Phelps sets record

VICTORIA: Michael Phelps lowered his own world record in the 200-meter butterfly at the Pan Pacific Championships on Thursday. The American came from behind on the final lap to win in 1 minute, 53.80 seconds. He set the old mark of 1:53.93 at the 2003 world championships in Barcelona, Spain. Phelps’ record came about 10 minutes after the first world mark went down. Jess Schipper of Australia won the women’s 200 fly in 2:05.40, bettering the mark of 2:05.61 set by Otylia Jedrzejczak of Poland at last year’s world championships in Montreal. — AP

Barcelona win

BARCELONA: Ludovic Giuly’s 43rd-minute goal gave FC Barcelona a 1-0 victory over crosstown rival Espanyol in the first leg of the Spanish Supercup on Thursday. Ronaldinho created the goal by sending a pass to an unmarked Giuly, who shot past advancing goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz. The win gave Barcelona the advantage when it returns to Camp Nou stadium for Sunday’s second leg of the matchup between the league champion and the Copa del Rey winner. — AP

Clijsters out

MONTREAL: Kim Clijsters of Belgium won’t be able to defend her US Open title because of a wrist injury suffered at the Rogers Cup. Because of the injury, Kim will not be able to play in the next few weeks (probably two months) and will therefore have to withdraw from the tournaments she was supposed to play. — AP

Browne aces No 17

MEDINAH: Olin Browne scored a hole-in-one on the 17th hole of the US PGA Championship on Thursday. It was Browne’s third ace in a American PGA Tour. He also had one on No 12 at the 1994 AT&T National Pro-Am during the 2001 US Open. — AP