Van Niek­erk breezes to gold in the 400

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Wayde van Niek­erk didn’t even push through the line to win the 400 me­ters at the world cham­pi­onships in Lon­don on Tues­day. Af­ter all, his semi­fi­nal heat in the 200 is Wed­nes­day. The South African now has two world ti­tles, Oiympic gold and the world record in the 400, not to men­tion an aura start­ing to ap­proach that of Usain Bolt.

Van Niek­erk was miss­ing his tough­est op­po­nent, Isaac Mak­wala. The Botswanan run­ner, who came down with a stom­ach virus, was kept out of the fi­nal be­cause or­ga­niz­ers wanted him in quar­an­tine.

Run­ning just in­side Mak­wala’s empty Lane 7, Van Niek­erk kept up a sus­tained pace un­til eas­ing at the fin­ish. He still pro­duced a sub 44sec­ond time, win­ning in 43.98 sec­onds. Sil­ver medal­ist Steven Gar- diner of the Ba­hamas was .43 sec­onds be­hind and Ab­dale­lah Haroun of Qatar fin­ished in 44.48 for bronze.

Mean­time, Kenya con­tin­ued its dom­i­nance in the steeple­chase. Cons­es­lus Kipruto got his na­tion an­other gold medal with an un­match­able kick over the fi­nal 300 me­ters, leav­ing him enough of a gap to cel­e­brate ex­u­ber­antly down the fi­nal stretch. Kipruto eas­ily held off Soufi­ane El Bakkali of Morocco to win in 8:14.12. Evan Jager of the United States, who led much of the way, took bronze.

The United States got gold in the pole vault when Sam Ken­dricks was the only man to scale 19 feet 6 inches.

Pierre-Am­broise Bosse of Franche earned the up­set of the evening when he took the lead with 200 me­ters to go in the 800-me­ter fi­nal and hung on for gold.

Tori Bowie pulled out of the women’s 200 with in­jury. The lunge at the line that helped the Amer­i­can win gold in the 100 on Sun­day left her hurt­ing. Pulling out Tues­day may also help her get ready for the 400 re­lay this week­end. Gase and re­turn to the game.

“It felt right,” Cut­ler said. “Go­ing into work and get­ting here and go­ing through the mo­tions of the prac­tice, it felt good. I told Adam thanks for bring­ing me in. It’s fun to be back out here.”

Cut­ler, who parted with the Chicago Bears in March, agreed to de­lay his fledg­ling net­work TV ca­reer when he signed a $10-mil­lion, oneyear con­tract with Mi­ami. He’s ex­pected to start in place of Ryan Tan­nehill, who is out with a knee in­jury likely to side­line him for the en­tire sea­son.

The Green Bay Pack­ers re­leased de­fen­sive line­man Letroy Guion, end­ing a three-plus year ten­ure in Green Bay marked by offfield prob­lems. Guion was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence in Hawaii in June. In an un­re­lated in­ci­dent, the NFL sus­pended him without pay for the first four games of the 2017 sea­son for vi­o­lat­ing a pol­icy on per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs.

Dick MacPher­son, 86, who turned around Syra­cuse’s strug­gling foot­ball pro­gram in the 1980s as head coach of the Or­ange, died Tues­day at home in Syra­cuse, N.Y.

In 1987, he led Syra­cuse to a No. 4 na­tional rank­ing and an 11-0-1 mark, blem­ished only by a tie with Auburn in the Sugar Bowl, and was named na­tional col­lege coach of the year by sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Canada’s Eu­ge­nie Bouchard was elim­i­nated in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, los­ing to Donna Ve­kic 6-3, 6-4. Amer­i­can teenager Catherine Bel­lis ral­lied to de­feat Ju­lia Go­erges 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

In Mon­treal, Amer­i­can Sam Quer­rey de­feated qual­i­fier Vin­cent Mil­lot of France 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5.

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