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Usain Bolt set for first race since Olympics, rules out 2018

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Usain Bolt will race for the first time since the Rio Olympics on Saturday, embarking on the final season of his sprinting career.

Bolt said he will race a 4x100m relay at the first of three legs of the Nitro Athletics series in Melbourne, Australia. The series continues Thursday and the following Saturday, also in Melbourne.

Bolt arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday. The most newsworthy takeaway from his pre-meet interviews is that Bolt ruled out coming back in 2018 for a farewell race at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

“I have thought about it [Gold Coast], I have really put some thought into it but it’s not going to happen,” Bolt said, according to the Melbourne Herald Sun. “Because to come out here next season to really train as hard as I need to get to the level that I need to to win, it’s not going to happen.”

Recall in November, at Bolt’s last trip to Australia, he said there was a “50-50” shot he laced up at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, despite repeated (and repeated) comments in the last few years that he would end his career in 2017.

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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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