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RIO DE JANEIRO -- What track and field really needed was a Usain Bolt-like jolt to steer the conversation from the endless string of crime, punishment and doping that nearly sank the sport over the past year. .What it got was a 10,000-meter world record from an Ethiopian who considers it her second-favorite distance, and a race that will go down as one of the best ever run at the Olympics.While Bolt was waiting in the wings for one more day, Almaz Ayana opened the Olympic track meet Friday by running the 10K in 29 minutes, 17.45 seconds to shatter a 23-year-old record by more than 14 seconds.This was not my plan, Ayana said.It was quite an impressive race, even though the stands were maybe a quarter full when it happened.How impressive?The 24-year-old Ayana, who had limited experience running 10Ks on tracks and is really considered a 5K specialist, won by more than 15 seconds. She was halfway through her victory lap while the largest pack in the field of 37 women was making its way across the finish line.Spurred on by her pace, 18 women ran lifetime bests. Eight national records were set, including one by American Molly Huddle, who finished sixth. And silver medalist Vivian Cheruiyot, bronze medalist Tirunesh Dibaba and fourth-place finisher Alice Aprot Nawowuna recorded the third-, fourth- and fifth-fastest times in history, behind only the new record holder and the previous one, Wang Junxia of China.The confluence of fast times on a cool, rain-dampened track -- perfect running weather -- could help blunt the inevitable questions about how someone with little experience at the distance from a country that has spent its share of time under the doping microscope could shatter a generation-old record that, itself, is under heavy scrutiny.Wangs 1993 record broke the previous mark by nearly 42 seconds. Tracks governing body, the IAAF, has been investigating claims that suggest Wang was part of a state-sponsored doping program in her country in the 1990s.Confronted with the improbability of her record, Ayanas answer was simple.No. 1, I did my training, specifically in the 5 and 10, she said in comments translated to English. My doping is Jesus. Otherwise, Im crystal clear.In the night session, with the stands barely more packed than in the afternoon, came a different sort of surprise.American Michelle Carter won the countrys first medal since 1960 in womens shot put -- and a gold one, at that -- using her last throw of the night (20.63 meters) to beat two-time defending champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand.Its tough, but its sport. Sometimes you take one on the chin, Adams said.In the sprints, the expected list of women coasted through first-round heats at 100 meters. Two-time defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica led the way with a time of 10.96 seconds. Also still in the field are five women, including Americans Tori Bowie, Tianna Bartoletta and English Gardner, who have broken 10.8 this year.And, of course, no day in track and field would be complete without at least a bit of doping news.A Bulgarian steeplechase runner got booted from the Olympics a day before her scheduled race. Also, Kenyan 800-meter runner Ferguson Rotich showed up and made it through his round, two days after a coach borrowed his credential to grab something to eat in the athletes village, only to be met by doping-control officers who wanted to test Rotich.Rotich ended up being properly tested, but IOC spokesman Mark Adams said there were more questions to be asked.This isnt over, Adams said.Nor is Ayanas Olympics. Next Friday, shell run in her favorite race, the 5,000 meters, where she is the reigning world champion.Not at all, she said when asked if the effort it took to break the 10K record could sap her strength for the 5.She made it look easy. Ayana took the lead from a Kenyan pacesetter at the midway point, then started building an insurmountable advantage over two of the most-decorated veterans in the game.Cheruiyot won world championships last year, and Dibaba was the two-time defending Olympic champion who skipped the 2015 season to have a baby.Running with Dibaba gave me the energy, said Ayana, who frequently referenced her 31-year-old countrywoman as her sister and her ancestor.Now, those greats will be looking up to her -- and trying to catch her, too. www.cheapjerseys forsale .net . Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced Wednesday that the team would assign Swedish forward Elias Lindholm to his nations team for the upcoming tournament. .Y. - Detroit goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has earned NHL first star of the week honours after winning in his first three appearances of the season. .com) - Following a late-game loss to the reigning NBA champs, the Toronto Raptors will look to sustain their recent high-level play as they travel to Indiana to take on the Pacers. CHICAGO -- Cody Allen, Andrew Miller and the Cleveland Indians crashed a Wrigley Field party 71 years in the making.Leave it to that sensational bullpen to silence the Chicago Cubs and their revved-up fans.Allen escaped a ninth-inning jam and the Indians set a major league record with their fifth shutout this postseason, holding off the Cubs 1-0 Friday night for a 2-1 lead in the World Series.As fun of a game as it was to be a part of, that was agonizing because we used so many guys, Indians manager Terry Francona said.Pinch-hitter Coco Crisp delivered an RBI single in the seventh off Carl Edwards Jr. And that was all Cleveland needed to win the first Series game at Wrigley since 1945.The crowd began forming beyond the ivy-covered walls in the early morning, all pumped for the big day. And fans, some who paid thousands