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How 2016 Olympics will affect golf’s majors (video)

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It’s early August, which in golf means it’s PGA Championship week. That will change in 2016.

Golf returns to the Olympics in Rio in 2016, when the Games run from Aug. 5-21. The PGA Championship will be held at Baltustrol in New Jersey in three years, but it likely won’t be in August, PGA of America president Ted Bishop told Golf Channel.

“We haven’t set a date yet for 2016, but I doubt very seriously if it would be after Labor Day,” he said. “I would think that what you’re going to see in 2016 probably would be a sliding forward of the majors. I think the discussions we’ve had would be if the PGA Championship would probably take place some time in late July, a couple of weeks after the Open Championship.”

The Olympic golf tournaments will include 60 men and 60 women in an individual 72-hole stroke-play format. For the men, the top 15 players in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) will earn automatic spots up to four players for one nation. The remaining spots are filled by the remaining nations receiving two spots per gender, again using the OWGR.

Ty Votaw, vice president of the International Golf Federation, also provided an update on the Rio golf course, the specifics of the tournament and more.

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No Zika cases from Olympics, WHO says

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 12:  An aerial view of the Christ The Redeemer statue (F) and the Maracana Stadium (B) on November 12, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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There have been zero Zika virus cases stemming from the Rio Olympics, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

“From the reports WHO received from national health authorities, there have so far been no laboratory confirmed cases of Zika virus in anyone associated with the Olympics,” the organization said in an online update Thursday.

Earlier this summer, several athletes cited Zika concerns in skipping the Olympics.

The World Health Organization said before the Rio Games that the Olympics posed “a very low risk” of accelerating the Zika virus spread around the world.

Thousands of athletes will come to Rio for the Paralympics that run from Sept. 7-18, which is still during Brazil’s winter, lessening the Zika risk.

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Devon Allen weighs turning pro in track and field

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University of Oregon hurdler and wide receiver Devon Allen said he “thinks” he’s turning pro in track, but also said he hasn’t really decided if his NCAA track career is finished Thursday.

“There’s not really much more I can do in college track other than break the collegiate record,” Allen said.

Allen, a University of Oregon junior, finished fifth in the Rio Olympic 110m hurdles on Aug. 16 after winning the Olympic Trials on July 9.

Allen can turn pro in track and field and still play football for the Ducks, so long as he keeps his track and field profits to prize money and not endorsement deals.

He’s definitely planning on playing for Oregon’s football team this season, perhaps even in the season opener Sept. 3.

As for track season next winter and spring, that’s looking unlikely. Allen noted that he has won NCAA individual and team titles.

The only missing piece is the NCAA record of 13.00 set by former world-record holder Renaldo Nehemiah. Allen’s personal best is 13.03.

It’s clear that Allen would like to be a professional in both track and football.

“The NFL is something I’ve been dreaming about doing, just like I dreamed about running in the Olympics,” said Allen, who caught nine passes for 94 yards last season, coming back from tearing knee ligaments in the Rose Bowl. “I kind of accomplished that Olympic dream, obviously, in four years, I want to win a gold medal, so that’s one more step to that dream. Now my next dream is to play in the NFL.”

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