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USA Swimming roster for world championships

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The USA Swimming roster for the world championships in Budapest from July 15-30 is headlined by four-time Rio Olympic champion Katie Ledecky, looking to lead the Americans to the top of the medal standings for a 12th straight worlds.

The Olympic Channel, which launches July 15, will air daily coverage of worlds.

Absent are recent U.S. superstars Michael Phelps (retired), Ryan Lochte (suspended) and Missy Franklin (recovering from shoulder surgeries).

Instead, the U.S. team includes Rio Olympians who broke out at the USA Swimming Nationals.

Caeleb Dressel has nine events to choose from in Budapest when including mixed-gender relays. Leah Smith could swim 7,000 meters total, more than any swimmer at one worlds in history.

Then there are individual Rio Olympic champions Lilly KingSimone Manuel and Ryan Murphy, all looking for their first individual world championships medals.

The full roster (all athletes qualified in the 100m and 200m frees are also qualified in those respective relays):

Men

  • Nathan Adrian, 50 free, 100 free
  • Zach Apple, 4×100 free relay
  • Brendan Casey, 10K
  • Michael Chadwick, 4×100 free relay
  • Pace Clark, 200 fly
  • Jack Conger, 200 fly
  • Kevin Cordes, 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast
  • Abrahm DeVine, 200 IM
  • Caeleb Dressel, 50 free, 50 fly, 100 fly, 100 free, 4×200 free relay
  • Conor Dwyer, 4×200 free relay
  • Nic Fink, 200 breast
  • Robert Finke, 1500 free
  • Andrew Gemmell, 5K
  • Matt Grevers, 50 back, 100 back
  • Zane Grothe, 400 free, 800 free, 4×200 free relay
  • Townley Haas, 200 free, 4×100 Free Relay
  • David Heron, 5K
  • Chase Kalisz, 200 IM, 400 IM
  • Simon Lamar, 25K
  • Jay Litherland, 400 IM
  • Cody Miller, 50 breast, 100 breast
  • Ryan Murphy, 100 back, 200 back
  • Jacob Pebley, 200 back
  • Chip Peterson, 25K
  • Tim Phillips, 100 fly
  • Blake Pieroni, 200 free, 4×100 free relay
  • Justin Ress, 50 back
  • Clark Smith, 400 free, 800 free, 4×200 free relay
  • True Sweetser, 1500 free
  • Jordan Wilimovsky, 10K

Women

  • Haley Anderson, 5K, 10K
  • Kathleen Baker, 50 back, 100 back, 200 back
  • Elizabeth Beisel, 400 IM
  • Mallory Comerford, 100 free, 4×200 free relay
  • Madisyn Cox, 200 IM
  • Hali Flickinger, 200 fly
  • Bethany Galat, 200 breast
  • Sarah Gibson, 100 fly
  • Lilly King, 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast
  • Katie Ledecky, 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 1500 free, 4×100 free relay
  • Dakota Luther, 200 fly
  • Becca Mann, 25K
  • Simone Manuel, 50 free, 100 free, 4×200 free relay
  • Melanie Margalis, 4×200 free relay
  • Katie Meili, 50 breast, 100 breast
  • Lia Neal, 4×100 free relay
  • Cathryn Salladin, 25K
  • Leah Smith, 200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 1500 free, 400 IM
  • Regan Smith, 200 back
  • Olivia Smoliga, 100 back, 4×100 free relay
  • Hannah Stevens, 50 back
  • Ashley Twichell, 5K, 10K
  • Kelsi Worrell, 50 fly, 100 fly, 4×100 free relay
  • Abbey Weitzeil, 50 free

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Suspect confesses to Denis Ten killing

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MOSCOW (AP) — One of two men detained in Kazakhstan on suspicion of killing Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten has confessed, authorities said Friday.

Prosecutor Berik Zhuyrektayev said in a televised statement that Nuraly Kiyasov “confessed his guilt in the presence of an attorney” while being questioned over the 25-year-old skater’s death Thursday in the Kazakh city of Almaty.

The prosecutor didn’t give further details of what exactly Kiyasov had said.

Police have also detained 23-year-old Arman Kudaibergenov in connection with Ten’s death, which has prompted national mourning. Authorities released a picture of the disheveled-looking man being held by masked men wearing body armor and camouflage uniforms.

Ten was stabbed after a dispute with people who allegedly tried to steal a mirror from his car in his home city of Almaty. He died in hospital of massive blood loss from multiple wounds, the Kazinform news agency said.

Prosecutors are treating his death as murder.

Kazinform reported that Kiyasov was taken to the scene of the crime under heavy security Friday as part of the investigation.

Ten’s bronze in Sochi in 2014 made him Kazakhstan’s first Olympic medalist in figure skating. He also won the Four Continents Championships in 2015 and was a world silver medalist in 2013.

He struggled with injuries in recent years and could only finish 27th at the PyeongChang Olympics.

Ten had been working on a script in recent months which the Kazakh-Russian director Timur Bekmambetov said Friday would now be turned into a movie.

“We’re definitely going to try to realize his idea and shoot a film dedicated to this multi-talented person,” Bekmambetov said in comments released by Kazakhstan’s embassy to Russia. “In his 25 years, Ten managed to do very much and had grand plans which he would surely have put into practice because he was a real hard worker.”

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Peter Sagan wins another Tour de France stage in sprinters’ absence

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VALENCE, France (AP) — Peter Sagan won his third stage of this Tour de France, while Geraint Thomas kept the overall lead over teammate Chris Froome on Friday.

World champion Sagan won a sprint finish by a wheel length to claim Stage 13, a 105-mile leg from Bourg d’Oisans to Valence in less than four hours.

After overzealous fans marred Thomas’ win on Thursday atop the Alpe d’Huez, the otherwise complete calm of Friday’s leg was briefly disturbed by a man on the roadside who tossed a smoke bomb into the center of the peloton as it passed by with 16 kilometers left.

Besides spitting out yellow smoke, the bomb appeared to do no harm.

Thomas took charge of the race with impressive wins atop summit finishes on the previous two days.

The Welsh rider for Sky had no trouble maintaining his advantage of 1 minute, 39 second over defending champion Froome on the flat ride that came after three grueling days in the Alps.

Both Team Sky riders finished safely in the pack with their top rivals.

Tom Dumoulin stayed third overall at 1:50 behind. Primoz Roglic was fourth at 2:46, and Romain Bardet was fifth at 3:07 back.

Sagan timed his move perfectly, charging forward to overtake runner-up Alexander Kristoff and Arnaud Demare, who finished third, at the finish line.

The Slovakian’s 11th career Tour victory came after he dominated sprints at the end of Stages 2 and 5.

This time, Sagan was racing against a field of top sprinters who had been greatly depleted by the mountains.

Fernando Gaviria and Dylan Groenewegen, who both won two stages on this Tour, along with Andre Greipel all abandoned the race on Thursday, while 30-stage winner Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel failed to make the time cut on Wednesday.

On Thursday’s action-packed ascent up Alpe d’Huez, contender Vincenzo Nibali was forced to abandon the race after he broke a vertebra when knocked to the ground by a police motorbike tasked with keeping back the pressing fans (video here).

Froome also was pushed hard in the back by a spectator, and Thomas was booed on the podium by fans who are skeptical of Froome’s clearance from doping allegation just before the Tour’s start.

Michael Schaer of BMC was the last rider of a four-man breakaway to be reeled in with 6K left.

The Tour continues Saturday with a hilly stage 14, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold (full broadcast schedule here).

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