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U.S., British Olympic officials to discuss Ryder Cup-style, multisport event

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LONDON (AP) — American and British Olympic leaders will firm up plans for a multisport event between the countries at a meeting in New York later this month.

The trans-Atlantic rivals, who finished one-two in the Rio Olympic medal standings, are exploring plans for a biennial contest that will alternate between the countries featuring about a half-dozen sports. The first event could be staged in 2019 as part of preparations for the following year’s Tokyo Olympics.

“The question now is to identify which sports this works best for and speaking to those sports and our stakeholders about it,” British Olympic Association chief executive Bill Sweeney said at the organization’s London headquarters.

Although the United States is strong in swimming and track, Britain is a powerhouse in cycling and rowing.

“A number of our sports have said they are interested in doing it and the concept is based around a home-and-away series, every two years, as we see in the world of golf,” Sweeney said.

The Ryder Cup was as a U.S.-Britain contest until 1979 when players from across Europe were also welcomed.

British Olympic sports have had their funding cut from UK Sport, despite the country finishing second in Rio, because of a decline in National Lottery sales.

The sports showdown with the United States could plug further funding shortfalls in the future. European Olympic rights holder Eurosport and American broadcaster NBC are involved in the planning discussions.

“[It] will give us another opportunity to generate additional revenue that we can pump back into the system,” Sweeney said. “It’s a very live conversation but, like most things, when you try to set them up there are lots of negotiations that need to happen.”

The Americans won 121 Olympic medals in Rio, while Britain collected 67 for its best performance outside London.

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Joseph Schooling eyes Michael Phelps’ world record at world champs

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Shortly after Joseph Schooling upset Michael Phelps in the Rio Olympic 100m butterfly, the Singapore swimmer made his next goal quite clear.

Take Phelps’ 100m butterfly world record.

Schooling repeated that claim after returning to the University of Texas for his junior season in November and again following March’s NCAA Championships, where he was beaten by Caeleb Dressel in the 100-yard butterfly.

The goal is apparently an imminent one.

Schooling said he believes he can break Phelps’ record at the world championships in Budapest in July, according to Channel News Asia. It would require lowering his personal best by more than a half-second.

“I’m looking forward to that race, and deep down I think if I do what I know I can do, if I execute everything well perfectly, I’d have a really good shot,” Schooling said Thursday, according to the report.

Schooling, 21, hasn’t raced a 100m butterfly since the Olympics, where he clocked 50.39 seconds. That broke Phelps’ Olympic record of 50.58 set at the 2008 Olympics. It’s the fifth-fastest time ever.

All of the top four times, including Phelps’ world record of 49.82, were set in 2009 at the peak of the high-tech swimsuit era.

“My dad told me 50.39 is a world record in a textile suit, but I want the world record on paper,” Schooling reportedly said less than a week after his Olympic title in August. “My next goal is breaking 49.8.”

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Aly Raisman calls out airport worker for ‘muscles’ comment

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Three-time Olympic champion Aly Raisman called out a male airport security worker who she says questioned whether she had enough muscles to be a gymnast.

Raisman posted on Twitter on Wednesday that after a female Transportation Security Administration worker said she recognized Raisman by her biceps, a male employee said, “I don’t see any muscles.” Raisman called the encounter “rude & uncomfortable.”

Raisman, who turned 23 Thursday, says she works “very hard to be healthy & fit.” She says that if a man can’t compliment a girl’s muscles, he’s sexist.

Raisman didn’t say where or when the airport exchange took place.

Raisman previously authored a powerful social media post about body image, shouting out “to all the boys from 5th-9th grade who made fun of me for being ‘too strong’” in November.

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