US women set 4x400-meter relay mark at World Indoors

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From left, Quanera Hayes, Shakima Wimbley, Georganne Moline, and Courtney Ovolo show off their women's 4x400-meter gold medals in Birmingham, England.


The United States women’s 4x400-meter relay squad set a championship record of 3:23.85 in winning the title at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham, England. But the Americans had an anxious wait as the jury reviewed a series of appeals. The team of Quanera Hayes, Georganne Moline, and individual 400 gold and silver medalists, Courtney Okolo and Shakima Wimbley, dominated with the second-fastest indoor time ever — less than half a second off the world indoor record of 3:23.37. ‘‘We came together as a team as we always do,’’ Hayes said. ‘‘We don’t train together during the normal season. But as soon as we put USA across our chest, everything else goes out of the window.’’ Jamaica crossed the line in second place but was soon disqualified with an athlete in the incorrect order when waiting to receive the baton. That saw Poland claim silver with a national indoor record of 3:26.09 with Britain third in 3:29.38. Jamaica appealed its disqualification, while Ukraine asked for Poland to be disqualified and Poland claimed the US should be as well — both for stepping on the curb. All three appeals were rejected with the final order of US, Poland, Britain, Ukraine, and Italy. There was a tribute to Roger Bannister on the big screen at Arena Birmingham to remember the first runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile in 1954. Bannister died Saturday at 88. Obituary, B8.

The Polish team of Karol Zalewski, Rafal Omelko, Lukasz Krawczuk, and Jakub Krzewina set a world indoor record in the 4x400-meter men’s relay, winning in 3:01.77. That shaved 0.36 seconds off the previous record of 3:02.13, which was set by the US in 2014. The American team of Fred Kerley, Michael Cherry, Aldrich Bailey Jr., and Vernon Norwood finished 0.2 seconds behind Poland in 3:01.97, also beating the previous record. Belgium was third, setting a national record in 3:02.51.


World record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France won the world indoors pole vault for a third time, the only competitor to clear 5.90 meters. American Sam Kendricks was second, ahead of Poland’s Piotr Lisek after both cleared 5.85. In the men’s 60-meter hurdles, Britain’s Andrew Pozzi edged out American Jarret Eaton by 0.01 to win his first global title.

Ethiopian Samuel Terefa, 18, became the youngest ever winner of the world indoor 1,500 title, finishing in 3:58.19 to beat Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski and Abdelaati Iguider of Morocco.

Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha defended his 3,000 title ahead countryman Selemon Barega, and Bethwell Birgen of Kenya. Kejelcha’s winning time of 8:14.41 was the slowest in the 32-year history of the championships by more than 10 seconds.

Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi defended her title in the women’s 800, beating American Ajee Wilson. Britain’s Shelayna Oskan-Clarke took bronze.

Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic won the women’s long jump over Brittney Reese, the American who was trying to make history by winning her fourth world indoor title to add to the four golds she has won at the world championships.


Police seek Smith for domestic abuse


Police are searching for suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith, who is suspected of domestic violence. Police said Smith fled a San Francisco home at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday after someone called the police to report a domestic violence incident. Sgt. Michael Andraychak says the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening. The 28-year-old Smith is serving an indefinite suspension for violating the NFL’s rules on substance abuse. His application to the NFL commissioner for reinstatement was initially denied in 2016 and is still pending. The troubled linebacker has been arrested several times on charges of drunken driving, public intoxication and illegal possession of assault rifles since the San Francisco 49ers drafted him in 2011 in the first round . . . Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, the fastest time for a linebacker in more than a decade.


