Yohan Blake sweeps Jamaica Trials sprints; Fraser-Pryce, Thompson miss 200m final

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Yohan Blake completed a Jamaican Olympic Trials sprint sweep, while Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson did not contest the women’s 200m final in Kingston on Sunday.

Blake, the reigning Olympic 100m and 200m silver medalist, swept the 100m and 200m at the Jamaican Olympic Trials for a second straight time. He won the 100m in 9.95 seconds on Friday and the 200m in 20.29 on Sunday, coming back from a series of hamstring injuries the last three years.

“I’ve been working miracles in my life,” Blake said, according to The Associated Press. “This is what miracles are all about.”

This year, Blake won without having to face Usain Bolt, who withdrew before the 100m final Friday night due to a grade-one hamstring tear. Bolt is expected to be named to the Jamaican Olympic team in the 100m and 200m despite not competing at Trials, potentially knocking out the third-place finishers.

Fraser-Pryce, the two-time reigning Olympic 100m champion, and Thompson, the world 200m silver medalist, qualified for the 200m final but did contest it due to reported injuries. They both submitted medical exemptions like Bolt, according to Reuters.

Thompson won the 100m on Friday night in 10.70, matching Fraser-Pryce’s national record. It was the fastest time in the world since Fraser-Pryce’s repeat 100m title at the 2012 London Games. Fraser-Pryce finished second Friday night, so they are both on the Olympic team in the 100m.

Veronica Campbell-Brown, a two-time Olympic 200m champion, finished second in the 200m final Sunday. She has been a longtime rival of Allyson Felix. Campbell-Brown missed the team in the 100m, finishing fourth, but will likely be on the 4x100m relay team.

Asafa Powell, the former 100m world-record holder, did not make the Olympic team individually but could race the 4x100m relay after finishing fourth in the 100m on Friday.

Warren Weir, the Olympic 200m bronze medalist, was fourth on Sunday and looks like he will not be able to contest the event in Rio.

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Aksel Lund Svindal, Olympic Alpine champ, has testicular cancer, ‘prognosis good’

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Aksel Lund Svindal, a retired Olympic Alpine skiing champion from Norway, said he underwent surgery for testicular cancer and the prognosis “looked very good.”

“Tests, scans and surgery all happened very quickly,” Svindal, 39, wrote on social media. “And already after the first week I knew the prognoses looked very good. All thanks to that first decision to go see a doctor as soon as I suspected something was off.”

Svindal retired in 2019 after winning the Olympic super-G in 2010 and downhill in 2018. He also won five world titles among the downhill, combined and giant slalom and two World Cup overall titles.

Svindal said he felt a change in his body that prompted him to see a doctor.

“The last few weeks have been different,” he wrote. “But I’m able to say weeks and not months because of great medical help, a little luck and a good decision.

“I wasn’t sure what it was, or if it was anything at all. … [I] was quickly transferred to the hospital where they confirmed what the doctor suspected. Testicle cancer.”

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

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The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France vs. Mali Group B
4 a.m. Australia vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada vs. Japan Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
11:30 p.m. Mali vs. Serbia Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA vs. South Korea Group A
2 a.m. France vs. Japan Group B
3:30 a.m. China vs. Puerto Rico Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Canada Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. South Korea Group A
11:30 p.m. Belgium vs. China Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
2 a.m. Canada vs. Mali Group B
3:30 a.m. France vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Japan Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. Quarterfinal
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
4 a.m. Quarterfinal
6:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
Fri., Sept. 30 3 .m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final