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Kirani James wins thriller at Prefontaine Classic

Kirani James edged LaShawn Merritt in a 400-meter race at the 40th annual Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore.

Track and field

James edges Merritt in Prefontaine Classic

Kirani James of Grenada beat LaShawn Merritt of the United States in a photo finish to win the men’s 400 meters Saturday in the 40th annual Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore.

James, the gold medalist in the 2012 London Olympics, bested his rival by leaning at the end to finish in 43.97 seconds, best in the world this season. Merritt had the same time.

Justin Gatlin won the 100 with a wind-aided time of 9.76 seconds.

College basketball

Montana hires DeCuire

Montana has selected Travis DeCuire to be its men’s coach.

DeCuire, previously the associate head coach at California, replaces Wayne Tinkle. Tinkle left Montana to take the Oregon State job.

DeCuire was a standout player at Mercer Island High School — he graduated in 1989 — and at Montana. After working as an assistant coach at Mercer Island, he was a head coach at Sammamish High in Bellevue and Green River Community College.

College athletics

Settlement is reached

A $40 million settlement has been completed that will pay football and basketball players dating to 2003 for the use of their likenesses in NCAA-branded video games.

The payouts could go to more than 100,000 athletes, including some current players, who were either on college rosters or had their images used in video games made by Electronic Arts.

Depending on how many apply for the settlement, payments could range from as little as $48 for each year an athlete was on a roster to $951 for each year the image of an athlete was used in a video game.


Quintana stays in front

Nairo Quintana of the Movistar team virtually clinched the Giro d’Italia title with a strong ride up the demanding Monte Zoncolan, while Australian Michael Rogers of the Tinkoff-Saxo team benefited from a fan interruption to post his second stage victory of the 21-stage race.

Quintana’s 3:07 lead ahead of fellow Colombian Rigoberto Uran, who competes for the Omega Pharma — Quick-Step team, remained unchanged entering Sunday’s mostly flat final stage.

“It’s 99 percent done,” said Quintana, who shed tears during the podium celebration. “They were tears of happiness. I’ve achieved one of the big goals in my life.”

Italian Francesco Manuel Bongiorno of the Bardiani CSF team was on Rogers’ wheel with about 2 miles left when a fan pushed him hard enough on the back that he had to brake to avoid hitting Rogers and took his left foot off the pedal.

“I’m very bitter,” Bongiorno said.

Rogers covered 103.7 miles in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 55 seconds. Quintana was 17th in the stage.

Garmin-Sharp rider Tyler Farrar of Wenatchee was 129th in the stage and is 148th overall.

Horse racing

‘Chrome’ works out

Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome breezed a half-mile in 47.69 seconds at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., in what is expected to be the colt’s final serious move before Saturday’s 1½-mile Belmont Stakes.

Clockers had California Chrome galloping out in 1:12.95 for 6 furlongs.


• Oregon State, the No. 1 national seed in the NCAA baseball tournament, doesn’t have much margin for error after losing 14-2 to UC Irvine in the double-elimination Corvallis Regional.

In regional games involving Pac-12 schools other than Washington and Oregon State, host Indiana beat Stanford 4-2; host Vanderbilt defeated Oregon 7-2; and Arizona State was eliminated by Sacramento State 5-4 in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

• Oregon beat Oklahoma 4-2 in softball to stay alive in the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Oregon (56-8) will play Alabama (52-11) on Sunday.

Briann January, who is from Spokane, scored 20 points to lead the host Indiana Fever to a 70-66 WNBA victory over the New York Liberty.

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