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Update: Conflicting reports on Blake’s worlds status

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Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake will not defend his 100-meter title at the world championships in August, according to the Jamaica Observer.

UPDATE: Blake’s manager said he’s not out yet, according to Reuters and the Jamaica Gleaner.

“There is absolutely no discussions or plans for any surgery and I don’t know where that information is coming from,” manager Cubie Seegobin told Reuters. “No decision has been made about Yohan missing the world championships.

“The coach has not yet decided on pulling him from the world championships.”

Blake, nicknamed “The Beast,” missed time this spring after suffering a hamstring injury in April.

“He is definitely out of the world championship … he will not be part of Jamaica’s squad,” a senior Jamaica athletics official told the the Observer. “Yohan will have to do surgery soon, so there is no way that he can make the team. The injury is so sensitive that even if he is a real ‘Beast’ he cannot recover from it in time for the world champs.”

Blake’s absence would open the door wider for Usain Bolt to reclaim his 100-meter world title. Bolt infamously false started out of the 2011 world championships final, won by Blake in 9.92 seconds. Blake subsequently took silver to Bolt in the 100 and 200 at the 2012 Olympics.

There’s no doubt now that Bolt’s primary competition at worlds will be Americans Tyson Gay, who has the two fastest 100 times in the world this year, and Justin Gatlin, who has the third, fourth and fifth fastest times and a win over Bolt. Jamaican Warren Weir should factor in with Gay to chase Bolt in the 200.

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IOC president wants life bans for Russian cheats

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 16: IOC President Thomas Bach closing remarks during the fourth day of the 21st ANOC General Assembly at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on November 16, 2016 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images for ANOC)
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says Russian athletes and officials proven to have been part of a doping “manipulation system” should be banned for life from the Olympics.

Bach gave his personal view Thursday, one day before Canadian investigator Richard McLaren publishes a final report into alleged state-backed cheating at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

The IOC leader says proof of systematic doping would be “aggravated circumstances” to justify life bans.

Bach says “I would not like to see this person again at any Olympic Games in any function.”

Earlier Thursday, the IOC member overseeing disciplinary cases that arise from McLaren’s evidence acknowledged they could be difficult to prove.

Denis Oswald, a Swiss lawyer, says “can you punish athletes if … they were not aware of what was happening?”

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Ronda Rousey cuts back on trash talk ahead of comeback fight

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11:  UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes faces off with Ronda Rousey after UFC 205 Weigh-ins in preparation for their UFC 207 fight that will take place on December 30, 2016 at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Ronda Rousey isn’t taking part in a media whirlwind before her Dec. 30 comeback fight, not yet at least, and she’s engaging in even less trash talk.

“Well it’s just that don’t really have to,” Rousey, a 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist who lost her last UFC fight on Nov. 15, 2015, told Conan O’Brien in an interview published overnight. “I mean, I’ve done a lot of learning in this last year, and I’ve learned that the views I get and the money I make really doesn’t mean anything for me or my happiness. Now that I know that the women’s [UFC] division is secure, I don’t have to do that anymore. So I choose not to. It’s not something that I really get a kick off of like, ‘Ooh, I want to spend 12 hours at ESPN and talk [expletive] all day.’ That’s not really what I would want to do. I want to go play World of Warcraft. So this time around I was like I’m not going to do that. I’m going to play World of Warcraft and then go train and then come back and chill out.”

To which O’Brien told Rousey that her UFC 207 opponent, Amanda Nunes, predicted she would finish off Rousey in the first round.

“Well she kind of has to say that because everyone knows she gasses out in the second, so she has to tell herself that it’s going to happen in the first round,” Rousey said, deadpan. “What else is she going to tell herself? She’s got to sleep at night somehow.”

Rousey also confirmed to O’Brien that her retirement is coming up.

“Maybe, I don’t think after this fight, but definitely soon,” Rousey said.

VIDEO: Rousey’s monologue from Saturday Night Live