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Sullivan Award nominees announced

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Olympic champions David Boudia and Katie Ledecky were among 19 nominees for the Sullivan Award announced Monday.

Boudia, 24, became the first U.S. Olympic men’s diving gold medalist in 20 years when he won the platform in London in 2012. The swimmer Ledecky, 16, broke Janet Evans‘ American record in winning the 800m freestyle at the London Games.

The Sullivan Award honors the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete for 2013, so Boudia and Ledecky’s Olympic successes shouldn’t factor in.

They did, however, perform well at the 2013 World Championships. Boudia won silver in the platform, and Ledecky won four gold medals and was named the female swimmer of the meet in Barcelona.

Olympians or Paralympians won the Sullivan Award nine of the last 13 years, including swimmer Missy Franklin last year.

Public voting here through March 23 will account for one-third of an athlete’s overall score to determine the winner.

Three finalists will be named no later than March 28. The winner will be announced April 11 in Orlando, Fla.

Here’s the full list of 19 nominees:

Ashley Bishop, Baton Twirling
Blake Bortles, Football
David Boudia, Diving
Liz Brenner, Volleyball/Basketball/Track and Field
Rachel Fattal, Water Polo
Joy Woog-Garvey, Inline Hockey
Bria Hartley, Basketball
Robert Herbst Powerlifting
Alex Johnson, Volleyball
Katie Ledecky, Swimming
Tre Mason, Football
A.J. McCarron, Football
Cory McGee, Track and Field
John Michael Nagel, Taekwondo
Kelsey Robinson, Volleyball
Jude Schimmel, Basketball
Shoni Schimmel, Basketball
John Urschel, Football
Alli Williams, Basketball

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Chicago Marathon canceled; one major marathon left in 2020

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The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the fourth World Marathon Major called off this year.

Organizers cited the challenge of staging the 45,000-runner event “out of concern for the safety of event participants, volunteers, event staff and spectators.”

Previously, major marathons were canceled in Berlin (originally scheduled for Sept. 27), Boston (April 20, then Sept. 14) and New York City (Nov. 1). The London Marathon, originally scheduled for April 26 and postponed to Oct. 4, remains scheduled.

The other World Marathon Major, Tokyo, took place on its scheduled date of March 1 but with elite runners only.

Last year, Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won Chicago by taking 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record. Kosgei clocked 2:14:04.

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China remain scheduled

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China in November and December remain scheduled, the International Skating Union announced Monday, four days after reports about international sporting events in China being canceled through the end of 2020.

A notice about sports events, issued Thursday by the General Administration of Sport of China, made an exception for Beijing Winter Olympic test events and other preparations for the first Winter Games in China in February 2022.

The Grand Prix Final, the second-most prestigious annual figure skating competition, is still scheduled for December in Beijing because it is an Olympic test event.

Furthermore, the Cup of China, one of six events across the globe that determines Grand Prix Final qualifiers, remains scheduled for November in Chongqing because it is related to the Final.

“Like for all other five ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events in the different countries, this is of course subject to finding the necessary logistical, medical and safety solutions to hold the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events as planned,” according to the ISU.

The ISU previously announced it set a deadline to decide on possible event cancellations: 12 weeks before an event starts. For the first Grand Prix Series competition, Skate America in Las Vegas, the decision deadline is Aug. 1.

The ISU council will meet virtually on Aug. 3 to decide on further action for upcoming competitions.

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