U.S. beach bums making Olympic-sized moves


With the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero just around the corner (only 1,409 days left!), moves are being made by U.S. beach volleyball players to put themselves in position for gold on Copacabana Beach.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings announced Monday that she and husband Casey are expecting a third child, which was actually five weeks along as Kerri and Misty May-Treanor completed their gold-medal trifecta. The timing is, of course, strategic, as having a baby in April (she’s due April 9) allows Kerri to find a new Olympic partner as soon as next summer. Misty announced her retirement following the London Games as Kerri conceded she still wants a fourth gold.

The most logical teammate seems to be 2008 Olympian Nicole Branagh, with whom Kerri has played with since London. Yes, not only was she pregnant in London, she’s been getting more pregnant while competing in three tournaments the past six weeks.

Another logical partner would appear to be April Ross, who teamed with Jen Kessy in London to take the silver medal. But Ross and Kessy are now the No. 1 U.S. team, so why wouldn’t they stay together for at least another summer? At 35, Kessy probably won’t make it back to the Games, meaning Ross could be available to join Walsh Jennings. But with Kerri out until at least next July, Ross might as well stay with Kessy until 2014.

As for the American men — who just turned in one of the most disappointing Olympic performances ever — our country’s two most enticing players will finally team up. Following the international retirement of Todd Rogers, 2008 Olympic MVP Phil Dalhausser picked up Sean Rosenthal.

At 6-foot-9, Dalhausser is one of the most-feared players in the world with his strong serving and spiking. Thus, he rarely received serves. He now teams with Rosenthal, who also saw most serves go to his partner, Jake Gibb, because Rosie boasts some of the best hops in the game and a similarly strong spike.

But with Dalhausser and Rosenthal on the same side, opponents will just have to pick their poison. They better hurry up, too. They only have 1,409 days to get ready for Rio.

Fred Kerley wins 100m at Rabat Diamond League in early showdown

Fred Kerley

World champion Fred Kerley won the 100m in an early season showdown at a Diamond League meet in Rabat, Morocco, on Sunday.

Kerley clocked 9.94 seconds, beating a field that included Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala, who remains the world’s fastest man this year (9.84 from May 13) and world bronze medalist Trayvon Bromell. Omanyala was third in 10.05 on Sunday, while Bromell was fifth in 10.10.

Kerley has run three 100m races this year and broke 9.95 in all of them, a promising start as he bids to repeat as world champion in Budapest in August.

Full meet results are here.

The Diamond League season continues with a meet in Florence, Italy, on Friday, live on Peacock. The headline event is the men’s 100m including Kerley and Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs of Italy. Kerley and Jacobs were due to go head to head in Rabat, but Jacobs withdrew last Thursday due to nerve pain.

Earlier, Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway comfortably took the 1500m in 3:32.59. American Yared Nuguse surged to place second in a personal best 3:33.02 in his Diamond League debut after running the world’s second-fastest indoor mile in history in February.

Jamaican Rasheed Broadbell ran down world champion Grant Holloway in the 110m hurdles, prevailing 13.08 to 13.12 into a headwind. Holloway remains fastest in the world this year at 13.03.

Kenyan Emmanuel Korir, the Olympic and world champion, finished eighth in the 800m won by countryman Emmanuel Wanyonyi. Wanyonyi, 18, is the world’s fastest in 2023.

American Shamier Little won the 400m hurdles in 53.95, becoming second-fastest in the world this year behind countrywoman Britton Wilson. Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, the Olympic and world champion and world record holder, has yet to compete this outdoor season and so far has strictly committed to flat 400m races in future meets. McLaughlin-Levrone has a bye into the world championships 400m hurdles but may run the flat 400m there instead.

In the 400m, Olympic champion Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas won in 44.70, while world bronze medalist Matthew Hudson-Smith of Great Britain pulled up about 50 meters into the race.

Also Sunday, world bronze medalist Anna Hall improved from No. 3 to No. 2 on the U.S. all-time heptathlon list with 6,988 points to win the Hypo Meeting in Götzis, Austria. Only Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the world record holder at 7,291, has scored higher among Americans.

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2023 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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At the French Open, Iga Swiatek of Poland eyes a third title at Roland Garros and a fourth Grand Slam singles crown overall.

Main draw play began Sunday, live on Peacock.

Swiatek, the No. 1 seed from Poland, can join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win three or more French Opens since 2000.

Turning 22 during the tournament, she can become the youngest woman to win three French Opens since Monica Seles in 1992 and the youngest woman to win four Slams overall since Williams in 2002.

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But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.

She retired from her most recent match with a right thigh injury last week and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula and No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, are the best hopes to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

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