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Devon Allen does hurdles touchdown celebration (video)

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Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen had an Olympic-themed celebration planned for his first touchdown since 2014.

Allen, who finished fifth in the 110m hurdles in Rio, cleared two more invisible hurdles in the end zone after his 77-yard scoring catch in Oregon’s 44-26 win over Virginia on Saturday night.

“I wanted to do something to incorporate the whole Olympic hurdle thing, and I think that was the best thing I could have done on a touchdown,” Allen told media. “It was pretty funny. My teammates got a kick out of it, too.”

Allen said he had been planning it for about a week.

“I was going to do it last week if I scored,” said Allen, who didn’t catch a pass in the season opener the previous Saturday. “It’s kind of a bigger stage this week because it was on ESPN. I think it was a little bit more funny.”

Allen, a 21-year-old junior, caught four passes for 141 yards Saturday, his best output since the 2014 season, one that ended with a torn ACL on the opening kickoff of the Rose Bowl.

Allen appears unlikely to continue his NCAA track and field career, but that doesn’t mean his hurdling days are done.

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USA Hockey to start reaching out to potential replacement players

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USA Hockey will begin reaching out to “alternate players” to determine their interest in playing for the U.S. at the women’s world championship next week amid a potential boycott by its national team.

The contact is taking place in the event a resolution cannot be reached between USA Hockey and the women’s national team in a wage dispute.

“It’s important for everyone to understand clearly that our objective is to have the players we named as the U.S. women’s national team be the ones that compete in the world championship,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, in a statement. “Productive conversations have taken place this week and are ongoing in our collective efforts to reach a resolution.”

The alternate players are in the professional NWHL and college, according to USA Today, a report that USA Hockey would not confirm.

U.S. captain Meghan Duggan has said every player in the U.S. national team player pool, plus under-18 national team players, committed to not playing at worlds unless the wage dispute is resolved.

“We are confident that they [potential replacement players] would choose not to play,” the U.S. players said in a statement.

The world championship tournament starts March 31 in Plymouth, Mich.

As of Thursday evening, no resolution has come between USA Hockey and its women’s national team. They met formally on Monday for more than 10 hours, with both sides calling it productive.

“We ask that they approve the original agreement that, the players believed, was acceptable to both parties after Monday’s meeting,” the players said in a statement. “Unless there is an agreement, the players remain resolved to bypass the defense of the world championship.”

Neither side has said when the next meeting will take place.

On Tuesday, USA Hockey said it postponed a pre-worlds camp that was to run through next Tuesday in Traverse City, Mich., and canceled a scheduled Friday exhibition against Finland.

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NHL asked for decision on Olympics by end of April

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International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel tells The Associated Press he needs to know by the end of April whether NHL players will be cleared to play in the South Korea Olympics next year.

NHL team owners have made it clear they don’t want to stop their season again for the Winter Games and put their stars at risk of injury. The reluctance has come up before and yet the NHL has participated in the Olympics since 1998. This time, however, there seems to be an impasse.

The head of the NHL Players Association, Donald Fehr, says the players want to participate and hopes the league will take advantage of the chance to market the game in Asia.

However, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says without “material change to the current status quo, NHL players will not be participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics.”

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