Kerri Walsh Jennings hopes to hit another milestone Sunday.
The most decorated women’s beach volleyball player of all time can notch her 50th career FIVB tournament win, if she and April Ross can dispatch a Brazilian pair at the World Series of Beach Volleyball final in Long Beach, Calif.
NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra will carry live coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Walsh Jennings, 35 and a three-time Olympic champion, already owns the record for most FIVB wins by a woman. The only men she trails are Brazilians Emanuel (76) and Ricardo (55).
She and Ross are the top seeds and favorites in the final of the biggest tournament in the U.S. this year, an FIVB Grand Slam event. The opponents, Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas, are the fifth seeds but beat Walsh Jennings and Ross in their most recent meeting in Shanghai in May.
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Walsh Jennings and Ross have won half of their 10 FIVB World Tour tournaments together since teaming up last year, after Misty May-Treanor retired and Walsh Jennings had her third child following the London Olympics.
They are the only women’s team to win multiple Grand Slam events this season.
In the men’s final in Long Beach, 2008 Olympic champion Phil Dalhausser and two-time Olympian Sean Rosenthal face Poland’s Grzegorz Fijałek and Mariusz Prudel in a No. 1 seed vs. No. 2 seed duel. That’s at 5:30 p.m. ET.
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London Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas was among four Olympic medalists appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, in one of Barack Obama‘s final acts as president.
Also appointed were Olympic soccer champion Carli Lloyd, hockey silver medalist Caitlin Cahow and fencing bronze medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad.
Olympic medalists Dominique Dawes, Allyson Felix, Grant Hill, Michelle Kwan, Alonzo Mourning and Chris Paul already have roles on the council.
One month after taking gold in London, Douglas led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention, where Obama was formally nominated to run for re-election.
Douglas also appeared on “The Tonight Show” with First Lady Michelle Obama in 2012 and joined the First Lady for a Let’s Move event in Chicago in 2013.
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For the second time in as many months, Ryan Lochte stars in a jocular ad making a veiled reference to his Rio Olympic gas-station incident.
The swimmer wipes away “the past” on a foggy bathroom mirror and throws a blond wig out of a sunroof in a one-minute Power Bar video published Tuesday.
The company’s tag line in the video is “Clean Start.”
“For example, I am going to recommit myself to water sports,” Lochte says in the spot.
The ad follows a December video for Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops, where Lochte starred in a spot with a closing banner that read, “Pine Bros.: In this Season of Forgiveness.”
Lochte had previously lost sponsorship deals, including with Speedo, after his Rio Olympic gas-station incident for which he was suspended through June by USA Swimming, plus for the world championships in July.
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