Bolt not happy with time
Usain Bolt won the 100 meters in 10.04 seconds in the wind at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Friday, his first victory in Europe leading to the London Olympics.
The Jamaican had a slow start but pulled ahead in the final meters. He failed to improve his season best of 9.82 from a May meet in Jamaica. Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis finished second in 10.19, followed by Darvis Patton of the U.S. in 10.22.
"It's hard to explain," Bolt said. "I don't really know what went wrong."
Beckham takes pay cut
David Beckham no longer is Major League Soccer's highest-paid player after his salary was cut nearly 40 percent in his new contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The former England captain has a base salary of $3 million this year and guaranteed compensation of $4 million, according to figures released Friday by the MLS Players Union. His previous base salary had been $5.5 million with total annual compensation of $6.5 million under a $32.5 million, five-year contract that expired after the 2011 season.
New York's Thierry Henry became the league's highest-paid player, with a base salary of $5 million and total compensation of $5.6 million.
Schilling has fiscal woes
Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island said former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video gaming company is again in violation of a loan guarantee agreement with Rhode Island after it failed to notify state officials of mass layoffs, and that he'll seek an audit of the company's finances.
Schilling's 38 Studios laid off its entire workforce Thursday -- including about 300 employees in Providence and more at a second Maryland location-- and did not notify the state, Chafee said at a news conference.
The company was lured to Rhode Island from Massachusetts in 2010 after the state Economic Development Corporation board agreed to a $75 million loan guarantee, which was supposed to bring hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue.
38 Studios' financial troubles came to light this month when it defaulted on a $1.1 million payment to the EDC that was due May 1. The company later paid.
But now it is in default again, Chafee said. Under federal law, employers who have at least 100 employees and plan to shed at least 50 jobs are required to give a 60-day notice to workers and state unemployment officials.
Bengals sign first pick
The Bengals signed Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler to a four-year deal on Friday, leaving both of their first-round picks under contract.
The Bengals had already signed Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, the 17th overall pick. They got that selection by trading quarterback Carson Palmer to the Raiders last season.
Their own pick was the 21st overall. They traded it to New England and moved down to 27th, where they took Zeitler.
From News Staff and wire service reports