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Michael Phelps of the United States reacts after breaking the world record in the 100-meter butterfly in Rome.
Michael Phelps of the United States reacts after breaking the world record in the 100-meter butterfly in Rome.
Michael Sohn, Associated Press

Phelps beats Cavic, butterfly record

ROME — Michael Phelps beat Milorad Cavic again. No doubt about it.

With a defiant performance in a supposedly inferior suit, Phelps stayed close over the outward lap and rallied on the return to become the first swimmer to break 50 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly, beating the Serbian with a time of 49.82.

Cavic also broke 50 seconds, but 49.95 only got him a silver — and plenty of words to eat. He wasn't nearly as close as last year's Beijing Olympics, when Phelps famously won by one-hundredth of a second and Cavic always maintained that he actually touched first.

"That satisfied me a little bit," Phelps quipped with that crooked grin of his. "I set it up perfectly."

When Phelps saw his time at the Foro Italico, he hopped up on the lane rope separating him and Cavic, threw up his arms and let out a scream toward his mom and sister in the stands.

Showing as much emotion as he ever has, Phelps also slapped the water and tugged at his Speedo LZR Racer swimsuit — no doubt in reference to Cavic offering to get Phelps one of those supposedly faster polyurethane suits so he wouldn't have any excuses.

Tennis: Venus advances to Stanford final

STANFORD, Calif. — Second-seeded Venus Williams was at the top of her game as she advanced to the finals of the Bank of the West Classic, beating third-seeded Elena Dementieva 6-0, 6-1 on Saturday in a match that lasted just over an hour.

ATP TOUR: At Umag, Croatia, top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko cruised into the final of the Croatia Open on Saturday by beating Jurgen Melzer of Austria 6-1, 6-1.

Deaf racer takes Women's Moto X Super X

CARSON, Calif. — In her much-anticipated X Games debut, motocross teen sensation Ashley Fiolek didn't disappoint.

Fiolek, who has been deaf since birth, captured first place in Women's Moto X Super X on Saturday night.

The 18-year-old Fiolek's debut was delayed after an injury forced her to withdraw from last year's games. She made up for it with a strong performance in what was the highest billing a women's X Games event has received on ESPN.