Marquise Goodwin, Bills wide receiver, fails to make second Olympic team

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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics in the men’s long jump.

Goodwin finished seventh in the Olympic Trials final Sunday after straining his hamstring in qualifying Saturday.

Jeffery Henderson won with a jump of 8.59 meters, the longest jump in the world this year. He will be joined by Jarrion Lawson and Marquis Dendy on the U.S. Olympic team.

Will Claye did finish in third at the event, but didn’t have the Olympic qualifying mark of 8.15 needed since May 1, 2015. His best jump was 8.14.

Claye jumped 8.38, 8.42 and 8.42 today, but all his jumps were wind-aided and thus not legal for Olympic standard purposes.

Goodwin was in line to become the second person to compete in the Olympics after playing in an NFL regular-season game, joining Herschel Walker, who was a 1992 U.S. Olympic bobsledder. All the other NFL Olympians, around 40, were Olympians before they played in the NFL, including Goodwin in 2012.

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Four other former and current NFL players have been in contention for the Rio Games. On the track, former return specialist Jeff Demps competed at the 2012 Olympics with the U.S. 4x100m relay. He was hoping to qualify for his second Olympics in the 100m, but failed to do so at Olympic Trails. Former Detriot Lions running back Jahvid Best is looking to qualify in the 100m for Saint Lucia.

In rugby, former 49ers running back Jarryd Hayne has stepped away from football hoping to represent Fiji at the Olympics. Patriots safety Nate Ebner is looking to make the U.S. Olympic rugby team.

Goodwin competed at the 2012 London Games, finishing 10th in the long jump, before making his NFL debut. Following the Olympics, he took nearly three years off from track and field to focus on his NFL career. In 2015, he returned to long jumping to make a push for the 2016 Olympic team.

Goodwin was considered a favorite to win gold in Rio. Going into U.S. Olympic Trials he had the two longest jumps in 2016, with a personal best of 27 feet, 8.67 inches earlier this year in France. That was eclipsed at Trails by multiple jumpers led by Henderson.

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Asbel Kiprop, Olympic 1500m champ, banned 4 years

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Kenyan Asbel Kiprop, the 2008 Olympic 1500m champion and a three-time world champ, was banned four years after testing positive for EPO in November 2017, according to track and field’s doping watchdog organization.

The ban is backdated to Feb. 3, 2018, when the 29-year-old was provisionally suspended after the failed test.

Kiprop repeatedly denied doping since last May, when he first acknowledged the positive test. Most recently, a 3,000-word defense from his lawyer was posted on Kiprop’s Facebook page.

Kiprop’s defenses included saying he was a victim of extortion and that he was offered “a reward” of becoming an anti-doping ambassador if he admitted guilt. The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), the IAAF’s independent organization to monitor doping and corruption, denied the latter last May.

A disciplinary panel dismissed six defenses from exonerating him, including the possibility his sample was spiked, in handing out the four-year ban.

Kiprop, the pre-eminent 1500m runner of the last decade, can appeal the ban.

At 19, he finished second in the Beijing Olympic 1500m but was upgraded to gold a year later after Bahrain’s Rashid Ramzi failed a drug test. He is the youngest Olympic 1500m medalist of all time, according to the OlyMADMen.

Kiprop went on to earn three straight world titles in the 1500m in 2011, 2013 and 2015, matching the feats of retired legends Noureddine Morceli and Hicham El Guerrouj.

He struggled in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, finishing last in the London final with a hamstring injury and sixth in the Rio final won by American rival Matthew Centrowitz.

Kiprop has targeted El Guerrouj’s world record of 3:26:00, missing the mark by .69 of a second in 2015.

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Maggie Nichols is second woman in 20 years to repeat as NCAA all-around champ

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Oklahoma junior and world champion gymnast Maggie Nichols became the first woman to repeat as NCAA all-around champion in 12 years, returning from a heel injury to compete on all four events for the first time since January on Friday.

Nichols, a Rio Olympic hopeful before being beset by a torn meniscus in 2016, joined 2004 Olympic silver medalist Courtney Kupets as the only women to win back-to-back NCAA all-arounds in the 2000s.

A junior, Nichols can next year join Jenny Hansen as the only women to three-peat in NCAA history.

Oklahoma goes for a third team title in four years on Saturday night against UCLA (featuring Olympic champions Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross), LSU and Denver.

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NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships Individual Results
All-Around
1. Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma) — 39.7125
2. Lexy Ramler (Minnesota) — 39.6625
2. Kyla Ross (UCLA) — 39.6625
4. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) — 39.65
5. Kennedi Edney (LSU) — 39.6

Vault
1. Kennedi Edney (LSU) — 9.95
1. Derrian Gobourne (Auburn)
1. Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma)
1. Kyla Ross (UCLA)

Uneven Bars
1. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) — 9.95

Balance Beam
1. Natalie Wojcik (Michigan) — 9.95

Floor Exercise
1. Alicia Boren (Florida) — 9.95
1. Lynnzee Brown (Denver)
1. Brenna Dowell (Oklahoma)
1. Kyla Ross (UCLA)