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Brianna Rollins comes back to win 100-meter hurdles at World Championships

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American Brianna Rollins completed a rare triple by capturing the world title in the 100-meter hurdles at the World Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

Rollins, who turns 22 on Sunday, recovered from a poor start to pass defending world and Olympic champion Sally Pearson of Australia, recording her biggest career victory in 12.44 seconds. Pearson, hampered by injury most of the season, held on for silver in 12.50. Michigan-born Brit Tiffany Porter earned bronze in 12.55.

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Rollins’ reaction time was .263 of a second. Pearson was out in .154. Rollins, in a red, white and blue headband and high socks, had plenty of ground to make up and did so.

“I didn’t try to focus on my bad start,” Rollins told the BBC. “I just tried to focus on my own 10 hurdles and just try to finish the race strong.”

2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper was fourth in 12.59, and another American, Queen Harrison, was fifth in 12.73.

Rollins added the first world title by an American since 2007 (Michelle Perry) to her NCAA and U.S. championships from earlier this year.

Rollins won the U.S. title in 12.26 seconds, beating Gail Devers‘ American record of 12.33 and the fastest time in the world since 1992.

Rollins reportedly dropped out of a meet earlier this summer to avoid facing Pearson head to head before worlds.

“I don’t think about my competitors,” Rollins told the BBC. “I love the competition of course, but it’s about focusing on your own 10 hurdles.”

Next up for Rollins would seemingly be a goal of breaking the world record of 12.21 held by Bulgarian Yordanko Dornkova.

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Blake Griffin will miss Olympics, report says

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For the second straight Olympics, Blake Griffin will not be able to join Team USA due to injury, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Clippers power forward will be out several months due to his left quad injury, according to the newspaper.

Griffin was originally chosen for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team but withdrew due to a torn meniscus, opening a spot for Anthony Davis.

Davis is also expected to miss the Rio Games due to injury.

Other power forwards on the U.S. finalist list released in January are LaMarcus Aldridge, Kenneth Faried, Draymond Green and Kevin Love.

Love is the only name from that list of healthy players with Olympic experience. Faried is the only player from that list who suited up at the 2014 World Cup, starting all nine games.

At London 2012, the U.S. started NBA small forwards LeBron James and Kevin Durant at the forward spots in all eight games, with another small forward, Carmelo Anthony, bringing similar versatility off the bench.

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Rio Olympic cauldron likely to be located near Plaza Maua

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Mayor Eduardo Paes says he wants the Olympic cauldron to burn in Rio de Janeiro’s revitalized port area.

The cauldron will be lit at Maracana Stadium during the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 5, and will spend the night there before traveling to a permanent home.

Mario Andrada, spokesman for the Rio organizing committee, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the cauldron will be placed in the port area, but not in the heart of the renovated port area known as Plaza Maua.

“It will be close to Plaza Maua, but not exactly in Plaza Maua,” Andrada said. He said it was likely to be located near the Candelaria Church, which is near the plaza.

“Don’t get me into a fight with the mayor,” Andrada added.

Paes said he hoped the new plaza would be a center for outdoor entertainment during the Games, including performance stages, musical attractions, and large-screen televisions.

“It seems that the Maracana Stadium has limitations,” Paes said, adding that moving out of the Maracana “is good because it democratizes the access to the cauldron.”

The new plaza and downtown Rio are far from the heart of the Games in suburban Barra da Tijuca. It is also an area not usually visited by tourists.

The Olympic flame arrives from Greece and Switzerland on Tuesday in the capital Brasilia, to be carried off the plane by IOC member Carlos Nuzman, the head of the Rio organizing committee.

The flame then goes to the Planalto presidential palace where it is expected to be greeted by President Dilma Rousseff.

Andrada said IOC President Thomas Bach and other top IOC officials would not be at the ceremony.

Rousseff is facing impeachment charges and could be suspended from office as early as May 11, turning over authority to Vice President Michel Temer.

Temer, himself, could also face impeachment proceedings and has a scandal-tainted career.

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