Jim Craig breaks up Miracle on Ice items for auction

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Jim Craig didn’t sell his “Miracle on Ice” lot of 19 items for $5.7 million, as he planned to do last year, so he broke up the items in a new auction that runs from Tuesday through June 17.

The Olympic gold medal, which Craig wanted to sell for $1.5 million as part of the $5.7 million sale last year, had an opening bid of $100,000.

The lot information is available here.

“For the past 35 years, these items have been at the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Boston Sports Museum, the New York Sports Museum, and I think we’ve done a good job showing them because this moment was so big that I truly believe everyone was a part of it,” Craig said in 2015, according to ESPN.com. “But after the 35th anniversary [in February 2015], and after our teammate Bobby Suter died [Sept. 9, 2014], I thought it was important to be responsible with these pieces to grow and protect the legacy for my family.”

The lot also includes Craig’s jersey from the 4-3 upset win over the Soviet Union, the flag he famously wore after the final win over Finland, the jersey from the Finland game and his goalie mask.

Craig would become at least the third player from the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to sell his gold medal.

“I would never get rid of the gold medal if I had one child, but I have two,” Craig said on The Dan Patrick Show last year. “So how do you split that? Then, having seen so much death in my family through cancer, and wills and everything else, that’s a lot of responsibility to leave on other people. So I think the gold medal was really, really tough. … The mask, that was me. That was my personality. That was what protected me. It had the shamrocks on it. The jersey, that’s like hanging up in the locker room when you walk in with all the guys. You finally made this team that did something epic. The pads were of an era that was so different. And the flag represented who and what we are as Americans. It gave me a chance to show my love for my father.”

Mark Pavelich‘s medal was auctioned for $262,900 in May 2014.

Mark Wells‘ medal was auctioned for $310,700 in November 2010, after he sold it privately for about a reported $40,000.

Miracle on Ice captain Mike Eruzione sold his stick from the U.S.-Soviet Union game in 1980 and his jersey from the final game against Finland to a 9-year-old boy named Seven in 2013, but not his gold medal.

Dave Christian put his medal up for auction in February, but it reportedly did not sell.

Behind the scenes of Miracle on Ice reunion

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The flag Craig wore after the Finland game.
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Craig’s jersey from the Finland game.
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Craig’s jersey from the Finland game.
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Craig’s mask from the 1980 Olympics.
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Craig’s gold medal.
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Craig’s jersey from the Miracle on Ice game.
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Craig’s jersey from the Miracle on Ice game.

Fred Kerley wins 100m at Rabat Diamond League in early showdown

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World champion Fred Kerley won the 100m in an early season showdown at a Diamond League meet in Rabat, Morocco, on Sunday.

Kerley clocked 9.94 seconds, beating a field that included Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala, who remains the world’s fastest man this year (9.84 from May 13) and world bronze medalist Trayvon Bromell. Omanyala was third in 10.05 on Sunday, while Bromell was fifth in 10.10.

Kerley has run three 100m races this year and broke 9.95 in all of them, a promising start as he bids to repeat as world champion in Budapest in August.

Full meet results are here.

The Diamond League season continues with a meet in Florence, Italy, on Friday, live on Peacock. The headline event is the men’s 100m including Kerley and Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs of Italy. Kerley and Jacobs were due to go head to head in Rabat, but Jacobs withdrew last Thursday due to nerve pain.

Earlier, Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway comfortably took the 1500m in 3:32.59. American Yared Nuguse surged to place second in a personal best 3:33.02 in his Diamond League debut after running the world’s second-fastest indoor mile in history in February.

Jamaican Rasheed Broadbell ran down world champion Grant Holloway in the 110m hurdles, prevailing 13.08 to 13.12 into a headwind. Holloway remains fastest in the world this year at 13.03.

Kenyan Emmanuel Korir, the Olympic and world champion, finished eighth in the 800m won by countryman Emmanuel Wanyonyi. Wanyonyi, 18, is the world’s fastest in 2023.

American Shamier Little won the 400m hurdles in 53.95, becoming second-fastest in the world this year behind countrywoman Britton Wilson. Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, the Olympic and world champion and world record holder, has yet to compete this outdoor season and so far has strictly committed to flat 400m races in future meets. McLaughlin-Levrone has a bye into the world championships 400m hurdles but may run the flat 400m there instead.

In the 400m, Olympic champion Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas won in 44.70, while world bronze medalist Matthew Hudson-Smith of Great Britain pulled up about 50 meters into the race.

Also Sunday, world bronze medalist Anna Hall improved from No. 3 to No. 2 on the U.S. all-time heptathlon list with 6,988 points to win the Hypo Meeting in Götzis, Austria. Only Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the world record holder at 7,291, has scored higher among Americans.

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2023 French Open women’s singles draw, bracket

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At the French Open, Iga Swiatek of Poland eyes a third title at Roland Garros and a fourth Grand Slam singles crown overall.

Main draw play began Sunday, live on Peacock.

Swiatek, the No. 1 seed from Poland, can join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win three or more French Opens since 2000.

Turning 22 during the tournament, she can become the youngest woman to win three French Opens since Monica Seles in 1992 and the youngest woman to win four Slams overall since Williams in 2002.

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But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.

She retired from her most recent match with a right thigh injury last week and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula and No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, are the best hopes to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

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