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Elaine Thompson wins 17th straight 100m race at Diamond League Rabat

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Elaine Thompson extended her winning streak to 17 consecutive 100m victories by winning Sunday’s Diamond League meet in Rabat, Morocco, with a time of 10:87 seconds. The reigning Olympic champion in the 100m and 200m posted a meet record time to outrun Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Côte d’Ivoire and Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago, who finished second and third respectively.

The lone American in the field, Aaliyah Brown, crossed the finish line in eighth place.

Other notable results:

Women’s 400m

Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the Rio Olympic champion in the 400m, ran 49.80 to win the women’s 400m race. Other competitors included South African Caster Semenya, who won Olympic gold in the 800m in Rio.

It was the first time in recent history, and perhaps ever, that the reigning 400m and 800m Olympic champions raced against each other in an individual race. Semenya faltered in Rabat, however, finishing seventh with a time of 51.53 seconds.

They won’t face off again at next month’s world championships; Miller-Uibo is planning to run the 200m and 400m, while Semenya will contest only the 800m.

Miller-Uibo has now won the 400m at 10 straight meets since losing to Allyson Felix at the 2015 World Championships. Felix, who did not race in Rabat, is ranked No. 1 in the 400m this year.

Coming in behind Miller-Uibo in Rabat were two U.S. sprinters: Natasha Hastings was second with 50.86 seconds and U.S. 400m national champion Quanera Hayes was third with 51.08.

Men’s 200m

Canadian Andre de Grasse ran 20.03 seconds to win the event. The sprinter, whose three medals from the Rio Olympics includes a 200m silver behind Usain Bolt, swept both the 100m and 200m at last week’s Canadian Championships.

Finishing second was U.S. 200m champion Ameer Webb with a time of 20.18. Third with a time of 20.22 was Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes, a longtime training partner of Bolt.

Men’s 800m

Winner Nijel Amos of Botswana continued his comeback in Rabat. The 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 800m failed to make the final at the 2015 Worlds and 2016 Olympics, but posted the fasted 800m time in the world this year, 1:43.18 seconds, a week ago in London.

He took 800m gold in Rabat with a time of 1:43.91. Finishing second and third were Kenya’s Kipyegon Bett, just 19 years old, and Donavan Brazier, the 800m U.S. champion.

Men’s long jump

The U.S.’ Jarrion Lawson posted a season’s best distance of 8.33m, but finished second by just 2cm behind South Africa’s Ruswahl Samaai.

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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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