MOSCOW - Former Arizona Wildcat and Olympic silver medalist Brigetta Barrett nearly didn't make it out of high jump qualifying at the world championships Thursday.
Down to her last jump, Barrett readjusted her steps to clear the bar and advance. She missed the first two attempts at her first height - 6 feet - but was able to clear it on her third jump.
"I couldn't breathe, I was so nervous," Barrett said. "I think that's what qualifiers are for, to really snap you into reality for the final and be like, 'Hey, these are the things that can happen. You always have to be ready.' I'm grateful for the bumps in the qualifier so I can be ready for the final."
She cleared two more heights, including the 6-3 mark that qualified her for Saturday's final.
Another former Wildcat, Luis Rivera-Morales, qualified for the final of the men's long jump competition. Jumping for Mexico, he finished in second place in Group A and fifth overall in Wednesday's preliminary round with a mark of 26-4 1/2. The men's long jump final is set for today.
• Pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva condemned homosexuality Thursday after criticizing competitors who painted their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia.
The Russian, who won her third world title Tuesday in front of a boisterous home crowd, came out in favor of the law which has drawn sharp criticism and led Western activists to call for a boycott of next year's Winter Olympics in the Russian resort of Sochi.
"If we allow to promote and do all this stuff on the street, we are very afraid about our nation because we consider ourselves like normal, standard people," Isinbayeva, a two-time Olympic champion, said in English. "We just live with boys with woman, woman with boys."
MLB to expand video review
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Calling it a historic moment, commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball plans to expand its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they've never had in an effort to dramatically reduce the number of incorrect calls.
Selig made the announcement after two days of meetings with representatives of the 30 teams. The proposal is to be voted on by the owners in November.
Managers will be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two from the seventh inning until the completion of the game.
• On the first day of the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Tijuana, Mexico, beat Perth, Australia, 12-0 in four innings; Sammamish, Wash., defeated Corpus Christi, Texas, 8-4; Westport, Conn., edged Nashville, Tenn., 3-2; and Aguadulce, Panama, defeated San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, 9-4.
Biles leads in US championships
HARTFORD, Conn. - Simone Biles grabbed the early lead in the U.S. women's gymnastics championships. The 16-year-old from Texas put together an all-around score of 60.500 on Thursday in the opening round, well ahead of returning Olympic gold medalist Kyla Ross.
Ross, who helped the U.S. women win the team gold in London last summer, is second after posting a total of 59.750.
• Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris is the new owner of the New Jersey Devils. The founder of one of the world's largest private equity firms, Harris and his group paid $320 million to Jeff Vanderbeek for the rights to the Devils and the lease to Prudential Center.
• Flyers captain Claude Giroux had surgery on his right index finger after getting injured on a golf course in Ottawa. Giroux sustained tendon damage when a golf club shattered and splintered into his finger.
• The U.S. Open's center court could be covered by a retractable roof as soon as the 2016 tournament, but more likely the following year, U.S. Tennis Association officials said Thursday.
• The Arena Football League is returning to the Los Angeles area with a new expansion team named after the rock band Kiss. The expansion L.A. Kiss will begin play in 2014 with home games at Honda Center in Anaheim.