John Orozco tears Achilles again

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U.S. Olympic gymnast John Orozco retore an Achilles on Monday and will have surgery Friday, according to his social media.

“My family life, my career, and my spirit seem to all be falling apart and crumbling into pieces,” was posted on Orozco’s Instagram and Facebook. “My faith has really been shaken these past few months. I just keep asking myself “why is this happening right now?” “Where’s the lesson in this?” I’m counting my blessings and weathering this storm because it’s the only choice I have.”

Orozco suffered the injury performing a double twisting back on floor exercise in a normal training session, USA Gymnastics men’s vice president Dennis McIntyre said in an email.

“Upon landing [Orozco] took a couple of steps and then noted to [coach] Vitaly [Marinitch] that he may have injured his achilles,” McIntyre said. “During the entire time from injury to initial diagnosis, John was calm but certainly concerned about the extent of the injury.”

McIntyre said the general prognosis for recovery time for Orozco’s injury is six to 12 months to full use, though it’s dependent on several factors and would be more definitive after Orozco’s surgery Friday.

Orozco, 22, also tore an Achilles in 2010 and battled back to make his first World Championships team in 2011, win the 2012 U.S. all-around title and make his first Olympic team. He suffered that first torn Achilles on Aug. 11, 2010, and competed in four events at the Japan Cup on July 2, 2011.

Later in 2012, he suffered a torn left ACL and associated meniscus damage on a parallel bars dismount during a post-Olympic tour that October.

Again, he came back. Orozco made the 2013 World Championships team, earned his first individual Worlds medal, bronze on parallel bars, and made the World Championships team again in 2014.

This year, Orozco’s mother, Damaris, died in February. Damaris, who had lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, used to drive him daily from the Bronx to the hamlet Chappaqua for gymnastics practice, usually more than an hour away with traffic.

This year’s P&G Championships are Aug. 13-16 in Indianapolis. The World Championships are the last week of October in Glasgow, Scotland.

The 2016 P&G Championships are June 3-5 in Hartford. The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials are June 24-26 in St. Louis.

John Orozco’s mom on his mind at P&G Championships

Aksel Lund Svindal, Olympic Alpine champ, has testicular cancer, ‘prognosis good’

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Aksel Lund Svindal, a retired Olympic Alpine skiing champion from Norway, said he underwent surgery for testicular cancer and the prognosis “looked very good.”

“Tests, scans and surgery all happened very quickly,” Svindal, 39, wrote on social media. “And already after the first week I knew the prognoses looked very good. All thanks to that first decision to go see a doctor as soon as I suspected something was off.”

Svindal retired in 2019 after winning the Olympic super-G in 2010 and downhill in 2018. He also won five world titles among the downhill, combined and giant slalom and two World Cup overall titles.

Svindal said he felt a change in his body that prompted him to see a doctor.

“The last few weeks have been different,” he wrote. “But I’m able to say weeks and not months because of great medical help, a little luck and a good decision.

“I wasn’t sure what it was, or if it was anything at all. … [I] was quickly transferred to the hospital where they confirmed what the doctor suspected. Testicle cancer.”

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

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The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France vs. Mali Group B
4 a.m. Australia vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada vs. Japan Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
11:30 p.m. Mali vs. Serbia Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA vs. South Korea Group A
2 a.m. France vs. Japan Group B
3:30 a.m. China vs. Puerto Rico Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Canada Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. South Korea Group A
11:30 p.m. Belgium vs. China Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
2 a.m. Canada vs. Mali Group B
3:30 a.m. France vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Japan Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. Quarterfinal
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
4 a.m. Quarterfinal
6:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
Fri., Sept. 30 3 .m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final