WATCH LIVE: Boxing continues, including American Antonio Vargas

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Competition at the boxing venue continues Saturday, with two sessions in the men’s flyweight, welterweight, heavyweight and super heavyweight divisions. After having three fighters in action Friday, with Mikaela Mayer winning her bout, USA Boxing has another fighter making his Rio Olympics debut Saturday.

Antonio Vargas, who won gold at last summer’s Pan American Games and was USA Boxing’s Elite Male Athlete of the Year as well, opens up in the flyweight division against Brazil’s Juliao Neto. At 34 years of age Neto is fighting in his second Summer Olympics, and it’s safe to say that the home crowd will be rooting him on. But this is a fight that the skilled Vargas will be expected to win, thus helping USA Boxing rebound from losses taken by bronze medalist Nico Hernandez and Carlos Balderas Jr. on Friday.

Two medalists will be determined Saturday as the heavyweight semis are on the schedule, with the two losers receiving bronze medals. The first semifinal, between Russia’s Evgeny Tischenko and Uzbekistan’s Rustam Tulaganov, will be fought during the morning session with Cuba’s Erislandy Savon and Vassily Levit of Kazakhstan fighting during the evening session. Savon’s looking to follow in the footsteps of his uncle Felix, who won three straight Olympic gold medals in the heavyweight division (1992, 1996 and 2000) representing Cuba.

WATCH LIVE: Men’s boxing (flyweight prelims, welterweight quarters, heavyweight semis, super heavyweight prelims) morning session — 10 a.m. Eastern

WATCH LIVE: Men’s boxing (flyweight prelims, welterweight quarters, heavyweight semis, super heavyweight prelims) evening session — 4 p.m. Eastern

Lucas Braathen, world’s top male slalom skier, in doubt for world championships

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Norway’s Lucas Braathen, the world’s top male slalom skier this season, is doubtful to compete in the world championships slalom on Feb. 19 after appendix surgery on Tuesday.

“It’s been a tough couple of days fighting after surprisingly finding out about quite an intense infection on my appendix,” Braathen, a 22-year-old soccer convert with a Brazilian mom, posted on social media. “I’ve been through surgery and I’m blessed that it went successfully.”

The Norway Alpine skiing team doctor said Braathen’s recovery will take a few weeks, but there is a small possibility he can make it back for the world championships slalom, which is on the final day of the two-week competition.

Braathen has two slalom wins and one giant slalom win this World Cup season. He will miss Saturday’s slalom in Chamonix, France, the last race before worlds. Countryman Henrik Kristoffersen and Swiss Daniel Yule can overtake him atop the World Cup slalom standings in Chamonix.

Braathen entered last year’s Olympics as the World Cup slalom leader and skied out in the first run at the Games.

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Sifan Hassan sets marathon debut

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Sifan Hassan, who won 5000m and 10,000m gold and 1500m bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in an unprecedented triple, will make her 26.2-mile debut at the London Marathon on April 23.

Hassan, a 30-year-old Dutchwoman, said she will return to the track after the race, but how the London Marathon goes will play into whether she bids for the Olympic marathon in 2024.

“I want to see what I can do on the marathon distance, to make future decisions,” she posted on social media. “We’ll see if I will finish the distance or if the distance will finish me.”

Exhausted by her Olympic feat, Hassan reportedly went at least seven months after the Tokyo Games between training in track spikes. She finished fourth in the 10,000m and sixth in the 5000m at last July’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon.

“I really needed a break after the Tokyo Olympics,” Hassan said at worlds. “I was mentally crashed. I didn’t even care about running.”

London, billed as the best women’s marathon field in history, also boasts Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir of Kenya, world record holder Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, 2016 Olympic 10,000m champion Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia, 1500m world record holder Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia and the two fastest Americans in history, Emily Sisson and Keira D’Amato.

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