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Yohan Blake wants to try different sport after track career

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Usain Bolt has said he’s thought about going for professional soccer once he retires from track and field. Bolt’s biggest rival fancies another sport.

Olympic 100m and 200m silver medalist Yohan Blake wants to play cricket after he’s done sprinting, he told BBC Radio 5.

“I’ve been wanting to play for Yorkshire or in England,” Blake said. “After running, I’ll put my mind to that.

“We have some talks with some of people and we are looking forward for it.”

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club responded via Twitter …

… and via spokesman:

“At this stage, we’re flattered that Yohan has expressed an interest in being involved and playing with Yorkshire,” a spokesman said, according to the BBC. “We’re always on the lookout for fresh talent.

“Let’s get him in the nets and see what he’s made of.”

Blake, 24, said he plans to retire from track and field at age 29, according to the report. That would be before the 2020 Olympics and potentially keep him from going for an Olympic title without having to beat Bolt.

Blake is the joint second-fastest man of all time with a 100m personal best of 9.69 seconds. He beat Bolt in the 100m and 200m at the 2012 Jamaican Olympic Trials but took silver behind the world’s fastest man in both events at the London Olympics.

Blake missed most of last season with a hamstring injury but already has meets lined up this year. He’s slated to run 150m on a straightaway on a Manchester street Saturday. It’s unknown when he will next race against Bolt, who has yet to race this season.

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Chinese figure skating judges banned for biased Olympic scoring

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Two Chinese figure skating judges were suspended by the International Skating Union for biased judging at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Chen Weiguang and Huang Feng had “preferential marking” for top Chinese skaters Jin Boyang (fourth place in PyeongChang) and the silver medalist pairs’ team of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, respectively, according to the ISU.

Chen was banned two years and excluded from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Huang got a one-year ban.

Chen awarded her highest grades of execution scores of the men’s competition to Jin, as well as her second-highest program components scores, trailing only gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu. Both sets of scores, in both the short and long programs, were out of line with the other eight judges.

“There is evidence of preference for the Chinese skater and prejudice against his strongest competitors,” an ISU report read. “Her marks were completely unrealistic.”

The pairs’ judge Huang “obviously favored his pair also vis-à-vis the other top candidates for the Olympic gold medal,” the ISU said in a report, referencing inflated scores for Sui and Han and lower scores for gold and bronze medalists Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada.

Huang was warned one month before the Olympics by the ISU for biased judging at the December 2017 Grand Prix Final pairs’ event.

Both suspensions are subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Javier Fernandez to skip Grand Prix, still compete next season

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Javier Fernandez, who in PyeongChang became the first Spanish Olympic figure skating medalist, will skip the fall Grand Prix series but return for January’s European Championships, which could be his final competition.

Europeans will be Fernandez’s focus for the season, his agent said Tuesday.

Fernandez, 26, added an Olympic bronze medal to his 2015 and 2016 World titles. He has said that his third Olympics in PyeongChang would be his last. But Fernandez did not say he would retire after the Winter Games, though he did skip the world championships in March.

Fernandez now plans to compete in his 13th straight European Championships in Minsk in January. He won the last six titles. It’s unknown if he will continue on to the world championships in Saitama, Japan, in March.

In Fernandez’s absence, the top male singles skaters in the fall Grand Prix season should be double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu, PyeongChang silver medalist Shoma Uno and American Nathan Chen, who was fifth at the Olympics after a disastrous short program but ran away with March’s world title by the largest margin in history.

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