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Uzbekistan takes gold in flyweight, light welterweight boxing divisions

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Sunday afternoon Uzbekistan doubled its gold medal count for the Rio Olympics, with two boxers taking gold in their respective weight classes.

In the flyweight division Shakhobidin Zoirov took gold via victory by unanimous decision over Russia’s Misha Aloian. Zoirov won all three rounds on one of the judges’ cards, with the other two both scoring the fight 29-28 in his favor. Zoirov took silver in the flyweight division at the 2014 Asian Games, and in defeating Aloian he beat a man who won gold at the World Championships in both 2011 and 2013.

Taking bronze in the flyweight division were China’s Hu Jianguan and Venezuela’s Yoel Segundo Finol.

In the light welterweight division, Zoirov’s countryman Fazliddin Gaibnazarov defeated Lorenzo Sotomayo Collazo of Azerbaijan by split decision to take gold. Gaibnazarov won 29-28 on two cards, with Sotomayor Collazo winning by a similar score on the third card. Gaibnazarov failed to medal in his first Olympic appearance in 2012, and he took silver at last year’s World Championships. One of his wins on the way to gold was a controversial split decision victory over American Gary Russell in the quarterfinal round.

Taking bronze in the light welterweight division was Germany’s Artem Harutyunyan and Russia’s Vitaly Dunaytsev.

Yuzuru Hanyu to miss Japan Figure Skating Championships

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Yuzuru Hanyu, the reigning Olympic and world figure skating champion, will miss his national championships this week after suffering ankle and knee injuries this fall, according to Japanese media citing the Japan Skating Federation.

Hanyu can (and very likely will) be named to Japan’s three-man Olympic team despite missing nationals.

Hanyu has reportedly been off the ice for more than one month since a Nov. 9 practice fall.

“It is an important selection competition, and the Olympics are a big goal, so with that in mind we would like to think things through together,” Japan Skating Federation director Yoshiko Kobayashi said last week, according to Kyodo News.

Hanyu, who turned 23 on Dec. 7, fell on a quadruple Lutz attempted and then favored his right ankle in a Nov. 9 practice at a Grand Prix event (video here).

He skated the run-through for his free skate, although he elected not to do any more jumps.

“I have been told by the doctor that I need 10 days of complete rest,” Hanyu said in a statement on Nov. 12, according to Kyodo. “Following that, it will take three to four weeks to return and get back to where I was.”

Hanyu and world silver medalist Shoma Uno are favored to lead Japan’s Olympic men’s figure skating team. The third spot is likely to go to Takahito Mura or Keiji Tanaka.

Hanyu competed twice this season.

He posted a world-record short program score in his debut at a small September event in Canada, but struggled to fifth place in the free skate and finished second overall behind two-time world champion Javier Fernandez of Spain.

He then finished second to U.S. champion Nathan Chen at the first Grand Prix event of the season in Moscow in October.

Chen is the only undefeated male singles skater this season.

Hanyu won four straight national titles before missing last season’s event with the flu.

He was still named to Japan’s team for worlds, where he won his second title in four years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Green Bay Packers pull another Olympic sport TD celebration

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We’re halfway to a decathlon of Olympic sport touchdown celebrations over the last two seasons.

After the hurdles, the long jump, the bobsled and the relay came the race walk on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, once part of a three-man bobsled team, led three other teammates in a race walk after scoring in Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers. (Adams later left the game with a concussion.)

Adams won the race walk, which was much, much shorter than the standard Olympic distances of 20km and 50km, over teammates Jordy NelsonRandall Cobb and Geronimo Allison.

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