BasketballPolice yesterday focused on Atlanta and Los Angeles in their search for former NBA player Javaris Crittenton, who is wanted for murder. Crittenton has been charged in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Jullian Jones, a mother of four who was gunned down Aug. 19 on an Atlanta street. Crittenton, who spent the 2006-07 season at Georgia Tech and played 113 NBA games (including 22 with the Lakers in 2007-08), allegedly killed Jones with shots fired from a dark-colored SUV, police said. Investigators don’t believe Jones was the intended target. Crittenton’s motive, police said, appeared to be retaliation for an April robbery in which Crittenton was a victim. Calls by the Associated Press to the FBI and US Marshal’s office weren’t immediately returned. Crittenton’s pro career was derailed by a gun-related incident in the Wizards’ locker room during the 2009-10 season, leading to a lengthy suspension.
TennisWozniacki extends reign in New Haven A little rain couldn’t stop top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki from winning her fourth consecutive New Haven title, defeating qualifier Petra Cetkovska, 6-4, 6-1. Wozniacki, the top seed at next week’s US Open, improved to 17-0 at the tournament, which was formerly the Pilot Pen. The match was played outdoors at the Connecticut Tennis Center and included a 1-hour-40-minute rain delay in the first set . . . Fourth seed John Isner defeated qualifier Julien Benneteau, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, to win the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina. It was Isner’s second tournament win of the year, following his victory in Newport, R.I., last month.
GolfCantlay, Kraft set for US Amateur final UCLA star Patrick Cantlay, the world’s No. 1-ranked amateur, and Kelly Kraft of Denton, Texas, advanced to today’s 36-hole, match-play final of the US Amateur championship in Erin, Wis. Cantlay, 19, beat Jordan Russell, 4 and 3, in one semifinal, and Kraft, 22, eliminated England’s Jack Senior, 3 and 2 . . . At Mirabel, Quebec, defending champion Michelle Wie shot a 4-under-par 68 for a share of the third-round lead in the Canadian Women’s Open with Tiffany Joh (65) and Ai Miyazato (71). Sherri Steinhauer retired after missing the cut Friday. The 48-year-old won eight times since joining the Tour in 1986, including two majors . . . Mark Calcavecchia made a 20-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for a 5-under 67 and a share of the second-round lead with three others in the Champions Tour’s
Track and fieldBolt looks to be on fast track at worlds Jamaican sensation Usain Bolt played to the crowd on the first day of the world championships in Daegu, South Korea, blowing on his fingers like imaginary pistols before running his 100-meter heat. Bolt was so far ahead by the midway point that he looked back at the pack with a big grin, easily winning in 10.10 seconds. In the first round of the women’s 400 meters, Americans Sanya Richards-Ross and Allyson Felix had little trouble advancing, Richards-Ross winning her heat and Felix finishing second after easing up at the finish. The global event’s most compelling race is still on after Liu Xiang, Dayron Robles, and David Oliver all qualified for the semifinals of the 110-meter hurdles. South African double-amputee Oscar Pistorius qualified for the semifinals of the 400 meters, finishing third in the final heat.
MiscellanyQuinzani sends Cannons into title game Max Quinzani’s goal with 1.2 seconds left lifted the Boston Cannons past the Chesapeake Bayhawks, 14-13, and into today’s Major League Lacrosse championship game. In the second semifinal in Annapolis, Md., the Hamilton Nationals beat the Denver Outlaws, 11-9. Quinzani, a Duxbury native, finished with three goals, the last bailing out the Cannons after they blew a 13-8 lead. Boston and Hamilton split two games this season . . . The Western New York Flash were crowned champions of Women’s Professional Soccer, defeating the Philadelphia Independence, 5-4, on penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 draw in Rochester, N.Y. The Flash’s Christine Sinclair scored in the 64th minute and converted in the shootout . . . Jeff Cunningham of Columbus scored his 134th career goal to become the all-time leader in Major League Soccer, but the Seattle Sounders trounced the Crew, 6-2, at home behind a hat trick from Lamar Neagle . . . At UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian Anderson Silva knocked out Yushin Okami in the second round, winning his 15th straight fight and defending his middleweight title for the ninth time . . . Australia’s Brett Metcalfe raced to his first 450 Class victory in the AMA Pro Motocross series’ Southwick (Mass.) National, finishing third in the first moto and runner-up in the second . . . Big 12 officials expect Texas A&M to announce within the next week that it plans to leave the conference. A person with knowledge of what was discussed during a conference call of the Big 12 board of directors told the AP that Texas A&M officials talked about their anticipated departure.
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