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Cal repeats at Collegiate Rugby Championship (video)

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California completed a perfect run through the Collegiate Rugby Championship, winning its second straight national title Sunday.

Cal beat Kutztown 24-21 in the final at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., its sixth win in as many matches at the three-day tournament. It was the top quarterfinal seed coming out of Friday and Saturday pool play and beat Penn State (34-5) and UCLA (20-17) in the quarters and semis earlier Sunday.

Cal, long the national power in the more traditional 15-a-side rugby, joined Dartmouth as the only two-time champions in the five-year history of the Collegiate Rugby Championship for rugby sevens. Utah beat Cal for the first title in 2010.

Rugby sevens was added to the Olympic program for the Rio 2016 Games, and it’s possible players from the Collegiate Rugby Championship may make the U.S. Olympic Team, should the Americans qualify.

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Claressa Shields sets U.S. boxing history with repeat World title

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Claressa Shields can make her case as the most decorated U.S. amateur boxer in history after repeating as World champion on Friday.

Shields beat the Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn via unanimous decision in the middleweight final in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Shields, who won gold at age 17 in women’s boxing’s debut at the London Olympics and took her first World title in 2014, became the first American to capture three combined global titles.

Many great U.S. Olympic champion boxers, such as Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, fought before the World Championships debuted in 1974 (and Worlds switched from every four years to every other year starting in 1991).

Shields, of Flint, Mich., moved to 73-1 overall and has won 47 straight fights since her only loss to Great Britain’s Sarah Marshall at the May 2012 World Championships.

Shields and Marshall were in line to face each other at the 2012 Olympics, 2014 Worlds and 2016 Worlds, but each time Marshall was eliminated one round before their potential rematch.

Shields will not fight again until the Rio Games in August, where she can become the first American boxer to earn gold at multiple Olympics.

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London Olympic doping retests say 23 athletes positive

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC says 23 athletes have tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee announced the results Friday after retesting 265 London samples with improved techniques.

The IOC says the athletes represent five sports and six countries. It did not name them.

The London athletes are in addition to the 31 caught in retests of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Russian Olympic Committee has confirmed that 14 of those athletes were Russians.

The IOC still has to retest the athletes’ “B” samples. Formal positive cases are not declared until the “B” samples confirm the original findings.

The IOC said the retests targeted athletes who were hoping to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.

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