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Oregon football player wins hurdles title at nationals

Devon Allen, a redshirt-freshman receiver for Oregon’s football team, won the 110-meter hurdles on the final day of the U.S. outdoor track-and-field championships. Allen also won the NCAA title in the 110 hurdles.


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Track and field

Oregon receiver Allen prevails in 110 hurdles at nationals

Devon Allen won the 110-meter hurdles in 13.16 seconds on the final day of the U.S. outdoor championships Sunday in Sacramento, Calif.

Allen, also a redshirt-freshman receiver for Oregon’s football team, won the NCAA title earlier this month with exactly the same time, which set a record for the NCAA meet.

Leader Ronnie Ash fell during Sunday’s race and Ryan Wilson finished second in 13.18.

Ash, who injured his right leg and left arm and had facial cuts and bruises, said he expects to be out for at least a month; he won a semifinal heat in 12.99, the fastest time in the world since 2012.

Sam Kendricks of Mississippi won the pole vault at 18 feet, 10¼ inches. Former Washington Husky Brad Walker was fifth at 18-0½.

Auto racing

Pagenaud takes IndyCar event

Simon Pagenaud, the Frenchman who thought he had a winning car in the first race of the Grand Prix of Houston weekend doubleheader, picked up a victory in the second race.

The victory was the second of the IndyCar Series season for Pagenaud.

Although he spent last week training in California to prepare for the heat and humidity in Houston, he felt the effects of temperatures that soared into the 90s after he climbed from his car.

“I’m sorry, guys, I might be a little faint,” he said in victory lane. “It was really hot. Really hot. There’s exhaustion from heat. I mean, there is no air under the visor.”

It was redemption for Pagenaud, who started from the pole Saturday but had his race ruined when he first spun, then was collected in Scott Dixon’s crash. He finished 16th in the first race.

Pagenaud led rookie teammate Mikhail Aleshin to a 1-2 finish for team owner Sam Schmidt.

Hagan wins a Funny Car title

Matt Hagan won the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill., to end an 11-event victory drought, beating Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. in the Funny Car final.

Hagan, the 2011 Funny Car season champion, posted his 11th career victory.

Antron Brown won in Top Fuel, Vincent Nobile topped the Pro Stock field and Hector Arana Jr. won in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Major League Soccer

Montreal routs visiting Houston

Jack McInerney scored twice and Troy Perkins got the shutout as host Montreal beat Houston 3-0. Montreal, which started the match with the worst record in the league, improved to 3-7-5.

Columbus firefighter is honored

The Columbus Crew and visiting FC Dallas paused before their scoreless draw to support the recovery of a firefighter who went into cardiac arrest after a lightning strike in the southwest parking lot of Crew Stadium.

The teams were scheduled to play Saturday night, but their match was rescheduled after Stu Tudor might have been hit during a pregame storm. The 54-year-old lieutenant in the Columbus Fire Department is in critical condition in the intensive care unit of a hospital.

Fans held up signs in support of Tudor, who was off duty at the time of the lightning strike.

“Here you have a man like that who saves lives on a regular basis, who comes out on his off day to see us play,” Crew forward Justin Meram said. “For something like that to happen to him, we’re hoping for the best for him and his family.”

Tracy Smith, fire department battalion chief, said it is not known if Tudor was struck directly but added Tudor had to be resuscitated.

NHL

Teams prepare for free agency

League teams are about to go shopping, and they will have less money to spend than they might have thought a few days ago.

After 210 players were taken in the two-day draft that started Friday, teams will have more decisions to make, and they don’t have a lot of time. Free agency begins in earnest Tuesday.

The ceiling for next season’s salary cap was set Friday at $69 million — up from $64.3 million. That number is a million or two lower than some projections had it after a year of record revenues.

“We all expected it to be higher,” New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather said.

Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres have bought out 31-year-old defenseman Christian Ehrhoff’s contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.

ELSEWHERE

• Former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, 23, who played on the 2010 season national-championship football team, died in a one-car crash near LaGrange, Ga. He was a passenger in a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe that reportedly overturned several times.

• Motorcycle racer Bobby Goodin, 54, died Sunday after he wrecked his Triumph Daytona 675R moments after crossing the finish line of the annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado. Goodin raised his hand in celebration of his finish but lost control on the gravel lot atop Pikes Peak. The accident sent his bike tumbling into the air, with Goodin landing on large rocks downslope.

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