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U.S. cruises to men’s 4×400 relay victory at World Championships (video)

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The U.S. men’s 4×400-meter relay team won its fifth straight world title, bouncing back from a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics for gold at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Friday.

David Verburg, Tony McQuay, Arman Hall and LaShawn Merritt won in 2 minutes, 58.71 seconds. Jamaica earned silver in 2:59.88, edging Russia, which took bronze in 2:59.90.

The U.S. led after every leg with Hall, 19, handing off to the anchor Merritt with a comfortable cushion. Merritt, who won the individual 400 meters in Moscow, now owns six career World Championship gold medals.

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Merritt was unable to take part in the 4×400 at the London Olympics after pulling up in his first-round heat of the 400 with a hamstring injury. The Bahamas nipped the U.S. by .33 of a second for gold, the first time the U.S. was beaten to the finish line of an Olympic final since 1952.

The Americans have won the 4×400 world title at the last five meets and had not been beaten to the finish line since the 1991 World Championships. The U.S. has been disqualified at worlds since 1991, though.

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Katie Ledecky throws first pitch as Bryce Harper holds medals (video)

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Katie Ledecky‘s first pitch at a Washington Nationals game Wednesday was an easy strike. Taking care of her medals, however, was a bit more time-consuming.

Near the mound before the pitch, it took Ledecky 25 seconds to take off each of her five 2016 Olympic medals from around her neck and hand them to reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper.

“We kind of planned that,” Ledecky said in a TV interview. “When I got to the park today, I proposed that idea. I guess Bryce offered. He wanted to be the one that held them.”

Ledecky, a native of Bethesda, Maryland, previously threw first pitches at Nationals Park after her first Olympic title in 2012, when she was 15 years old, and at the start of the 2014 playoffs.

Ledecky is leaving the D.C. area to begin classes at Stanford. She is expected to swim collegiately this season. The first meet is Sept. 25.

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Michael Phelps co-hosts ‘America’s Got Talent’ (video)

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Michael Phelps co-hosted “America’s Got Talent” with Nick Cannon on NBC on Wednesday, taking a seat between judges Mel B and Heidi Klum, three days after the Rio Olympic Closing Ceremony.

Phelps said he and his fianceé, Nicole, watch the show regularly after dinner.

Cannon asked Phelps to reflect on completing his career with 23 Olympic gold medals.

“At that moment was when all the emotions came out, because I was finally happy with everything that I did in my career, and I was able to retire how I wanted to,” Phelps said. “But, most importantly, I had our first child in the stands there watching the race. He wasn’t always awake, but it’s a completely different experience being able to look up and see your baby boy up there after a race.”

The whole episode is here.

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