British soccer won’t stay together for Rio

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After England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland fielded a unified British men’s team for the first time since the 1960 Olympics, it sounds like the four countries will once again part ways and field independent squads for the 2016 Olympics.

“We fought hard to get a team representing Britain when the Games was based here in London,” British FA secretary Alex Horne told the AP. “But I don’t see us repeating that for the men’s team in Rio.”

There wasn’t much enthusiasm for the continued unification after the men lost to South Korea on penalty kicks in London’s quarterfinals.

There were also concerns from the three countries not named England that the formation would jeopardize each team’s independent standing with FIFA, which governs the World Cup.

The women’s team, which also failed to medal, may not follow suit. They’re still hoping to put together a team for Rio that could take on the strong teams from America, Japan, and Canada that have dominated the lady’s soccer scene during the last few years.

Russian pairs skater slices leg in worlds practice, needs 10 stitches (video)

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Russian pairs skater Yevgenia Tarasova needed 10 stitches after her partner’s skate sliced her leg in practice Wednesday.

Hours later, Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov skated to third place in the short program at the world championships in Helsinki.

“We were thinking about withdrawing because after this incident we left the ice immediately, there was a long break off the ice, we didn’t know how I would feel in skates,” Tarasova said afterward. “But when I was asked, ‘Will you skate?’ I said, ‘I will!’ And I wasn’t thinking about the pain during our performance.”

Morozov called her “a hero.”

In Thursday’s free skate, Tarasova and Morozov will be largely tasked with keeping Russia from going three straight years without world championships pairs medalists, which would be the longest drought for Soviet and Russian pairs since their dominance began in the 1960s.

Tarasova and Morozov trail Chinese leaders Sui Wenjing and Han Cong by 1.86 points and second-place Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany by .47.

Another Russian pair is in fifth place going into the free skate (1 p.m. ET, NBCSN, NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app).

Full worlds short program results are here.

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World Cup champ lands first quad cork 1800 (video)

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Switzerland’s Andri Ragettli landed what’s being touted as the first ski quad cork 1800 in a video published recently.

Ragettli, 18, is one of the leading slopestyle skiers in the world. He won the World Cup season title in 2015-16 and placed second this year, in addition to fifth- and sixth-place finishes at the last two Winter X Games.

Previously, Ragettli became the first slopestyle skier to land back-to-back triples in a full competition at the 2016 Winter X Games, according to ESPN.com.

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