Hot dog eating title back in U.S.

NEW YORK - In a gut-busting showdown that combined drama, daring and indigestion, Joey Chestnut emerged Wednesday as the world's hot dog eating champion, knocking off six-time winner Takeru Kobayashi in a record-setting yet repulsive triumph.

Chestnut, the great red, white and blue hope in the annual Fourth of July competition, broke his own world record by inhaling 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes - a staggering one every 10.9 seconds before a screaming crowd in Coney Island.

"If I needed to eat another one right now, I could," the 23-year-old Californian said after receiving the mustard yellow belt emblematic of hot dog eating supremacy.

Kobayashi, the Japanese eating machine, recently had a wisdom tooth extracted and received chiropractic treatment due to a sore jaw.


n Mixed day for U.S. crews at Henley regatta: American crews had mixed results Wednesday on the first day of racing at the Henley Royal Regatta at Henley-on-Thames, England.

In the opening round of the Princess Elizabeth Cup for schoolboy eights, Thomas Jefferson High School from Alexandria, Va., beat Northern Ireland's Methodist College. However, Florida's Winter Park lost by 2 1/2 lengths to St. Ignatius College, Adelaide, Australia.

In the same event, Belmont Hill School from Massachusetts beat St. Paul's School from Concord, N.H., by two-thirds of a length in the first all-American contest. St. Paul's took the early lead but Belmont evened it after a mile and then pushed its bow in front.


n Copa America too full for U.S.: The United States was eliminated from the Copa America when Brazil defeated Ecuador 1-0 and Mexico played a 0-0 tie against Chile on Wednesday night in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela.

The United States, which lost 4-1 to Argentina 3-1 to Paraguay, needed Ecuador to beat Brazil in the second game of Wednesday night's doubleheader to remain in contention for a quarterfinal berth. The winless U.S. team plays its final game Thursday against Colombia (0-2), which was also knocked out.

Brazil (2-1) was sluggish and needed a disputed penalty goal by Robinho to beat Ecuador.

After a scoreless first half, and with Ecuador threatening, a foul was called in the 56th minute on Giovanni Espinoza for grabbing Robinho, who fell to the ground.

With the victory, Brazil finishes second in Group B, setting up a quarterfinal rematch Saturday in Puerto La Cruz against Chile.


n Kenya's Irungu wins Peachtree race: Martin Irungu of Kenya won the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta Wednesday, leading from start to finish in his first time running the 10-kilometer course.

Wude Ayalew of Ethiopia was the women's winner in a field featuring 55,000 runners, the nation's largest 10K event.

Irungu covered the 6.2 miles in 28 minutes, 1 second, winning in a final sprint. U.S. 10K champion Abdi Abdiraham of Tucson, Ariz., was second in 28:12. Nicholas Kamakya of Kenya was third in 28:20.

Ayalew won in 31:44. She was followed by Alice Timbilili of Kenya in 31:48 and Katie Mcgregor of Golden Valley, Minn., in 32:41.

In the men's open wheelchair race, Australia's Kurt Fearmley won. Amanda McGrory of Kennett Square, Pa., won the women's open division.


n Member of Drake's Final Four squad dies: Al Williams, a member of Drake's 1969 NCAA Final Four team and one of the school's all-time leading rebounders, has died of liver cancer. He was 60. Funeral services for Williams, who died Monday at a hospital in Georgia, will be held Saturday in Decatur, Ga., school officials said.