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Sports briefs: Dressel matches Phelps with seventh gold medal

Sports briefs: Dressel matches Phelps with seventh gold medal

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AQUATIC SPORTS

Dressel matches Phelps with seventh gold

Michael Phelps, you have company.

Caeleb Dressel won his seventh gold medal of the world swimming championships Sunday in Budapest, Hungary, putting the U.S. team ahead to stay with another dominating swim in the 4x100-meter medley relay.

Twenty-four hours after becoming the first swimmer to win three golds in one night at a major international meet, Dressel joined Phelps in another elite club: seven golds at the second-biggest meet after the Olympics.

Phelps was the first to do it at the 2007 world meet in Melbourne, Australia — a prelude to his unprecedented eight golds the following year at the Beijing Olympics.

Dressel, a 20-year-old University of Florida student, won three individual golds and was part of four winning relay teams.

It was a big night all around for the Americans.

Lilly King set her second individual world record of the meet in the 50 breaststroke, again besting Russian rival Yulia Efimova, and returned as part of the women’s 4x100 medley relay that also broke the world record.

The U.S. finished with 18 golds and 38 medals overall — a huge improvement over the previous world meets two years ago in Kazan, where the Americans managed just eight golds and 23 medals.

Dressel was named the top male swimmer of the meet. The female award when to Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom.

Meanwhile, Steve LoBue capitalized on a mistake from Gary Hunt in the last round to win gold for the United States in men’s high diving. SOCCER

U.S. women rally past Brazil

Julie Ertz came off the bench and scored in the 89th minute, and the United States overcame a late three-goal deficit to beat Brazil 4-3 on Sunday night in the Tournament of Nations in San Diego. The United States was in danger of losing for the fourth time this year before the three-goal flurry in about nine minutes.

AUTO RACING

Newgarden cruises to IndyCar victory

Josef Newgarden dominated at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on the way to his second straight IndyCar victory at the Honda Indy 200 in Lexington, Ohio.

Newgarden was not challenged most of the day on the 90-lap, 2.2-mile course and finished 5.156 seconds ahead of Team Penske teammate Will Power, the pole-sitter. Newgarden won at Toronto on July 16 and has six career wins, three this season.

Local favorite Graham Rahal was third.

Vettel wins Hungarian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel won the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest to extend his championship lead over archrival Lewis Hamilton by 14 points heading into the summer break.

Vettel’s fourth win of the season and 46th of his career came from the pole position.

Teammate Kimi Raikkonen gave Ferrari a 1-2 finish.

Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton finished third and fourth, respectively.

Todd is first black Funny Car winner

J.R. Todd became the first black winner in NHRA Funny Car history, beating Tim Wilkerson in the Sonoma (Calif.) Nationals.

Todd, from Lawrenceburg, Ind., also joined Don Prudhomme as the only NHRA drivers to win at Sonoma Raceway in both nitro categories. Todd, 35, won nine times in Top Fuel.

Steve Torrence raced to his sixth Top Fuel victory of the season, and Tanner Gray topped the Pro Stock field for his third win in his rookie season.

  • Philip Morris
  • sped away from
  • Bobby McCarty
  • on the final restart with 19 laps to go and went on to win the 100-lap Late Model feature race Saturday night at South Boston Speedway. McCarty finished second, and
  • Lee Pulliam
  • third.

TENNIS

Isner beats Harrison in Atlanta Open final

John Isner rode an overpowering service game to his fourth Atlanta Open title, beating fellow American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (6), 7-6 (7).

The second-seeded former University of Georgia standout has won two straight ATP events since bowing out of Wimbledon in the second round.

Siniakova topples Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki struggled with injury as she lost the Swedish Open final to Katerina Siniakova in Bastad.

The 56th-ranked Siniakova, who also had injury problems, took advantage of Wozniacki’s inconsistent serving to win 6-3, 6-4 for her second career title.

Both players took medical timeouts following the first set as Wozniacki had problems with her left wrist and Siniakova with her right arm.

NHL Wild, Niederreiter reach five-year deal

The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms with right wing Nino Niederreiter on a five-year, $26.25 million contract. The restricted free agent established career highs last season with 25 goals and 32 assists.

  • The Pittsburgh Penguins agreed to terms with forward
  • Conor Sheary
  • on a $9 million, three-year deal.

ELSEWHERE

  • Emma Meesseman
  • scored a career-high 30 points,
  • Kristi Toliver
  • (Harrisonburg) added 19 and the visiting Washington Mystics held on for a 77-70 WNBA win over the Atlanta Dream.
  • Krystal Thomas
  • grabbed 15 rebounds for Washington (14-9), which has won three in a row.
  • Elizabeth Williams
  • (Virginia Beach) led five Dream players in double figures with 18 points.
  • Girvin unleashed a stretch rally to beat McCraken by a nose for a 9-1 upset in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.
  • Robby Albarado
  • was aboard for trainer
  • Joe Sharp
  • in the colt’s biggest race of his career.

— From wire reports

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