Oldest world record broken on final day

In Shanghai, the swimming world championships ended with a bang Sunday when emerging Chinese standout Sun Yang broke the oldest world record in the sport -- Australian great Grant Hackett 's 10-year-old mark in the 1,500 meters.

Sun was just more than two seconds off Hackett's 2001 pace with four laps to go, but accelerated on the final two laps to finish in 14 minutes, 34.14 seconds, improving on Hackett's mark of 14:34.56 set at Fukuoka, Japan.

It was only the second world record to fall in swimming since high-tech bodysuits were banned 19 months ago -- and Hackett's record had been the only mark to withstand the record deluge during the polyurethane era of 2008 and 2009.

American all-arounder Ryan Lochte set the first world record since the return to textile suits at this meet Tuesday in the 200 individual medley.

Lochte, the overall standout of the meet, also won the 400 IM Sunday for his fifth gold, edging silver medalist and teammate Tyler Clary by a massive four seconds.

Michael Phelps , meanwhile, finished with four golds after pushing the Americans in front during the butterfly leg in the 4x100 medley relay. Nathan Adrian held off a late comeback attempt by Australia's James Magnussen in the anchor leg.

The Americans won in 3:32.06, Australia took silver in 3:32.26 and Germany got bronze in 3:32.60.

Horse Racing

Coil nips Preakness champion in Haskell

In Oceanport, N.J., Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert won the $1 million Haskell Invitational for a fifth time when Coil unleashed a last-to-first rally and edged Preakness winner Shackleford after a duel down the stretch at Monmouth Park.

Coil was last out of the starting gate in the field of eight, but under Martin Garcia , the colt moved past his rivals along the backstretch and around the final turn before running down Shackleford to win by a neck for his fourth victory in his past five starts.


Some seeds fall at U.S. Olympic Trials

In Mobile, Ala., most of the seeded boxers did well in the afternoon session of the U.S. Olympic Trials on Sunday, though there were also some upsets.

The top two seeds in the middleweight division were defeated. Jesse Hart , who previously fought as a light heavyweight, dropped down in weight class and beat No. 1 seed Chris Pearson 18-6. Second-seeded Edgar Alvardo Jr. lost a 20-16 decision to Luis Arias .


Connecticut rallies to knock off Atlanta

In Uncasville, Conn., Renee Montgomery scored 19 points and Asjha Jones had 17, including eight in the final 3:50, to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 99-92 win over the Atlanta Dream.

Danielle McCray scored 16 points and Tina Charles had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Sun (11-6).

Angel McCoughtry 36 points for Atlanta (8-10).

Auto Racing

Button earns win in 200th career start

In Budapest, Hungary, Jenson Button celebrated his 200th Formula One start with a victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix, while Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel stretched his commanding lead in the championship with a second-place finish.

Button secured his 11th career victory, finishing 3.5 seconds in front of Vettel.

Extreme Sports

White reclaims vert crown at X Games

In Los Angeles, Shaun White won the X Games skateboard vert competition late Saturday night, dramatically edging rival Pierre-Luc Gagnon on their final run.

White scored a 93.00 on his last chance against Gagnon, the three-time defending X Games champion.


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