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Makau is fastest ever

Patrick Makau of Kenya broke the world record to win the Berlin Marathon on Sunday.

Makau pulled away after 27 kilometers (16.8 miles) and finished in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 38 seconds.

Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, who held the previous record of 2:03.59, pulled up after Makau's breakaway and seemed on the verge of giving up when he stopped running and bent over, but resumed the race.

Gebrselassie had won four successive Berlin marathons from 2006 and set his world record in 2008.

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Allegations made on coach

Two women have told the Orange County Register they were sexually abused in the 1980s by the man who coached the 1984 Olympic gymnastics team.

USA Gymnastics is aware of the allegations against Don Peters and is looking into them, president Steve Penny said Sunday. Should the federation find merit to the allegations, the 62-year-old Peters could be subject to a lifetime ban.

Peters was one of the country's top coaches in the 1980s, and his SCATS gym in Huntington Beach, Calif., produced several national team members. He was head coach of the U.S. team for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, where the Americans won eight medals in 1984, including Mary Lou Retton's gold in the all-around.

Doe Yamashiro, a former U.S. national team member who was at SCATS in the 1980s, told the Register that Peters repeatedly fondled her, beginning in 1986 when she was 16, and had sexual intercourse with her when she was 17. Yamashiro said Peters' advances continued until she went to Stanford in 1988. A second woman told the Register that Peters had sex with her in 1985 when she was 18.

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Lynx makes WNBA finals

Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 21 points, six rebounds and seven assists to lead the Minnesota Lynx past the Phoenix Mercury, 103-86, Sunday to advance to the WNBA finals for the first time.

Maya Moore had 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Minnesota, which needed three games to eliminate San Antonio in the first round before sweeping the Mercury in the Western Conference finals.

The Lynx await the winner of the Indiana-Atlanta series that will be decided on Tuesday night. The final series begins Oct. 2 in Minnesota, which had the league's best record in the regular season.

Diana Taurasi had 22 points for the Mercury, who were swept in the West finals by eventual champion Seattle a year ago.

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Crosby works out

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby participated in a controlled scrimmage on Sunday as he continues his comeback from concussion-like symptoms that have kept him off the ice since January.

Crosby took face-offs and worked on set plays alongside his teammates in his first five-on-five action since training camp opened last weekend.

The former MVP says he has been symptom free throughout camp but continues to wear a white helmet during practice to indicate he still hasn't been cleared for contact.

"Everything's been really good," Crosby said. "I haven't ran into any issues so far so it's been pretty smooth."

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Hanes loses playoff

Jimmy Welch defeated three other players, including Billy Hanes of the Crag Burn Golf Club, in a one-hole playoff to win the New York State Mid-Amateur Championship at Dutchess Golf and Country Club.

All four players finished the two-round event at 145. However, Welch, of Winding Brook CC, was the only one to par the first playoff hole.

Ed Davis, the leader of the first round after shooting a 69, followed with a 78 and finished in a three-way tie for fifth. One of those who joined Davis at 147 was Andy Bernatovicz of River Oaks.

From News Staff and wire service reports