Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Digest

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St. Louisan Rodgers advances in Moscow

Mike Rodgers, who graduated from Berkeley High, turned in the top qualifying time for the 100-meter event Saturday at the world championships, in Moscow, to move to Sunday's final. His time was 9.98 seconds nearly a full tenth of a second faster than Jamaica's Usain Bolt, a landslide in track. Justin Gatlin, who's supposed to give Bolt the biggest challenge in the final on Sunday, won his heat, too, in 9.99.

Rodgers has long been the future of American sprinting, but hasn't been able to stay healthy. He missed the 2011 world championships after testing positive for a banned stimulant, which earned him a suspension. Missing from these championships are big names such as Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Sherone Simpson, all following positive tests for banned substances.

Gay's spot in the field went to Rodgers, and he ran with the chance. Rodgers has long been the future of American sprinting, but hasn't been able to stay healthy in addition to being banned. "I feel pretty good," Rodgers said of his race. "I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life."

Overlooked, too, with Bolt and Gatlin receiving most of the attention.

"That's the party I'm coming to crash," Rodgers said. "Nobody saw my race in London (last month), when I was beating Bolt for 70 meters."

Wise Dan wins * Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan won the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, in New York, taking control at mid-stretch and beating King Kreesa by 1 lengths. Ridden by John Velazquez, Wise Dan ran a mile over the turf course in 1 minute 34 seconds. The victory extended the 6-year- old gelding's winning streak to eight races, including the 2012 Breeders' Cup Mile. He's ranked as the world's leading active thoroughbred. Wise Dan, trained by Charlie LoPresti and the prohibitive favorite, paid $2. …

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