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Claressa Shields faces familiar opponent in pro boxing debut

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields will fight countrywoman Franchon Crews in her first professional bout on Nov. 19 in Las Vegas.

Shields (77-1 and undefeated for more than four years) announced last week that she was turning pro, potentially giving up the opportunity to go for a third Olympic title in 2020.

Shields discussed conversations with boxing’s international federation about making her eligible for the Tokyo Games.

Shields was 16 years old and unaccomplished in February 2012 when she upset top-ranked Crews at the first U.S. Olympic women’s boxing trials.

Crews had started boxing in 2003 to lose weight for her singing career and once tried out for “American Idol.”

Crews moved up one weight class, where she won world championships medals in 2012 (silver) and 2016 (bronze). She reverted to middleweight for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and was eliminated before a potential rematch with Shields in the finals.

VIDEO: Shields congratulated by famous boxing actor

After accident, Olympian Jamie Nieto walks at his wedding

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After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.

On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.

Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.

Images courtesy of Ramon Galindo/NBC San Diego

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Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocates shoulder in Poland (video)

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Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.

Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.

“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.

Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.

Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.

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