Michael Phelps to move to Arizona with coach Bob Bowman

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Michael Phelps will follow longtime coach Bob Bowman to train in Arizona after Bowman accepted the Arizona State swimming coach job, Bowman said Friday.

“[Phelps] was on board right away,” Bowman said in a group media interview in Tempe. “He knew it was a great thing for me, and I think it can be a great thing for him. It kind of shakes up things a little bit, which I think is always good.”

Bowman guided Phelps to a record 22 Olympic medals and 18 golds.

Bowman trained Phelps and others in Phelps’ native Baltimore for a majority of that span.

“I think, to some people this may be somewhat of a surprise,” Phelps said in a press conference of accepting the job. “In many ways, I might be the most surprised.”

Bowman coached at the University of Michigan between the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, with Phelps also following his coach to Ann Arbor to train during that stretch.

“It’ll be nice for him to be outside in the sunshine,” Bowman said. “He’s a sun animal. He always does better when he’s tan.”

Phelps’ current training group in Baltimore also includes Allison Schmitt, who won five medals at the London Olympics but failed to make the 2015 World Championships team.

Phelps did not say in the press conference or in a later group media interview if Schmitt would be among his Baltimore swimmers who will move to Tempe.

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Coronavirus forces Olympic soccer and boxing qualifiers to move

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Olympic qualifying events in two sports were moved from the Chinese city of Wuhan on Wednesday because of an outbreak of a deadly viral illness.

A four-nation Asian qualifying group for the women’s soccer tournament was switched from the city at the center of the health scare to Nanjing.

The Asia-Oceania boxing qualifying tournament scheduled for Feb. 3-14 in Wuhan was cancelled. No new plans were announced.

The decisions followed Chinese health authorities telling people in Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings.

The Asian Football Confederation said the round-robin group — featuring host China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand — will be played on Feb. 3-9, retaining the same dates, in Nanjing.

More than 500 people have been infected and at least 17 killed since the outbreak emerged last month. The illness comes from a newly identified type of coronavirus.

Cases have also been reported in the United States, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. All involve people from Wuhan or who recently traveled there.

In the soccer qualifiers in China, two teams advance to a four-nation playoff round in March. That will decide which two teams from Asia join host Japan at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Russia trounces U.S. boys’ hockey team to wrap up Youth Olympic Games

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Russia routed the U.S. 4-0 in the boys’ hockey gold medal game Wednesday, the final day of the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The U.S. had more penalties (three) than shots (two) in the first period. Russia’s Matvei Michkov converted the first power play and added an even-strength goal later in the period. Another power-play goal in the second period ran the score to 3-0.

Michkov just turned 15 and is projected as a top pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

The gold medal was Russia’s ninth of the Games, excluding events that featured mixed-nationality teams, and 27th overall medal. Both numbers were the best of the competition.

Switzerland finished second in the medal tally with nine golds and 22 total. Japan, the surprise winner in girls’ hockey, matched Switzerland with nine golds among its 17 medals.

The U.S. had two gold medals and 11 total. Kiernan Fagan took gold in the boys’ ski slopestyle and silver in ski big air. Dusty Henricksen won the boys’ snowboard slopestyle.

Fagan, who turned 18 during the Games, already has a couple of World Cup podiums and finished 12th in slopestyle in last year’s world championships. He also took silver in big air and slopestyle in last year’s world junior championships.

Henricksen, who’ll turn 17 next month, placed 17th in the World Cup big air event last month in Atlanta.

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