Katie Ledecky extended her record haul of medals from the world championships to 21, two more than any other female swimmer managed before.

All but three of them are gold.

The 25-year-old Ledecky claimed her 18th gold at a worlds on Wednesday as the United States won the women’s 4×200 freestyle relay final, clocking the fastest split – 1:53.67 – to help the Americans triumph in a championship record 7:41.45.

Claire Weinstein, Leah Smith, Ledecky and Bella Sims finished 2.41 seconds ahead of the Australian team and 3.31 ahead of the Canadians.

Ledecky had already won gold medals in the 1,500 freestyle on Monday and 400 freestyle on Saturday to add to the 15 gold she had coming into the competition in Budapest, Hungary.


Her 21 medals at a worlds are two more than compatriot Natalie Coughlin managed (seven gold, seven silver, five bronze) between 2001-13.

• Caeleb Dressel’s world swimming championships are over with just two gold medals.

USA Swimming withdrew its star male swimmer from the rest of the competition for unspecified medical reasons.

• Canada’s Summer McIntosh, 15, won the women’s 200 butterfly for her first title at the world championships on before 17-year-old Romanian David Popovici claimed his second by winning the 100 freestyle.

They still have some way to go to match Katie Ledecky, who claimed her 18th career gold by helping the United States win the women’s 800 freestyle relay.

• Australian swimmer Shayna Jack broke her hand in training and will miss the rest of the world championships.


She was warming up for the morning’s 100-meter freestyle heats at the time.

Jack, 23, helped Australia to gold in the women’s 400 freestyle relay on Saturday and silver in the mixed 400 medley relay on Tuesday.


EASTERN LEAGUE: The Portland Sea Dogs game at Richmond, Virginia, was postponed due to field conditions and inclement weather.

The team will play a doubleheader starting at 4:35 p.m. Thursday.



BASEBALL: David Sandlin held Texas A&M to one run and struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings, Jimmy Crooks’ three-run homer in the first held up and Oklahoma advanced to the College World Series finals with a 5-1 victory at Omaha, Nebraska.

Trying to complete a softball-baseball title sweep, the Sooners (45-22) have won three straight games at Charles Schwab Field by no fewer than four runs and will play for their first national championship since 1994.

• Brady Slavens’ home run to the deepest part of the park gave Arkansas the lead and the Razorbacks held on for a 3-2 win after Mississippi loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Hogs (46-20) forced a second-bracket final against Ole Miss (39-23) on Thursday, with the winner advancing to play Oklahoma in the best-of-three championship round starting Saturday.

NECBL: Quinn McDaniel’s eighth-inning grand slam powered the Sanford Mainers to a 6-4 win over the Newport Gulls at Newport, Rhode Island.

Aidan Kane blasted a two-run shot in the fifth for Sanford (5-9). Jacob Marshall allowed no runs and three hits in five innings, striking out six for the win and Brady Afthim got the save.


Colton Ledbetter had a three-run homer and Cameron Clayton had an RBI single in the eighth for Newport (7-6).

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Minnesota junior forward Parker Fox, a potential starter in the frontcourt, will miss his second straight season with a knee injury.

The Gophers announced the diagnosis for Fox, who hurt his right knee two days earlier during summer practice.

Last year, he tore the ACL in his left knee and redshirted his first season at Minnesota after transferring from Northern State University in South Dakota. That injury occurred before he joined the Gophers, for whom the 6-foot-8 Fox has yet to play.


WNBA: Stefanie Dolson scored 16 points, including one of New York’s 13 3-pointers with 1:29 left, and Sabrina Ionescu had 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to help the Liberty beat the host Connecticut Sun, 81-77.



BRITISH OPEN: Players who have joined the new Saudi Arabia-funded league will still be allowed to compete at the British Open next month, organizers said.

The U.S. Open had allowed players who were banned by the PGA Tour for signing up to the LIV Golf series to play at last week’s tournament.

