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Adrian Peterson wants to take on Usain Bolt

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With a good performance on Sunday, Adrian Peterson can become only the seventh running back in history to rush for 2,000 yards in an NFL season.

But Peterson is thinking beyond football to the track, and now believes he has a legitimate shot at making the U.S. Olympics team in 2016, and at beating world record holder Usain Bolt.

“I can stand up to any challenge. I know a lot of people laugh at me and say, ‘come one now…'” Peterson told Yahoo! Sports. “I want to try for the Olympics, for the 200m and the 400m. That’s a goal of mine that I want to accomplish.”

The 27-year-old, who owns seven NFL rushing records, tore his ACL during a game against the Washington Redskins late last season, but said he had always planned to try his legs at sprinting before being sidelined.

Now that Peterson has recovered to lead the league with 1,898 rushing yards and bring his Vikings team to the threshhold of the playoffs, he believes his goals of making the Olympic team are back on track.

“Now that I’m back, and refreshed, I think I’m going to give it a shot still.”

Peterson said he’d like to “test the waters” as an independent at track meets, including the Penn Relays.

But despite the fact that he’s a world class athlete, a 31-year-old in Rio with a bum knee and little track experience has no chance of making the U.S. Olympic team. And even less of a chance of beating Bolt.

Eight Russians positive in 2012 Olympic retests

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Olympic Committee said Saturday that eight of the country’s athletes have registered positive in doping retests for the 2012 London Games.

The brief statement from the ROC did not give names or what disciplines the athletes were in, but said they came from three different sports.

It said further information would not be released until so-called “B samples” were tested that would confirm or contradict the retests. The International Olympic Committee stores Olympic doping samples for 10 years to reanalyze them when newer methods become available.

The announcement came amid heightened attention to the doping of Russian athletes.

The international track and field federation suspended Russia’s team from global competition, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, after a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report detailed state-sponsored doping. The IAAF is set to decide on June 17 whether to maintain or lift its suspension.

Earlier this week, Russian state television reported that 10 medalists from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, including 2012 high jump champion Anna Chicherova, were among 14 Russians that tested positive in the reanalysis of their doping samples.

The IOC said Friday that 23 athletes from five sports and six countries had positive findings in retests with improved techniques on 265 samples from the London Games. The IOC did not identify the athletes, their sports or their nationalities. The current retesting program targeted athletes who could be eligible to compete in Rio.

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced this month that it has appointed an independent overseer for an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping in the Russian team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

In an interview published in The New York Times, Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of the Russian lab now living in Los Angeles, said that he switched tainted urine samples for clean ones at the doping lab used for the Sochi Games, with help from people he believed to be officers of the Russian security services.

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WATCH LIVE: Prefontaine Classic — 3:30 p.m. ET

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U.S. Olympic track and field hopefuls compete in the biggest meet before the Olympic Trials at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, live on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

The premier annual international meet in the U.S., hosted at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, takes place five weeks before the U.S. Olympic Trials at the same venue.

The Pre Classic fields on Saturday include U.S. Olympic champions Justin Gatlin (100m), Dawn Harper-Nelson (100m hurdles), Aries Merritt (110m hurdles), LaShawn Merritt (400m) and Sanya Richards-Ross (400m).

International stars such as two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica and Olympic 400m champion Kirani James of Grenada also dot the entry lists.

A full preview with start lists and highlight events to watch is here.

NBCSN will air live coverage Saturday from 3:30-5 p.m. ET. NBC will air live coverage from 5-6 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Live Extra will stream all 2 1/2 hours.

LIVE STREAM: Prefontaine Classic — 3:30-6 p.m. ET