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Geno Auriemma: UConn wouldn’t ‘make it at the Olympics’

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U.S. women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma laughed when asked Sunday if his undefeated UConn team was Olympic-caliber.

“We wouldn’t make the Olympics,” Auriemma said on ESPN. “We wouldn’t qualify. I’m dead serious. I don’t think people understand the quality of players that play on these national teams, and you can’t discount the experience. I’ve got some people that go a week in practice without scoring [at UConn]. They can’t make it at the Olympic level, trust me.”

Auriemma is leading a training camp for the finalists for the U.S. Olympic team in Storrs, Conn., from Sunday through Tuesday.

The camp includes one of his UConn players, senior National Player of the Year Breanna Stewart, who is trying to win her fourth straight NCAA title this season, too.

Auriemma’s UConn team has won 63 straight games dating to last season, all by double-digit margins.

The U.S. women’s team has won 41 straight Olympic games since a Barcelona 1992 semifinal loss. Australia, France and Spain have proven medal contenders, even pushing (and defeating) the U.S. outside of the Games.

But the field is not extremely deep in Africa and Asia, evidenced by U.S. wins over Angola (90-38) and China (114-66) at the London Games.

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Chicago Marathon canceled; one major marathon left in 2020

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The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the fourth World Marathon Major called off this year.

Organizers cited the challenge of staging the 45,000-runner event “out of concern for the safety of event participants, volunteers, event staff and spectators.”

Previously, major marathons were canceled in Berlin (originally scheduled for Sept. 27), Boston (April 20, then Sept. 14) and New York City (Nov. 1). The London Marathon, originally scheduled for April 26 and postponed to Oct. 4, remains scheduled.

The other World Marathon Major, Tokyo, took place on its scheduled date of March 1 but with elite runners only.

Last year, Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won Chicago by taking 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record. Kosgei clocked 2:14:04.

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China remain scheduled

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China in November and December remain scheduled, the International Skating Union announced Monday, four days after reports about international sporting events in China being canceled through the end of 2020.

A notice about sports events, issued Thursday by the General Administration of Sport of China, made an exception for Beijing Winter Olympic test events and other preparations for the first Winter Games in China in February 2022.

The Grand Prix Final, the second-most prestigious annual figure skating competition, is still scheduled for December in Beijing because it is an Olympic test event.

Furthermore, the Cup of China, one of six events across the globe that determines Grand Prix Final qualifiers, remains scheduled for November in Chongqing because it is related to the Final.

“Like for all other five ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events in the different countries, this is of course subject to finding the necessary logistical, medical and safety solutions to hold the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events as planned,” according to the ISU.

The ISU previously announced it set a deadline to decide on possible event cancellations: 12 weeks before an event starts. For the first Grand Prix Series competition, Skate America in Las Vegas, the decision deadline is Aug. 1.

The ISU council will meet virtually on Aug. 3 to decide on further action for upcoming competitions.

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