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Bolt, hurdlers have good day for Jamaica

BERLIN — Usain Bolt won the 200-meter semifinals with ease and swagger in 20.08 seconds Wednesday, looking sharp for a possible assault on a second world record at the world track and field championships.

Jamaica didn't have to wait until Bolt's 200 final today for another reggae celebration. Brigitte Foster-Hylton followed some Bolt-like clowning before the race with a clean run to win the women's 100-meter hurdles title. Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Canada won the silver and Delloreen Ennis-London of Jamaica the bronze. Olympic champion Dawn Harper of the United States faded to seventh.

The Americans have three golds and eight medals overall, just ahead of Jamaica with three golds and seven total.

Caster Semenya, an 18-year-old South African who has been asked to take a gender test, won the women's 800 with a stunningly dominating run, finishing in a world-leading 1 minute, 55.45 seconds, beating defending champion Janeth Jepkosgei of Kenya by a massive 2.45 seconds. Jennifer Meadows of Britain was third.

The world track and field federation requested the gender test for Semenya about three weeks ago after she improved her personal bests by wide margins.

Bolt thrived in the 80-degree heat, running hard on the curve before closing things down just past the halfway mark and cruised past the line in 20.08 seconds. Despite easing up, Bolt still had the fastest qualifying time.

Galaxy grabs 2-0 MLS victory over Fire

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — Mike Magee had a goal and an assist to help the Los Angeles Galaxy overcome the absence of David Beckham and beat the Chicago Fire 2-0 on Wednesday night at Toyota Park.

Magee, a native of Chicago, scored in the 23rd minute after Jovan Kirovski converted a midfield turnover into a counter-attack for the Galaxy (8-4-10). Los Angeles was playing without Beckham after he earned a one-game suspension for a red card in Saturday's 2-0 loss to Seattle. In the 54th minute, Magee sent a lead pass to Landon Donovan, who raced 50 yards past two defenders before scoring past goalkeeper Jon Busch.

UVU tabbed to win women's soccer title

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The Utah Valley University women's soccer team has been tabbed as the preseason favorite in the Great West Conference's west division.

Fourth-year coach Brent Anderson's club garnered all four first-place votes in its division to make the Wolverines a clear preseason favorite. UVU was followed by Houston Baptist, North Dakota and South Dakota respectively in the west.

In the East Division, NJIT picked up two first-place votes followed by South Carolina State and Howard, which each received one first-place vote. Delaware State rounded out the east voting.

— Staff and wire services