The world’s oldest major championship begins July 14.


WESTMINSTER: A bloodhound named Trumpet won the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, besting six other finalists to snare U.S. dogdom’s most coveted best in show prize.


Trumpet beat a French bulldog, a German shepherd, a Maltese, an English setter, a Samoyed and a Lakeland terrier to take the trophy in the 146th Westminster.

Trumpet became the first bloodhound to win Westminster.

The competition drew more than 3,000 purebred dogs, ranging from affenpinschers to Yorkshire terriers. The goal is to crown the dog that most represents the ideal for its breed.


MALLORCA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the tournament in Palma, Spain, because of an abdominal injury, saying he didn’t want to aggravate the problem ahead of Wimbledon.

The 45th-ranked Australian made the announcement before his round-of-16 match against Roberto Bautista Agut.


Top-ranked Daniil Medvedev and No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to the quarterfinals.

Medvedev overcame a slow start in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Aslan Karatsev, while Tsitsipas triumphed 6-4, 6-4 against Ilya Ivashka.

EASTBOURNE INTERNATIONAL: Serena Williams moved into the semifinals of the women’s doubles, partnering Ons Jabeur in a 6-2, 6-4 win over Shuko Aoyama and Chan Hao-ching in Eastbourne, England.

In the semifinals, Williams and Jabeur will face Magda Linette and Aleksandra Krunic, who dispatched the second-seeded pair of Gabriela Dabrowski and Giuliana Olmos 6-1, 6-3.

In men’s singles, defending champion Alex de Minaur beat Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 (3), 6-2, and second-seeded Jannik Sinner lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to Tommy Paul.

Fourth-seeded Diego Schwartzman was another big name to fall after a 7-5, 7-6 (3) loss to Jack Draper, a big-serving Briton.


In the women’s singles, Beatriz Haddad Maia stayed on course for a third grass-court title in three weeks by ending the hopes of British wild card Jodie Burrage 6-1, 6-2 in the second round.

Jelena Ostapenko continued the defense of her title by also advancing to the quarterfinals after her opponent, Madison Keys, retired having lost the first set 6-3. Other players into the last eight were two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Camila Giorgi.

LAVER CUP: Vancouver and Berlin will be upcoming hosts for the men’s tennis team event.

The competition is played in a Europe vs. World format and does not award ATP ranking points.

It will be at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on Sept. 22-24, 2023, and at Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena on Sept. 20-22, 2024.

This year’s fifth Laver Cup is being held in London on Sept. 23-25. Team Europe is 4-0.



GERMANY: Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp described Sadio Mane as a “modern-day icon” of the English club after the Senegal forward’s move to Bayern Munich for $33.5 million was finalized.

Mane, 30, has signed with Bayern through June 2025 in a deal that could end up being worth $42.9 million, depending on future achievements at the Bavarian powerhouse.

Mane just completed what was arguably the best season of his career, converting the clinching penalty in a shootout to win the African Cup of Nations for Senegal, helping his country qualify for the World Cup, and starring for Liverpool in a campaign where the club nearly achieved an unprecedented quadruple of major trophies.

ENGLAND: Todd Boehly, the American businessman who fronted the recent world-record purchase of Chelsea, will assume the role of club chairman and also take charge of its offseason transfer dealings in an interim role as sporting director.

The boardroom changes included the imminent departure of Marina Granovskaia, who rose to prominence in recent years as a tough negotiator and conductor of Chelsea’s business in the transfer market.


Granovskaia is being retained until the end of the current transfer window, however, to support the transition of power from Roman Abramovich.


OBIT: Jonny Nilsson, a Swedish speedskater who won the gold medal in the 10,000 meters at the Winter Olympics at Innsbruck in 1964, has died. He was 79.

Nilsson’s death was announced by his wife, Marianne. She told Swedish news agency TT that he died during the night.

Nilsson had been suffering from prostate cancer and said last year his condition was getting worse.

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