Liu speeds to win in hurdles

LAUSANNE, Switzerland - World record holder Liu Xiang won the 110-meter hurdles Tuesday at the Athletissima Grand Prix, running the season's third-best time despite unseasonably cold temperatures.

Tyson Gay of the United States won the men's 200 with the season's fourth-best time.

Liu won in 13.01 seconds. Anwar Moore of the United States was second in 13.12 and Aries Merritt was third in 13.18. At race time, the temperature was 52 degrees.

Last year, Liu ran 12.88 at the Pontaise track to break the world record he previously shared with Colin Jackson of Britain.


n Judge rejects appeal in money-to-bean-autistic-teammate case: A judge in Uniontown, Pa., refused to reduce the sentence of a former youth baseball coach convicted of offering a player money to bean a 9-year-old autistic teammate.

Mark Downs Jr., 29, had argued in his appeal that his former attorney wasn't effective. But Fayette County Judge Ralph Warman ruled Monday that Downs' arguments were without merit. He let stand Downs' one- to six-year prison sentence imposed last year.

Downs was convicted of corruption of minors and simple assault for offering $25 to an 8-year-old boy to hit his mildly autistic teammate with a ball while warming up before a June 2005 playoff game. The younger boy testified at trial that, on Downs' instructions, he purposely threw a ball that hit his teammate in the groin, then threw another that hit him in the ear.

Prosecutors said Downs didn't want the autistic boy in the game because he didn't play as well as his teammates. League rules require each player to play at least three innings.


n Seven added to MLS All-Star roster: Eddie Pope of Real Salt Lake and Cobi Jones of the Los Angeles Galaxy were among seven players added to the MLS All-Star roster on Tuesday.

Pope, a defender, and Jones, a midfielder, have played in all 12 MLS seasons and plan to retire this year.

MLS commissioner Don Garber selected the two players, who will compete in the All-Star game against Scottish Premier League champion Celtic FC on July 19 in Commerce City, Colo.

New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol picked the remaining five All-Stars: goalkeeper Kevin Hartman (Kansas City Wizards), midfielders Ronnie O'Brien (Toronto FC) and Pablo Mastroeni (Colorado Rapids), and forwards Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy) and Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo).

Forward Juan Pablo Angel of the New York Red Bulls led the All-Star voting announced last week.

The Revolution had a league-high three players chosen by online fan balloting, MLS coaches and GMs and media - defender Michael Parkhurst, midfielder Shalrie Joseph and goalkeeper Matt Reis.

Also voted to the first team were midfielders Dwayne De Rosario and Ricardo Clark of the Dynamo, Christian Gomez (D.C. United) and Juan Toja (FC Dallas), defenders Jimmy Conrad (Wizards) and Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), and forward Eddie Johnson (Wizards).


n Top seed falls for 31st straight year: Aisam-UI-Haq Qureshi relied on his strong serve and consistent play to upset No. 1 seed Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I., in another year of misfortune for the tourney's top seeds.

Qureshi, a qualifier, repeatedly left Fish struggling on service returns. The upset assured that the No. 1 seed has not won in the tournament's 31-year history on Newport's grass courts.


n BILLS INK QB PICK EDWARDS: The Buffalo Bills signed quarterback Trent Edwards, the team's third-round draft pick, on Tuesday.

Edwards, drafted 92nd overall out of Stanford, is the second of the team's seven draft picks to sign.

The 6-foot-4, 231-pound Edwards played only seven games as a senior - going 94-of-156 for 1,027 yards passing and six touchdowns with six interceptions - before being sidelined by a broken foot.


n Michigan signs deal with adidas, leaving Nike: Michigan athletic director Bill Martin said Tuesday that the school signed an eight-year contract with adidas, ending a relationship with Nike.

Adidas gave Michigan a $6.5 million signing bonus in a deal worth $3.8 million in cash annually, with the school holding a five-year option when it expires following the 2016-17 season. The contract also includes shoes and equipment for all of its 25 teams, including the football program, making the deal worth $7.5 million each year in cash and merchandise.

College football

n MANLEY II FLEES DUCKS: Oregon defensive end Dexter Manley II is leaving the Ducks, head coach Mike Bellotti said Tuesday.

Manley, the son of the former Washington Redskins star, played in 11 of 13 games in his only season at Oregon after transferring from Santa Monica College before the start of the 2006 season.

The 6-2, 280-pound reserve had three sacks in a lopsided win over Arizona State, but those where his only sacks of the season. Manley has one season of college eligibility left.