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Usain Bolt felled by cramp in final race of career

epa06141132 Jamaica's Usain Bolt falls to the track after sustaining an injury during the men's 4x100m Relay final at the London 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, Britain, 12 August 2017. EPA/ANDY RAIN
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Usain Bolt tumbles to the track in London after injuring his left leg during the 4x100-meter relay final, the final race of his career.

Usain Bolt finished his stellar career in excruciating pain, the Jamaican sprinter crumpling to the track with a a cramp in his left hamstring as he was chasing a final gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay Saturday at the world athletics championships in London. Having to make up lots of ground on the anchor leg, Bolt suddenly screamed and stumbled as he came down with his golden farewell shattered by the first injury he has experienced at a major competition. Britain beat the United States in a tight finish, with the home team taking gold in 37.47 seconds, .05 seconds ahead of the Americans. Japan took bronze in 38.04. Mo Farah, also bidding farewell to the track, lost his first major race since 2011 when he came up short of his fifth straight 5,000-10,000 double at major championships in a sprint against Ethiopia’s Muktar Edris in the 5,000. Tori Bowie was the unlikely first double gold medalist at the championships, anchoring the US women to the 4x100-meter relay title in 41.82 seconds. Britain took silver in 42.12 and two-time defending champion Jamaica earned bronze in 42.19. Allyson Felix, running the second leg for the Americans, earned a record 15th medal at the world championships in a career going back to 2005. Frenchman Kevin Mayer produced a dominant performance over two days to win the decathlon with 8,768 points. Rico Freimuth took silver with 8,564 points, while German teammate Kai Kazmirek was third with 8,488. Johannes Vetter of Germany won the javelin title with an opening throw of 89.89 meters, besting Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic by 16 centimeters. Another Czech, Petr Frydrych, took bronze with a last throw of 88.32 meters. In the women’s high jump, Mariya Lasitskene of Russia cleared 2.03 meters to win ahead of Yulia Levchenko of Ukraine and Kamila Licwinko of Poland. Sally Pearson won the 100-meter hurdles in 12.59 seconds. American Dawn Harper-Nelson was second, .04 seconds behind, and Pamela Dutkiewicz of Germany took bronze in 12.72.

BASEBALL

Marlins confirm signed agreement to sell team to Jeter group

Miami Marlins president David Samson says a signed agreement has been submitted to Major League Baseball to sell the franchise to a group that includes former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, and the team expects to close on the deal in early October. The MLB ownership committee will review the transaction Wednesday at an owners’ meeting in Chicago, Samson said. He anticipates major league owners will approve the deal in September and closing will take place shortly after the end of the regular season. Jeter plans be a limited partner in the group led by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman, who will be the controlling owner. Jeter, a 14-time All-Star shortstop, will be in charge of the business and baseball operations, Samson said. At least 75 percent of the major league clubs must approve the sale by Jeffrey Loria, who has owned the team since 2002 . . . The Rockies agreed to a minor league contract with ex-Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, who will report to Triple A Albuquerque. Ryan, 37, hasn't played in the majors this season but would be eligible for the postseason if Colorado qualifies . . . Nationals righthander Stephen Strasburg will make a minor league rehab start Monday at Class A Potomac. Strasburg has been on the disabled list since late July with a right elbow nerve impingement.

TENNIS

Federer extends streak to reach Montreal final

Roger Federer’s longest match win streak in five years hit 16 as the second seed reached the Rogers Cup final in Montreal with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) win over Robin Haase. He will face Alexander Zverev, a 6-4, 7-5 winner over Denis Shapovalov . . . Sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki is in the Rogers Cup final in Toronto after a 6-2, 6-3 win over American Sloane Stephens. She will play fifth seed Elina Svitolina, who upset second seed Simona Halep, 6-1, 6-1.

SOCCER

Leon scores twice as Breakers tie up Spirit

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Abby Smith made nine saves and Adriana Leon scored her second goal of the contest in the 79th minute to give the Boston Breakers a 2-2 NWSL tie with the Washington Spirit in Boyds, Md. Estelle Johnson and Cheyna Williams scored for Washington . . . In Major League Soccer, Clint Dempsey scored on a header in the 36th minute, and the host Seattle Sounders stretched their unbeaten streak to eight games with a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City . . . Justin Meram scored in the 73rd minute to help the host Columbus Crew beat the Chicago Fire, 3-1 . . . Sean Davis assisted on the go-ahead goal and added an insurance goal to lift the New York Red Bulls to a 3-1 win over visiting Orlando City . . . Playing in the English Premier League for the first time in 45 years, Huddersfield beat Crystal Palace, 3-0, on the road as striker Steve Mounie scored twice . . . Wayne Rooney marked his EPL start for Everton since rejoining his boyhood team from Manchester United by netting in a 1-0 home win over Stoke . . . Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a hat trick as Borussia Dortmund began its German Cup defense by beating FC Rielasingen-Arlen, 4-0, in Berlin.

MISCELLANY

Thomas, Jones pace Sun in win over Wings

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Alyssa Thomas had 21 points and a career-high 13 rebounds and Jonquel Jones added 19 points, 16 boards, and 5 blocks to help the Connecticut Sun beat the Dallas Wings, 96-88, in WNBA play at at Mohegan Sun Arena . . . Isabelle Harrison scored 23 points and the host San Antonio Stars handed the Atlanta Dream their seventh straight loss, 84-68 . . . Sam Hornish Jr. won the NASCAR XFinity Mid-Ohio Challenge in Lexington, Ohio, taking the lead from Daniel Hemric on lap 62 of 75 to win by 1.335 seconds . . . Sophia Schubert, 21, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., beat 13-year-old Chia Yen Wu of Chinese Taipei, 2-up, in the US Women's Amateur Golf Championship semifinals in Chula Vista, Calif. She will face Swiss native Albane Valenzuela, 19, who beat Lilia Kha-Tu Vu, 19, of Fountain Valley, Calif., 3 and 2 . . . Ridden by Joel Rosario, Beach Patrol won the Arlington Million in suburban Chicago, running 1¼ miles in 2:02.39 to snap a six-race skid.