Canada women break through in third period, beat Finland, 3-0

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After being stymied by Finland goalie Noora Raty for two and a half periods, Team Canada rattled off three goals in a span of roughly seven minutes to pull away late for a 3-0 win in women’s hockey.

The dam finally broke for the three-time defending Olympic champions at the 9:27 mark of the third period, when Meghan Agosta-Marciano rifled a loose puck past Raty’s shoulder for a power play goal.

Just less than three minutes later, Jayna Hefford added insurance for the Canadians when she too popped one in past Raty’s shoulder to make it 2-0 Canada.

Rebecca Johnston added the third goal at 16:36 in the third, with assists from Hefford and Marie-Philip Poulin.

Canada tripled Finland on shots, 42-14, but Raty was still able to frustrate the champs for much of the contest. She managed to stop 39 shots today after stopping 40 in a loss last weekend against the U.S.

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WOMEN’S HOCKEY – ROUND ROBIN
CANADA 3, FINLAND 0

SCORING SUMMARY
Third Period
9:27 – Meghan Agosta-Marciano, unassisted, power play (CAN 1-0)
12:24 – Jayna Hefford, unassisted (CAN 2-0)
16:36 – Rebecca Johnston, assisted by Hefford and Marie-Philip Poulin (CAN 3-0)

GOALTENDERS
CAN – Shannon Szabados, 14 saves on 14 shots
FIN – Noora Raty, 39 saves on 42 shots

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

Bobby Joe Morrow
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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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