Sha’Carri Richardson not on U.S. Olympic track and field team

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Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was not on the U.S. Olympic track and field roster announced Tuesday.

Richardson was retroactively disqualified from the Olympic Trials, where she won the 100m on June 19, because she tested positive for marijuana after the final. Marijuana is banned in competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Richardson’s one-month ban began June 28, meaning it will expire during the Tokyo Games but before track and field competition starts.

Richardson can’t compete in the 100m at the Olympics because of her Trials DQ.

In the time between the positive test and the team announcement, USA Track and Field did not announce if Richardson would also be ineligible for the 4x100m relay pool availability, though its selection procedures state that chosen athletes must be eligible to represent the U.S. at the time of selection.

LIST: U.S. Olympic roster of qualified athletes in all sports

“While USATF fully agrees that the merit of the World Anti-Doping Agency rules related to THC should be reevaluated, it would be detrimental to the integrity of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track & Field if USATF amended its policies following competition, only weeks before the Olympic Games,” according to a USATF statement Tuesday. “All USATF athletes are equally aware of and must adhere to the current anti-doping code, and our credibility as the National Governing Body would be lost if rules were only enforced under certain circumstances. So while our heartfelt understanding lies with Sha’Carri, we must also maintain fairness for all of the athletes who attempted to realize their dreams by securing a place on the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team.”

Aleia Hobbs, a former LSU sprinter like Richardson, takes Richardson’s place in the relay pool after initially finishing seventh in the 100m behind Richardson at Trials. Generally, the top six at Trials make the relay pool, though there is room for discretionary selections.

Richardson’s agent, Renaldo Nehemiah, said he and the sprinter haven’t spoken about the USATF decision “at all,” according to The Associated Press.

“We have not focused on the relay,” Nehemiah said Friday, according to 3 Wire Sports. “I just felt that was not healthy for her to get excited about possibly being in Tokyo. I felt it would be a shock and a surprise. Her sights are going to be on the Prefontaine Classic [on Aug. 21].”

The U.S. Olympic track and field team also does not include reigning 100m hurdles gold medalist Brianna McNeal. She was allowed to race Trials while appealing a five-year ban. McNeal finished second to conditionally make the Olympic team, but last week her appeal was denied and five-year ban upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Gabbi Cunningham, fourth at Trials, replaces McNeal on the team.

Athletes were added in other events where it was not entirely clear who would be on the team because they didn’t have an automatic Olympic qualifying standard and/or had to wait for final world rankings to be published.

In women’s high jump, only winner Vashti Cunningham had the Olympic standard of the top three finishers.

Rachel McCoy and Tynita Butts-Townsend got the other two spots. They were the only other U.S. women who made it outright via world rankings, plus McCoy was the only other American with the Olympic standard who cleared a height at Trials. McCoy was fourth at Trials. Butts-Townsend was 14th.

Inika McPherson, second at Trials, is one point shy of the last woman to qualify outright for the Olympics via world rankings.

Others to qualify thanks to world rankings: Cole Hocker (1500m), Ariana InceMichael Shuey and Curtis Thompson (javelin), Kelsey Card (discus) and Nick Christie and Robyn Stevens (20km race walk). Christie qualified as the 60th and final entry via world rankings in his event.

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Aksel Lund Svindal, Olympic Alpine champ, has testicular cancer, ‘prognosis good’

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Aksel Lund Svindal, a retired Olympic Alpine skiing champion from Norway, said he underwent surgery for testicular cancer and the prognosis “looked very good.”

“Tests, scans and surgery all happened very quickly,” Svindal, 39, wrote on social media. “And already after the first week I knew the prognoses looked very good. All thanks to that first decision to go see a doctor as soon as I suspected something was off.”

Svindal retired in 2019 after winning the Olympic super-G in 2010 and downhill in 2018. He also won five world titles among the downhill, combined and giant slalom and two World Cup overall titles.

Svindal said he felt a change in his body that prompted him to see a doctor.

“The last few weeks have been different,” he wrote. “But I’m able to say weeks and not months because of great medical help, a little luck and a good decision.

“I wasn’t sure what it was, or if it was anything at all. … [I] was quickly transferred to the hospital where they confirmed what the doctor suspected. Testicle cancer.”

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

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The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France vs. Mali Group B
4 a.m. Australia vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada vs. Japan Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
11:30 p.m. Mali vs. Serbia Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA vs. South Korea Group A
2 a.m. France vs. Japan Group B
3:30 a.m. China vs. Puerto Rico Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Canada Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. South Korea Group A
11:30 p.m. Belgium vs. China Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
2 a.m. Canada vs. Mali Group B
3:30 a.m. France vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Japan Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. Quarterfinal
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
4 a.m. Quarterfinal
6:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
Fri., Sept. 30 3 .m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final