Short track abuse hearing delayed

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An arbitration hearing regarding allegations against U.S. short track coach Jae Su Chun has been rescheduled from next week to Nov. 1 according to the Salt Lake Tribune, meaning the accusing skaters won’t be able to air their grievances before the World Cup season starts Oct. 19 in Calgary.

Ten skaters were picked for the U.S. team during trials in Kearns, Utah over the weekend, but five of those are part of a group that filed a code of conduct complaint against Chun with U.S. Speedskating and the USOC for “unchecked abuse.” They were waiting to see if Chun would be dismissed before deciding whether or not to accept their spots the team, but need to do so before Oct. 7.

Chun was put on administrative leave after 19 of his current and former skaters filed a complaint stating Chun was physically and verbally abusive. The arbitration, which now only lists 12 skaters, added that Chun told Vancouver bronze-medalist Simon Cho to tamper with Canadian rival Oliver Jean’s skates before a 5000m relay race in Poland last year, which Chun denies

The team is currently being coached by Jun Hyung Yeo, one of Chun’s assistant who many team members also want dismissed. U.S. Speedskating says they’re working on a plan for the first two World Cup events, both of which will take place in Canada before the November hearing.

Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Nine total members of the Hungarian national team — including swimmers and staff — have tested positive, according to the federation.

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NHL players: Marie-Philip Poulin is world’s best female hockey player

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The U.S. may have the world’s best women’s hockey team, but NHL players believe Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin is the world’s best player.

Poulin received the most votes out of 496 responses in the 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll, conducted before the season was suspended. The tally:

Poulin: 39.92%
Hilary Knight (USA): 36.29%
Kendall Coyne Schofield (USA): 15.52%
Emily Pfalzer Matheson (USA): 1.41%
Other: 6.85%

Last year, Knight received the highest percentage of votes from 203 NHL players (27.59), edging Poulin (24.14) with Amanda Kessel third (12.81) and Coyne Schofield and Pfalzer Matheson each receiving 5.91 percent.

Why were Poulin and Knight swapped this year? Perhaps Poulin’s Canadian team winning the debut of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition women’s 3-on-3 game on Jan. 24, even though Knight scored and Poulin did not.

Poulin, now 29, scored both goals in the 2010 Olympic final and the game-tying and -winning goals in the 2014 Olympic final. Even before her Olympic debut at age 18, the daughter of Quebec hospital workers was dubbed “the female Sidney Crosby.”

Knight, 30, led last April’s world championship tournament with seven goals as the U.S. won a fifth straight title. Poulin played 4 minutes, 44 seconds, total at the tournament, missing time with a knee injury.

This spring’s tournament, which was to start Tuesday, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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