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U.S. Olympic men’s soccer playoff roster includes one World Cup player

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CHICAGO (AP) — Forward Jordan Morris was picked for the U.S. under-23 roster for an Olympic qualifying playoff at Colombia on March 25 and will miss the Americans’ World Cup qualifier at Guatemala that night.

The roster announced Saturday did not include defenders John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin, who presumably will be included in the World Cup qualifying roster announced Sunday.

Under-23 coach Andi Herzog‘s 23-man roster for the game in Barranquilla also included midfielder Julian Green, who scored against Belgium at last year’s World Cup, and defender Matt Miazga, who made his national team debut in November.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, a defender for Tottenham’s under-21 team, was not included in the roster because of an injury, which the U.S. Soccer Federation did not specify. The roster has six players who were on last year’s U.S. team at the Under-20 World Cup, where the Americans beat Colombia in the second round and lost to Serbia on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals.

Forward Rubio Rubin, who scored against Colombia, returned this month from a five-month layoff caused by a broken foot and was not selected. Also bypassed were Christian Pulisic, the 17-year-old midfielder who made his Bundesliga debut for Borussia Dortmund in January, and Glasgow Rangers midfielder Gedion Zelalem.

The Americans failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics and finished third in regional qualifying for the 2016 games, forcing them into a home-and-home playoff against Colombia. The second game of the total-goals series will be at Frisco, Texas, on March 29, the same night the national team meets Guatemala at St. Louis in a World Cup qualifier.

Just 11 of the players were on the roster for the qualifying tournament last fall.

The national and Olympic teams will train in Miami from Monday through Wednesday. Rosters can be changed ahead of the March 29 games.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Cody Cropper (Milton Keynes, England), Ethan Horvath (Molde, Norway), Zach Steffen (Freiburg, Germany).

Defenders: Kellyn Acosta (Dallas), Matt Miazga (Chelsea, England), Eric Miller (Colorado), Tim Parker (Vancouver), Desevio Payne (Groningen, Netherlands), Shane O’Neill (Cambridge United, England), Brandon Vincent (Chicago), Walker Zimmerman (Dallas).

Midfielders: Fatai Alashe (San Jose), Paul Arriola (Tijuana, Mexico), Luis Gil (Queretaro, Mexico), Julian Green (Bayern Munich, Germany), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham, England), Jerome Kiesewetter (Stuttgart, Germany), Matt Polster (Chicago), Dillon Serna (Colorado), Wil Trapp (Columbus).

Forwards: Jordan Morris (Seattle), Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany), Khiry Shelton (New York City).

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Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail, fails to finish world championships time trial

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail and failed to finish the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title in Imola, Italy.

Dygert, who last year won by the largest margin in history as the youngest-ever champion, lost control of her bike while approaching a curve to the right. Her front wheel bobbled, and she collided with the barricade, flipping over into an area with grass.

Dygert, her legs appearing bloodied, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken toward an ambulance.

“All we know is that she is conscious and talking,” according to USA Cycling, about 25 minutes after the crash. “More updates to come.”

About 10 minutes after the crash, Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen won her first time trial title.

Van der Breggen took silver the last three years behind Dygert and countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, who missed this year’s race after breaking her wrist last week in the Giro Rosa.

Dygert, 23, had a 26-second lead at the 14-kilometer time check of the 31-kilometer race. Full results are here.

Dygert qualified for the Tokyo Olympics when she won last year’s world time trial title. She has been bidding to make the Olympics on the road and the track.

Worlds continue Friday with the men’s time trial airing on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold for Cycling Pass subscribers at 8:15 a.m. ET. A full TV schedule is here.

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Diamond League slate ends in Doha with record holders; TV, stream info

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The Diamond League season ends on Friday in the place where it was supposed to start — Doha.

Like many sports, track and field’s calendar was put in disarray by the coronavirus pandemic. The Doha meet, originally scheduled for April 17 to open an Olympic season, was postponed five months while other stops were canceled altogether.

Now, Doha caps an unlikely season that still produced stirring performances. NBCSN coverage starts at 12 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Gold also streams live for subscribers.

The headliner is Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis, a leading contender for Male Athlete of the Year. Duplantis, who twice bettered the world record in February at indoor meets, last week produced the highest outdoor clearance in history, too, breaking a 26-year-old Sergey Bubka record.

Duplantis can mimic Bubka on Friday by attempting to raise his world record another centimeter — to 6.19 meters, or more than 20 feet, 3 inches.

The deepest track event in Doha is the finale, the women’s 3000m, featuring 3000m steeplechase world-record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, 5000m world champion Hellen Obiri and rising 1500m runner Gudaf Tsegay.

Here are the Doha entry lists. Here’s the schedule of events (all times Eastern):

11:18 a.m. ET — Men’s Pole Vault
11:33 — Men’s 200m
12:03 p.m. — Men’s 400m
12:08 — Women’s Long Jump
12:12 — Women’s 100m Hurdles
12:21 — Men’s 1500m
12:34 — Men’s 110m Hurdles
12:43 — Women’s 800m
12:56 — Women’s 100m
1:07 — Men’s 800m
1:18 — Women’s 3000m

Here are three events to watch (statistics via Tilastopaja.org):

Men’s Pole Vault — 11:18 a.m.
Duplantis looks to complete a perfect 2020 against his two primary rivals — reigning world champion and American Sam Kendricks (who went undefeated in 2017) and 2012 Olympic champion and former world-record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France. Kendricks was the last man to beat Duplantis, at those 2019 World Championships, and is the only man to clear a height within nine inches of Duplantis’ best this outdoor season.

Women’s 100m — 12:56 p.m.
Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah looks poised to finish the year as the world’s fastest woman after clocking 10.85 seconds in Rome last week, her fastest time outside of Jamaica in more than three years. That’s one hundredth faster than countrywoman Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce‘s best time of 2020. Thompson-Herah was fifth and fourth at the last two world championships after sweeping the Rio Olympic sprints. Like in Rome, her primary challengers in Doha are Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou and 2018 U.S. champion Aleia Hobbs.

Women’s 3000m — 1:18 p.m.
A meeting of titans in a non-Olympic event. Chepkoech is the fastest steeplechaser in history by eight seconds. Obiri is the fastest Kenyan in history in the 3000m and the 5000m. Tsegay, just 23, chopped 3.26 seconds off her 1500m personal best in 2019, taking bronze at the world championships to become the second-fastest Ethiopian in history in that event. In all, the field includes five medalists from the 2019 Worlds across four different events.

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