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Carmelo Anthony wants Kobe Bryant at Rio Olympics

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Carmelo Anthony said he would love to be Olympic teammates with Kobe Bryant for a third time next year.

Bryant, 37, announced Saturday that he will retire after this season, but he is still in the running for one of 12 spots on the U.S. Olympic team.

“For him to be with us and Rio and end it like that would be a good way to go out,” Anthony said Tuesday, according to the New York Daily News.

If Bryant were to make the 2016 Olympic team, he would be the oldest U.S. Olympic men’s basketball player ever, according to sports-reference.com.

Bryant was the oldest player on the 2012 U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team and the second-oldest in 2008, behind 35-year-old Jason Kidd.

Bryant’s competition to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic team at shooting guard is led by 2012 Olympian James Harden.

Another possible contender, 2004 and 2008 Olympian Dwyane Wade, is not expected to be interested in a run for Rio and was not on a 34-player camp roster mandatory for Olympic selection in August (though Bryant wasn’t on that roster, either).

Two more shooting guards — DeMar DeRozan and Klay Thompson — played with Harden at the 2014 FIBA World Cup and could be first-time Olympians in 2016.

The U.S. roster could include more point guards than shooting guards, though, with Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook among those available.

Small forward is also stacked with LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Anthony.

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World champion wins doping case citing bodily fluids from boyfriend

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A world champion canoeist won a doping case Monday after persuading a tribunal that her positive test was caused by bodily fluid contamination from her boyfriend.

The International Canoe Federation (ICF) ended its investigation into 11-time world champion Laurence Vincent Lapointe, who tested positive for a steroid-like substance in July. She faced a four-year ban and could have missed her event’s Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games.

The Canadian canoe sprint racer and her lawyer detailed in a news program that laboratory analysis of hair from her then-boyfriend showed he was likely responsible for a tiny presence of ligandrol in her doping sample.

“The ICF has accepted Ms. Vincent Lapointe’s evidence which supports that she was the victim of third-party contamination,” the governing body said in a statement, clearing her to return to competition.

The legal debate is similar to tennis player Richard Gasquet’s 2009 acquittal in the “cocaine kiss” case. The Court of Arbitration for Sport accepted Gasquet’s defense that kissing a woman who had taken cocaine in a Miami nightclub, after he had withdrawn injured from a tournament, caused his positive test.

The 27-year-old Vincent Lapointe was provisionally suspended for almost six months and missed the 2019 World Championships, which was a key qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics. American 17-year-old Nevin Harrison won the 200m world title in her absence.

She can still qualify for the Olympic debut of women’s canoe sprint events with victory at a World Cup event in May in Germany.

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U.S. women’s soccer team begins Olympic qualifying, which should rest on one match

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The U.S. women’s soccer team has never been in danger in Olympic qualifying, but that doesn’t change this fact: It must win on Feb. 7 to reach the Tokyo Games.

The CONCACAF tournament begins Tuesday in Houston, where the world champion Americans face world No. 72 Haiti. The last two group games are against No. 68 Panama on Friday and No. 37 Costa Rica on Feb. 3. The top two nations from the group advance to Feb. 7 semifinals.

The U.S. roster, with 18 of its 20 players coming from the 2019 World Cup team, is here.

Since CONCACAF qualifies two nations to the Olympics, the semifinals are the deciding games.

Should the U.S. win its group, it would face the runner-up from the other group in a winner-goes-to-Tokyo match. The other group (world ranking):

Canada (8)
Mexico (37)
Jamaica (53)
St. Kitts and Nevis (127)

Chaos could result in the unlikely event that either the U.S. or Canada finishes second in its group, and the two North American powers play a semifinal.

The U.S. is undefeated in Olympic qualifying history, since the tournament format began in 2004 — 15-0 with a goal differential of 88-1 (not counting matches played once they’ve already clinched qualification). The lone goal allowed came in a group-stage match in 2008, when the U.S. was already assured a spot in the semifinals.

Still, the U.S. knows the feeling of one poor outing in an important match. In 2010, it lost to Mexico in a winner-to-the-World Cup match. The U.S. was forced to win a last-chance, home-and-home playoff against a UEFA team — Italy — for the last spot in the World Cup.

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