Kimiko Date-Krumm

Kimiko Date-Krumm, 42, all but rules out run at 2020 Tokyo Olympics in tennis

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Japan’s top-ranked women’s tennis player doesn’t plan on sticking around seven more years for the Tokyo Olympics.

Kimiko Date-Krumm was an Olympian in 1992 and 1996, retired for 12 years, came back and is now ranked No. 60. The oldest player in the top 100, she has been lauded for her consistency at such an advanced age.

Date-Krumm dismissed the notion she could become the oldest Olympic tennis player ever, according to sports-reference.com.

“Eh? I’ll be 50. Fifty!” Date-Krumm told Agence France-Presse. “I’m not (Martina) Navratilova.”

Date-Krumm will be older in 2020 than Navratilova was in her only Olympic appearance, 47 in 2004.

“You’re asking if there’s a one percent chance?” Date-Krumm said. “Well probably it’s 99.9999 percent I won’t, but I suppose you never say never 100 percent. It’s almost impossible, though I’d like to be involved in some capacity and support the next generation of players coming through.”

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Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Matt Grevers star in Fandango’s ‘I Love Movies: Rio Olympic Edition’

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NBC Olympics and Fandango partnered for Fandango’s “I Love Movies: Rio Olympic Edition,” featuring swimming gold medalists Ryan LochteMissy Franklin and Matt Grevers, among other Olympians and Paralympians.

Leading up to the Rio Games, NBC Olympics and Fandango plan to release episodes with dozens of athletes from gymnastics, track and field, diving, basketball rugby and Paralympic events.

Watch Lochte’s short film above and Franklin and Grevers reveal their favorite movies below.

Lochte, Franklin and Grevers will look to qualify for the Rio Olympics at the Olympic Trials in Omaha from June 26-July 3, with broadcast coverage on NBC Sports.

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Mike Tyson calls pro boxers in Olympics ‘foolish’ for different reason

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Critics of professional boxers potentially being allowed in the Olympics (more likely in full for 2020 than 2016 at this point) have mostly cited a disadvantage for inexperienced, less talented amateur fighters at the Games.

Mike Tyson also reportedly called the idea to integrate pro boxers into the Games “foolish” and “ridiculous” on Wednesday, but for a very different reason.

“Some of the pro fighters are gonna get beat by the amateurs,” Tyson said while in China, according to Sky Sports. “If they are like the amateur fighters that I was fighting in the ’80s, like [three-time Cuban Olympic heavyweight champion Teófilo] Stevenson [who Tyson never fought] and those guys, and all those guys were fighting with the Russians and the Cubans, they are gonna beat some of the champions.”

Tyson never boxed in the Olympics but attempted to make the 1984 Olympic team at age 17.

He lost to eventual gold medalist Henry Tillman at the Olympic Trials after reportedly meeting Evander Holyfield for the first time at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Both Russia and Cuba boycotted the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics.

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