Alistair Brownlee flirting with open 10k

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Running a sub-30-minute 10k is world class for anyone. Running that same time as the third leg of the Olympic triathlon is something otherworldly, which is why London gold medal triathlete Alistair Brownlee thinks he might be able to compete in the open event at the next Commonwealth Games.

“I wasn’t far off [gold medalist Mo Farah’s time], but it is still hundreds of miles away in terms of making that time up,” Brownlee told BBC Sport. “But I would love to give it a go. Over the next few years, if anything gives me a chance to try some different things, new challenges, [I’d be keen to try them].”

Brownlee would have finished only 97 seconds behind his British teammate Farah in the 10000m and thinks he could be competitive if he focused on the event, but added that he won’t abandon the triathlon just because he’s won Olympic gold.

“I want to try do some 10km races on the road and see how that goes, but definitely, I’m a triathlete through and through and that is always going to be my priority.”

Maybe most importantly, the 24-year-old said he plans to defend his Olympic title in Rio, and hopes he and his brother Jonny, who took the bronze in London, can finish 1-2 this time. We’re almost certain Jonny agrees, but would like to see the final positions reversed.

U.S. women’s hockey players show solildarity in portraits

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The U.S. women’s hockey team is … family, powerful, united, strong, brave, together, limitless, fierce, bold, historic, ambitious, resilient, fearless and devoted.

All 23 players on the U.S. roster planning to boycott the world championship that starts in one week posted portraits on Twitter on Friday morning. Each player held a paper with a one-word descriptor.

The players plan to boycott the world championship tournament in Plymouth, Mich., unless their wage dispute with USA Hockey is settled.

The players believed they reached an agreement with USA Hockey in a 10-hour-plus meeting Monday, but USA Hockey’s later counter offer “didn’t reflect the progress of the negotiations,” according to the players’ representatives.

USA Hockey said Thursday that it will start reaching out to potential replacement players, but it still hopes to come to an agreement to field its original team in Plymouth.

“As we have maintained from the beginning, this issue is about more than the compensation of the current team: it’s about equitable treatment for female players now and in the future,” the players said in a statement Thursday. “A forward-looking agreement will benefit the next generation of players even more than the current players. For that reason, and the fact that the younger players identify with us, we are confident that they [potential replacement players] would choose not to play.”

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Nathan Chen marvels at his haircut in throwback Jason Brown photo

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Jason Brown sent figure skating social media into a frenzy on Thursday evening when he posted an incredible throwback photo of himself with Nathan Chen.

Brown and Chen make up the U.S. men’s team for the world championships next week (watch on NBC Sports), which will mark their fourth time competing at the same event this season.

Given Brown is 22 years old and Chen is 17 years old, Brown’s Throwback Thursday post is likely circa 2007.

Chen’s flexibility at such a young age is impressive, but the skater found another aspect of the photo worth gushing over — his hair.

“This is amazing tho I can’t believe you found this,” Chen posted on Instagram. “OH MY GOD #BOWLCUT.”

They are both precocious talents. In 2014, Brown became the youngest U.S. men’s singles skater since 1976. Two months ago, Chen became the youngest U.S. men’s champion since 1966.

Together, they’ll try to ensure the U.S. gets three men’s spots for the 2018 Olympics. To do that, their results at worlds must add up to no greater than 13.

They’re favored to do so, given Chen ranks No. 1 in the world this season and Brown is No. 8 by top international scores.

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