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The Journal Gazette

Monday, July 22, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

Local teen qualifies for Olympic swim trials

Staff, news services

Cameron Luarde of the SWAC Swim Team qualified Saturday for the 2020 U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials, scheduled for June 21-28, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Luarde's 200-meter breaststroke time of 2:17.79 at the Indiana Swimming Senior Long Course Championships in Indianapolis is the third fastest time in the nation for 16-year-olds this year.

The eight-day trials will feature 1,400 of the top athletes in the country and will serve as the sole qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Luarde, who also swims on the Homestead High School team, is in his 11th year with SWAC, where he is a multitime state champion and current Indiana state record holder in the 13-14 age group.

BASKETBALL

Sky stay hot, beat slumping Fever

In Chicago, Allie Quigley and Stefanie Dolson scored 19 points apiece to help Chicago beat the Indiana Fever 78-70 for the Sky's fourth consecutive win. Erica Wheeler had 13 points and nine assists and Teaira McCowan added 11 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for Indiana. The Fever (6-13) have lost five in a row and nine of 10.

BOWLING

Tackett wins 1st title of year

Huntington native EJ Tackett won the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals in Las Vegas. Tackett defeated Jakob Butturff to win his 13th career PBA Tour title and first of 2019.

FOOTBALL

Texans' Watt placed on PUP list

Houston placed star defensive end J.J. Watt and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins on the physically unable to perform list. Also going on the PUP list was wide receiver DeAndre Carter. Watt, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, reportedly had knee surgery after last season. He shook off two years of injuries after he'd played just eight games total and earned All-Pro honors when he had 61 tackles, led the AFC with 16 sacks, had 25 quarterback hits, 18 tackles for losses and forced a career-high seven fumbles. Hopkins hurt his right shoulder in Houston's loss to Indianapolis in an AFC wild-card game. The Texans start training camp Thursday.

Buccaneers sign their No. 1 pick

Tampa Bay signed first-round pick Devin White, the fifth overall selection out of LSU. White was the 2018 Butkus Award winner as the nation's top college linebacker and was a first-team All-American. The Buccaneers have signed all of their draft picks before the team reports for training camp Thursday.

SOCCER

Real Madrid to drop Bale

Coach Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid wants to part ways with Gareth Bale, six years after it broke a world transfer record to sign the Wales winger. Zidane said on Saturday following a friendly in Houston that he expects Madrid to conclude a transfer for Bale to another club “in the coming days.” Zidane made the comments after Bale did not play in the 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich in a preseason game.

SWIMMING

Briton breaks world record

In Gwangju, South Korea, Adam Peaty of Britain has become the first man to go under 57 seconds in the 100-meter breaststroke at the world championships. He won his semifinal heat in 56.88 seconds, bettering his old record of 57.10 set last August in Glasgow, Scotland. Peaty is seeking his third straight world title in the event. The final is tonight. ... Meanwhile, China's Sun Yang won a record fourth consecutive 400-meter freestyle title in the first final of the world championships, with rival Mack Horton of Australia rallying to finish second. Sun touched first in 3 minutes, 42.44 seconds. Horton took silver in 2:43.17.

TENNIS

French woman wins 1st title

In Lausanne, Switzerland, Fiona Ferro of France beat her friend and French club teammate Alizé Cornet 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 in the Ladies Open Lausanne final to win her first WTA singles title. The 98th-ranked Ferro plays for the same club in Nice as No. 48 Cornet, who described her as “like my little sister on the tour.”

Peter McNamara, 64, dies of cancer

Peter McNamara, an Australian who won three Grand Slam doubles titles and reached a highest singles ranking of No. 7, has died. He was 64. His death at his home in Germany from prostate cancer was confirmed by David Law, a family friend and tennis commentator, on behalf of McNamara's wife, Petra. McNamara formed a successful partnership with compatriot Paul McNamee to win the Wimbledon doubles title in 1980 and 1982 and the Australian Open title in 1979. The right-hander also won five singles titles, reaching the Australian Open singles semifinals in 1980, the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 1981 and the last eight at the 1982 French Open.