Noah Lyles, Erriyon Knighton edged at USATF Bermuda Games


Noah Lyles has said his fellow sprinters may be in trouble this season. The world 200m champion opened it by nearly grabbing a win in his complementary event, the 100m, at the USATF Bermuda Games on Saturday.

Lyles couldn’t quite track down surprise winner Jerome Blake of Canada in the final.

Blake, who ranked 46th in the world last year with a 10.06-second personal best, prevailed in 10.38 seconds into a hefty 5.6 meter-per-second headwind. Lyles was third in 10.39, registering the same time to the thousandth of a second as second-place Erriyon Knighton.

“Of course conditions aren’t what you wanted, but I was just here to catch vibes, to run against some fast people, you know, to have some fun,” Lyles told Lewis Johnson on NBC.


Lyles began his outdoor season expressing confidence.

“These practices that I’ve been putting down consistently, there hasn’t been a Noah that’s practiced like this before,” Lyles said an interview published last month. “I scare people with the times that I put down in practice.”

None of Saturday’s times will put fear into anybody because athletes faced headwinds more than 10 miles per hour. Lyles’ 100m personal best is 9.86.

So his race is better measured by how he fared against the field. Lyles became a bigger favorite after countrymen Kenny Bednarek, Ronnie Baker and Marvin Bracy withdrew before the meet.

Though Blake won, the most interesting foe was Knighton, who broke Usain Bolt junior records last year en route to a fourth-place finish at the Olympics. Lyles and Knighton will likely be battling for the 200m title at the world championships in July.

Lyles began last year bidding to compete in the 100m and 200m at the Olympics, then placed seventh in the 100m at Olympic Trials.

In his favored 200m, he arrived in Tokyo as the fastest man in the world for the year. He took bronze, tearing up afterward discussing mental health struggles.

“A big problem last year was I didn’t have enough time to really activate my body,” Lyles said earlier this year. “And by the time I did, it was already Prefontaine [Classic, a meet after the Olympics where Lyles ran 19.52 seconds, the world’s top time in two years]. And I was running fast, but I was exhausted mentally.”

Lyles made it a point in the just-completed indoor season to work on his start, studying rivals Christian Coleman and Trayvon Bromell. He twice lowered his personal best in the indoor 60m (each time by .01 of a second).

“I’m very blessed right now because last year it was the opposite,” Lyles said in the interview published last month. “I felt I wasn’t getting anywhere close to where I used to be, and now I’m at a point where I’ve never been.”

Lyles has two more months to gear up for the season’s biggest meets, starting with June’s USATF Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, where world championships spots are at stake. Lyles already has a bye onto the team in the 200m as reigning world champion, but he will likely need to place top three in the 100m if he wants to double up.

“I thought I would have had a gold medal [in the Olympics] by now,” Lyles said earlier this year. “That’s all right. We’re going to keep it pushing, gives me more drive for these coming years.”

In other events Saturday, U.S. Olympian Teahna Daniels won the women’s 100m in 11.45 seconds into a 5.2 m/s headwind and rain, holding off Olympic 200m bronze medalist Gabby Thomas by .04. Daniels ranked sixth in the world last season with a best time of 10.83.

World champion Grant Holloway chose not to race the 110m hurdles due to the high headwinds, which are more dangerous for hurdlers. Veteran Shane Brathwaite of Barbados won in 13.78 seconds.

Olympic gold medalist Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico won the 100m hurdles in 12.67 seconds, the world’s fastest time this year despite a 2.5 m/s headwind.

Olympic men’s 400m champions Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas and Kirani James of Grenada also scored wins. Gardiner, the reigning 400m gold medalist, rallied to bag the 200m in 20.79. James, the 2012 gold medalist, took the 400m in 45.63.

The track and field season continues next Saturday with the USATF Golden Games at the Mt. SAC Relays in California, live on CNBC.

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Canada wins men’s hockey world title; Latvia wins first medal

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TAMPERE, Finland — Samuel Blais scored two goals to rally Canada to a 5-2 victory over Germany in the final of the world men’s hockey championship on Sunday.

It’s a record 28th world title for Canada, and its second in three years. Russia has 27 while Germany has never won the trophy.

Blais netted with a backhand 4:51 into the final period for a 3-2 lead for Canada, which was playing in its fourth straight final.

“It feels really good,” Blais said. “We’ve been in Europe for a month and we’ve all waited for that moment to play for the gold medal game. And we’re lucky enough to have won it.”

Lawson Crouse, Tyler Toffoli and Scott Laughton also scored for Canada, Peyton Krebs had two assists and goaltender Samuel Montembeault stopped 21 shots.

Toffoli stretched the lead to 4-2 from the left circle with 8:09 remaining and Laughton made it 5-2 with an empty net goal.

Adam Fantilli became only the second Canadian player after Jonathan Toews to win gold at the world juniors and world championship the same year.

Canada had to come back twice in the final.

John Peterka wristed a shot past Montembeault from the left circle 7:44 into the game. It was the sixth goal for the Buffalo Sabres forward at the tournament.

Blais was fed by Krebs to beat goaltender Mathias Niederberger and tie it 1-1 at 10:47.

Daniel Fischbuch put the Germans ahead again with a one-timer with 6:13 to go in the middle period.

Crouse equalized on a power play with 2:32 remaining in the frame.

It was the first medal for Germany since 1953 when it was second behind Sweden.

The two previously met just once in the final with Canada winning 6-1 in 1930.


Defenseman Kristian Rubins scored his second goal 1:22 into overtime to lead Latvia to a 4-3 victory over the United States and earn a bronze medal earlier Sunday.

It’s the first top-three finish for Latvia at the tournament. Its previous best was a seventh place it managed three times.

The U.S. lost in the bronze medal game for the second straight year. The U.S. team was cruising through the tournament with eight straight wins until it was defeated by Germany in the semifinal 4-3 in overtime.

Rubins rallied Latvia with his first with 5:39 to go in the final period to tie the game at 3 to force overtime.

Roberts Bukarts and Janis Jaks also scored for Latvia.

Rocco Grimaldi scored twice for the U.S. in the opening period to negate Latvia’s 1-0 and 2-1 leads.

Matt Coronato had put the U.S. 3-2 ahead 6:19 into the final period.

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2023 French Open women’s singles draw, scores

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At the French Open, Iga Swiatek of Poland eyes a third title at Roland Garros and a fourth Grand Slam singles crown overall.

Main draw play began Sunday, live on Peacock.

Swiatek, the No. 1 seed from Poland, can join Serena Williams and Justine Henin as the lone women to win three or more French Opens since 2000.

Turning 22 during the tournament, she can become the youngest woman to win three French Opens since Monica Seles in 1992 and the youngest woman to win four Slams overall since Williams in 2002.

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But Swiatek is not as dominant as in 2022, when she went 16-0 in the spring clay season during an overall 37-match win streak.

She retired from her most recent match with a right thigh injury last week and said it wasn’t serious. Before that, she lost the final of another clay-court tournament to Australian Open champion Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

Sabalenka, the No. 2 seed, and Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, the No. 4 seed and Wimbledon champion, are the top challengers in Paris.

No. 3 Jessica Pegula and No. 6 Coco Gauff, runner-up to Swiatek last year, are the best hopes to become the first American to win a Grand Slam singles title since Sofia Kenin at the 2020 Australian Open. The 11-major drought is the longest for U.S. women since Seles won the 1996 Australian Open.

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