Shaun White wins Dew Tour superpipe

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Shaun White won for the first time in almost two years, topping a strong field at the Dew Tour Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colo., on Saturday.

White, the 2006 and 2010 Olympic halfpipe champion, scored 92.60 in his first of two runs with a pair of 1080s and his patented double McTwist 1260, according to commentators.

“It’s good to be back,” said White, adding that he was headed to Los Angeles to play a show with his band, Bad Things, on Sunday.

White, who was also No. 1 in qualifying Thursday, beat a field that included Iouri Podladtchikov, the Swiss who won the Sochi Olympics. Olympic silver medalist Ayumu Hirano was second, followed by Podladtchikov in third.

White, 29, had finished fourth at his last two competitions, the Sochi Olympics and the Winter X Games in January. White said he hopes to compete at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games, which would be his fourth Olympics.

“The lessons that you can learn after something like Sochi,” White said on NBC. “I’ve never been in that position before, and I’ve learned so many lessons from that, and I’m more motivated than ever. … It re-cements the fact that I’m on the right path.”

Earlier, X Games champion Chloe Kim and three-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark finished second and third, respectively, in the women’s halfpipe.

That competition was won by China’s Liu Jiayu, who placed fourth at the 2010 Olympics.

Dew Tour competition wraps up Sunday on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra. Here’s the full schedule.

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Olympian Derrick Mein ends U.S. men’s trap drought at shotgun worlds

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Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.

Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.

He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.

The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.

Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).

The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.

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Mo Farah withdraws before London Marathon

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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.

Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.

“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”

Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.

Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.

Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.

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