Fran­cis wins 400; Felix third

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - staff and wire re­ports

Phyl­lis Fran­cis of the United States up­set the fa­vorites to win the 400 me­ters at the world track and field cham­pi­onships on a cold and wet Wed­nes­day in Lon­don.

Olympic cham­pion Shau­nae MillerUibo of the Ba­hamas looked poised to win gold un­til she ap­peared to be in­jured in the fi­nal me­ters. Salwa Eid Naser of Bahrain swept past Allyson Felix in the fi­nal me­ter to lunge at the line for sil­ver, ahead of the Amer­i­can vet­eran.

Fran­cis fin­ished in 49.92 sec­onds, .14 sec­onds ahead of Naser. Felix took third in 50.08 and Miller-Uibo was fourth.

“At the fin­ish line I was sur­prised. I thought I was sec­ond or third,” Fran­cis said. “But then they told me, ‘You are first.’ That is crazy.”

Ear­lier, Isaac Mak­wala made the most of a be­lated chance to com­pete in the 200 and qual­i­fied for the fi­nal af­ter be­ing quar­an­tined for a stom­ach virus that caused him to miss the 400. The Botswanan was first al­lowed to race alone on the track ahead of the evening ses­sion, two days af­ter the other sprint­ers did so. He fin­ished in 20.20 sec­onds, .33 sec­onds un­der the qual­i­fy­ing mark, then qual­i­fied sec­ond in his heat in 20.14.

The big­gest sur­prise of the night came in the 400 hur­dles, when 21-year-old Karsten Warholm of Nor­way held off Yas­mani Copello of Turkey and Ker­ron Cle­ment of the U.S. for gold in 48.35 sec­onds.

The Lak­ers signed cen­ter Stephen Zim­mer­man and guard Bri­ante Weber to par­tially guar­an­teed con­tracts. The 7-foot Zim­mer­man, 20, played in 19 games last sea­son with the Or­lando Magic. Weber, 24, a 6-2 point guard, played in 13 games with Charlotte.

The wife of Clip­pers cen­ter Wil­lie Reed is­sued a state­ment in which she re­quested that the al­leged do­mes­tic vi­o­lence charge against her hus­band be dropped. Reed was ar­rested Sun­day morn­ing on sus­pen- sion of mis­de­meanor bat­tery, ac­cord­ing to Mi­ami-Dade jail records, against his wife, Jas­mine Reed, at the cou­ple’s con­do­minium in Mi­ami.

“This in­ci­dent has been to­tally blown out of pro­por­tion,” she said in a state­ment re­leased by her at­tor­ney. — Brod­er­ick Turner

The Brook­lyn Nets will travel to Mex­ico City in De­cem­ber for two reg­u­lar-sea­son games as part of the 25th an­niver­sary of the first NBA game in Mex­ico. The Nets will play the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der on Dec. 7 and the Mi­ami Heat on Dec. 9.

For­mer Mis­sis­sippi foot­ball coach Hous­ton Nutt’s civil law­suit against the school and its ath­let­ics foun­da­tion was dis­missed by a fed­eral judge. The onepage fil­ing said the fed­eral court “lacks ju­ris­dic­tion un­der the plead­ings as pre­sented” and the suit was dis­missed by U.S. District Judge Neal Big­gers.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal and No. 2 Roger Fed­erer cruised to easy vic­to­ries in their open­ing matches at the Rogers Cup in Mon­treal . ... Andy Mur­ray has pulled out of next week’s Western & South­ern Open in Cincin­nati be­cause of an on­go­ing hip in­jury. The top-ranked Mur­ray hopes to be ready for the U.S. Open.

Qatar is scrap­ping visa re­quire­ments for vis­i­tors from 80 coun­tries as it weath­ers a boy­cott by four Arab states and gears up to host the World Cup in 2022.

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