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Jacob Dalton retires from gymnastics

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Jacob Dalton, a two-time U.S. Olympic gymnast, has retired at age 25.

“I could kind of feel my body going downhill,” Dalton said, according to Inside Gymnastics magazine, adding that he plans to help manage his parents’ Nevada gyms. “It [was] definitely a struggle to maintain peak conditioning getting ready for the [Rio] Olympics. I tried to take a little bit of a break and recover. It was really hard to enjoy going into the gym every single day, hurting that much on all the events. … I wanted to end my career on a high note [the Olympics].”

Dalton came back from August 2015 surgery for a shoulder tear to make his second Olympic team last year. He also underwent knee surgery in March and had not competed since Rio.

Dalton made the floor exercise finals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, placing fifth and sixth, respectively. He also was part of the U.S. team’s fifth-place finishes at both Games.

Dalton collected four world championships medals — team bronze in 2011, floor exercise silver in 2012 and team bronze and vault bronze in 2014.

In the last five months, four U.S. men’s stalwarts announced the ends of their careers — Dalton, Jonathan HortonDanell Leyva and John Orozco. They made up four-fifths of the 2012 Olympic team.

The U.S. program is now led by two-time Olympian Sam Mikulak, who won every U.S. all-around title in the previous Olympic cycle but is coming back from a February Achilles injury that required surgery.

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Boglarka Kapas, world champion swimmer, tests positive for coronavirus

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Boglarka Kapas, the Hungarian swimmer and world 200m butterfly champion, said she tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I don’t have any symptoms yet, and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus,” was posted on her social media. “Please be careful, stay at home and stay healthy.”

Nine total members of the Hungarian national team — including swimmers and staff — have tested positive, according to the federation.

Kapas said her first test was negative but a second test showed she had the virus. She was staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.

Kapas, 26, won the 200m fly at last summer’s world championships by passing Americans Hali Flickinger and Katie Drabot in the last 25 meters. She clocked 2:06.78 to prevail by .17 of a second.

Kapas also took bronze in the Rio Olympic 800m freestyle won by Katie Ledecky.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

NHL players: Marie-Philip Poulin is world’s best female hockey player

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The U.S. may have the world’s best women’s hockey team, but NHL players believe Canadian Marie-Philip Poulin is the world’s best player.

Poulin received the most votes out of 496 responses in the 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll, conducted before the season was suspended. The tally:

Poulin: 39.92%
Hilary Knight (USA): 36.29%
Kendall Coyne Schofield (USA): 15.52%
Emily Pfalzer Matheson (USA): 1.41%
Other: 6.85%

Last year, Knight received the highest percentage of votes from 203 NHL players (27.59), edging Poulin (24.14) with Amanda Kessel third (12.81) and Coyne Schofield and Pfalzer Matheson each receiving 5.91 percent.

Why were Poulin and Knight swapped this year? Perhaps Poulin’s Canadian team winning the debut of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition women’s 3-on-3 game on Jan. 24, even though Knight scored and Poulin did not.

Poulin, now 29, scored both goals in the 2010 Olympic final and the game-tying and -winning goals in the 2014 Olympic final. Even before her Olympic debut at age 18, the daughter of Quebec hospital workers was dubbed “the female Sidney Crosby.”

Knight, 30, led last April’s world championship tournament with seven goals as the U.S. won a fifth straight title. Poulin played 4 minutes, 44 seconds, total at the tournament, missing time with a knee injury.

This spring’s tournament, which was to start Tuesday, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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