Originally created 06/12/06

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Track & Field

Powell matches his own mark in 100

In Gateshead, England, Asafa Powell ran 9.77 seconds at the British Grand Prix on Sunday to equal the 100-meter world record he holds with Justin Gatlin.

The Jamaican originally ran 9.77 in June 2005 in Athens, Greece. Gatlin tied Powell's record in Qatar on May 12 after his initial mark of 9.76 was changed five days later because of a timing mistake.

Arena Football

Chicago rushes past Orlando for title

In Las Vegas, the Chicago Rush took a page out of the Pittsburgh Steelers' book.

Matt D'Orazio passed for six touchdowns and ran for two more, and the Rush completed an unlikely run to the Arena Football League championship Sunday by beating the Orlando Predators, 69-61 in the 20th ArenaBowl.

The Rush won three consecutive road playoff games to reach the ArenaBowl - just as the Steelers did last winter before beating Seattle to win the Super Bowl.

After losing six of seven games at one point, it appeared the Rush would miss the playoffs. But they won three of their final four to qualify before their triumphant postseason run.

The Rush celebrated their first championship in six years of existence in a sea of confetti at midfield of the Thomas & Mack Center, where a crowd of 13,476 fans watched the second-highest scoring ArenaBowl.

It was also the first title for Mike Hohensee, who has played or coached in the AFL in each of its 20 years. He has been a head coach for 13 seasons, including six with the Rush.

Atlanta Sports

Court gives Belkin right to own teams

In Atlanta, Steve Belkin said he's "very thrilled" at the chance of owning both the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Thrashers after a Maryland court gave him the right to become the only owner of the two teams Friday.

"I absolutely want to own the teams, and this is not about money for me," the Boston businessman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday. "It's been my passion and dream for over 20 years to own and control an NBA franchise, and it's clearly still my dream and passion today to own the Hawks and Thrashers and to build championship-caliber teams."

The current ownership group has vowed to fight the ruling. Belkin was forced out of the ownership group after a bitter and public dispute over the Hawks' decision to trade Boris Diaw, two first-round draft picks and a $4.9 million trade exception to the Phoenix Suns for Joe Johnson.

Auto Racing

Alonso picks up third win in a row

In Silverstone, England, Fernando Alonso is making his Formula One world title defense look easy.

He led the British Grand Prix from the pole to the finish for his 13th career victory, third in a row, and fifth this season.

He said he and his Renault team are still looking to get better.

"We need to improve the car," Alonso said. "We need to keep developing, and we need to keep winning races. We want to defend our position."

Cycling

Leipheimer takes Dauphine Libere

In Grenoble, France, Levi Leipheimer tuned up for July's Tour de France by capturing the Dauphine Libere, becoming the fourth American to win the cycling race.

The rider from Santa Rosa, Calif., despite not winning any of the seven stages, finished 1 minute, 48 seconds ahead of France's Christophe Moreau in the overall standings. Austria's Bernard Kohl was third, 2:51 behind.

Leipheimer, who rides for the European team Gerolsteiner, took the yellow jersey Thursday and never relinquished it.

The other Americans to win the Dauphine Libere were Greg LeMond (1983), Tyler Hamilton (2000) and Lance Armstrong (2002, 2003).