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Tyson Gay offers to pay back near $500,000 to track meets, report says

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U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay is returning close to $500,000 in appearance fees and prize money from six meets in which he competed since he began taking a banned anabolic steroid on July 15, 2012, according to the Telegraph.

Gay, the joint second fastest man of all time in the 100m, failed three drug tests last year and hasn’t competed since admitting to one of them on July 14. He was given a one-year suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, backdated to June 23, when he could have received a two-year ban. USADA said he was given a reduced suspension for “providing substantial assistance” to the agency.

Gay is paying money back to five Diamond League meets and one meet in Jamaica, according to the newspaper. One of them is the 2012 Birmingham Grand Prix in Great Britain, where Gay finished second in a 200m race two weeks after the Olympics.

“I can confirm the [Birmingham] money is already on its way back from Gay’s agent,” British Athletics chairman Ed Warner told the newspaper. “They are aware their contract said the money was returnable if there was a doping violation, but [Gay’s agent] Mark Wetmore was on the case before we got on to it.”

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Ryan Lochte: Katie Ledecky beats me in practice

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We already knew Katie Ledecky can beat the boys in practice, even an Olympic champion.

One of the many takeaways from this week’s Sports Illustrated profile of Ledecky is that she has beaten 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte in practice.

Ledecky and Lochte may rep different swim clubs — Ledecky in Washington, D.C., and Lochte in Charlotte — but they both take trips to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for altitude training.

“She swims like a guy,” Lochte said after training with Ledecky in Colorado Springs in March, according to SI. “I’ve never seen a female swimmer like that. … Her times are becoming good for a guy. She’s beating me now, and I’m like, What’s going on?

When Ledecky broke the women’s 1500m freestyle world record for the third time at the August 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, her time of 15:28.36 was .01 faster than Lochte’s 1500m free time at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials (one of the rare instances Lochte swam a 1500m free).

Ledecky has since re-broken the women’s 1500m free world record twice more, bringing it down to 15:25.48.

“I trained with her in Colorado once, and she made me look like I was stopping,” Lochte reportedly told media on his 31st birthday, Aug. 3 at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia. “She flew by me.”

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Jennie Finch to manage baseball team for one day

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Athens Olympic softball champion Jennie Finch will manage the Bridgeport Bluefish, an independent minor-league baseball team on Sunday and, reportedly, become the first woman to manage a men’s pro baseball team.

Finch, a pitcher, retired from softball in 2010, two years after her sport’s Olympic farewell in Beijing, where she and the U.S. took silver behind Japan.

Finch has been an advocate for softball’s return to the Olympics, which could happen in Tokyo 2020.

The International Olympic Committee is expected to decide in August if baseball and softball, among four other sports, will be added for the Tokyo Games.

Finch, who is married to former MLB pitcher Casey Daigle, is also known for having struck out Albert Pujols.

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Looking fwd to guest managing the Bridgeport Bluefish this Sunday! ⚾️ #Baseball #BridgeportBluefish

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