China’s Sun wins 200 free via DQ, gets shunned on podium

Sun Yang was in the middle of controversy at the world swimming championships again in Gwangju, South Korea.

The Chinese swimmer with a history of doping won the 200-meter freestyle Tuesday night after Danas Rapsys of Lithuania finished first and got disqualified for an apparent false start. Sun touched second, but was elevated after Rapsys already had celebrated in the pool.

Sun appeared surprised, then raised both arms in the air as a mix of cheers and boos rang out.

Katsuhiro Matsumoto of Japan took silver. Martin Malyutin of Russia and Duncan Scott of Britain tied for bronze. On the podium, Scott refused to shake Sun’s hand, standing off on his own while the other medalists joined Sun to pose for photographers.

Sun, who served a three-month doping ban in 2014, is being allowed by FINA to compete ahead of a Court for Arbitration in Sport hearing in September. Sun has been accused of smashing vials of his blood with a hammer during a clash last year with testers, and faces a lifetime ban.

Sun, the current Olympic champion in the 200 free, earned his third straight medal in the event at worlds and second gold in a row. He was timed in 1 minute, 44.93 seconds.

American Lilly King and Russia’s Yulia Efimova were neck-and-neck down the stretch in the 100 breaststroke before King got her hand on the wall first, touching in 1:04.93 over Efimova (1:05.49).

Olympic and defending world champion Ryan Murphy, a Cal alum, was upset in the men’s 100 backstroke. Xu Jiayu of China won in 52.43 seconds. Murphy, who was under his own world-record pace at the turn, faded to fourth.

In the women’s 100 back, Kylie Masse of Canada won in 58.60. Australia’s Minna Atherton took silver, American Olivia Smoliga bronze. Kathleen Baker of the U.S., the world record holder, tied for sixth after being tied for the lead at the turn. Baker also is a Cal alum.


Russian boxer, 28,

dies of brain injury

Boxer Maxim Dadashev, 28, died Tuesday, two days after suffering a brain injury in a fight in Maryland.

The Russian Boxing Federation said Dadashev suffered a brain swelling in Friday’s light-welterweight fight with Subriel Matias at the Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill. He underwent surgery at UM Prince George’s Hospital Center but his heart stopped Tuesday.

NBA: The Phoenix Suns signed big man Cheick Diallo to a multiyear, undisclosed contract. Diallo, 22, played the past three seasons with New Orleans.

• Spurs Sports & Entertainment promoted two-time NBA executive of the year RC Buford to chief executive officer. Along with head coach Gregg Popovich, Buford is credited for helping San Antonio to five NBA titles.

WNBA: Nneka Ogwumike had 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists and the visiting Los Angeles Sparks closed on a 15-1 run to beat the Atlanta Dream 78-66. … Dearica Hamby scored 24 points to lead host Las Vegas to a 79-62 win over Seattle. … DeWanna Bonner had 22 points as host Phoenix blitzed Indiana 95-77.

College basketball: The NCAA suspended DePaul men’s head coach Dave Leitao for the first three games of the regular season for recruiting violations by his staff. The NCAA also put the program on three years of probation and said an undetermined number of games will be vacated because DePaul put an ineligible player on the floor. … BYU guard Nick Emery, facing a greatly reduced role this season, said he is retiring from basketball with a year of eligibility remaining.

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