Sasha Cohen is starting over

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At about 5-2, 100 pounds, Torino Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen was the perfect size for a star figure skater like the one she played on TV all those years, but at 28-years-old, she’s apparently interested in a different sport all-together: rugby.

The famous figure skater, who’s now just your standard issue Sophomore at Columbia University in New York, told USA Today that she’s been changing everything about her life recently, including reverting back to her birth name, Alex. And rugby, or course.

“I was trying, but people convinced me not to join the rugby team,” Cohen explained. “They were like, ‘You’re going to die.’ Conceptually I think it’s a good idea, but we’ll see. They are big girls.”

“One day I want to play. I just feel like my ear will be ripped off and my nose will be broken and three teeth gone and I would be like, ‘Is that really such a good idea?'”

Cohen, who was in Omaha over the weekend to promote her new line of skates and enjoy her first U.S. nationals as a fan, says she’s able to mostly fly (skate?) under the radar on campus, and has only been recognized by a few students and professors in her two years as Alex the student.

U.S., Great Britain to hold track and field dual meet

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The U.S. and Great Britain go head-to-head in a track and field meet on July 21 at the London Olympic Stadium.

“The Meet” will include nine running, jumping, hurdles and relay events and last two hours. Specific events and athletes will be announced early next year.

The U.S. topped the overall medal standings at every Olympics and world outdoor championships since 2004.

Great Britain is one of three countries to earn at least five medals at every Olympics and worlds since 2007, joining the U.S. and Kenya.

British athletes made six podiums at the just-completed worlds at the London Olympic Stadium, including in all four relays. The other two medals came from Mo Farah, who is moving to road racing and marathons after this season.

“The Meet” is similar to swimming’s “Duel in the Pool,” a biennial head-to-head competition between the U.S. and rival Australia from 2003 through 2007 and between the U.S. and Europe between 2009 and 2015.

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Maria Sharapova gets U.S. Open wild card

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NEW YORK (AP) — Maria Sharapova was granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open’s main draw on Tuesday and will take part in a Grand Slam event for the first time in more than 1 ½ years.

Sharapova is among eight women given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis Association — and by far the most noteworthy.

The former No. 1-ranked player and owner of five major titles, including the 2006 U.S. Open, has not entered a major tournament since the Australian Open in January 2016, when she tested positive for the newly banned drug meldonium.

That led to a 15-month doping ban, which expired in April. She returned to the tour, but her ranking — currently 148th — was too low to allow entry into major tournaments, and the French Open denied her a wild card. Sharapova planned to try to qualify for Wimbledon, but the 30-year-old Russian wound up skipping the grass-court portion of the season because of an injured left thigh.

Sharapova has been participating in tournaments via wild-card invitations, beginning in April on red clay at Stuttgart, Germany. She’s only played nine matches this season.

Sharapova was 19 when she won her U.S. Open trophy. Two years before, at 17, Sharapova won her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. She has since completed a career Grand Slam and become one of the most recognizable — and marketable — athletes in the world.

The U.S. Open starts in Flushing Meadows on Aug. 28.

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