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John Daly announces retirement

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Two-time Olympic skeleton athlete John Daly eloquently expressed his retirement on social media Monday, ending a 13-year career.

Daly was in fourth place after three of four runs at the Sochi Olympics, .04 of a second behind teammate Matt Antoine for bronze-medal position.

His medal hopes evaporated with a slip at the start of his final run, his sled came out of a groove in the ice and he had no chance of recovering the rest of the way down the track. Daly finished 15th and spoke through tears afterward.

“I don’t regret anything,” Daly said on NBC that night, “but I do wish I could get that last run back … just one more chance.”

Daly, 28, also finished 17th at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and is one half of the YouTube sensation series Your Daly Nitro with former Olympic Training Center roommate bobsledder Steven Langton.

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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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