U.S. qualifiers for World Track and Field Championships

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As the USA Track and Field Championships roll on, check here for the unofficial U.S. qualifiers for the World Championships based on finishes from Eugene, Ore., qualifying marks since 2014, the 2014 Diamond League and 2013 World Championships.

The top three finishers from the U.S. Championships who have achieved the IAAF qualifying standard will make the U.S. team in individual events for the World Championships in Beijing from Aug. 22-30.

Men’s 100m
Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay, Trayvon Bromell, Mike Rodgers

Men’s 200m
Justin Gatlin, Isiah Young, Wallace Spearmon

Men’s 400m
LaShawn Merritt, David Verburg, Vernon Norwood, Bryshon Nellum

Men’s 800m
Nick Symmonds, Erik Sowinski, Casimir Loxsom

Men’s 1500m
Matthew Centrowitz

Men’s 5000m
Ryan Hill, Galen Rupp

Men’s 10,000m
Galen Rupp, Ben True, Hassan Mead

Men’s 3000m Steeplechase
Evan Jager, Donald Cabral, Daniel Huling

110m Hurdles
David Oliver, Ronnie Ash, Aries Merritt, Aleec Harris

Men’s 400m Hurdles
Michael Tinsley, Bershawn Jackson, Johnny Dutch, Kerron Clement

Ashton Eaton, Trey Hardee, Jeremy Taiwo, Zach Ziemek

Men’s Discus
Jared Schuurmans

Men’s Hammer
Kibwe Johnson, Conor McCullough, A.G. Kruger

Men’s High Jump
Erik Kynard, JaCorian Duffield, Jesse Williams

Men’s Javelin
Sean Furey

Men’s Long Jump
Marquis Dendy, Jeff Henderson, Michael Hartfield

Men’s Pole Vault
Sam Kendricks, Brad Walker, Jacob Blankenship

Men’s Shot Put
Reese Hoffa, Joe Kovacs, Christian Cantwell, Jordan Clarke

Men’s Triple Jump
Christian Taylor, Omar Craddock, Will Claye, Marquis Dendy

Women’s 100m
Tori Bowie, English Gardner, Jasmine Todd

Women’s 200m
Allyson Felix, Jenna Prandini, Candyce McGrone, Jeneba Tarmoh

Women’s 400m
Allyson Felix, Natasha Hastings, Phyllis Francis

Women’s 800m
Alysia Montano, Brenda Martinez, Ajee’ Wilson

Women’s 1500m
Jenny Simpson, Shannon Rowbury

Women’s 5000m
Nicole Tully, Marielle Hall, Abbey D’Agostino

Women’s 10,000m
Molly Huddle, Shalane Flanagan, Emily Infeld

Women’s 3000m Steeplechase
Emma Coburn, Stephanie Garcia, Colleen Quigley

100m Hurdles
Brianna Rollins, Dawn Harper-Nelson, Kendra Harrison, Sharika Nelvis

Women’s 400m Hurdles
Shamier Little, Cassandra Tate, Kori Carter

Women’s Discus
Gia Lewis-Smallwood, Whitney Ashley, Shelbi Vaughan

Women’s Hammer
Amber Campbell, DeAnna Price, Amanda Bingson

Barbara Nwaba, Sharon Day-Monroe, Erica Bougard

Women’s Javelin
Kara Winger, Brittany Borman

Women’s Long Jump
Brittney Reese, Tianna Bartoletta, Janay DeLoach, Jasmine Todd

Women’s Pole Vault
Jenn Suhr, Sandi Morris, Demi Payne

Women’s Shot Put
Michelle Carter, Tia Brooks, Jeneva Stevens

Rafael Nadal can tie Roger Federer’s Slam record with 13th French Open

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For all of the many qualities contributing to Rafael Nadal’s unprecedented superiority at the French Open — the bullwhip of a high-bouncing lefty forehand, the reflex returns, the cover-every-corner athleticism, the endless energy and grit — there’s one element that stands above all the rest.

According to the opponent Nadal beat in the last two finals in Paris, anyway.

“You go into the match knowing that even your best tennis, even if you play it over three, four hours, might not be enough. I mean, if you do it, you maybe have a little chance, but you have to go to your limit on every single rally, every single point,” Dominic Thiem, who won the U.S. Open less than two weeks ago, told The Associated Press.

“That makes it not easy to go into the match,” Thiem said. “And that’s the mental part, I guess.”

