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Marquise Goodwin serious about NFL to Olympics run

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Marquise Goodwin, the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver, insists he wasn’t kidding when he proclaimed in April that he would win the 2020 Olympic long jump.

“Yes, 100 percent interest,” Goodwin said Tuesday. “But we’re talking about football right now. 2020 next year.”

Goodwin is already an Olympian, finishing 10th in the long jump at the 2012 London Games before his last season at the University of Texas. After two seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Goodwin went back to the track and failed in a Rio Olympic bid even though he had the world’s two farthest jumps that year going into the U.S. Olympic Trials.

Goodwin said he had “ceased competing” in track and field when he was suspended one year from April 1, 2017, for not updating drug-testing whereabouts forms. Goodwin stopped filling out the forms after going back to the NFL in 2016.

But now, at 28, he could look to become the oldest U.S. man to compete in an Olympic long jump since Carl Lewis won his record fourth straight gold at the 1996 Atlanta Games. His best long jump in 2016 — 8.45 meters — would rank first among Americans in this Olympic cycle.

However, Goodwin did not provide specifics Tuesday on when he would return to competition.

“It’s just offseason, same way I did it in high school, college, NFL,” he said. “Just make it happen. It’s all on my off time. I use it as part of my training. What I do in long jump, in track and field, definitely correlates with what I do as a wide receiver with being fast, being explosive, putting my foot down. It’s the same mechanics that I use in football.”

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2026 Winter Olympic host: Milan-Cortina

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Italy will host the 2026 Winter Olympics, with Milan-Cortina winning an IOC vote over a Swedish-Latvian bid centered on Stockholm-Are.

After Winter Games in Vancouver (2010), Sochi (2014), PyeongChang (2018) and Beijing (2022), they return to a traditional European site for the first time since Italy hosted in Torino in 2006.

The two bids were left after five others dropped out for various reasons, all in 2018: Calgary, Canada; Erzurum, Turkey; Sapporo, Japan; Graz, Austria and Sion, Switzerland.

With the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games hosts both decided two years ago (Paris for 2024, Los Angeles for 2028), next up is the 2030 Winter Games. The U.S. has already said that if it bids, it will be with Salt Lake City, which held the 2002 Winter Olympics.

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Japan’s gymnastics worlds team: no Kohei Uchimura, Kenzo Shirai

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Not only is Kohei Uchimura going to miss the world championships, but so is 11-time world medalist Kenzo Shirai.

Japan finalized its five-man team for October’s worlds in Stuttgart, Germany, following a national-level meet this past weekend. Uchimura, arguably the greatest gymnast in history, was already out of the running, sidelined with his latest round of injuries.

Shirai, reportedly slowed by a left ankle injury this season, did compete this weekend. But he finished fifth on floor exercise and third on vault, his two best events, and did not earn one of the last two spots on the world team.

Uchimura, a two-time Olympic all-around champion with six world all-around titles, misses worlds for the first time since 2007. Shirai, a 22-year-old with four world titles between floor and vault, had competed in every worlds since debuting in 2013, just after his 17th birthday.

Without their two stars, Japan sends a relatively inexperienced team. Kazuma Kaya and Wataru Tanigawa, both 22, are the only men who have been to a worlds (and were part of the 2018 silver-medal team). The youngest member is 17-year-old Daiki Hashimoto.

Japan has earned a team medal at every Olympics and world championships since 2003, a streak bettered only by the U.S. women.

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