Is the Olympic men’s 100m up for grabs? Diamond League preview, TV schedule

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Up until last week, Trayvon Bromell looked like nearly as big of an Olympic 100m favorite as Usain Bolt at recent Games.

But between two meets, the picture became less clear.

First, South African Akani Simbine clocked an African record 9.84 seconds last Tuesday in Hungary to rank second in the world this year behind Bromell, who ran 9.77 and 9.80 in June.

Then, on Friday in Monaco, Bromell did not get his customary exemplary start. Some said he stumbled out of the blocks, though it’s hard to tell on video how much he was hindered. What’s clear is he finished fifth in 10.01 in a race won by U.S. Olympic Trials runner-up Ronnie Baker in 9.91.

On Tuesday, Bromell can silence the doubters at the last Diamond League meet before the Olympics. He’s entered in the 100m, along with Olympic bronze medalist Andre De Grasse of Canada and Olympic Trials third-place finisher Fred Kerley, in Gateshead, Great Britain.

Streaming coverage on Peacock starts at 12:50 p.m. ET. The NBCSN broadcast is from 2-4 p.m., also streaming on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app.

Here are the entry lists. Here’s the schedule of events (all times Eastern):

12:51 p.m. — Men’s Triple Jump
12:54 — Men’s High Jump
1:18 — Women’s 100m
1:28 — Men’s 400m
1:41 — Men’s Mile
1:57 — Women’s Pole Vault
2:03 — Women’s 400m Hurdles
2:16 — Women’s 200m
2:22 — Men’s Javelin
2:25 — Men’s 100m
2:36 — Women’s Long Jump
2:38 — Men’s 110m Hurdles
2:47 — Women’s 100m Hurdles
2:55 — Men’s 800m
3:04 — Women’s Mile
3:15 — Women’s 400m
3:48 — Men’s 3000m

Here are five events to watch:

Women’s Pole Vault — 1:57 p.m.
Two of the top four women this year: Brit Holly Bradshaw and American Sandi Morris. It’s been a difficult stretch for Morris, the Olympic and world silver medalist. After she took third at Olympic Trials, Morris’ poles didn’t make it to Monaco, where she ended up sixth.

Women’s 200m — 2:16 p.m.
Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah is the headliner here. She’s as under the radar as a reigning Olympic sprint champion can be. This is her first top-level international 200m since withdrawing from the 2019 World Championships. Since then, this event crowded considerably. Brit Dina Asher-Smith won the world title. Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo, the Olympic 400m champion, doubled down on switching to the 200m. American Gabby Thomas became the second-fastest woman in history. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the two-time Olympic 100m champion, won the Jamaican Trials in a personal best (Thompson-Herah was third). None of those rivals are in Gateshead.

Men’s Javelin — 2:22 p.m.
Field includes the last two world champs — Anderson Peters of Grenada and Johannes Vetter of Germany. Vetter is one of the biggest Olympic favorites in track and field, throwing farther than anybody else in the world this year at seven different meets across six countries. His best throw in 2021 is 22 feet farther than anyone else.

Men’s 100m — 2:25 p.m.
Bromell’s defeat in Monaco was his first at 100m since resurrecting his sprint career in 2020. The second- and third-fastest men in the Olympic field — Simbine and Baker — are not entered, but De Grasse and Kerley are not far behind the list of medal contenders. In his two meets before Monaco, Bromell ran the world’s two fastest times this year. If he shows that form again in Gateshead, Bromell will roll into the Olympics as a solid gold-medal favorite. Remember, Bolt won the Olympics in 2008 and 2012 after losing in his last meet before each Games.

Men’s 800m — 2:55 p.m.
Rio bronze medalist Clayton Murphy won the U.S. Olympic Trials in what was then the world’s fastest time this year. Since, he placed third and seventh in two European meets. Nijel Amos of Botswana and Emmanuel Korir of Kenya went one-two in Monaco, pushing Murphy to third-fastest this year. None of the top Africans are in Gateshead, giving Murphy and countryman Bryce Hoppel better chances of a confident-boosting victory heading into Tokyo.

