Chinese men qualify
behind Japan, U.S.
Olympic champion China found itself in unfamiliar territory after finishing a surprising third Monday in qualifying at the world gymnastics championships in Tokyo.
Still, even its less-than-inspired effort was enough to knock Britain’s men out of the running for one of the eight spots available in Tokyo for next summer’s London Olympics.
China scored 359.126 points, trailing Japan (364.291) and the United States (361.583). It’s the first time since the 2004 Olympics that China, winner of the last four world titles, has qualified anywhere but first in a major competition. But scoring starts over in Wednesday’s team finals, when three gymnasts compete on each event and all three scores count.
Britain wound up 10th and will have to go to the second qualifier in January.
Locos kicker Stitser nets
UFL special teams honor
Kicker Clint Stitser, playing in just his second United Football League game, was named the league’s special teams player of the week after going 3-for-3 on field goals and 3-for-3 on extra points in the Locomotives’ 30-10 victory over the Omaha Nighthawks at Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday night.
Stitser, a Fresno State product, scored the Locos’ first nine points on field goals of 24, 34 and 45 yards.
In two games this season, Stitser is 4-for-4 on field goals and 5-for-5 on extra points for a team-high 17 points.
Also: Anthony Calvillo became the Canadian Football League’s career passing leader.
The Montreal Alouettes quarterback broke Damon Allen’s record of 72,381 passing yards with a 50-yard touchdown pass to Jamel Richardson. The milestone came on the final play of the third quarter in a 29-19 home win over the Toronto Argonauts.
Allen was at Percival Molson Stadium, along with CFL commissioner Mark Cohon, to honor the 39-year-old Calvillo.
Calvillo entered the game needing 258 yards to eclipse Allen’s record. He finished with 305 for a total of 72,429.
wins national AJGA event
Coronado High School’s AJ McInerney strung together four consecutive birdies in a final-round 1-under-par 71 to win the American Junior Golf Association’s PING Invitational in Stillwater, Okla., by two shots.
McInerney had birdies on Nos. 8-11 at Karsten Creek Golf Club, but he saved his title bid, in a field of 72 players, with a 50-foot par putt on No. 15. He finished at 2-under 214 (74-69-71) to beat Shun Yat Hak of Lake Mary, Fla.
Also: California Flag defeated Excessive Passion by a half-length to win the $100,000 Morvich Stakes for the third time at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.
Ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, California Flag ran 6½ furlongs on the turf in 1 minute, 11.91 seconds and paid $15.40, $9.80 and $6 as the 6-1 third choice.
Excessive Passion returned $14.40 and $9.20, while Ain’t No Other was another half-length back and paid $4.60 to show.
Elusive Pearl won the $100,000 Pebbles Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, beating Hessonite by 2¼ lengths on the turf at Belmont Park in New York.
Ridden by Ramon Dominguez and trained by Michael Trombetta, Elusive Pearl ran the mile over the firm course in 1:36.61 for her fourth win in seven starts.
The 2-1 favorite, Elusive Pearl paid $6.10, $4 and $2.90. Hessonite returned $9.40 and $6.80. My Redbyrd earned $4.40 to show.