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Tatyana McFadden wins another Boston Marathon on special day

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BOSTON — Tatyana McFadden continued her domination of wheelchair racing, winning her second straight Boston Marathon on her 25th birthday on Monday.

McFadden, who swept the Boston, Chicago, London and New York City Marathons last year, won in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 6 seconds, for her sixth straight major marathon victory.

“It was definitely a great birthday present,” McFadden said on Universal Sports. “The last climb, around mile 23, my arms started to shake. I could feel the exhaustion.”

McFadden wore on her back the name of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy killed in last year’s bombing.

“I run for Martin,” she said. “I run for his family. I run for any others who were affected by the bombing last year.”

South African Ernst van Dyk, a 41-year-old six-time Paralympian, won his 10th career men’s wheelchair Boston Marathon, clocking an unofficial 1:20:36.

McFadden won last year in 1:45:25. She took the lead Monday by the 13 1/2-mile mark.

McFadden won a silver medal at the Sochi Paralympics in March, her Winter Paralympic debut. She’s a 10-time Summer Paralympic track and field medalist and, last year, became the first athlete to win six gold medals at a single IPC Athletics World Championships.

McFadden’s second title is still well shy of the record for women’s wheelchair victories in Boston — eight, held by the legendary American Jean Driscoll, who won every edition from 1990 through 1996 and again in 2000.

McFadden broke the course record in repeating as London Marathon champion on April 13. She had not yet committed to defending her titles in Chicago and New York City upon returning from Sochi in March.

McFadden expects to return to track racing, perhaps adding an event at the Rio Paralympics, and getting back to cross-country skiing.

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Claressa Shields reportedly turns professional, sets first fight

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21:  Claressa Maria Shields of the United States celebrates victory over Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands in the Women's Middle (69-75kg) Final Bout on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Two-time Olympic champion Claressa Shields reportedly turned professional, scheduling her first fight on Nov. 19 in Las Vegas.

The fight will be on the Sergey KovalevAndre Ward undercard. Ward is the last U.S. man to win an Olympic boxing title, at Athens 2004.

“After working hard for so many years and having the honor to represent my country at two Olympic games, I am thrilled to take the next big step in my career, fighting professionally and leading the rise of women’s boxing worldwide,” Shields said in a reported statement. “There is no better place to begin the journey than to join the biggest fight of the year, Kovalev vs Ward.”

In Rio, Shields, 21, became the first American to repeat as Olympic champion. Her record is 77-1. The middleweight hasn’t lost in more than four years.

She said long before the Rio Games that she hoped to turn pro after them, but this summer amended that to say she hoped to be able to turn pro while still being able to compete in the Olympics in 2020.

“My legacy is what really is important to me,” Shields said last Wednesday. “It’s about having a game plan before you do something. I don’t want to just go pro and then have one or two fights and then disappear. I actually want to make a platform for women’s boxing.”

Shields said that she has talked with the international boxing federation (AIBA) and USA Boxing since the Rio Olympics about finding a way for her to turn professional and return to fight in a third Olympics in Tokyo.

“The conversation basically was that they definitely would consider making changes for women’s boxing, but they’ve had so many changes in AIBA’s offices that, who knows,” she said. “I’ve always had a pretty great relationship with AIBA. … Being the only American [female] gold medalist, I love the Olympics, I would love to be in Tokyo if I got the opportunity.”

Laila Ali, the most famous women’s pro boxer in history, said she told Shields after the London Olympics she needed to take advantage of any and all opportunities.

“Women’s boxing is a sport that just doesn’t get that much attention,” Ali said Wednesday. “There’s a lot of talent in the sport, but there’s not a lot of promoters behind the women who are boxing. There were a lot more women when I was fighting, but I got all the attention because my last name’s Ali.”

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Matthew Centrowitz tweets about being on Dreamworld ride before people killed

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16:  Matthew Centrowitz of the United States and Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Canada compete in the Men's 1500m Round 1 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz got off a water rapids ride at an Australian theme park 15 minutes before it malfunctioned and killed four people, according to his Twitter account.

The tweet was published at 2:43 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

Dreamworld’s River Rapids ride in Queensland malfunctioned at 2:20 p.m. local time, according to reports.

From NBC News:

A “malfunction” ejected two victims from their raft and caused two others to become “trapped” on the Thunder River Rapids at Dreamworld, according to ambulance service official Gavin Fuller.