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USOC announces Road to Sochi Tour, 100 days out event in Times Square

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The U.S. Olympic Committee will kick off a nationwide “Road to Sochi Tour” in New York’s Times Square on Oct. 29, similar to its lead-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

The event, marking 100 days out from Sochi, will take up three city blocks and include athlete demonstrations on a ski and snowboard ramp, an ice rink for curling, figure skating, speedskating and hockey and the Flying Ace All-Stars performing ski and snowboard tricks on trampolines.

Here are some of the athletes scheduled to appear:

Kelly Clark, halfpipe snowboarding
Sarah Hendrickson, ski jumping
Steve Holcomb, bobsled
Hannah Kearney, moguls
Ted Ligety, Alpine skiing
Taylor Lipsett, sled hockey
Evan Lysacek, figure skating
Elana Meyers, bobsled
Tom Wallisch, ski slopestyle
Torin Yater-Wallace, ski halfpipe

The Road to Sochi Tour will also visit Minneapolis, Fargo, N.D., Dallas, Park City and Kearns, Utah, Boston, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Vail, Colo., Chicago and finish at New York’s Grand Central Terminal on Feb. 23. Full details can be found here.

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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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