BEIJING, China:Gold medal hopeful Elaine Thompson says she is excited and focused on doing well at what is her first appearance at the World Championships, noting ahead of the 200m final that she is growing in confidence after each round.Thompson added that she has made a special effort not to let the occasion get to her, and though she has impressed in her two races to date, the sprinter isn’t ready to count her eggs before they hatch as she prepares for the biggest race of her young career and focuses on properly executing her races.”I am excited! It’s, of course, my first World Championships individual 200m appearance. It’s been a good experience, and all I’ve been doing is following my coach’s instructions to advance to the final,” she said.Thompson was again impressive in her semi-final win, shutting off the engine with 50 or so metres to go, stopping the clock at 22.13 seconds making her the second-fastest qualifier going into today’s final. She got the better of American Candyce McGrone, 22.26, and Bulgaria’s Ivet Lalova-Collio, 22.32.”It was okay, a comfortable run. I didn’t want to blow out so fast, just wanted to get to the final,” said Thompson, who seems primed to dip below the 22-second barrier when she gets going in the final.”I’m excited, but let the day speak for itself. It would mean a lot to me to get on the podium, I have been watching these guys since I was small, so it would mean a whole lot,” said Thompson. “It’s a big day, so let’s see what happens.”Two other Jamaicans contesting the final are Veronica Campbell-Brown and Sherone Simpson.The women’s 200m final takes place at 8 a.m. today.- A.L.
Bruins kickoff returner Derrick Williams will miss the game with a concussion, which he suffered in practice. His spot will be taken by freshman tailback Kahlil Bell. … Havner, who suffered a bruised thigh against Washington, will wear a protective pad. … Bruins tailback Maurice Drew needs to average 127.9 yards all-purpose yards over the final seven games of the regular season to tie Gaston Green’s all-time mark of 4,283 yards. Brian Dohn Rough few days It’s been a rough few days for USC tight end Dale Thompson. He got pulled from the Arizona State game after two false starts and discovered earlier this week that he broke his right hand. The injury limited Thompson’s practice time Thursday and he’s expected to play a small role on Saturday against Arizona. With Thompson slowed by injury, sophomore Fred Davis is expected to be the No. 2 tight end on Saturday. More substitutions USC coach Pete Carroll said he wants to use more players against Arizona than he did last week. The primary example is an increased role for wide receiver Patrick Turner, but he also wants to see more offensive and defensive linemen play along with linebackers Rey Maualuga and Ryan Powdrell. Carlson slowed USC wide receiver Greig Carlson remains out with an athletic hernia and Carroll doesn’t know when he might return. “He’s struggling, he hasn’t been able to get out there,” Carroll said. Defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey (sprained ankle) practiced but Fili Moala is expected to start. Scott Wolf 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I feel like I can hit my gap, and do my job, and I know the other guys are doing their job, for the most part,” Havner said. “Last year, I had to compromise. Definitely, I have trust in my guys. They’re making plays. They’re getting in the backfield.” Havner had 60 tackles through four games in 2004, en route to leading the Pacific-10 Conference with 125 tackles, which was 46 more than the next Bruin. UCLA senior linebacker Spencer Havner doesn’t have the gaudy tackling statistics he did a year ago, nor does he care. With a nearly healthy Justin London back at linebacker and an improved defensive line, Havner said he has more trust in the defense, which causes him to freelance on plays less frequently. In turn, Havner isn’t involved in as many tackles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 In UCLA’s first four games this season, Havner has a team-leading 34 tackles, but the tackle distribution is much better. Slow start Bruins offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Tom Cable said he met with center Mike McCloskey to tell the senior he needed better play out of him. UCLA’s running game has suffered, in large part, against Oklahoma and Washington because of poor play from the offensive line. “I think Mike has had some trouble, which has been a big surprise to us,” Cable said. “The young guys (Shannon Tevaga, Chris Joseph and Brian Abraham) are playing very well.” Receiver rotation Although the Bruins used only five receivers against Washington, they usually implement a six-man rotation there. Against the Bears, though, UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said he could use seven receivers Marcus Everett, Joe Cowan, Brandon Breazell, Andrew Baumgartner, Gavin Ketchum, Matt Willis and Matt Slater. Bruin bits