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Missy Franklin, more Olympians lead most marketable athletes list

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Missy Franklin is the world’s No. 4 most marketable athlete for the next three years, according to SportsPro’s World’s 50 Most Marketable Athletes list.

Franklin, a four-time 2012 Olympic champion who wants to become the most decorated female swimmer in history, ranked behind Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard, Brazilian soccer player Neymar and U.S. golfer Jordan Spieth on the list.

All four could compete in the Rio 2016 Olympics. There are 33 athletes on the list of 50 who compete in Olympic sports.

SportsPro ranks athletes across the world according to their marketing potential over a three-year period starting this summer based on value for money, age, home market, charisma, willingness to be marketed and crossover appeal.

Franklin, who turned professional after her sophomore season at California in March, ranked No. 8 on the list last year and debuted on the list in 2013 at No. 20.

Michael Phelps was No. 8 in 2011 and No. 28 in 2012 but has not made the list each of the last three years. Franklin was the only swimmer on this year’s list.

Usain Bolt dropped from No. 6 in 2014 to No. 10 this year and is no longer the top track and field athlete. British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson is No. 9 this year.

Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn made the list in 2011, 2012 and 2013 but missed it the last two years. Mikaela Shiffrin (No. 18) was the only Winter Olympian to make this year’s list.

Here are all of the athletes from Olympic sports on the list:

1. Eugenie Bouchard, Tennis
2. Neymar, Soccer (No. 1 in 2012 and 2013)
3. Jordan Spieth, Golf
4. Missy Franklin, Swimming
7. Stephen Curry, Basketball
8. Kei Nishikori, Tennis
9. Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Track and Field
10. Usain Bolt, Track and Field
12. Paul Pogba, Soccer
13. Grigor Dimitrov, Tennis
14. Novak Djokovic, Tennis
15. Lexi Thompson, Golf
16. Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer
17. Rory McIlroy, Golf
18. Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skiing
19. Alex Morgan, Soccer
22. Lionel Messi, Soccer
23. Lydia Ko, Golf
25. Nairo Quintana, Cycling
26. James Harden, Basketball
27. Marianne Vos, Cycling
28. Gennady Golovkin, Boxing
30. Caroline Wozniacki, Tennis
33. Wayne Rooney, Soccer
34. Ronda Rousey, (formerly) Judo (No. 18 in 2014)
35. Anthony Joshua, Boxing
36. Chris Paul, Basketball
37. Steven Stamkos, Hockey
40. Darren Clarke, Golf
42. Russell Westbrook, Basketball
43. Borna Coric, Tennis
44. Saina Nehwal, Badminton
47. Jessica Springsteen, Equestrian

Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Nine total members of the Hungarian national team — including swimmers and staff — have tested positive, according to the federation.

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NHL players: Marie-Philip Poulin is world’s best female hockey player

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The U.S. may have the world’s best women’s hockey team, but NHL players believe Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin is the world’s best player.

Poulin received the most votes out of 496 responses in the 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll, conducted before the season was suspended. The tally:

Poulin: 39.92%
Hilary Knight (USA): 36.29%
Kendall Coyne Schofield (USA): 15.52%
Emily Pfalzer Matheson (USA): 1.41%
Other: 6.85%

Last year, Knight received the highest percentage of votes from 203 NHL players (27.59), edging Poulin (24.14) with Amanda Kessel third (12.81) and Coyne Schofield and Pfalzer Matheson each receiving 5.91 percent.

Why were Poulin and Knight swapped this year? Perhaps Poulin’s Canadian team winning the debut of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition women’s 3-on-3 game on Jan. 24, even though Knight scored and Poulin did not.

Poulin, now 29, scored both goals in the 2010 Olympic final and the game-tying and -winning goals in the 2014 Olympic final. Even before her Olympic debut at age 18, the daughter of Quebec hospital workers was dubbed “the female Sidney Crosby.”

Knight, 30, led last April’s world championship tournament with seven goals as the U.S. won a fifth straight title. Poulin played 4 minutes, 44 seconds, total at the tournament, missing time with a knee injury.

This spring’s tournament, which was to start Tuesday, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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