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Rowdy Gaines calls unbelievable Auburn-Alabama finish (video)

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Rowdy Gaines has made some memorable calls of close swimming finishes (Jason Lezak, anyone?). The Auburn alum added a college football nail-biter to his résumé Saturday.

The video above is courtesy of his wife, Judy.

Gaines, an NBC Olympics swimming analyst, paced back and forth and buried his head in his hands as Alabama kicker Adam Griffith lined up to attempt a hail-mary, 57-yard, time-expiring, game-winning field goal.

The kick was, predictably, short. Auburn’s Chris Davis caught it nine yards deep in his own end zone and began to run it out.

Gaines watched as Davis weaved around his blockers and grew increasingly excited.

“He could go all the way!” Gaines exclaimed again and again and again.

He did. Davis returned it 109 yards for a 34-28 Auburn victory at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

“Touchdown, game over!” he yelled three times, jumping up and down.

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Allyson Felix expects to be near 100 percent in Rio

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U.S. runner Allyson Felix says she expects to be close to 100 percent when 400m qualifying begins on Aug. 13.

Felix, who hurt her right ankle during training this spring, was at less than 100 percent earlier this month when she ran in the U.S. Olympic Trials.

She failed to qualify for her favorite race, the 200m, and will not have a chance to defend her Olympic title at that distance.

At the U.S. training camp on Friday, Felix said she doesn’t think she’ll ever get past the disappointment of not getting to go for the 200m-400m double, but she’s focused on the task at hand. The 400m final is Aug. 15.

MORE: How Felix handled the minutes after she missed the Olympic 200m team

Entire Russian weightlifting team banned from Olympics

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The International Weightlifting Federation has banned the Russian federation and all its weightlifters from the Rio Olympics.

The IWF said Friday the multiple cases of doping by Russian weightlifters have “seriously damaged” the integrity of the sport. The eight Russian Olympic spots have been offered to other countries.

The IWF said the doping results produced by Russian weightlifters are “extremely shocking and disappointing.”

Russia, China, North Korea and Kazakhstan are the world’s top four weightlifting nations.

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