Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross

Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross win Moscow Grand Slam

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Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross claimed their biggest win of the beach volleyball season, capturing a Grand Slam title in Moscow on Sunday.

Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic champion, and Ross, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist, beat top-seeded Brazilians Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima 21-17, 22-24, 15-13 in the final. Walsh Jennings and Ross were the No. 2 seed.

“It is so huge,” Walsh Jennings said in a press release. “Every win is important on the World Tour, and we cherish and learn from every one. I virtually gave away set two because I set like a rookie and I’m so proud with how we stuck together. April didn’t quit on me, she didn’t get mad at me.”

Moscow marked the second of nine Grand Slam events this season. Walsh Jennings and Ross, in their first full season together, were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the first Grand Slam in Shanghai in May after claiming two Grand Slam golds in three events last season. The third Grand Slam is this week in Berlin.

On the men’s side, Beijing Olympic champion Phil Dalhausser and two-time Olympian Sean Rosenthal won their third-place match after losing a semifinal to a 14th-seeded Polish pair. Dalhausser and Rosenthal were the top seed.

“We had one bad match this week and that was the semifinal, but other than that we played really well,” Dalhausser said.

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Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic venue progress video

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The next Olympics, the Pyeongchang Winter Games, are in 530 days.

Organizers of the first Winter Olympics in South Korea published a time-lapse video of venue construction on Thursday.

The video shows updates for the main coastal Olympic Park, including short- and long-track speed skating, figure skating and hockey arenas, the sliding center in the mountains and the Olympic Plaza, which will house the Olympic Stadium for Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

As NBC News reported, one concern is a potential lack of natural snow, which 2010 and 2014 Winter Games organizers had to deal with as well. Man-made snow is always a safety-net option.

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Italian track meet near earthquake canceled to focus on recovery

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An annual track and field meet in Rieti, Italy, about 40 to 50 miles from the hardest-hit areas from Wednesday’s earthquake and aftershocks that have killed at least 267 people, has been canceled in order to devote resources to recovery.

The meet was due to take place Sept. 11.

The Rieti athletics meeting has been held every year since 1971, highlighted by recent men’s world records in the 100m (Asafa Powell, 2007) and the 800m (David Rudisha, 2010).

Meet director Sandro Giovannelli said €60,000 (or about $68,000) generated from the Rieti meet the last three years would be contributed toward earthquake reconstruction efforts.

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