominating victory in the 200-meter backstroke Saturday, tying the record for most titles by a woman at the biennial meet. Ledecky wrapped up a brilliant meet with her fourth gold and second world record, this time in the 800 freestyle, turning it on over the final four laps to win in 8 minutes, 13.86 seconds . . . Cesar Cielo from Trinidad extended his reign with a third consecutive world title in the 50-meter freesyle in 21.32 seconds.


Mets place Wright on 15-day DL

The Mets placed All-Star third baseman David Wright on the 15-day disabled list one day after he strained his right hamstring while legging out an infield hit. Wright underwent an MRI Saturday morning. He came up lame as he sprinted to first base in the 10th inning of Friday’s 4-2 win . . . The Padres signed shortstop Ronny Cedeno to a minor league contract in case All-Star Everth Cabrera is suspended as part of Major League Baseball’s investigation of the Biogenesis drug clinic.


Report: West Germany backed doping

A report by German researchers claims West Germany’s athletes were systematically doped with government backing from the 1970s, and possibly earlier. The Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper publicized details from the unpublished 800-page report titled ‘‘Doping in Germany from 1950 to today,’’ revealing the extent to which West German politicians were allegedly willing to promote drug use among athletes to ensure international success. The report was put together by researchers at Berlin’s Humboldt University on behalf of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, and claims that for years the state financed experiments with performance-enhancing substances.


Isner reaches final in Washington


Taking control by breaking serve immediately after a rain delay, eighth-seeded John Isner hit 29 aces and came back to beat Dmitry Tursunov, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 6-4, to reach the Citi Open final in Washington. Isner stretched his winning streak to eight matches, including a title last week at Atlanta, in another hard-court tournament that’s a tuneup for the US Open. Isner will face two-time champion Juan Martin del Potro, who waited out a rain delay of more than three hours before beating Tommy Haas, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. Defending champion Magdalena Rybarikova beat Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2, 6-0, in the first women’s semifinal . . . Top-seeded Victoria Azaranka beat seventh-seeded Ana Ivanovic, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3, to advance to the final in the Southern California Open . . . Marcel Granollers won his fourth ATP title, defeating No. 2 seed Juan Monaco, 0-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, in the Cup final in Kitzbuehel, Austria.


Kogo, Chepkirui win Beach to Beacon

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Olympic bronze medalist Micah Kogo of Kenya won the men’s division of the Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, with a time of 28 minutes 3 seconds, followed by Silas Kipruto (28:08) and Emmanual Mutai (28:22). Joyce Chepkirui of Kenya won the women’s division in 31:23, followed by Gemma Steel of the United Kingdom (31:35) and Ethiopia’s Sule Utura (31:37) . . . Clint Dempsey is returning to Major League Soccer with the Seattle Sounders, ending his six-year spell in England. Dempsey played for the Revolution from 2004-06 before joining Fulham in 2007 and moved to Tottenham last summer . . . In the WNBA, Tina Charles had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the Connecticut Sun cruised over the host New York Liberty, 88-66 . . . Tamika Catchings had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead to lead the Fever over the Chicago Sky, 79-58, in Indianapolis . . . Diana Taurasi’s 28 points lifted the host Phoenix Mercury over Atlanta, 82-76 . . . Brad Keselowski took control with 35 laps left to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at Iowa Speedway . . . Royalty For Life, born and raised in Massachusetts and trained by Norfolk’s George Ducharme, and driven by Brian Sears, won harness racing’s biggest event, going wire-to-wire in the $500,000 Hambletonian at the Meadowlands Racetrack . . . Cross Traffic won the $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap by three-quarters of a length at Saratoga Race Course. John Velazquez rode the lightly raced 4-year-old, who took the lead in the run to the first turn and responded when challenged near the three-eighths pole by Fort Larned.