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U.S. women’s basketball team, statistically greatest ever, rolls to FIBA World Cup title

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The revamped U.S. women’s basketball team may have been the greatest of all time.

The Americans completed, statistically, their most dominant global championship ever by routing China 83-61 in the FIBA World Cup final on Saturday in Sydney — giving them 60 consecutive wins between the Olympics and worlds dating to 2006.

It marked the largest margin of victory in a World Cup final since the event converted from a fully round-robin format in 1983.

For the tournament, the U.S. drubbed its opponents by an average of 40.75 points per game, beating its previous record between the Olympics and worlds of 37.625 points from the 2008 Beijing Games. It was just off the 1992 U.S. Olympic men’s Dream Team’s legendary margin 43.8 points per game. This U.S. team scored 98.75 points per game, its largest at worlds since 1994.

“We came here on a mission, a business trip,” tournament MVP A’ja Wilson said in a post-game press conference before turning to coach Cheryl Reeve. “We played pretty good, I think, coach.”

Since the U.S. won a seventh consecutive Olympic title in Tokyo, Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles retired. Tina Charles ceded her national team spot to younger players. Brittney Griner was detained in Russia (and still is). Diana Taurasi suffered a WNBA season-ending quad injury that ruled her out of World Cup participation (who knows if the 40-year-old Taurasi will play for the U.S. again).

Not only that, but Reeve of the Minnesota Lynx succeeded Dawn Staley as head coach, implementing a new up-tempo system.

“There was probably great concern, and maybe around the world they kind of looked at it and said, ‘Hey, now is the time to get the USA,'” Reeve said Saturday.

The U.S. response was encapsulated by power forward Alyssa Thomas, the oldest player on the roster at age 30 who made the U.S. team for the first time in her career, started every game and was called the team’s glue and MVP going into the final.

Wilson and Tokyo Olympic MVP Breanna Stewart were the leaders. Guard Kelsey Plum, a Tokyo Olympic 3×3 player, blossomed this past WNBA season and was third in the league’s MVP voting. She averaged the most minutes on the team, scored 15.8 points per game and had 17 in the final.

“The depth of talent that we have was on display,” Reeve said. “What I am most pleased about was the trust and buy-in.”

For the first time since 1994, no player on the U.S. roster was over the age of 30, creating a scary thought for the 2024 Paris Olympics: the Americans could get even better.

“When you say best-ever, I’m always really cautious with that, because, obviously, there are great teams,” Reeve said when asked specifically about the team’s defense. “This group was really hard to play against.”

Earlier Saturday, 41-year-old Australian legend Lauren Jackson turned back the clock with a 30-point performance off the bench in her final game as an Opal, a 95-65 victory over Canada for the bronze. Jackson, who came out of a six-year retirement and played her first major tournament since the 2012 Olympics, had her best scoring performance since the 2008 Olympics.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

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The U.S. women’s basketball team won 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, headlined a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, included neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team had 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 60 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The U.S. beat China in the final, while host Australia took bronze to send 41-year-old Lauren Jackson into retirement.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), wasn’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, Results

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 74, Mali 59 Group B
4 a.m. Australia 69, Serbia 54 Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada 70, Japan 56 Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium 85, Bosnia and Herzegovina 55 Group A
11:30 p.m. Serbia 81, Mali 68 Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA 145, South Korea 69 Group A
2 a.m. France 67, Japan 53 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 95, Puerto Rico 60 Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia 75, Canada 72 Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 92, South Korea 73 Group A
11:30 p.m. China 81, Belgium 55 Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA 121, Bosnia and Herzegovina 59 Group A
2 a.m. Canada 88, Mali 65 Group B
3:30 a.m. Serbia 68, France 62 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 71, Japan 54 Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. USA 88, Serbia 55 Quarterfinals
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Canada 79, Puerto Rico 60 Quarterfinals
4 a.m. China 85, France 71 Quarterfinals
6:30 a.m. Australia 86, Belgium 69 Quarterfinals
Fri., Sept. 30 3 a.m. USA 83, Canada 43 Semifinals
5:30 a.m. China 61, Australia 59 Semifinals
11 p.m. Australia 95, Canada 65 Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. USA 83, China 61 Gold-Medal Game