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U.S. falls to Russia in sledge hockey; Paralympics roundup

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The U.S.’ eight-game winning streak in sledge hockey at the Paralympics was snapped via a 2-1 loss to host Russia on Tuesday.

The Americans dropped a sledge hockey game at the Paralympics for the first time since the 2006 semifinals. Russia scored once each in the first two periods. Though Adam Page sliced the deficit in half in the third, the U.S. couldn’t capitalize again.

The U.S. still advanced straight to the semifinals, where it could face Canada on Thursday in a rematch of the 2013 World Championships final won by Canada.

The U.S. wheelchair curling team beat Finland 7-6 on Tuesday, improving to 2-4.

Russia excelled in six biathlon medal events, winning 10 medals, including four golds and sweeping the podium in the men’s 12.5km sitting.

The U.S. won no medals Tuesday, but Danelle Umstead and Stephanie Jallen were in third place in respective super combined events after the slalom portion. The super-G runs to finish the event are Friday.

Russia leads the medal table with 34 medals and 11 golds. Ukraine and Germany are in second place with 11 medals and four golds, respectively. The U.S. has seven medals and no golds.

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Sprinter celebrates world title like Incredible Hulk (video)

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Australian Evan O’Hanlon‘s jersey couldn’t contain his excitement after learning he won an IPC world 100m title in London on Friday.

O’Hanlon and China’s Hu Jianwen crossed the finish line in a dead heat, both in 11.07 seconds. It took about 30 seconds for the scoreboard to turn up the first name, at the 2-hour, 8-minute, 40-second mark in the above video.

When it was the five-time Paralympic champion O’Hanlon, the Australian reacted by ripping his jersey apart like the Incredible Hulk.

After Hu appeared to walk off the track, the scoreboard updated to show they were co-gold medalists.

A short while later, O’Hanlon was reinstated as the sole winner, with Hu taking silver.

Afterwards, O’Hanlon tweeted, “If anyone needs me I’ll be at the pub…”

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Mack Horton rekindles Sun Yang criticism before worlds

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BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Australian swimming gold medalist Mack Horton isn’t backing down from his criticism of Chinese star Sun Yang.

After the team from Down Under arrived in Budapest for the world championships, Horton was asked whether he was looking forward to renewing his rivalry with Sun.

The reply: “I don’t know if it’s a rivalry. I think it’s a rivalry between clean athletes and athletes who’ve tested positive.”

Horton’s comments are sure to rekindle the bitter feelings between two of the world’s top swimmers. Last summer, the Aussie said he had “no time or respect for drug cheats,” a reference to Sun’s three-month doping ban in 2014.

Horton went on to beat Sun in the 400m freestyle final.

Now, they’ll face each other again at Duna Arena. The swimming competition begins on Sunday.

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