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Bolt runs fastest 200M of season at Paris meet

Published July 6, 2013 5:04 pm

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sprinting • Usain Bolt ran the fastest 200 meters of the season Saturday with a time of 19.73 seconds at the Areva Diamond Leauge meet in Paris.

Bolt shaved 0.01 seconds off the previous best time of 2013, set by American sprinter Tyson Gay at the U.S. trials last month.

Fellow Jamaican Warren Weir was second in 19.92, ahead of former European champion Christophe Lemaitre in 20.07.

Bolt will next compete in the 100 and 4x100 relay in London on July 26-27 in a one-year anniversary event for the 2012 Olympics. That will be his final major meeting before the world championships, which start Aug. 10.

In other events at Areva, the ninth leg in the Diamond League circuit, Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada clocked a world-leading 43.96 in the men's 400, beating Americans LaShawn Merritt (44.09) and Tony McQuay (44.84).

Weidman ends Silva's winning streak

MMA • Chris Weidman stopped Anderson Silva in the second round of their UFC middleweight title fight on Saturday night in Las Vegas, ending the champion's long stay on top of the division.

Weidman landed a short left hook that sent Silva to the canvas, and then pounced on the ultimate fighting star, landing a few more shots before referee Herb Dean stopped the bout at 1:18.

Weidman ended Silva's 17-fight win streak and nearly 7-year reign as champion while improving to 10-0. Silva dropped to 33-5.

In the co-main event in front of a capacity crowd at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar outwrestled and outstruck Charles Oliveira to get the win by unanimous decision.

Butler promotes assistant to coach

College basketball • Butler has promoted former player and assistant coach Brandon Miller to fill the vacancy left by coach Brad Stevens, who was hired this week to coach the Boston Celtics.

Athletic director Barry Collier announced the hiring of Miller on Saturday.

Miller played at Butler through 2003.

From wire reports