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Wieber breezes to title, Bross injured

August 21, 2011

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Gymnastics
Good thing the world championships are coming up soon because Jordyn Wieber sure doesn’t have any competition in this country. The 16-year-old from DeWitt, Mich., won her first title at the US gymnastics championships in a rout last night in St. Paul. Her final score of 121.300 points was 6.15 points ahead of McKayla Maroney, the largest margin of victory at nationals since the open-ended scoring system began in 2006. Wieber finished with the highest scores on floor exercise and uneven bars, and had the third-best score on balance beam. The world championships are Oct. 7-16 in Tokyo. Defending champion Rebecca Bross may not be able to compete in Tokyo after she dislocated her right kneecap on her vault landing.

Baseball
A-Rod hopes to rejoin Yankees today Alex Rodriguez is expected to return to the New York Yankees’ lineup today after missing six weeks with a torn meniscus in his right knee that required surgery. Manager Joe Girardi said he plans to play Rodriguez against the Twins in Minneapolis if the three-time AL MVP feels all right in the morning. Rodriguez went through a pregame workout yesterday, but Girardi decided to wait another day . . . Third baseman Chipper Jones said he’s definitely returning to play for the Atlanta Braves in 2012, his 19th season in the majors. Jones, 39, began yesterday hitting .275 with 12 homers and 56 RBIs . . . Pirates lefthander Paul Maholm was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder strain.

R.I. falls in Little League World Series Cumberland, R.I.’s run in the Little League World Series came to a quick end when it lost to Clinton County, Pa., 2-0, in an elimination game in South Williamsport, Pa. Christopher Wright allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings in suffering the loss for Cumberland.

Colleges
LSU coach blasts players after bar fight LSU football coach Les Miles said players have “been involved in behavior that’s unacceptable to me’’ after starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson and several unidentified teammates were implicated in a fight at a Baton Rouge, La., bar early Friday morning. Miles said a “relatively large group’’ was involved in the incident, mentioning senior lineman T-Bob Hebert and Jefferson by name. “I can tell you and assure you that this will not happen again,’’ Miles said. No charges have been filed. Police said four people were taken to local hospitals after the fight, none of them players . . . Lache Seastrunk, the running back connected to the NCAA probe into Oregon’s use of a Texas-based prep scouting service, has been granted his unconditional release by the No. 3 Ducks. A star at Temple High School in Texas, Seastrunk redshirted as a freshman last season.

Horse racing
‘Delta’ runs away with Alabama Stakes Royal Delta rallied strongly in the stretch and drew away to a 5 1/2-length victory in the $500,000 Alabama Stakes for 3-year-old fillies in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Bill Mott-trained Royal Delta, who ran 1 1/4 miles in 2 minutes 03.12 seconds, paid $13, $6.40, and $4.50. It’s Tricky was second and Pinch Pie third.

Miscellany
Murray perseveres, eliminates Fish Andy Murray overcame a pair of break points in the second set, then another in the tiebreaker, to beat Mardy Fish, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), and advance to the final at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. Murray will play No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who advanced when Tomas Berdych withdrew from their semifinal. In women’s play, Maria Sharapova rallied to a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Vera Zvonareva to earn a spot in today’s final against Jelena Jankovic, who beat Andrea Petkovic, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 . . . Seimone Augustus scored 17 points and the Minnesota Lynx beat the visiting Los Angeles Sparks, 87-68, to earn their first WNBA playoff berth since 2004 . . . Lauren Jackson scored 20 points in her return after missing 20 games with a hip injury to help the Storm rally for a 63-62 victory over the New York Liberty in Seattle . . . Penny Taylor scored 16 of her 28 points in the fourth quarter and the Mercury rallied to beat the San Antonio Silver Stars, 87-81, in Phoenix . . . Epiphanny Prince made two of three free throws with 0.7 seconds remaining and the Chicago Sky beat the Mystics, 71-70, in Washington . . . Marcos Ambrose survived a collision with Jacques Villeneuve to win the NAPA Auto Parts 200 Nationwide race in Montreal . . . Englishman Gary Hunt, leaping off the ICA Museum and into Boston Harbor, scored 463.20 points to win his fourth straight Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series event. Russian Artem Silchenko was runner-up and American Kent De Mond was third.