♦ Katie Ledecky won the 200-meter freestyle at an outdoor meet in Northern California on Saturday in Santa Clara with the world’s fastest time this year. The five-time Olympic champion touched first in 1 minute, 54.56 seconds in the TYR Pro Swim Series, beating her closest rival by nearly 3 seconds at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.
♦ The board for Alaska’s most famous sled dog race will kick mushers out of the competition if one of their dogs dies while on the trail, race officials said. The Iditarod Trail Committee board debated and eventually approved the change among others at its meeting in Anchorage on Friday. Reaching a compromise, the board of directors added the caveat that if a dog’s death “was caused solely by unforeseeable forces,” then a musher may be allowed to stay in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The rules previously allowed the decision of withdrawing a musher to be left up to the race marshal and the marshal’s judges.
♦ Tyson Fury clowned his way through his first fight in more than 2½ years and still outclassed Sefer Seferi who retired after four farcical rounds in Manchester (England) Arena on Saturday. Fighting for the first time since claiming the world heavyweight title from
Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, Fury sporadically unloaded right hands as he showboated through the scheduled 10-round bout and received a warning from referee Phil Edwards. The much heavier and taller Fury showed he could end the fight whenever he wished but the decision was taken out of his hands by Seferi’s corner. Fury (26-0, 19 KO) is next scheduled to fight on Aug. 18 in Belfast against an opponent yet to be named.