U.S. women’s eight cap World Rowing Championships with 10th straight global title

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The U.S. women’s eight extended its dominant streak, capturing its 10th straight global title at the World Rowing Championships in Lac Aiguebelette, France, on Sunday.

The Americans earned Olympic golds in 2008 and 2012 and World titles in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The women’s eight, along with other Olympic disciplines, are not contested at World Championships in Olympic years.

This year’s U.S. crew was in second place, .02 behind, after 500 meters before making its move. The U.S. led by 1.46 seconds after 1,000 meters and 3.31 seconds after 1,500 meters. Race video is here.

The Americans ended up winning by a comfortable 2.87 seconds over New Zealand, with Canada earning bronze. Canada had won silver at the 2012 Olympics and 2014 World Championships.

This year’s U.S. women’s eight included one member of the 2012 Olympic champion team — Meghan Musnicki.

Earlier at Worlds, the U.S. earned its first ever women’s quad World title and took bronze in the women’s pair. The U.S. men earned zero medals in Olympic events at Worlds.

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Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the U.S. men won zero medals in Olympic events at the 2014 World Championships. They won silver in the coxless four.

U.S. swimmers sweep relays, break world record at short course worlds

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Caeleb Dressel and the U.S. 4x100m freestyle relay broke a nine-year-old world record to open the world short-course swimming championships in Hangzhou, China, on Tuesday.

Dressel, the seven-time 2017 World champion, led off a quartet that included fellow Rio 4x100m free gold medalists Ryan Held and Blake Pieroni, plus Michael Chadwick. Dressel opened a .56 lead that the Americans never relinquished, holding off Russia by .08.

The U.S. also won the women’s 4x100m free, anchored by Kelsi Dahlia, who earned four relay golds at the 2017 Worlds. Mallory Comerford overtook the Netherlands on the third leg, with Dahlia holding off triple Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo by .24.

Short course worlds are held in even-numbered years in a 25-meter pool rather than the 50-meter pool used at the Olympics. U.S. Olympic champions Katie LedeckySimone Manuel and Lilly King are among those not competing this week.

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In other events Tuesday, Hungarian Katinka Hosszu extended her all-stroke dominance, winning the 400m individual medley by 4.44 seconds over American Melanie Margalis. Hosszu swept the IMs at the Rio Olympics, the last three long-course world championships and the 2016 short-course worlds.

Daiya Seto, in line to be one of the host nation’s stars at the Tokyo Olympics, broke Chad le Clos‘ world record in the 200m butterfly and edged the South African by .08 for gold.

The U.S. also earned individual silvers in the 200m free (Comerford) and 200m IM (Josh Prenot).

Worlds continue Wednesday, live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA and streaming on and the NBC Sports app.

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Steven Lopez, Olympic taekwondo champion, removed from banned list

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DENVER (AP) — Olympic taekwondo champion Steven Lopez won arbitration Monday in a sexual-misconduct case and had his name removed from the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s banned list.

Lopez was permanently banned in September for sexual misconduct involving a minor. He has denied the allegations.

This marks the first case to be overturned by arbitration in the 21-month history of the center. SafeSport spokesman Dan Hill said arbitration is part of the center’s “code that is built on fairness and has a process for both parties.”

Lopez’s brother and coach, Jean Lopez, remains on the interim restricted list.

The Lopezes are named as defendants in a sex-trafficking lawsuit filed against the SafeSport center, the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Taekwondo.

The lawsuit alleges the organizations were long aware that the Lopezes were sexual predators but kept sending young women with them to competitions and practices.

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