Tyson Gay wins 200m title – Is he ready to take down Usain Bolt?

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For years we’ve wondered what Tyson Gay could do if he got healthy; if he could stay on the track. Well, now we know. After taking the 100m title in a 2013 world’s best 9.75 seconds Friday night, Gay finished off the double on Sunday with a world’s best 19.74 in the 200m to take that title, too.

“It feels good to do that,” Gay admitted to reporters Sunday. “I am just happy to be healthy.”

Isaiah Young out of Ole Miss took second in 19.86 and Gay’s training partner Curtis Mitchell earned the third spot in Moscow running 19.99.

Despite winning three gold at the 2007 world championships in Osaka, Gay has struggled in the six years since, dealing with everything from hamstring injuries that sidelined him at the Beijing Games to nagging groin and hip injuries that have kept him from being 100 percent since 2009. He didn’t earn his first Olympic medal until he helped the U.S. take silver in the 4x100m relay at the London Games last summer, when they lost to Jamaica.

But Gay’s recent races and his need to prove himself on a world stage again have him ready to face off against world record holder Usain Bolt in arguably his best event. Bolt ran an easy 19.79 in Oslo two weeks back, but has seven weeks to see how close he can get to his 19.19 from 2009.

The two will also square off in the 100m, where Bolt has struggled this season. His best of the year is so far the 9.94 he ran in Kingston this weekend, nearly two-tenths slower than Gay’s performance in Iowa.

Soccer star Carli Lloyd and coach Jill Ellis nominated for FIFA honors

Jill Ellis, Carli Lloyd
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FIFA announced today that Carli Lloyd, the midfielder on the U.S. women’s national soccer team whose hat trick in the World Cup final helped the US win gold, was nominated for the Women’s World Player of the Year award.

The woman who coached the USWNT to a 5-2 World Cup victory over Japan, Jill Ellis, was nominated in the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football category.

Nominated alongside Lloyd are Japan’s Aya Miyama, a member of the silver-medal winning team at the London Olympics, and Germany’s Celia Sasic, a bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Both Lloyd and Miyama are expected to represent their countries again at the 2016 Rio Olympics, while Sasic retired after the 2015 World Cup.

Only two American women have been named the FIFA World Player of the Year–Abby Wambach in 2012 (when Lloyd was also a semifinalist) and Mia Hamm in both 2001 and 2002.

Lloyd is already racking up a long list of honors in 2015. In addition to earning the Golden Ball Award at the World Cup, she’s nominated by Sports Illustrated for Sportsman of the Year and will be honored on December 2nd by the March of Dimes as their Sportswoman of the Year.

Ellis has been USWNT head coach since May 2014, but has a long Olympic history with the team. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics she was a scout, and then was assistant coach to Pia Sundhage at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. She also served as the interim coach at the end of 2012 after Sundhage left to coach for Sweden, and again when Tom Sermanni was fired in April 2014. She is expected to be the head coach at the 2016 Games.

The other nominees for FIFA World Coach of the Year are England’s Mark Sampson and Japan’s Norio Sasak.

The awards are voted on by team captains, coaches and the media, and will be announced on January 11th. The Ballon d’Or winner will also be announced. The three finalists for the top honor on the men’s side are Neymar, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.


Best photos from USPA National Skydiving Championships

USPA National Skydiving Championships
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More than 500 skydivers competed at the United States Parachute Association (USPA) National Skydiving Championships, the largest annual skydiving competition in the world.

The best jumps from the USPA National Skydiving Championships will air tonight on Universal HD at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Skydiving is not an Olympic sport, but several skydivers have made cameos at the Olympics.

Dozens of free-falling parachutists formed the five Olympic rings in the sky during the Opening Ceremony of the 1988 Games.

Then at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, stunt doubles playing Queen Elizabeth II and actor Daniel Craig leapt from a helicopter and parachuted into the Olympic Stadium (VIDEO).

Below are images via the USPA, captured by David Cherry and Martin Lemay:

USPA National Skydiving Championships

USPA National Skydiving Championships

USPA National Skydiving Championships

USPA National Skydiving Championships

USPA National Skydiving Championships