DNA secrets helping athletes improve performance

By: News services
March 18, 2014 Updated: March 18, 2014 at 7:15 am
photo - Britain's Jenny Meadows celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the final of the Women's 800m during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009.  (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
Britain's Jenny Meadows celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the final of the Women's 800m during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) 

British runner Jenny Meadows is using a revolutionary DNA test designed to prevent injury and improve her performance ahead of the Commonwealth Games - and a trio of leading European football teams are about to follow her lead.

The test is a brainchild of London-based company DNAFit, which obtains genetic profiles - using a simple mouth swab - to identify genes that make athletes prone to certain injuries. It can also ensure they can tailor a program of training and nutrition to fit their DNA.

Meadows, a world indoor silver medalist in the 800 meters in 2010, became the first athlete to publicly reveal the secrets of her DNA on Monday.


Driver Gary Bettenhausen dies at age 72

Officials with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway say race car driver Gary Bettenhausen has died. He was 72. Bettenhausen was a member of a famous racing family and a veteran of open-wheel competition who drove in 21 Indianapolis 500s between 1968 and 1993. His best finish was third in 1980. He led 138 laps of the 1972 race and was the top qualifier in 1991.

Bettenhausen's father, Tony, also was an Indianapolis 500 veteran who was killed in a practice crash at the speedway in 1961.

Speedway President J. Douglas Boles issued a statement Monday, noting Gary Bettenhausen's success in many types of cars and calling him "the perfect definition of a race car driver of his time."


Local: CC tops Albright in women's lacrosse

At Stewart Field: Senior midfielder Elise Burchard struck for three goals during a decisive 8-0 run as Colorado College (6-2) rallied from a three-goal second-half deficit to defeat Albright College (3-3), 22-16. After building a 17-12 cushion with 10:04 remaining, the Tigers allowed Albright pulled to within 18-16 on Amanda Smith's seventh and final tally with 6:21 to play.

CC sealed the victory with the final four goals, two of which came off the stick of Mary Taussig. The freshman midfielder recorded a season-high five goals and seven points. CC junior attacker Virginia Logue set a career high with five goals, while Burchard matched her career best with four. Senior attacker Madeline Scherer recorded two tallies and a pair of assists, and junior midfielder Madeline Pitkin found the net twice. Senior defender Sheridan Gribbon scooped up a career-high seven ground balls.

- AFTER HIS SEVENTH-PLACE finish in the pole vault at 17 feet, 8? inches in the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships, Air Force junior Joey Uhle was given first-team all-America status. It's the third consecutive championship meet where Uhle has garnered all-America status.

- RECEIVING ALL-AMERICAN first-team air rifle and second-team smallbore recognition was Air Force junior Meredith Carpentier. At the NCAA Rifle Championships, Carpentier was 13th overall with a 588 in individual air rifle.


Lawsuit seeks to end NCAA's 'unlawful cartel'

A new federal lawsuit claims the NCAA should allow college football and basketball players to get some of the money they make for their schools.

The suit filed in Newark comes on the eve of the men's Division I basketball tournament, its most prominent showcase. The lawsuit calls the NCAA an "unlawful cartel" that makes billions of dollars from exploiting football and men's basketball players by limiting their compensation to scholarships.

Among the plaintiffs are Rutgers basketball player Jonathan Moore and Clemson defensive back Martin Jenkins. The lawsuit also names as defendants the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Pac-12, Big Ten and Big 12. The suit seeks monetary damages and a declaration that the NCAA's practices violate antitrust laws.


Cavendish wins Tirreno stage; Contador keeps lead

British rider Mark Cavendish took advantage of a crash to easily win the sixth and penultimate stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race in Italy, and Alberto Contador maintained his overall lead. It was Cavendish's second win this season and the 111th of his career. Cavendish's teammate and setup man, Alessandro Petacchi, crossed second and Peter Sagan of Slovakia was third, each with the same time.


Golf: Report: Inkster to be next Solheim Cup captain

A magazine is reporting that seven-time major champion Juli Inkster will be the Americans' next Solheim Cup captain. Golf World cites multiple sources as saying Inkster will be introduced as the next captain Tuesday at the JTBC Founders Cup, the first domestic tournament of the year. Inkster will be 55 when the 2015 Solheim Cup is played at St. Leon-Rot in Germany. Last year at Colorado Golf Club, Europe won for the first time on U.S. soil.

- JASON DAY has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of an injured thumb. This is the second straight tournament in which Day pulled out because of the thumb injury. He says he first injured it at the Match Play Championship, which he won in late February. Day won the Match Play and went to No. 4 in the world.

- THE BONUS POOL for the European Tour's season-ending Final Series has been increased to $5 million as part of a series of changes that includes a new qualifying format.

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