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Kerri Walsh Jennings: ‘I miss Misty every day’

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Three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings is enjoying early success with new partner April Ross, but she still gets nostalgic about her previous teammate, Misty May-Treanor.

“The hardest part about transitioning from Misty to April is just the bittersweetness of it. I miss Misty every day,” Walsh Jennings said, according to The Associated Press. “Sometimes I get a tear in my eye, and sometimes it makes me giggle.”

May-Treanor retired after she and Walsh Jennings won their third straight Olympic beach volleyball title in London in 2012. No other beach pair, men or women, has won two golds since the sport was introduced in Atlanta in 1996.

Walsh Jennings, 35, had her third child in April 2013 and then began playing with Ross. Walsh Jennings and May-Treanor beat Ross and Jennifer Kessy in the 2012 Olympic gold-medal game.

Walsh Jennings and Ross won two of three FIVB tournaments together last year and captured the 2014 season-opening event in China, a female record 47th career title for Walsh Jennings.

They’ll next play in the AVP season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla., this weekend.

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Jim Craig: Minor changes, but no hesitation, in second ‘Miracle’ sale

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It has been 300 days since Jim Craig first announced he would sell a bundle of his “Miracle on Ice” memorabilia, including his gold medal, for $5.7 million.

They didn’t sell last year. So he took most of the items in the original bundle and is splitting them up in an auction that runs though June 17.

On Tuesday, Craig said he had no thoughts about keeping the most precious items in the 10 months in between sales.

“We wanted to sell an entire collection to a person that would have the financial means to be able to display it, hopefully that everybody would be able to come and enjoy it like they have the last 35 years,” Craig said. “It’s a lot better than being tucked in a closet.”

There are a few items from the original bundle that Craig decided not to auction this time around — a 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsmen of the Year trophy, two watches that he gave to his kids and an Olympic ring.

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Christie Rampone not at fitness level to compete for Olympic spot

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Christie Rampone, the 40-year-old captain of the 2015 U.S. Women’s World Cup team, has yet to return to full fitness after December knee surgery and pulled out of a U.S. camp ahead of two pre-Olympic friendlies in June.

Her bid for a fifth Olympics, and to become the oldest U.S. Olympic soccer player of all time, is in danger.

The camp begins Friday. The friendlies against rival Japan (which failed to qualify for Rio) are June 2 and June 5.

“I don’t feel 100 percent healthy enough to train and compete at that level,” Rampone said in a press release Tuesday. “I’ve been able to manage myself and contribute to Sky Blue [her club team] this season, which I will continue to do, but I also have an understanding of the level of fitness and health needed to push for an Olympic roster spot, and I know I’m not there right now. It’s not the right choice for myself or the team to put myself in that environment.”

Rampone, a defender, hasn’t played for the U.S. since her December arthroscopic knee surgery. At the 2015 Women’s World Cup, she played a total of 14 minutes.

The U.S. national team is currently without nine players from the 23-player World Cup team, though some are expected back for the Olympics, but only one of the missing other than Rampone is a defender (the retired Lori Chalupny).

The U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team for London was named in May 2012, but the Rio roster of 18 players is expected to be announced by early July.

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