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Sports briefs: Australia's Campbell breaks world record

Sports briefs: Australia's Campbell breaks world record

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SWIMMING

Australia’s Campbell breaks 100 freestyle world record

Australian swimmer Cate Campbell broke the 100-meter freestyle world record at the Brisbane Grand Prix on Saturday.

Achieved during Campbell’s final competition before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the former world champion clocked 52.06 seconds, eclipsing German Britta Steffen’s previous mark of 52.07 at the 2009 world championships.

It was the first individual world record by an Australian swimmer since the controversial 2008-09 now-banned “supersuit” period.

Campbell took the No. 1 world ranking in the 100 with her 52.38 at the Australian trials in April.

SOCCER

Giggs breaks 29-year ties with Manchester United

Ryan Giggs has ended his 29-year association with Manchester United, leaving the coaching staff at the fallen English Premier League power at the start of Jose Mourinho’s reign.

Giggs said “the time feels right and, although I have no immediate plans to step into management, it is where I want to be.”

Giggs, 42, joined United in 1987 as a 14-year-old player and went on to appear a record 963 times for the first team, mostly under Alex Ferguson.

Giggs said “it’s time for a new chapter and a new challenge. I’m excited about the future.”

HORSE RACING

Off the Tracks captures Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont

Off the Tracks set the pace and comfortably held off Lewis Bay by 3½ lengths to win the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park in New York.

It was the fifth Mother Goose for trainer Todd Pletcher, moving him one behind stakes record holder D. Wayne Lukas.

Off the Tracks was one of three Pletcher fillies in the seven-horse field. His Mo d’Amour was fourth with Rachel’s Valentina, the 9-5 favorite, fifth.

Jose Ortiz was aboard as Off the Tracks ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.01, improving her record to 4-1-1 in six starts.

ELSEWHERE

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  • teve Stricker
  • qualified for the British Open and wasn’t sure if he was going to play in a major he had skipped since 2013. Now he’s going to Scotland for two weeks. Stricker said Saturday he would play the Scottish Open next week at Castle Stuart in Inverness before going down to Royal Troon for what could be his final appearance in golf’s oldest championship. The 49-year-old American, who reached as high as No. 2 in the world, began cutting back on his schedule three years ago to spend more time with his wife and two daughters
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  • Former Duke star
  • Christian Laettner
  • allegedly owes $14.05 million in unpaid debts, according to a court filing made Tuesday by five creditors. The creditors are trying to force Laettner into bankruptcy and want his financial affairs to be supervised by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of North Carolina in Durham, N.C., according to the court documents. It’s not clear from the court documents why Laettner owes the creditors.
  • Longtime NASCAR reporter/editor
  • Benny Phillips
  • is the recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR media excellence. Phillips spent 48 years with the High Point Enterprise in North Carolina, serving as the newspaper’s sports editor for 32 of them. He will be honored posthumously during NASCAR’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony in January and featured in an exhibit. Phillips, who battled polio throughout his life, died in 2012 at age 74.

— From wire reports

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