Monday's Sports in Brief
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Ryan Lochte won his first head-to-head showdown with Michael Phelps at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
The 27-year-old Floridian captured the 400-meter individual medley Monday night, taking command on the breaststroke leg and holding off Phelps in the freestyle for a time of 4 minutes, 7.06 seconds. Phelps claimed the second Olympic spot in 4:07.89.
Tyler Clary, who took second in the event at last year's world championships, won't even get a chance to swim the event in London. He faded to third in 4:09.92.
Peter Vanderkaay made his third Olympic team by winning the 400 freestyle in 3:47.47. He was joined by training partner Conor Dwyer, who finished second.
Elizabeth Beisel became the first woman to qualify for the U.S. team with an easy victory in the 400 IM. She won in 4:31.74 to earn a berth in her second consecutive games. Caitlin Leverenz grabbed the second spot.
TRACK AND FIELD
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Reigning high jump world champion Jesse Williams backed into a berth on the U.S. team going to the London Olympics.
Williams finished fourth at the U.S. Olympic trials, but made the squad because third-place finisher Nick Ross failed to clear the Olympic ``A'' standard of 7 feet, 7 inches.
While Williams made it to London through the backdoor, 800-meter runner Nick Symmonds finished in style, winning his fifth straight U.S. title by easily holding off 35-year-old Khadevis Robinson and Duane Solomon.
Alysia Montano won the women's 800, qualifying for London along with Geena Gall and Alice Schmidt.
In the javelin, Sam Humphreys earned a win but not a spot on the team. His best throw of 268-7 failed to meet the ``A'' standard. Same with runner-up Sam Crouser. So that means Craig Kinsley, Sean Furey and Cyrus Hostetler will represent the team - the third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishers.
The women's triple jump will only send Amanda Smock to the Olympics because none of the others met the standard.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Brandon Dixon's tie-breaking double started a three-run ninth inning for Arizona, and the Wildcats won their first national title since 1986 with a 4-1 victory over two-time defending champion South Carolina.
James Farris and Mathew Troupe combined to limit the Gamecocks to three hits as the Wildcats won their fourth title overall. The others came in 1976 and 1980.
South Carolina had been trying to become the first team since the Southern California dynasty of the early 1970s to win three national titles in a row.
WIMBLEDON (AP) - Five-time champion Venus Williams lost in the opening round of Wimbledon for the first time since 1997, falling 6-1, 6-3 to Elena Vesnina of Russia on Monday.
She hadn't lost in the first round at any Grand Slam tournament in 6 1/2 years. Still, Williams said she'll be at the London Olympics next month and is ``planning'' to be back at Wimbledon next year.
``I feel like I'm a great player,'' Williams said.
Her loss, in her first match since a second-round ouster at the French Open, was part of an odd Day 1, even if the true tournament favorites in action won easily: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova. Among those sent home were sixth-seeded and 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych; 11th-seeded John Isner; No. 16 Flavia Pennetta; and No. 18 Jelena Jankovic, who lost 6-2, 6-4 to Kim Clijsters, a four-time major champion who has been beset by injuries in her last season on tour and, like Williams, is unseeded.
Jamie Hampton of the United States, ranked 100th and playing her first match on grass, upset No. 27 Daniela Hantuchova 6-4, 7-6 (1).
NEW YORK (AP) - Outfielder Marlon Byrd was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Major League Baseball said the 34-year-old Byrd tested positive for Tamoxifen, which can reduce side effects of steroid use and increase testosterone. It is often used to treat breast cancer patients.
Byrd, who said he used the drug for a medical condition, is a free agent, and will be placed on the restricted list for the duration of his suspension, which began immediately. He started the season with the Cubs and was dealt to the Red Sox on April 21. He was designated for assignment by Boston on June 9 and released four days later.
BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz continued his sensational start, hitting two home runs and tying Ted Williams for the most career multihomer games in franchise history in the Red Sox' 9-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Ortiz, who has 37 multihomer games with Boston, is hitting .304 with 52 RBIs. He has 398 career homers, tying Dale Murphy for 51st all-time.
DALLAS (AP) - A former Baylor basketball player is facing a federal extortion charge for allegedly threatening to release ``derogatory information'' about Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.
Richard Khamir Hurd, 25, was arraigned in federal court in Waco with his bond set at $25,000.
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Griffin, the Baylor quarterback taken second overall in the draft by the Washington Redskins, was the target of the alleged extortion attempt. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because authorities had not disclosed the fact.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson is expected to be ready for training camp next month after suffering minor injuries in a two-car crash early Saturday.
New Jersey State Police Lt. Stephen Jones said that Wilkerson was driving a 2011 Dodge Challenger northbound on the Garden State Parkway in Kenilworth when he attempted to change lanes and struck the rear left side of a 2011 Toyota Sienna carrying 11 people.
Wilkerson's vehicle flipped and came to rest on its roof.
MIAMI (AP) - With tens of thousands of fans lining the route, the Miami Heat held their championship parade. Players and coaches rode double-decker buses with friends and family, most of them taking photos and videos of the crowd. Other Heat staff were on flatbed trucks, as confetti fell and horns blared every step of the way.
It was the second title for the Heat and the first for finals MVP LeBron James, who nodded and pointed to fans for much of the parade.
The celebration continued inside the team's arena in the afternoon.
ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Hawks hired Danny Ferry as president of basketball operations and general manager.
Ferry, 45, is replacing Rick Sund, whose contract expires at the end of June.