Devon Allen of Philadelphia Eagles runs historic 110m hurdles time at NYC Grand Prix


Devon Allen is preparing to begin an NFL career, but before that he ran the third-fastest 110m hurdles in history at the NYC Grand Prix on Sunday.

Allen, who in April signed to play wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, clocked 12.84 seconds at Icahn Stadium. It was his first race since missing about 10 days of training (and Eagles organized team activities) due to testing positive for COVID on May 29.

The only men to run faster: fellow Americans Aries Merritt (world record 12.80) and Grant Holloway (12.81), who was second to Allen on Sunday in 13.06.

“I knew it was there,” Allen told Lewis Johnson on NBC. “Just needed some fresh legs. I was doing OTAs in Philly, having some fun with the boys playing football, but now I’m back in track mode.”

Allen, who was fourth and fifth at the last two Olympics, will switch to football full-time after the world championships in July. First, he must finish in the top three at the USATF Outdoor Championships next week to make the world team. Both meets are in Eugene, Oregon.

On Sunday, he lowered his personal best from 12.99 and became the first man to break 13 seconds in 2022.

Full meet results are here.

In other events Sunday, Noah Lyles won the men’s 200m in 19.61, ranking second in the world this year behind 18-year-old Erriyon Knighton. Lyles has a bye into worlds as reigning world champion but still plans to race the event at nationals.

“That’s about right,” said Lyles. whose personal best is 19.50. “My average is 19.6, so when I run I want to see 19.6 … or better.

“There’s still some more that I’ve done in practice that I want to see on the track.”

Aleia Hobbs won the 100m in a personal-best 10.83 to become the fourth-fastest woman in the world this year and the fastest American. Sha’Carri Richardson was second in 10.85, her best time since last June’s Olympic Trials.

Richardson later ran her first 200m since September, winning in 22.38 to rank sixth among Americans this year.

“I feel phenomenal,” Richardson, who wore red fishnet designs around her arms and legs, said after the 100m and before the 200m. Last year, she initially won the Olympic Trials 100m, then was disqualified for testing positive for marijuana, ruling her out of the Tokyo Games.

Christian Coleman won the men’s 100m in 9.92, his first sub-10 since winning the 2019 World title in the world’s best time in that Olympic cycle. Coleman, who has a bye into worlds as defending champ, missed the Olympics due to a suspension for missing (but not failing) drug tests.

The world’s fastest man this year is Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala, who ran 9.85 last month.

Olympic 400m hurdles champion Sydney McLaughlin scratched from running the flat 400m, saying her coach, Bob Kersee, pulled her from the meet, though she felt great in warm-up.

“It’s close to trials, and [Kersee] just wants to focus on that,” she said.

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Shoma Uno leads Ilia Malinin at figure skating worlds; Japan wins first pairs’ title


Defending champion Shoma Uno of Japan bettered American Ilia Malinin in the world figure skating championships short program.

Malinin, 18, plans one of, if not the most difficult free skate in history on Saturday in a bid to overtake Uno to become the youngest world champion in 25 years.

Uno, who has reportedly dealt with an ankle injury, skated clean Thursday save doubling the back end of a planned quadruple toe loop-triple toe combination. He totaled 104.63 points, overtaking Malinin by 4.25 on home ice in Saitama.

“I was able to do better jumps compared to my practice in my short program today, and even if I am not in my best condition, I want to focus on other details other than my jumps as well,” Uno said, according to the International Skating Union.

Malinin, who this season landed the first quadruple Axel in competition, had a clean short after struggling with the program all autumn. He landed a quadruple Lutz-triple toe combo, a quad toe and a triple Axel. Uno beat him on artistic component scores.

“I was really in the moment,” said Malinin, who plans a record-tying six quads in Saturday’s free skate after attempting five at previous competitions this season. “I was really feeling my performance out there.”

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The quad Axel is not allowed in the short program, but expect Malinin to include it in the free, and he likely needs it to beat Uno.

Malinin has been a force in skating, starting with his breakout silver-medal finish at the January 2022 U.S. Championships. He was left off last year’s Olympic team due to his inexperience, then won the world junior title last spring.

He entered these senior worlds ranked second in the field behind Uno, yet outside the top 15 in the world in the short program this season. After a comfortable win at January’s national championships, he can become the youngest men’s world champion since Russian Alexei Yagudin in 1998.

Two-time U.S. Olympian Jason Brown placed sixth with a clean short in his first full international competition since last year’s Olympics.

The third American, Andrew Torgashev, fell on his opening quad toe loop and ended up 22nd in his worlds debut.

Olympic gold medalist Nathan Chen has not skated this season, going back to Yale, and is not expected to return to competition. Silver medalist Yuma Kagiyama of Japan has been out with left leg and ankle bone injuries. Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu retired.

Earlier Thursday, Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara won Japan’s first pairs’ world title, dethroning Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier, who last year became the first Americans to win a pairs’ world title since 1979.

More on the pairs’ event here.

Worlds continue Thursday night (U.S. time) with the rhythm dance, followed Friday morning with the women’s free skate, live on Peacock and USA Network.

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2023 World Figure Skating Championships results


2023 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan, top 10 and notable results …

Women (Short Program)
1. Kaori Sakamoto (JPN) — 79.24
2. Lee Hae-In (KOR) — 73.62
3. Mai Mihara (JPN) — 73.46
4. Isabeau Levito (USA) — 73.03
5. Loena Hendrickx (BEL) — 71.94
6. Niina Petrokina (EST) — 68.00
7. Nicole Schott (GER) — 67.29
8. Bradie Tennell (USA) — 66.45
9. Ekaterina Kurakova (POL) — 65.69
10. Amber Glenn (USA) — 65.52


Men (Short Program)
1. Shoma Uno (JPN) — 104.63
2. Ilia Malinin (USA) — 100.38
3. Cha Jun-Hwan (KOR) — 99.64
4. Keegan Messing (CAN) — 98.75
5. Kevin Aymoz (FRA) — 95.56
6. Jason Brown (USA) — 94.17
7. Kazuki Tomono (JPN) — 92.68
8. Daniel Grassl (ITA) — 86.50
9. Lukas Britschgi (SUI) — 86.18
10. Vladimir Litvintsev (AZE) — 82.71
17. Sota Yamamoto (JPN) — 75.48
22. Andrew Torgashev (USA) — 71.41

Gold: Riku Miura/Ryuichi Kihara (JPN) — 222.16
Silver: Alexa Knierim/Brandon Frazier (USA) — 217.48
Bronze: Sara Conti/Niccolo Macii (ITA) — 208.08
4. Deanna Stellato-Dudek/Maxime Deschamps (CAN) — 199.97
5. Emily Chan/Spencer Howe (USA) — 194.73
6. Lia Pereira/Trennt Michaud (CAN) — 193.00
7. Maria Pavlova/Alexei Sviatchenko (HUN) — 190.67
8. Anastasia Golubova/Hektor Giotopoulos Moore (AUS) — 189.47
9. Annika Hocke/Robert Kunkel (GER) — 184.60
10. Alisa Efimova/Ruben Blommaert (GER) — 184.46
12. Ellie Kam/Danny O’Shea (USA) — 175.59

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