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WEEKEND REWIND: IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Usain Bolt does it again - He’s still got it. A year after dazzling the world in Beijing with records in the 100 and 200 meters, Usain Bolt just plain dusted the competition in Berlin on Sunday. The Jamaican sprinter broke his own record in the 100, finishing in 9.58 seconds. American Tyson Gay finished a distant second, even though his 9.71 set a U.S. record in the event. And Bolt could shave even more time off that mark; he told reporters he was in “pretty good shape” but not as dialed in as he was at the Olympics.
PGA Championship - You know the number after hearing it all weekend: Tiger Woods is 14-for-14 when leading a major after 54 holes. Well, make it 14-for-15 (which isn’t nearly as sexy) after he gave it up to Yong-Y.E. Yang on Sunday. Their resumes are quite different. Woods has won 70 tournaments, including 14 majors; Yang’s PGA Championship victory was just his second win of his career (and the second this season). And Yang, from South Korea, is nearly four years older than Woods, who went 0-for-4 in majors this season.
TWT FIVE BEST AT GETTING HIT BY PITCHES
In honor of David Wright, who got hit for the 28th time in his career Saturday, baseball’s best at earning their base:
1. Hughie Jennings, 287 - The only Hall of Famer in the top five, Jennings led the league five times in the late 1800s.
2. Craig Biggio, 285 - Plunked percentage went way down when he hit his 40s.
3. Tommy Tucker, 272 - He was the best at getting hit before Jennings came along.
4. Don Baylor, 267 - Perfected the art late in his career with the Yankees, Red Sox and Twins.
5. Ron Hunt, 243 - His 50 in 1971 is second only to Jennings’ 51 in 1896.
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