US women earn tie with France

Mallory Pugh scored in the 35th minute to give the United States women’s national team a 1-0 lead over France at the SheBelieves Cup in Harrison, N.J., but Eugenie Le Sommer scored just before halftime as France salvaged a a 1-1 tie against the top-ranked Americans. Alyssa Naeher made two big saves with the sixth-ranked French pressing late in the game. Ellen White scored two goals and No. 3 England played to a 2-2 tie with No. 2 Germany in the second game . . . Diego Rossi scored in the 11th minute and expansion Los Angeles FC withstood a second-half onslaught for a 1-0 win over the host Sounders to open their inaugural Major League Soccer campaign. The league's 23rd franchise got off to a sterling start in former US men’s national team coach Bob Bradley's first MLS game since 2006 . . . Alphonso Davies, 17, scored his first MLS goal and set up another by Kei Kamara as the host Vancouver Whitecaps beat the Montreal Impact, 2-1 . . . Jesus Medina scored in his MLS debut, Maximiliano Moralez added a goal, and New York City FC beat host Sporting Kansas City, 2-0 . . . Italian club Fiorentina defender Davide Astori, who played 14 games for the Italian men’s national team, was found dead early Sunday morning in his hotel room by team staff in Udine, where the team was staying ahead of a league match. He was 31. Obituary, B7 . . . Lionel Messi scored his 600th career goal (539 for Barcelona, 61 for Argentina) on a free kick in the 26th minute as host Barcelona beat second-place Atletico Madrid, 1-0, to increase its lead at the top of the Spanish league standings to eight points. Messi has played 747 games for Barcelona and 123 for Argentina.


Cavaliers' Thompson has sprained ankle

Cleveland Cavaliers starting center Tristan Thompson is expected to miss several games with a sprained right ankle. Thompson, who is averaging 6.5 rebounds and 6.3 points, injured his heel when he was stepped on by one of Denver’s players during the first half of Saturday’s loss to the Nuggets. He stayed in the game and finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, but the team said he experienced ‘‘significant swelling’’ overnight and tests revealed the sprain. Thompson’s loss is another blow for the struggling Cavaliers, who are already without All-Star forward Kevin Love because of a broken left hand. Love is not expected to return until the end of March.


A’s designate veteran Moss

The Oakland A’s designated veteran slugger Brandon Moss for assignment to make room for left-handed reliever Jairo Labourt, who the club had claimed off waivers from the Detroit Tigers. Moss returned for a second stint with Oakland in the January trade with Kansas City that brought prized lefty reliever Ryan Buchter to Oakland . . . Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he isn't counting on having shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (right heel) in the lineup for opening day . . . New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton, making his first start in left field, lost two flyballs in the sun and both fell for hits in a 9-1 loss to the Rays in Tampa. The reigning NL MVP always started in right with the Marlins, never playing left field in his eight seasons in Miami . . . Former major league pitcher Sammy Stewart, who played for Baltimore, Boston, and Cleveland — helping the Orioles win the 1983 World Series before falling into a life of crack cocaine addiction and arrests — died Friday. He was 63. Obituary, B8.


Hirscher clinches World Cup title

Two-time Olympic champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria won the penultimate men's World Cup slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, to secure his seventh straight overall title. Hirscher stretched his lead over Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen to 289 points. Hirscher beat Kristoffersen by 1.22 seconds, Ramon Zenhaeusern of Switzerland was 1.61 behind in third. Hirscher also locked up the slalom and giant slalom titles this weekend, two weeks before the season-ending races in Sweden . . . Italy’s Federica Brignone edged Olympic champion Swiss skier Michelle Gisin by 0.03 seconds to win the last women's World Cup Alpine combined event of the season in Crans Montana, Switzerland. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia was 0.09 back in third place. Wendy Holdener of Switzerland, who won the only other combined event this year, finished fourth to secure the season title.


US rugby wins in Las Vegas

Danny Barrett scored two tries to lift the United States rugby team to a 28-0 win over Argentina in the final of the Las Vegas Sevens and give the Americans only their second title in rugby's World Sevens Series. Fiji beat South Africa, 26-22, to clinch the bronze medal and New Zealand beat Australia 17-12 for fifth place . . . Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green said forward Sven Baertschi is likely to miss the rest of the season with a separated right shoulder . . . Second-seeded Fabio Fognini beat Nicolas Jarry, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, to win the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo for the first time and the sixth ATP title of his career. Jarry was trying to win his first trophy on the tour . . . Sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro won the Mexico Open Saturday night in Acapulco for his 21st ATP Tour title, beating fifth seed Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 6-4 . . . Brian Ortega (14-0) knocked out former UFC champion Frankie Edgar (21-6-1) with a devastating uppercut with 16 seconds left in the first round at UFC 222 Saturday night in Las Vegas, likely earning himself a featherweight title shot against dominant champion Max Holloway. Cris "Cyborg" Justino (20-1, 1 no-contest) also defended her featherweight title with a first-round stoppage of Yana Kunitskaya (10-4).