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Haley Anderson makes second Olympic team

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London 2012 silver medalist Haley Anderson became the fifth member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team by finishing ninth in the World Championships 10km race in Kazan, Russia, on Tuesday.

Anderson finished 31.6 seconds behind French winner Aurelie Muller.

The top 10 earned Rio berths. While Anderson made it, countrywoman Becca Mann finished 14th and cannot make the Rio Olympics in open water, so she’ll have to turn her attention to the pool.

Anderson, 23, earned silver in the 2012 Olympic 10km behind Hungary’s Eva Risztov and is the two-time reigning World champion in the non-Olympic distance of 5km. Risztov finished 10th in Tuesday’s race to make it to Rio.

Mann, 17, finished eighth in the 5km and 10km at the 2013 World Championships and fifth in the 800m freestyle at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials as a 14-year-old.

Four athletes previously made the 2016 U.S. Olympic team — first-timers Nathan Schrimsher (modern pentathlon), Jennifer Wu (table tennis) and men’s open-water swimmers Jordan Wilimovsky and Sean Ryan.

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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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