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Danell Leyva’s dogs put down after latest bite incident

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Danell Leyva believes two of his family’s three American bulldogs were put down after one of them bit Leyva three times about one month ago.

Leyva was in bed when he heard his mom screaming after the male dogs — Pirata and Hercules — spontaneously started fighting. The family has one other American bulldog, a female named Jade.

“I pulled one away, and as I was like holding him back, [Pirata] grabbed onto my leg,” Leyva said Thursday, ahead of the P&G Championships that start Friday in Hartford, Conn. “Then I was kind of like prying his mouth open with my hands, and he bit my fingers a little bit. I was kind of pushing him away. Then when I go to move away, he bit my same leg again, for a second time. A little harder and a little longer.”

Leyva, who was also bit in the face by Pirata in 2012, said the dogs fought for about an hour before animal control arrived.

By then Leyva had already left for the hospital. Leyva had his left leg wrapped with special gauze — not stitches — to cover a “big, deep, wide hole.”

Leyva believes the dogs were put down fairly quickly.

“One of the dogs, he was basically gone [before animal control arrived],” Leyva said. “They got there, and he was like laying down. I feel like the only reason why he was able to walk out was probably the adrenaline of the fight. But I’m sure that they put him down. My mom said that he was barely even breathing. The other one, he was still aggressive, so they probably put him down right away as well.”

Leyva said he’s been training for “quite a bit.” He saw a doctor on Tuesday and was told he healed in record time.

Julia Fincher contributed to this report from Hartford.

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Genzebe Dibaba, 1500m world record holder, to miss world championships

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Genzebe Dibaba, the 1500m world record holder, will miss the world track and field championships that start next week due to a right foot injury, according to her agency.

The Ethiopian Dibaba lowered the 1500m world record to 3:50.07 in 2015, then won the world title a month later. Kenyan Faith Kipyegon relegated her to silver at the Rio Olympics. Dibaba was last in the 12-woman final at the 2017 Worlds, then withdrew from the 5000m at that meet, citing illness.

Dibaba’s absence further opens the door for Americans Shelby Houlihan (second-fastest in the world last year) and Jenny Simpson, the Olympic bronze medalist and 2017 World silver medalist.

Ethiopian-born Dutchwoman Sifan Hassan is fastest in the world this year and broke the mile world record on July 12. Hassan has range from 800m through 10,000m, and it’s not guaranteed she will contest the 1500m in Doha starting with the first round Oct. 2.

The event is already lacking Caster Semenya, the two-time Olympic 800m champion who took bronze in her world 1500m debut in 2017. Semenya is excluded from races from 400m through the mile under the IAAF’s new rule capping testosterone in those events.

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How to watch, stream U.S. International Classic on NBC Sports Gold

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The U.S. International Figure Skating Classic gets underway in Salt Lake City, Utah this weekend and NBC Sports Gold’s “Figure Skating Pass” will be live streaming all of the action.

The event is the third stop of the ISU’s Challenger Series and often serves as a warm-up for Grand Prix events for skaters, which start in October.

The men’s field is headlined by world bronze medalist and 2018 Olympian Vincent Zhou, joined by the 2019 world junior bronze medalist in the ladies’ event, Ting Cui. Reigning U.S. pairs champions Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc will make their season debut in Salt Lake. And in ice dance, Four Continents gold medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates are slated to compete.

Check out the schedule below (all times Eastern):

Friday, Sept. 19

8:30 p.m.: Pairs’ short program (LINK)

10 p.m.: Men’s short program (LINK)

Saturday, Sept. 20

4:30 p.m.: Rhythm dance (LINK)

6:15 p.m.: Ladies’ short program (LINK)

8:35 p.m.: Pairs’ short program (LINK)

10:30 p.m.: Men’s free skate (LINK)

Sunday, Sept. 21

6:25 p.m.: Free dance (LINK)

8:15 p.m.: Ladies’ free skate (LINK)

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As a reminder, you can watch the events from the 2019-20 figure skating season live and on-demand with the ‘Figure Skating Pass’ on NBC Sports Gold. Go to NBCsports.com/gold/figure-skating to sign up for access to every ISU Grand Prix and championship event, as well as domestic U.S. Figure Skating events throughout the season. NBC Sports Gold gives subscribers an unprecedented level of access on more platforms and devices than ever before.

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