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Don King rips boxing federation’s plan for professionals in Olympics

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Famed promoter Don King criticized the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) for its proposed league that will allow pro boxers to compete in the Olympics.

“This policy is not only implausible; it is immoral, harmful and highly dangerous!” King, 81, said as part of a 900-word statement on his website.

Professional boxers are not currently allowed in the Olympics, but the AIBA plan is to have boxers join its league rather than sign with promoters, such as King.

Current pro fighters would have to join the AIBA league at least two years prior to the Olympics and remain in it for at least two years after the Games to be eligible, according to Agence France-Press.

“I am extremely concerned by the commandeering of those participating in the Olympics by the AIBA,” King wrote. “Their policy demanding that participants sign exclusive PROFESSIONAL contracts with AIBA in order to participate in the Olympics is tantamount to monopoly, coercion and restraint of trade.”

King also argued that pitting AIBA professionals against the regular mix of amateur Olympic boxers could be problematic.

“While it is accepted in team sports such as basketball and football, professionals and amateurs competing together and against other teams, at best, it can result in an upset, amateurs beating the professionals; or at worst, it can result in an embarrassing score by the professionals over the amateurs,” King wrote. “But in boxing, it is man to man. There is no upside; and the downside has GRAVE implications: a professional boxer fighting an amateur boxer removes all safety, and absolutely contradicts your edict of banning violence by promoting violence, which could result in a career ending injury, paralysis, or death.”

Lochte: ‘I almost didn’t come back this year’

Ryan Lochte, Laurie Hernandez join ‘Dancing with the Stars’

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Ryan Lochte of the United States attends a press conference in the Main Press Center on Day 7 of the Rio Olympics on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
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Gold medalists swimmer Ryan Lochte and gymnast Laurie Hernandez are the latest Olympians to take turns on “Dancing with the Stars.”

Lochte said he committed to the show’s 23rd season (Sept. 12 premiere) before his Aug. 14 gas-station incident at the Rio Olympics.

“The emotional part is the hardest thing,” Lochte said Tuesday on “Good Morning America.” “The past two weeks have been the lowest point of my life. It’s been really hard. But the fans, my family, my friends, they’ve all been really positive, keeping me going. That’s what I want to do. And this is perfect with the show, because I want to put that behind me.

“I want the whole world to move forward. Everyone’s got to be sick and tired of hearing about this. I know I am.”

Lochte and Hernandez join a long list of Olympians and Paralympians on the show:

Season 1 — Evander Holyfield (1984, boxing)
Season 4 — Apolo Ohno (2002-2010, short track speed skating) — WINNER, Clyde Drexler (1992, basketball)
Season 5 — Floyd Mayweather Jr. (1996, boxing)
Season 6 — Kristi Yamaguchi (1992, figure skating) — WINNER, Monica Seles (1996-2000, tennis)
Season 7 — Maurice Greene (2000-2004, track and field), Misty May-Treanor (2000-2012, volleyball)
Season 8 — Shawn Johnson (2008, gymnastics) — WINNER
Season 9 — Louie Vito (2010, snowboarding), Natalie Coughlin (2004-2012, swimming)
Season 10 — Evan Lysacek (2006-2010, figure skating)
Season 12 — Sugar Ray Leonard (1976, boxing)
Season 13 — Hope Solo (2004-2012, soccer)
Season 14 — Martina Navratilova (2004, tennis)
Season 15 — Shawn Johnson, Apolo Ohno
Season 16 — Dorothy Hamill (1976, figure skating), Aly Raisman (2012, gymnastics)
Season 18 — Meryl Davis (2010-2014, figure skating) — WINNER, Charlie White (2010-2014, figure skating), Amy Purdy (2014, snowboarding)
Season 19 — Lolo Jones (2008, 2012, 2014, track and field/bobsled)
Season 20 — Nastia Liukin (2008, gymnastics)

VIDEO: Michael Phelps reacts to Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Fallon’s impersonation

Simone Biles’ longtime coach takes new job

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Aimee Boorman, who coached Olympic all-around champion Simone Biles since Biles was 7, is moving from their native Texas for a new gymnastics job in Florida.

Boorman accepted a job as executive director of women’s gymnastics and elite coordinator at EVO Athletics in Sarasota.

It’s unknown if Biles will follow Boorman to Florida, or if or when Biles will return to elite-level gymnastics training.

The 19-year-old is taking a well-earned and indefinite break, soaking up the opportunities after she won four gold medals and one bronze at the Rio Games and three straight world all-around titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Biles joined Final Five teammates at MTV’s Video Music Awards in New York on Sunday and will do so again for a 36-city USA Gymnastics tour beginning in mid-September.

Boowman, also the U.S. women’s head coach in Rio, teared up at the Olympics in acknowledging that it might have been her final meet as Biles’ coach.

VIDEO: Biles welcomed home with cheerleaders, band, police escort