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Olympic Diving Trials standings going into finals

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U.S. divers will clinch Olympic berths starting Wednesday night.

The Olympic Trials have reached the finals stage. Top contenders going into the Trials are leading every event. The final scores are an accumulation of the already completed preliminaries and semifinals and the upcoming finals.

Here are event-by-event standings:

Men’s Synchronized Springboard
Winner goes to Rio
1. Samuel Dorman/Michael Hixon — 871.53
2. Troy Dumais/Kristian Ipsen — 815.01
3. Mark Anderson/Dwight Dumais — 743.40

Dorman and Hixon, two of the top individual springboard divers, are competing for the first time together and opened a comfortable lead on the Olympic bronze medalists. Dumais and Ipsen may have the Olympic experience, but they were beaten in two national competitions in 2015.

FINAL: Wednesday, 9-11 p.m., on NBCSN and NBCOlympics.com (STREAM LINK)

Women’s Synchronized Platform
Winner goes to Rio
1. Jessica Parratto/Amy Cozad — 617.28
2. Anna James/Katrina Young — 576.00
3. Murphy Bromberg/Delaney Schnell — 560.64

Whoever makes the Olympic team will be first-time Olympians, as neither of the U.S. women’s platform divers from London are back. Parratto and Cozad came into Trials as the most decorated pair, winning the last two Winter Nationals titles. They’re backing it up so far.

FINAL: Wednesday, 9-11 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCOlympics.com (STREAM LINK)

Men’s Synchronized Platform (Winner goes to Rio)
1. David Boudia/Steele Johnson — 835.56
2. Ryan Hawkins/Toby Stanley — 710.58
3. Max Showalter/Zachary Cooper — 698.46

Boudia and Johnson were the biggest favorites across all the synchro events coming in, and they go into finals with the biggest lead of all events. Boudia, an Olympic synchro bronze medalist with the now-retired Nick McCrory in 2012, is set to clinch his third Olympic berth. Fellow Indiana native Johnson eyes his first Games.

FINAL: Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCOlympics.com (STREAM LINK)

Men’s Springboard (Top two go to Rio)
1. Kristian Ipsen — 973.20
2. Michael Hixon — 966.15
3. Mark Anderson — 856.95
4. Troy Dumais — 856.10

Ipsen will hope to not repeat the 2012 Trials, when he led until coming up well short on the penultimate dive and then ended up 1.25 points out of qualifying individually for London. Though his edge over Hixon is small, his place in the all-important top two is very secure.

FINAL: Saturday, 4:30-6 p.m. ET, on NBC and NBCOlympics.com (STREAM LINK)

Women’s Platform (Top two go to Rio)
1. Jessica Parratto — 714.95
2. Murphy Bromberg — 645.95
3. Amy Cozad — 645.80
4. Katrina Young — 620.35

The closest race for an Olympic berth. While Parratto is well ahead, Bromberg and Cozad are essentially tied going into the finals. Parratto and Cozad will likely both be diving with the assurance they already made the Olympic team in the synchro platform. The pressure will be greater on Bromberg. who finished third behind Cozad and Parratto in the 2015 World Championships Trials.

FINAL: Saturday, 8-9 p.m. ET, on NBC and NBCOlympics.com (STREAM LINK)

Women’s Springboard (Top two go to Rio)
1. Kassidy Cook — 660.85
2. Abby Johnston — 626.55
3. Laura Ryan — 611.60
4. Lauren Reedy — 605.70

The U.S. qualified one women’s springboard spot for the Olympics, but FINA reallocated the U.S. a second spot this week. Cook certainly doesn’t want to leave it to chance after finishing second in synchro and fourth individually at the 2012 Trials, just missing the London team. Johnston, a London Games synchro silver medalist, is the only female diver left at Olympic Trials with Olympic experience.

FINAL: Sunday, 4:30-6 p.m. ET, on NBC and NBCOlympics.com (STREAM LINK)

Men’s Platform (Top two go to Rio)
1. David Boudia — 1007.25
2. Steele Johnson — 961.80
3. David Dinsmore — 953.90
4. Zachary Cooper — 768.15

The Olympic champion Boudia overtook his synchro partner Johnson for the lead in the semifinals. Dinsmore, who edged Johnson at the 2015 World Championships Trials and the World Cup in Rio in February, is within striking distance with six dives remaining.

