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Asafa Powell forced out of Melbourne meet

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Former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell withdrew from Monday’s historic Stawell Gift in Australia, citing the same hamstring injury that forced him out of the Olympic final last summer.

Now the Jamaican sprinter is out of an upcoming race in Melbourne, too. Powell was sore after a warm-up race Saturday in Victoria, where he finished third after being unable to run full speed.

He told the Stawell Athletic Club that he wouldn’t be able to compete on Monday, which earned him an automatic 14-day suspension, knocking him out of this weekend’s IAAF Melbourne Track Classic.

Powell, who has run more sub-10-second 100m races than anyone else in history but never earned an individual world or Olympics gold medal (BOLT!), will have an MRI Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury. But according to an interview that admittedly happened last week, the sprinter still thinks his best is yet to come.

Watch NBC Sports’ Alpine skiing World Cup preview video

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NBC Sports will air coverage of 87 Alpine skiing races at 22 resorts across the globe this fall and winter, from October through March, in the final full season before the 2018 Olympics.

Highlights include fall and winter stops in the U.S. with races in Killington, Vt.; Beaver Creek, Colo.; Squaw Valley, Calif.; and the World Cup Finals in Aspen, Colo., in March.

Lindsey Vonn‘s highlighted World Cup stop will be downhill and super-G races in Lake Louise, Canada, the first weekend of December.

The world championships in February will be in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin will look to defend titles.


Skier goes airborne in World Cup opener (video)

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Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.

Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.

He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”

The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.

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