Disgraced Olympic sprinter Marion Jones speaks to San Diego Chargers

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The San Diego Chargers have won two straight to take a winning record into their bye week.

Coach Mike McCoy began the week off, a day after a 24-6 win over the lowly Jaguars, by bringing in five-time 2000 Olympic medalist Marion Jones as a guest speaker.

“It was great to have her here to speak to the team,” McCoy said, according to ESPN.com. “She had a great message, and I’m going to keep that in-house. But I think it’s great for someone from what she’s gone through and what she’s done throughout her career to kind of share her message to the team. The players really enjoyed it. I think they got a lot out of it. So it was great to have someone like her here.”

Jones won three gold medals at the Sydney Olympics — in the 100m, 200m and 4x400m relay — and two bronze medals — in the 4x100m relay and the long jump.

She lost all of them after she admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs seven years later, lying to federal agents and serving a six-month prison term.

“We all learned a lot,” It was good,” linebacker Manti Te’o said, according to ESPN. “It takes a lot of courage for her to stand up and do what she does. She talked about always thinking and going through a process before making decisions, surrounding yourself with good people and making sure you’re doing the right things first.”

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Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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