of dollars to pack the seats and nearby rooftops, were roaring after a two-out error by first baseman Mike Napoli helped Chicago put runners on second and third in the ninth.Allen quieted the neighborhood ballpark, striking out co-NL Championship Series MVP Javier Baez to end it.We know were going to have our hands full to beat these guys, and tonight was a good example, Francona said. I mean, that was as close a ballgame as youre ever going to find, and we found a way to manage to win that game.Indians starter Josh Tomlin went 4 2/3 innings with his dad Jerry watching from the stands in a wheelchair just two months after circulatory malformation left him paralyzed from the chest down. Miller, Bryan Shaw and Allen took over.The Cubs have been blanked four times in the last eight games this postseason. Their first 1-0 loss in the World Series since Babe Ruth and the Boston Red Sox beat them in 1918 came on a night when the wind was blowing out.I actually told Miller we were going to win 1-0 tonight, Napoli said. Everything you saw on the TV was the wind was blowing out and theres going to be a bunch of runs scored. ... I turned to him and was like, `Were going to win 1-0 tonight.Cleveland now has a chance to take a commanding 3-1 lead with ace Corey Kluber starting Game 4 on short rest Saturday and coming off a dominant performance in the opener. John Lackey pitches for Chicago.Not since they dropped Game 7 against Detroit in 1945 had the Cubs hosted a World Series game. The last time they won one? That was two days earlier when they beat the Tigers in 12 innings.Decades of disappointment and curses gave way to a major league-leading 103 wins and hope for the Cubs that their first championship since 1908 is on the way.But just as they did against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS, they will have to rally from a 2-1 deficit if they are finally going to win it all.We have seen good pitching, manager Joe Maddon said. The one component of our team thats going to blossom over the next couple years is the offensive side. I think what youre seeing on defense and arm strengths and baserunning abilities, thats going to be pretty much static. But the part thats going to keep getting better is what were doing at the plate. So this is a great experience for us.Miller got the final out for Tomlin in the fifth, stranding a runner at second. The ALCS MVP then struck out Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo in the sixth.Shaw worked the seventh aand exited after Fowler singled with two out in the eighth. cheapjerseysforsale. . Allen fanned Bryant to end the inning.Rizzo opened the ninth with a single and took second on a one-out grounder. Jason Heyward followed with a grounder that Napoli misplayed, but at least the big guy kept the ball in front of him and kept the tying run from scoring.Heyward stole second without a throw before Allen fanned Baez for this sixth save this postseason.Two more wins and the Indians will claim the first championship since 1948. The Cubs still need three more for the first crown in 108 years.Its just good chemistry over here and our guys kept their poise, Crisp said. Our pitching did a great job, their pitching did a great job over there and thats what type of series this is going to be, it seems like.It was quite a scene in and around the ballpark, one generations of long-suffering Cubs fans had never witnessed.They started flooding the streets surrounding Wrigley hours before the gates opened. By mid-afternoon, the blocks outside the 102-year-old ballpark were a sea of blue.Fans carried W signs and took selfies near the famed marquee and statues of the late Harry Caray, Ernie Banks and Ron Santo, cherished figures in Cubs lore who would have loved nothing more than to be part of this.There were red roses near the feet of all three. There were also four green apples on Carays statue -- three on top of the base and one in his left hand -- in a fitting tribute. After all, the famed broadcaster promised after the final game in 1991: Sure as God made green apples, someday, the Chicago Cubs are going to be in the World Series -- and maybe sooner than we think.But this just wasnt Chicagos night.The Cubs Kyle Hendricks, dominant in the clinching NLCS victory over Los Angeles, exited with the bases loaded in the fifth after he hit Chicago-area product Jason Kipnis.Justin Grimm then got Francisco Lindor to ground into 4-6-3 double play and gave a huge pump of the right fist as the crowd roared.LINING UPFrancona took a risk and had Carlos Santana start in left field with no designated hitter because he wanted to keep the switch-hitting slugger in the lineup.Santana has played catcher, third and first base in his career. But he had only played one other time in left -- and that was for four innings in 2012.This made Santana the first player since 1931 to get his first career start at a position in a World Series game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.MURRAY ON THE MICActor and comedian Bill Murray led the crowd in a rousing version of Take Me Out To The Ball Game during the seventh-inning stretch.Murray, a huge Cubs fan, reminded the crowd of 41,703 that it was the last chance to buy beer, and then said they were there to win games rather than drink. He then sang Take Me Out To The Ball Game as the cartoon character Daffy Duck.UP NEXTIndians: Kluber (3-1, 0.74 ERA) will be working on three days rest after pitching the Indians to a 6-0 win in Game 1. The 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner has thrown scoreless ball in three of his four starts this postseason.Cubs: Lackey (0-0, 5.63) has not pitched since Game 4 of the NLCS and will be going on nine days rest. 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