Jason Day thinking about family as he considers competing in Rio

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Rory McIlroy is the most high-profile golfer to withdraw from the Rio Games, where golf will make its first Olympic appearance since 1904. The world’s No. 1 golfer hasn’t ruled out joining him.

Australian Jason Day spoke with the Golf Channel on Thursday and said he’s not yet sure whether he’ll compete in Rio. McIlroy cited concerns about the Zika virus as his reason for skipping the Olympics, and Zika is the only reason Day hasn’t already committed.

“Let me tell it this way, me and Ellie are probably not done having kids,” Day said. “So I have to weigh that pretty heavily up against representing my country and trying to win a gold medal.”

Birth defects can occur in babies born to women infected by the virus, and men can transmit the disease sexually. Day and his wife, Ellie, have a 3-year-old son and 7-month-old daughter.

“I’m going to make my decision when it comes time to, but I really haven’t had the opportunity to really sit down and think about it, digest everything,” he said. “Now Rory’s pulled out, there’s been a number of guys that have kind of pulled the pin on playing, which is obviously understandable. I’ll probably look at the situation very soon and see what my decision is.”

Doctors on the PGA Tour are doing their best to keep the golfers informed on the latest information coming out of Brazil. Day said he plans to consult with independent doctors as well.

Two Australians, Adam Scott and Marc Leishman, have already pulled their names from Olympic consideration, though not necessarily over Zika concerns. If Day were to pull out, that would take two top-10 golfers from Australia out of the mix; Scott is No. 8 in the world.

As of now, the four Americans who join Day and McIlroy in the top six of the world golf rankings (Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler) have not opted out of the Olympics.

MORE: Rory McIlroy skips Rio Olympics due to Zika virus

Alistair Brownlee, after Ironman, leans toward Olympic return

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Alistair Brownlee is already the only triathlete with multiple Olympic titles. In July, he is reportedly leaning toward another impressive feat, to win an Olympic gold medal the summer after completing the Kona Ironman World Championships.

The Brit Brownlee said he is “definitely swinging towards” trying to qualify for the Tokyo Games, according to the Times of London. Brownlee’s manager confirmed the stance while noting that his result in the Ironman Western Australia on Dec. 1 will play into the ultimate decision.

Brownlee previously reportedly said he was “50-50” on going for the Olympics and that he had to decide between focusing on the shorter Olympic distance or the Ironman, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon.

Other Olympic triathletes transitioned to the Ironman and never went back, such as 2008 Olympic champion Jan Frodeno of Germany and two-time U.S. Olympian Sarah True.

Brownlee finished 21st in Kona on Oct. 12 in 8 hours, 25 minutes, 3 seconds, which was 33:50 behind the winner Frodeno.

Brownlee won four half Ironmans between 2017 and 2018 (sandwiched by a hip surgery), then finished second to Frodeno at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship on Sept. 2.

One other triathlete won an Olympic title after completing the Kona Ironman — Austrian Kate Allen, who was seventh in Kona in 2002, then took gold at the 2004 Athens Games.

MORE: 2019 Kona Ironman World Championships Results

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Alberto Salazar appeals doping ban

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has registered an appeal by track coach Alberto Salazar against his ban for doping violations, though a hearing will take several months to prepare.

CAS says Salazar and Dr. Jeffrey Brown appealed against their four-year bans by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

After a multi-year USADA investigation, Salazar and Brown were found guilty of doping violations linked to the Nike Oregon Project training camp. USADA said Salazar ran experiments with supplements and testosterone, and possessed and trafficked the banned substance.

The case also related to falsified and incomplete medical records that disguised the work.

CAS says Salazar and Brown asked for more time to file “written submissions and evidence,” adding the hearing is “unlikely to take place before March.”

Verdicts typically take at least a further several weeks.

MORE: Mary Cain raises issues from being coached by Salazar

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