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Andre De Grasse turns pro

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Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse turned professional as a Puma athlete, the same apparel company that reps Usain Bolt.

De Grasse, who will not be able to compete for USC as a senior this season, tied for bronze in the 100m at the World Track and Field Championships in Beijing on Aug. 30.

Usain Bolt won in 9.79, followed by Justin Gatlin in 9.80. De Grasse, 21, and fellow collegian Trayvon Bromell shared bronze at 9.92.

De Grasse and Bromell became the youngest Olympic or Worlds 100m medalists since 2003.

Counting times for all of 2015, De Grasse ranks No. 11 in the world this year in the 100m and No. 6 in the 200m. De Grasse chose not to race the 200m at Worlds.

De Grasse swept the 100m and 200m NCAA titles on June 12 (in what NBC Olympics analyst Ato Boldon called the greatest single-day sprint double in history), beating Bromell in both races, and clocking a wind-aided 9.75 and 19.58 in about a 45-minute span.

De Grasse, a Markham, Ontario, native, reportedly started sprinting in May 2012, when he clocked 10.90 over 100 meters from a standing start while in basketball shorts.

He is now the third fastest Canadian all time in the 100 meters, trailing 1996 Olympic champion Donovan Bailey and two-time Worlds silver medalist Bruny Surin.

Canada hasn’t taken an Olympic men’s track event medal since Atlanta 1996, when Bailey won the 100m in a then-world record and anchored the 4x100m relay to gold over the U.S.

MORE: Trayvon Bromell signs with Bolt’s agent

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.

MORE: Anna Veith retires, leaves Austrian Alpine skiing in unfamiliar territory

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