Where in the world is Ryan Lochte?

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U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte’s life has been anything but boring since he won five medals – two gold, two silver and a bronze – at the London Olympics.

Here’s a brief snapshot of what he’s been up to:

–      Birthday party in Las Vegas, where England’s Prince Harry found him and challenged him to three races (in a swimming pool). Lochte accepted and won the royal showdowns.

–      Fashion Week in New York City, where he posed for pictures on red carpets, snagged seats next to the runways and even did some on-camera reporting for “Extra!” and “E! News.”

–      Back to New York, where he filmed a cameo appearance in NBC’s “30 Rock.”

–      iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, where he walked yet another red carpet and met some A-list celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and his favorite musician, Lil Wayne.

There was more, of course, but that pretty much summarizes Lochte’s life since Aug. 12. And, as you can obviously see, not much time was allotted to swimming (aside from his races with the Prince).

But things have now changed. On his Twitter account, Lochte said he resumed training Sept. 18 – last Tuesday. He’s lifting weights with his trainer, Matt DeLancey, and swimming under the direction of his longtime coach, Gregg Troy, at the University of Florida.

And that reminds us – you might have heard rumors of Lochte relocating to Southern California so he can focus some of his attention on his Hollywood aspirations while training for the next Olympics. We checked with Lochte’s manager Thursday about the move and she confirmed that it’s not in the cards – for now.

Last month Lochte hinted at competing at some of the FINA World Cup meets this fall, which are held in 25-meter (short course) pools, and then there’s the Short Course World Championships in December — Lochte won six races at the 2010 Short-Course Worlds.

Lochte told Fox News that he spent so much time in the spotlight after London in order to raise swimming’s profile, but he knows it’s time to buckle down and start swimming again.

After all, the 2016 Olympics are 1,407 days away.

Serena Williams, reclusive amid pandemic, returns to tennis eyeing Grand Slam record

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Serena Williams travels with “like 50 masks” and has been a little bit of a recluse since early March and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I don’t have full lung capacity, so I’m not sure what would happen to me,” Williams said Saturday, two days before the start of the WTA’s Top Seed Open in Lexington, Ky., her first tournament since playing Fed Cup in early February. “I’m sure I’ll be OK, but I don’t want to find out.”

Williams, 38, has a history of blood clots and pulmonary embolisms. She faced life-threatening complications following her Sept. 1, 2017, childbirth that confined her to a bed for six weeks. She said her daily routine was surgery and that she lost count after the first four.

More recently, Williams enjoyed “every part” of the last six months at home in Florida, her longest time grounded since her teens.

“I’ve been a little neurotic, to an extent,” on health and safety, she said. “Everyone in the Serena bubble is really protected.”

Williams is entered to play next week in Lexington and at consecutive tournaments in New York City later this month — the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open, the latter starting Aug. 31.

Williams is the highest-ranked player in the Lexington field at No. 9. Others include 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, older sister Venus Williams and 16-year-old Coco Gauff.

She has been bidding ever since having daughter Olympia to tie Margaret Court‘s record 24 Grand Slam singles titles, albeit many of Court’s crowns came before the Open Era and, notably at the Australian Open, against small fields lacking the world’s best players. Williams reached the last two Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals, losing all of them.

She showed her seriousness in committing early to this year’s U.S. Open by installing a court at home with the same surface. Three of the top 10 female singles players already said they will skip the U.S. Open due to travel and/or virus concerns, including No. 1 Ash Barty.

“Tennis is naturally a socially distanced sport, so it was kind of easy to go back and just walk on my side of the court and have my hitter walk on his side of the court,” Williams said.

The French Open starts two weeks after the U.S. Open ends. Williams was asked if she will fly to Europe for tournaments this autumn.

“I see myself doing it all, if it happens,” she said.

The Tokyo Olympics are too far away to make plans.

“We’ll have to kind of wait to see what happens in the fall,” she said. “One thing I have learned with this pandemic is don’t plan.”

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Conseslus Kipruto tests positive for coronavirus, canceling world-record bid

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Conseslus Kipruto, the Olympic and world 3000m steeplechase champion, tested positive for the coronavirus without symptoms, which will keep him from a world-record chase on Friday, according to his social media.

The Kenyan was to race in the first in-person Diamond League meet of the year in Monaco on Friday.

“Our World is going through a challenging period and we all have to take our responsibilities,” was posted. “Unfortunately my covid-19 test, as part of the Monaco-protocol, came back positive and therefore I can’t be part of the Monaco Diamond League.

“I don’t have any symptoms and I was actually in great shape. I was planning to go for the WR: it has stayed too long outside Kenya. As the World & Olympic Champion I feel strongly its something I should go for as well.”

Kipruto, 25, is the 14th-fastest steepler in history with a personal best of 8:00.12. The world record is 7:53.63, set by Kenyan-born Qatari Saif Saaeed Shaheen in 2004.

Last year, Kipruto won the world title by .01, extending a streak of a Kenyan or Kenyan-born man winning every Olympic or world title in the event since the 1988 Seoul Games. He was sidelined by a stress fracture in his left foot until opening his season extremely late on Aug. 24.

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Our World is going through a challenging period and we all have to take our responsibilities. Unfortunately my covid-19 test, as part of the Monaco-protocol, came back positive and therefore I can’t be part of the Monaco Diamond League on August 14th. I don’t have any symptoms and I was actually in great shape. I was planning to go for the WR: it has stayed too long outside Kenya. As the World & Olympic Champion I feel strongly its something I should go for as well. Wish to thank Monaco for all the work they have done and I wish them and my colleagues a wonderful competition. Athletics is back and I will be back as well. Anyone willing to organise a steeple once I can be cleared? @diamondleaguemonaco #nike #quarantine #WR #Kenya

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