World record-holder Christian Coleman of the United States added another record to his growing list of achievements on Saturday, winning the men’s 60 meters in 6.37 seconds at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England. Coleman smashed Maurice Greene’s 20-year-old world record last month by clocking 6.34 seconds and he came within 0.03 seconds of that at Arena Birmingham. The American, who turns 22 on Tuesday, never looked in danger as he beat Su Bingtian of China by 0.05 and United States teammate Ronnie Baker by 0.07. American Kendra Harrison set a new world indoor mark in the women’s 60-meter hurdles, finishing in 7.70 seconds to hold off compatriot Christina Manning (7.79) and Nadine Visser (7.84) of the Netherlands.
There was another American one-two in the women’s 400 with Courtney Okolo controlling from the start to win in 50.55 seconds and teammate Shakima Wimbley (51.47) moving ahead of Britain’s Eilidh Doyle (51.60) on the final straight.
American Sandi Morris attempted to break the world indoor pole vault record but failed in three attempts at 5.04 meters. Morris finally got her hands on a gold medal when she broke the world indoors record with her third attempt at 4.95. Russian Anzhelika Sidorova couldn’t match Morris and finished second, ahead of Olympic and world champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece.
The oldest world indoors record fell when New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh last hurl of 22.31 meters eclipsed the men’s shot put record of 22.24 set by German Ulf Timmermann in 1987, five years before Walsh was born. David Storl (21.44) of Germany won a third world indoor silver medal.
Spain’s Oscar Husillos thought he broke a championship record in the 400 but he and the Dominican Republic’s Luguelin Santos, who originally crossed the line in second, were disqualified for lane infringements, handing a third successive world indoors title to Pavel Maslak of the Czech Republic.
Samuelson is AAC’s top player
UConn women’s basketball forward Katie Lou Samuelson was named the American Athletic Conference player of the year for the second straight year. The junior helped the Huskies (29-0, 16-0 American) to a fifth straight regular-season league title by averaging 18.3 points. She also leads the nation 3-point field goal percentage, making 49 percent of her shots from behind the arc . . . Amy Vachon, the Maine women’s assistant basketball coach who stepped in on an interim basis last year when coach Richard Barron went on medical leave in January 2017, signed a four-year contract after leading the Black Bears to an 13-3 America East regular-season record. The nature of Barron’s medical problem was never revealed. He was named a special assistant to Athletic Director Karlton Creech on Dec. 1, and will remain in that capacity until June 30.
Hurd, Moldauer capture gold
Americans Morgan Hurd and Yul Moldauer won all-around gold medals at the American Cup in Hoffman Estates, Ill., the first major international competition of 2018. Hurd, a 16-year-old from Middletown, Del., won her second major international all-around title with a consistent performance, outscoring runner-up Mai Murakami of Japan, 56.599-55.633. She also won gold on the beam and tied for top honors on the floor and bars. The 21-year-old Moldauer, the reigning national champion from Norman, Okla., took the men’s all-around with 85.964 points while placing in the top three in all six events to beat Great Britain’s James Hall and defend his 2017 title.
Crew top Toronto in MLS opener
The Major League Soccer season got underway with Federico Higuain and Gyasi Zardes scoring to help the Columbus Crew to a 2-0 win in defending champion Toronto FC’s home opener . . . Andrew Wenger opened the scoring with a tap-in in the fifth minute and the host Houston Dynamo never looked back in their 4-0 win over Atlanta United . . . Stefano Pincho tied it in the 93rd minute as 10-man Orlando City salvaged a 1-1 draw with visiting D.C. United . . . Host FC Dallas escaped with a 1-1 tie when Real Salt Lake's Marcelo Silva deflected the ball into his own net in the 86th minute . . . Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to help Spanish club Real Madrid beat visiting Getafe, 3-1, and become the fastest player to 300 La Liga goals. He hit the mark in 286 games to Lionel Messi’s 334 . . . The Brazilian soccer confederation said Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar had successful surgery on his injured right foot Saturday in the southeastern city of Belo Horizonte . . . FIFA's rule-making panel unanimously approved adding video review to the laws of soccer, but still has to decide whether to use it at the World Cup, which kicks off June 14 in Russia
Bautista Agut wins in Dubai
Roberto Bautista Agut earned his second ATP title of the year with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Lucas Pouille in the Dubai Championships final in the United Arab Emirates. The third-seeded Bautista Agut denied the second-seeded Pouille his own second title this year and a chance to break into the top 10 for the first time . . . Fabio Fognini and Nicolas Jarry will play in the Brazil Open final Sunday in Sao Paulo after the second-seeded Fognini beat defending champion Pablo Cuevas, 6-4, 6-2, and Jarry overcame Horacio Zeballos, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4 . . . Seventh seed Lesia Tsurenko defended her Mexico Open title in Acapulco, rallying to beat Stefanie Voegele, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2. Fifth seed Kevin Anderson faced sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro in Saturday’s late men’s final.
Dygert sets cycling record
American Chloe Dygert, 21, broke the women's individual pursuit world record twice in winning at the World Track Cycling Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Dygert, who anchored the Americans to another team pursuit gold medal on Thursday, lowered the individual record time by two seconds in qualifying. Then in the final against Annemiek van Vleuten of the Netherlands, Dygert took the record down again by 0.012 seconds to 3 minutes, 20.06 seconds to retain her crown. Dygert took the record time from compatriot Sarah Hammer, the five-time world pursuit champion who retired in September . . . According to multiple reports, Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry has told the team he will sign the franchise tag, which will pay him approximately $16.2 million next season . . . Two people familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity, say the New Orleans Saints and free agent safety Kurt Coleman have agreed to terms on a three-year contract. The eight-year veteran played the past three seasons for Carolina . . . Kyle Larson overcame strong winds and two late restarts to win the NASCAR Xfinity Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Christopher Bell finished second and Justin Allgaier was third . . . Dorne Dibble, a two-way player at Michigan State who was on the Detroit Lions’ NFL title teams in 1953 and 1957, died Thursday in Northville, Mich. He was 88. Michigan State and the Lions confirmed Dibble’s death. In six NFL seasons, he caught 146 passes for 2,552 yards and 19 touchdowns . . . Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said an MRI found no structural damage in first baseman Chris Davis’s right elbow and he’ll be out three to five days . . . Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said All-Star righthander Michael Fulmer will not start Sunday against the Nationals after experiencing muscular soreness in his right elbow . . . Austrian Alpine skier and Olympic giant slalom champion Marcel Hirscher locked up the men's World Cup title in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, with a race to spare. He has an insurmountable 125-point lead over Norwegian rival Henrik Kristoffersen after finishing in 2 minutes, 20.76 seconds, to beat Kristoffersen by 1.66 seconds . . . Olympic bronze medalist Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein won a World Cup super-G in Crans Montana, Switzerland, to take a 46-point lead over Switzerland’s Lara Gut for first place in the discipline's standings with one race left. On a shortened course due to weather conditions, Weirather went 1:02.17 to beat Olympic silver medalist Anna Veith of Austria by 0.36. Overall World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin and her American teammate Lindsey Vonn both sat out the race . . . The undefeated United States is in the USA Sevens rugby semifinals in Las Vegas after beating England, 17-12, behind Perry Baker’s three tries. On Sunday, the Americans will face Olympic champion Fiji, which beat New Zealand, 14-10. World series leader South Africa beat Australia, 29-17, to advance to play Argentina, which beat Kenya, 17-12.