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Watch Mo Farah, Matthew Centrowitz go head-to-head

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Olympic champions Mo Farah and Matthew Centrowitz will race head-to-head at the USATF Distance Classic on Thursday night, streaming live on NBC Sports Gold.

The Los Angeles meet, with events from 800m to 5000m, also includes Rio 1500m bronze medalist Jenny Simpson and Olympians Shannon Rowbury and Brenda Martinez.

Entry lists are here. Here’s the schedule (all times Eastern):

9:05 p.m. — Women’s 800m (4 heats)
9:30 — Men’s 800m (2 heats)
9:45 — Women’s 3000m Steeplechase (1 heat)
10 — Men’s 3000m Steeplechase (1 heat)
10:15 — Women’s 1500m (3 heats)
10:40 — Men’s 1500m (3 heats)
11:05 — Women’s 5000m (1 heat)
11:25 — Men’s 5000m (1 heat)

Farah, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion, opens the final outdoor track season of his career by racing the 1500m on Thursday. The Somalian-born Brit plans to transition to marathons following the world championships in London.

Centrowitz, who in Rio became the first U.S. Olympic 1500m champ in 108 years, will race in the same 1500m heat as his training partner Farah.

Centrowitz and Farah will go head-to-head for the third time, according to Tilastopaja.org. They previously raced together in Diamond League 1500ms in Monaco in 2013 and 2015, with Farah finishing ahead of Centrowitz both times (but not winning).

U.S. runners are preparing for the U.S. Championships in Sacramento from June 23-25, the qualifying meet for the world championships in August.

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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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