Rory McIlroy ruptures ankle ligment

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Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, currently the world’s top-ranked golfer, suffered an ankle injury over the weekend and threw his status for the 2016 Rio Olympics into doubt.

While playing soccer with friends over the weekend, McIlroy ruptured the anterior talofibular ligament in his left ankle. He announced the injury on Instagram with a photo of him balancing on crutches with his leg in a boot.

His caption read, “Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started. … Working hard to get back as soon as I can.”

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McIlroy’s spokesman confirmed that he won’t compete at the Scottish Open, which begins Thursday. He’ll also likely miss the Open Championship at St. Andrews, which begins on July 16th.

If McIlroy’s rehab stretches into next season, or if he returns too soon and plays poorly, he may not have a high enough ranking to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

120 players, 60 men and 60 women, will be included in the 2016 Olympic golf tournament, based on the world rankings in July 2016. The top 15, with no more than four players per nation, will be eligible to qualify, and then the field will be filled according to rankings with a maximum of two players per nation.

McIlroy announced last month that he will seek to represent Ireland, not Great Britain, in the Olympics. Choosing Ireland will make qualifying easier, as there are more British golfers in the top 60 rankings.

Golf will be returning to the Olympic program for the first time since 1904. The 72-hole, stroke-play tournament will take place over both weeks of the Olympics, with men competing during the first week and women in the second.

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Bobby Joe Morrow, triple Olympic sprint champion, dies at 84

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Bobby Joe Morrow, one of four men to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at one Olympics, died at age 84 on Saturday.

Morrow’s family said he died of natural causes.

Morrow swept the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, joining Jesse Owens as the only men to accomplish the feat. Later, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt did the same.

Morrow, raised on a farm in San Benito, Texas, set 11 world records in a short career, according to World Athletics.

He competed in one Olympics, and that year was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year while a student at Abilene Christian. He beat out Mickey Mantle and Floyd Patterson.

“Bobby had a fluidity of motion like nothing I’d ever seen,” Oliver Jackson, the Abilene Christian coach, said, according to Sports Illustrated in 2000. “He could run a 220 with a root beer float on his head and never spill a drop. I made an adjustment to his start when Bobby was a freshman. After that, my only advice to him was to change his major from sciences to speech, because he’d be destined to make a bunch of them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Johnny Gregorek runs fastest blue jeans mile in history

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Johnny Gregorek, a U.S. Olympic hopeful runner, clocked what is believed to be the fastest mile in history for somebody wearing jeans.

Gregorek recorded a reported 4 minutes, 6.25 seconds, on Saturday to break the record by more than five seconds (with a pacer for the first two-plus laps). Gregorek, after the record run streamed live on his Instagram, said he wore a pair of 100 percent cotton Levi’s.

Gregorek, the 28-year-old son of a 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic steeplechaser, finished 10th in the 2017 World Championships 1500m. He was sixth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

He ranked No. 1 in the country for the indoor mile in 2019, clocking 3:49.98. His outdoor mile personal best is 3:52.94, ranking him 30th in American history.

Before the attempt, a fundraiser was started for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, garnering more than $29,000. Gregorek ran in memory of younger brother Patrick, who died suddenly in March 2019.

“Paddy was a fan of anything silly,” Gregorek posted. “I think an all out mile in jeans would tickle him sufficiently!”

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