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Meb Keflezighi to run New York City Marathon three months before Olympic trials

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Meb Keflezighi will run his 10th New York City Marathon on Nov. 1, which is 104 days before he plans to run the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials marathon in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.

Keflezighi is the last American to win each of an Olympic marathon medal (silver, 2004), the New York City Marathon (2009) and the Boston Marathon (2014).

His competition in New York will include the three men who finished ahead of him in the race last year — Kenyan Wilson Kipsang and Ethiopians Lelisa Desisa and Gebre Gebremariam (more on the elite field here).

The turnaround from New York to the Olympic trials would be Keflezighi’s third shortest span between competitive marathons, according to the track and field statistics website Tilastopaja.

In 69 days, Keflezighi finished sixth in the 2011 New York City Marathon and won the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

In 70 days, Keflezighi finished second in both the 2004 Olympic marathon and the 2004 New York City Marathon.

Keflezighi, who turns 41 in 2016, noted that he’s older now but also wiser.

“Which one would you like to have, the youth or the wisdom?” he told Sports Illustrated on Sunday. “So that’s the one thing I have to deal with. … I’m always year-round training. This is no different.”

Keflezighi, who turns 41 in 2016, will try along with Bernard Lagat next year to become the oldest U.S. Olympic runner of all time, according to sports-reference.com. Keflezighi (UCLA) and Lagat (Washington State) competed against each other in college in the 1990s. Lagat is a 1500m and 5000m runner whose trials are in July in Eugene, Ore.

Keflezighi could well be the favorite at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, since his 2014 Boston Marathon winning time is the fastest by an American over 26.2 miles on any course in the last two years.

The top three at trials (live on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra) make the U.S. Olympic team.

His top challenger at trials could be three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein, who finished ahead of Keflezighi at the Boston Marathon on April 20. Ritzenhein hasn’t announced which fall marathon he will contest, if he decides to enter one in advance of the Olympic trials.

Two-time Olympian Ryan Hall has struggled since finishing second to Keflezighi at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, completing one marathon since, a 20th-place finish in the 2014 Boston Marathon.

In total, three of the seven Americans who have run sub-2:12 marathons since the London Olympics have signed up for fall marathons — Keflezighi, Nick Arciniaga (also New York) and Fernando Cabada (Chicago Marathon on Oct. 11).

Keflezighi also told Sports Illustrated on Sunday that he planned to run at least one more New York City Marathon after this year’s edition.

MORE TRACK AND FIELD: Meb Keflezighi hopes to be an example for Ryan Hall as trials approach

Does Lance Armstrong believe doping contributed to cancer?

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Lance Armstrong said on Sunday’s ESPN film “Lance” that he didn’t know whether he got testicular cancer because of his doping in the early-to-mid 1990s.

“I don’t know the answer to that,” he said. “And I don’t want to say no because I don’t think that’s right, either. I don’t know if it’s yes or no, but I certainly wouldn’t say no. The only thing I will tell you is the only time in my life that I ever did growth hormone was the 1996 season [before being diagnosed with moderate to advanced cancer in October 1996]. So just in my head, I’m like ‘growth, growing, hormones and cells.’ Like, if anything good needs to be grown, it does. But wouldn’t it also make sense that if anything bad is there, that it, too, would grow?”

Armstrong was asked a similar question by Oprah Winfrey in his January 2013 doping confession.

“Do you think that banned substances contributed to you getting cancer?” Winfrey asked.

“I don’t think so,” Armstrong said then. “I’m not a doctor, I’ve never had a doctor tell me that or suggest that to me personally, but I don’t believe so.”

That was not the first time doping and cancer were part of the same conversation.

Teammate Frankie Andreu and then-fiancee Betsy said that Armstrong told a doctor on Oct. 27, 1996, at Indiana University Hospital that he had taken performance-enhancing drugs; EPO, testosterone, growth hormone, cortisone and steroids.

Armstrong said he probably began doping at age 21, in 1992 or 1993.

“I remember when we were on a training ride in 2002, Lance told me that [Michele] Ferrari [the infamous doctor who provided performance-enhancing drugs] had been paranoid that he had helped cause the cancer and became more conservative after that,” former teammate Floyd Landis said in 2011, according to Sports Illustrated.

TIMELINE: Lance Armstrong’s rise and fall

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Cortina requests to postpone Alpine skiing worlds from 2021 to 2022

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The Italian Winter Sports Federation was making a formal request on Monday to postpone next year’s world Alpine skiing championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo until March 2022.

Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malagò revealed the plans during an interview with RAI state TV on Sunday night.

Considering the fallout in Italy from the coronavirus pandemic, Malagò said “this is the best solution” in order to avoid the championships being canceled or shortened.

“It’s a decision in which we both lose but we realize this is the best — or maybe the only thing — to do,” Malago said.

The Italian federation confirmed that the proposal would be presented during an International Ski Federation (FIS) board meeting Monday. The Italian federation added that the decision to make the proposal was made jointly by the organizing committee in Cortina, the Veneto region and the Italian government.

It will be up to FIS to decide on any postponement.

Cortina was already forced to cancel the World Cup Finals in March this year due to the advancing virus, which has now accounted for more than 30,000 deaths in Italy.

Moving the worlds to March 2022 would put the event one month after the Beijing Olympics and likely force FIS to cancel that season’s finals in Méribel and Courchevel, France.

The Cortina worlds are currently scheduled for Feb. 7-21, 2021.

Worlds are usually held every other winter, in odd years.

Cortina is also slated to host Alpine events during the 2026 Milan-Cortina Olympics.

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