When main-draw competition begins Sunday at Roland Garros, Thiem and every other player in the men’s bracket will be pursuing Nadal as the 34-year-old from Spain pursues history.

If Nadal manages to claim a 13th French Open championship — extending his own record for the most singles trophies won by anyone at any major tennis tournament — he would, more significantly, also collect his 20th Grand Slam title overall, tying Roger Federer’s record for a man.

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Nadal’s tally elsewhere: four U.S. Opens, two Wimbledons, one Australian Open.

He spoke Friday in Paris about what “probably are the most difficult conditions for me ever in Roland Garros” — a lack of matches in 2020; a new brand of tennis balls (“super slow, heavy”); cooler weather and plenty of rain in the forecast.

“But you know what?” Nadal said. “I am here to fight and to play with the highest intensity possible.”

Asked recently about the possibility of catching the 39-year-old Federer, out for the rest of the season after a pair of operations on his right knee, Nadal expressed a sentiment he’s uttered before.

Climbing the Grand Slam list, Nadal said, is “not an obsession at all.”

“I know that you put a lot of attention on all of this,” he replied when the topic was raised last week at the Italian Open, Nadal’s first tournament since February because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Of course I would love to finish my career with 25, but (that’s) something that probably will not happen. I’m going to keep fighting to produce chances, and then when I finish my career, let’s see, no?” he said. “I just want to keep enjoying tennis. And that’s it. If I am playing well, I know I normally have my chances. If not, going to be impossible. That’s it.”

There is, of course, another great of the game playing during this era and, like Nadal, gaining on Federer.

That would be No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, who had won five of seven major titles to raise his total to 17 before being disqualified at the U.S. Open for accidentally hitting a line judge with a ball while walking to a changeover.

In this oddest of years, the Grand Slam season will drawing to a close in France; the clay-court major was postponed from May until now because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Roland Garros is the last Slam, the last opportunity of this season. So we all know who the main favorite is there: Obviously, it’s Nadal. And everything that he has achieved there, losing maybe a couple matches in his entire career on that court … is probably the most impressive record that anybody has on any court,” Djokovic said. “So, yeah, of course you would put him right there in front as a favorite to win it.”

For the record: Nadal has won 93 of 95 matches in the French Open and his last 21 in a row.

So what makes him so dominant there?

“He’s an unbelievably great tennis player. Probably on clay, a little bit better than on the other surfaces,” Thiem said. “He’s left-handed, which makes it very uncomfortable. And then his forehand, the topspin on the clay, it’s cruel to play.”

Thiem takes notes and hopes to emulate aspects of Nadal’s game.

So do others.

In Rome, for example, two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep and one of her coaches, Artemon Apostu-Efremov, caught one of Nadal’s training sessions.

“We were watching the way he hits the ball, the acceleration, the energy he has on the court and the way he practices 100%. It’s always an inspiration,” Apostu-Efremov said.

“This dedication on the court and focus on court,” he said, “it’s something that, for sure, could be transferred to Simona.”

Nadal wound up losing his third match in Italy, which is neither ideal form nor the sort of prep work he is accustomed to ahead of Roland Garros.

Still, Nadal at the French Open is unlike anyone else, anywhere else.

“Regardless of how he feels, I’m sure he’ll find a way,” said Stefanos Tsitsipas, a 2019 Australian Open semifinalist seeded No. 5 in Paris. “He always finds a way, every single year. Clay is his surface. I’m sure he’s going to do well.”

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Skate America will not have fans

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Skate America, the top annual international figure skating competition held in the U.S., will not have spectators in Las Vegas from Oct. 23-25.

U.S. Figure Skating said the restriction was “due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in strict accordance with the Nevada Gaming Control Board guidelines.”

Skate America is the first top-level event of the season, kicking off the six-stop Grand Prix Series leading up to December’s Grand Prix Final, which is scheduled this season for Beijing.

The series has already been modified to restrict fields to skaters from the host country or to the event closest to their training location.

Grand Prix fields have not been announced, though two-time world champion Nathan Chen said last month he hoped to go for a fourth straight Skate America title.

Chen trains in California. Most, if not all, top U.S. skaters train in the U.S. or Canada, which means they will compete in Skate America or Skate Canada if they participate in the Grand Prix Series at all.

Two-time U.S. women’s champion Alysa Liu will not be old enough to compete on the Grand Prix until the 2021-22 Olympic season.

Skaters are limited to one Grand Prix start this season. In past seasons, they’ve typically competed twice.

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