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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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Canada names Olympic Opening Ceremony flag bearers

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Figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are Canada’s flag bearers for the PyeongChang Olympic Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9.

It’s the first time Canada will have multiple flag bearers at an Opening Ceremony.

Virtue and Moir won ice dance gold at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games and silver in Sochi in 2014.

After a two-year break, they went undefeated last season and won their third world championship.

They lost for the first time in their comeback at last month’s Grand Prix Final to French Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.

Canada finished in the top three in the total medal standings at the last three Winter Olympics, including topping the gold-medal standings at the 2010 Vancouver Games with a record 14.

Recent Canadian Winter Olympic flag bearers
2014 Opening: Hayley Wickenheiser, Hockey
2014 Closing: Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse, Bobsled
2010 Opening: Clara Hughes, Speed Skating
2010 Closing: Joannie Rochette, Figure Skating
2006 Opening: Danielle Goyette, Hockey
2006 Closing: Cindy Klassen, Speed Skating
2002 Opening: Catriona Le May Doan, Speed Skating
2002 Closing: Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, Figure Skating

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to cover Super Bowl LII, Olympics for NBC

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will cover Super Bowl LII and the PyeongChang Olympics as a contributor for NBC.

Earnhardt will spend the first weekend in February covering the outdoor activities in Minneapolis for the Super Bowl Pre-Game Show (NBC, Feb. 4).

Then he will travel to South Korea for the Winter Games.

From NBC Sports PR:

“Earnhardt will travel to PyeongChang, where he will explore the culture, people, and traditions in South Korea, and experience Olympic competitions first hand. Earnhardt will visit the speed skating venue at Gangneung Ice Arena, and through the lens of a racer will view the speed, close contact, and tight turns on the short track speed skating oval, which so closely mirror Earnhardt’s racing days and nights at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Following a recent invite on social media from his new friends on the U.S. bobsled team, including U.S. bobsled team pilot Nick Cunningham, Earnhardt will also travel to Alpensia Sliding Center, where he will test the true speed of the bobsled track and live out his post-retirement dream of riding in an Olympic bobsled.”

Earnhardt, 43, retired last year after 19 NASCAR seasons, which included Daytona 500 wins in 2004 and 2014.

He is now a NASCAR on NBC analyst.

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