FINAL: Sunday, 7-8 p.m. ET, on NBC and NBCOlympics.com (STREAM LINK)

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Alysa Liu, attempting unprecedented jump list, takes silver at Junior Grand Prix Final

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Alysa Liu took silver at the biggest international competition of her young career, attempting a historic set of jumps at the Junior Grand Prix Final in Turin, Italy.

Liu, the 14-year-old who in January became the youngest U.S. senior champion in history, attempted two triple Axels and two quadruple Lutzes in her free skate Friday. She fell on the first Axel, and the other three landings were judged as under-rotated.

Earlier this season, Liu became the first woman to land both a triple Axel and a quad of any kind. She was attempting Friday to become the first woman to land two triple Axels and two quads in one program.

Liu, the leader after Thursday’s short program, was overtaken in the free skate by Russian Kamila Valieva, who was not alive when Turin hosted the 2006 Olympics. Valieva is the latest star pupil of coach Eteri Tutberidze, who guided Olympic and world champions Alina Zagitova and Yevgenia Medvedeva.

Valieva, who has a quad in her arsenal, was recently injured, according to the ISU broadcast, and did not attempt a four-revolution jump. She relied on artistry and other elements, tallying 207.47 points. She beat Liu by 2.82 points to become the 10th straight Russian to win the event.

Liu became the first U.S. woman to earn a Junior Grand Prix Final medal since Hannah Miller took silver in 2012.

Liu, previously undefeated in her first junior international season, appears likeliest to disrupt the Russians come the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. First, she must compete at the junior international level through next season. She is expected to defend her senior national title in January.

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Caroline Wozniacki sets tennis retirement

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Former No. 1 and 2018 Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki will retire from professional tennis after competing in Melbourne next year.

The 29-year-old from Denmark wrote in an Instagram post on Friday that she wants to start a family with her husband, former NBA player David Lee, and work to raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis.

Wozniacki said her decision to stop playing “has nothing to do with my health.” She announced in October 2018 that she has rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that can cause pain and swelling in the wrist and other joints.

“I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done,” Wozniacki wrote. “In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court.”

She is currently ranked No. 37 after going 20-15 without a singles title in 2019.

Coached for much of her career by her father, Piotr, a former professional soccer player, Wozniacki used tremendous court coverage — she ran in the New York City Marathon — and uncanny ability to get back shot after shot from opponents in a counter-punching style to win 30 WTA titles, including the season-ending tour championships in 2017.

She also reached three Grand Slam finals.

At just 19, Wozniacki was the runner-up to Kim Clijsters at the 2009 U.S. Open, then again was the runner-up at Flushing Meadows in 2014 to her good friend Serena Williams.

Wozniacki claimed her first major championship in her third such final, and 43rd appearance in a Grand Slam tournament, at last year’s Australian Open. She beat Simona Halep in a three-set final to return to the top of the rankings after a six-year absence, a record.

As someone who had played so well, for so long, without ever quite claiming one of her sport’s most important trophies until then, Wozniacki was thrilled to set aside all of the questions about whether she ever would win a major title.

She has earned more than $35 million in prize money — along with millions more in endorsements — and owns a win-loss record of 630-262. She spent 71 weeks at No. 1 and competed in three Olympics, carrying the flag for Denmark at the Rio Olympic Opening Ceremony.

“I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court,” she wrote.

The Australian Open begins on Jan. 20.

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I’ve played professionally since I was 15 years old. In that time I’ve experienced an amazing first chapter of my life. With 30 WTA singles titles, a world #1 ranking for 71 weeks, a WTA Finals victory, 3 Olympics, including carrying the flag for my native Denmark, and winning the 2018 Australian Open Grand slam championship, I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court. I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done. In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court. Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward. So with that, today I am announcing that I will be retiring from professional tennis after the Australian Open in January. This has nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye, I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you! Finally, I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support! Without all of you I could have never have done this!

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