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Sports briefs: State marks set by NOVA’s Swanson, Riggs
SPORTS BRIEFS

Sports briefs: State marks set by NOVA’s Swanson, Riggs

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SWIMMING

State marks set by NOVA’s Swanson, Riggs

Charlie Swanson and Will Riggs set Virginia Swimming and NOVA records at the four-day Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii.

Riggs set a state mark for 17- and 18-year-olds in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2:00.26. The time is also a NOVA record for the 17-18 group and senior men. Riggs finished fourth in the event.

Swanson broke his 17-18 state record in the 400 individual medley with 4:17.37, also a NOVA record for 17- and 18-year-olds and senior men. He finished second.

Swanson also broke his Virginia Swimming 17-18 record in the 200 individual medley with 2:02.57 (also a NOVA 17-18 and senior men mark). He finished third.

The U.S. team easily finished first, totaling 477.2 points, followed by Australia (307), Canada (257.4) and Japan (236).

TRACK AND FIELD

Polish champ tops world hammer mark again

World and Olympic champion Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland broke her own hammer world record with a throw of 82.98 meters on Sunday in Warsaw.

Wlodarczyk set the previous world record of 82.29 meters to claim the Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro.

Wlodarczyk, 31, beat the previous meet record at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Warsaw with each of her five valid throws, opening with 79.68 meters and improving with each of her next three efforts to set the world record. Her final throw also beat the previous meet record.

SOCCER

Injured Zardes to miss U.S. qualifiers

Midfielder Gyasi Zardes will miss the United States’ upcoming World Cup qualifiers after he was injured during a Major League Soccer game.

Already without forward Clint Dempsey as he undergoes evaluations for an irregular heartbeat, the Americans won’t have Zardes for their final two games of the CONCACAF semifinals.

Forward Jordan Morris, 21, was added to the 26-man roster announced Sunday after he wasn’t picked for the Copa team.

Zardes was hurt Saturday night in the LA Galaxy’s scoreless draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Seattle Sounders had announced Friday that Dempsey would miss at least Sunday’s MLS match.

TENNIS

French federation suspends trio

The French tennis federation has suspended Kristina Mladenovic, Caroline Garcia and Benoit Paire for “damaging” its image at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Paire, who was seeded 16th at the Rio Games, was sent home after being kicked off France’s team.

Paire, ranked 34 in the world, broke “team rules,” the FFT said Sunday. He reportedly sometimes stayed away from the village, or came back late. He also made dismissive comments about the importance of the games because there are no ranking points.

Mladenovic and Garcia “sharply criticized” the FFT following their defeat in the first round of the doubles over a clothing mix-up, saying that they were not informed by their federation that, as doubles partners, they had to wear the same colors.

Mladenovic and Garcia are key players in France’s Fed Cup team that will contest the final against the Czech Republic in November.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Charges against Western Michigan duo set

A prosecutor said two Western Michigan players accused of pushing their way into a woman’s apartment and robbing her on Friday will be arraigned today on three charges.

Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting said his office has authorized charges of armed robbery, first-degree home invasion and larceny in a building against linebacker Ron George and wide receiver Bryson White. Getting said if convicted on all the charges, they could face life in prison.

Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck has suspended both players from the team.

CYCLING

De la Cruz takes lead in Spain

Spaniard David de la Cruz took the lead of the Spanish Vuelta from Nairo Quintana after completing a successful breakaway to win the mountainous ninth stage in Alto del Naranco.

The Etixx-Quick Step rider earned his first win at a grand tour after he pulled away from a small escape group, dropping runner-up Dries Devenyns with 600 yards left on the last of five ascents in the northern mountains.

De la Cruz, 27, finished the route from Cistierna to the Alto del Naranco in three hours, 47 minutes, 56 seconds.

De la Cruz entered the stage in 15th place, 2 minutes, 46 seconds behind Quintana’s overnight lead. His attack took him to the top of the overall classification with a 22-second advantage over Quintana.

Naesen wins Bretagne Classic

Belgian Oliver Naesen won the Bretagne (France) Classic from a two-man escape, evading the chasing peloton by just seconds.

Naesen and Italian Alberto Bettiol were in a late move as Naesen edged Bettiol, and defending champion Alexander Kristoff brought the chasing bunch home for third.

WNBA

Stars beat Mystics to end losing streak

Monique Currie, Jazmon Gwathmey (James Madison) and Astou Ndour scored 16 points each and the visiting San Antonio Stars beat the Washington Mystics 85-74 to end a six-game losing streak.

Tayler Hill was 5 of 10 from 3-point range and led the Mystics with 26 points.

— From staff and wire reports

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