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U.S. women’s hockey team snaps skid against Canada (video)

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The U.S. women’s hockey team beat Canada for the first time in the run up to the Olympics, hours after Canada’s coach resigned Thursday.

Five different Americans scored in a 5-1 victory in Calgary, Alberta. The world champion U.S. improved to 1-3 against the three-time reigning Olympic champion with three more games to go against its rival.

“It was one good test,” U.S. coach Katey Stone said. “We’re certainly a much better team than we were in November. The hard work that we’ve been putting in, in training camp, is starting to pay off a little bit.”

Alex Carpenter, Brianna Decker, Hilary KnightMeghan Duggan and Megan Bozek scored. No. 1 goalie Jessie Vetter stopped 15 of 16 shots.

The U.S. led 1-0 after Carpenter’s goal but opened it up in the second, outshooting Canada 12-5 with Decker’s tally, and piled on the final three goals in the final 20 minutes. They did it against Canada’s top goalie, Shannon Szabados, who stopped 24 of 28 shots.

“The second and third period, it was a dominating effort,” Stone said. “If anything, it’s going to make these kids believe they can do it all the time.”

Canada head coach Dan Church resigned earlier in the day for “personal reasons,” adding he felt others lacked confidence in his coaching.

The team had a tough time keeping its focus on the ice Thursday night, co-interim coach Danielle Goyette said.

“It was an emotional day,” Canadian forward Caroline Ouellette said, according to The Canadian Press. “A lot of different feelings around the team.

“I suspect that’s always the case when a head coach steps down in the NHL. It’s just never happened to us. I think we have some people who are feeling mixed emotions.”

Canada’s stalwart, Hayley Wickenheiser, suffered a lower-body injury in her second shift and sat out the final two periods. The team is hopeful it’s a day-to-day injury for the greatest player in Olympic women’s hockey history.

The win provided a boost for the U.S., which had not only lost to Canada three times, but also 3-1 to Finland in the Four Nations Cup on Nov. 8. It marked its first regulation loss ever to a nation other then Canada at an Olympics, World Championships or Four Nations Cup.

“Maybe we were cruising a little bit having three successful games against them,” Ouellette said, according to The Canadian Press. “They took what made us successful in the past games and shoved it at us. They were better on the forecheck and quicker on loose pucks.”

The teams will next play Dec. 20 in Grand Forks, N.D.

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Bobby Joe Morrow, triple Olympic sprint champion, dies at 84

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Bobby Joe Morrow, one of four men to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at one Olympics, died at age 84 on Saturday.

Morrow’s family said he died of natural causes.

Morrow swept the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, joining Jesse Owens as the only men to accomplish the feat. Later, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt did the same.

Morrow, raised on a farm in San Benito, Texas, set 11 world records in a short career, according to World Athletics.

He competed in one Olympics, and that year was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year while a student at Abilene Christian. He beat out Mickey Mantle and Floyd Patterson.

“Bobby had a fluidity of motion like nothing I’d ever seen,” Oliver Jackson, the Abilene Christian coach, said, according to Sports Illustrated in 2000. “He could run a 220 with a root beer float on his head and never spill a drop. I made an adjustment to his start when Bobby was a freshman. After that, my only advice to him was to change his major from sciences to speech, because he’d be destined to make a bunch of them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Johnny Gregorek runs fastest blue jeans mile in history

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Johnny Gregorek, a U.S. Olympic hopeful runner, clocked what is believed to be the fastest mile in history for somebody wearing jeans.

Gregorek recorded a reported 4 minutes, 6.25 seconds, on Saturday to break the record by more than five seconds (with a pacer for the first two-plus laps). Gregorek, after the record run streamed live on his Instagram, said he wore a pair of 100 percent cotton Levi’s.

Gregorek, the 28-year-old son of a 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic steeplechaser, finished 10th in the 2017 World Championships 1500m. He was sixth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

He ranked No. 1 in the country for the indoor mile in 2019, clocking 3:49.98. His outdoor mile personal best is 3:52.94, ranking him 30th in American history.

Before the attempt, a fundraiser was started for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, garnering more than $29,000. Gregorek ran in memory of younger brother Patrick, who died suddenly in March 2019.

“Paddy was a fan of anything silly,” Gregorek posted. “I think an all out mile in jeans would tickle him sufficiently!”

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