TRACK AND FIELD
Pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie broke one of athletics’ oldest records when he cleared 20 feet, 2½ inches to beat Sergei Bubka’s 21-year-old indoor record with Bubka cheering from his hometown stands Saturday in Donetsk, Ukraine. Lavillenie cleared the bar comfortably, almost to the day the pole vault great achieved 20-2 on Feb 21, 1993. Lavillenie, the reigning Olympic champion, was congratulated and hugged by Bubka. “‘It’s going to take me some time to come back to earth because it’s incredible,’’ Lavillenie said. ‘‘This is a world record that is so mythical, and to clear it on the first jump, without touching [the bar] — there’s nothing to say. It’s just a moment to savor.’’ Stunned, Lavillenie even looked up at the bar to make sure he was not dreaming. ‘‘I lifted off the ground. I went over the bar, and then what? Loud noise, everybody’s hugging you — it’s simply incredible,’’ Lavillenie said. Bubka, the Olympic champion in 1988, set multiple indoor and outdoor world records including the top seven indoor marks . . . Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia had her third world-record performance of the month, racing the fastest 2 miles at the Birmingham Grand Prix. Dibaba eased over the line in 9 minutes, 0.48 seconds indoors in England, breaking the 2009 mark of compatriot Meseret Defar by almost six seconds. IAAF said it wasn’t a world mark because there are no official records for 2 miles. Dibaba had already broken the indoor 1,500- and 3,000-meter records this month . . . Teen star Mary Cain won the Wanamaker Mile in the Millrose Games in New York. The 17-year-old from Bronxville, N.Y., finished in 4:27.73. On the men’s side, eight-time Wanamaker Mile winner Bernard Lagat set an unofficial American indoor record, winning the Paavo Nurmi 2,000 meters in 4:54.74.
McDonald says he was OK with Miami
A former Dolphins lineman identified as one of the targets of harassment in the racially charged bullying scandal had no problem with the team, his agent said in a statement. Andrew McDonald, Player A in an NFL-ordered report released Friday by lawyer Ted Wells, said in the statement that he is ‘‘disappointed his name has become associated’’ with the revelations about the reported harassment. The report of Jonathan Martin’s allegations that he was harassed by teammate Richie Incognito, states that Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner didn’t attempt to stop the behavior and took part in some of the taunting of Player A. McDonald is currently with the Panthers.
WNBA, players reach labor agreement
The WNBA is assured of labor peace for the next few years. The league and its players’ union reached a labor agreement on a six-year deal. It replaces the agreement that expired Sept. 30, a few weeks before the Minnesota Lynx won the WNBA title. The maximum team roster size will increase by one to 12 under the deal, which must be drafted into a formal collective bargaining agreement in the next few weeks. Among other changes: Owners will be able to increase fines and penalties associated with overseas play when players can’t fulfill obligations; smaller annual increases in the salary cap; and an improved revenue-sharing program for the players.
Berdych stands in Cilic's way of repeat
Marin Cilic will play for his second ATP title in two weeks after reaching the ABN Amro final against Tomas Berdych in Rotterdam. Cilic knocked out Igor Sijsling, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, in the semifinals, while Berdych beat Ernests Gulbis, 6-3, 6-2. Cilic won the Zagreb Indoors for a fourth time last week . . . Simona Halep will chase her seventh career title when she plays Angelique Kerber, pursuing her fifth trophy, in the Qatar Open final. Halep defeated Agnieszka Radwanska, 7-5, 6-2. Kerber beat Jelena Jankovic, 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) . . . In Buenos Aires, David Ferrer and Fabio Fognini will play in the final of the Copa Claro. Ferrer defeated Nicolas Almagro, 6-4, 6-2, in the semifinals. Fognini defeated Tommy Robredo, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 . . . Kei Nishikori beat American Michael Russell, 6-3, 6-2, in the semifinals at the US National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis. He will play Ivo Karlovic, who won when Lu Yen-hsun retired after losing the opening set, 6-1 . . . FIFA is expected to conduct surprise doping tests of all World Cup players beginning in March, setting up biological passports to determine possible irregularities in blood and urine samples . . . US Olympic wrestling champion Jordan Burroughs was beaten by Nick Marable in the quarterfinals of the Yaser Dogu International in Istanbul, snapping his 69-match international win streak.