Devon Allen on world record watch; Oslo Diamond League TV, live stream schedule

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After Devon Allen ran the third-fastest 110m hurdles in history on Sunday, he’s on world record watch for his next race, a Diamond League meet in Oslo on Thursday.

The meet airs live on Peacock from 2-4 p.m. ET. CNBC airs coverage Saturday from 8-10 a.m. ET.

Allen, a two-time Olympian who will convert full-time to football after July’s world championships, lowered his personal best from 12.99 to 12.84 at the NYC Grand Prix on Sunday.

The only men to run faster were 2012 Olympic champion Aries Merritt (12.80 world record) and reigning world champion Grant Holloway (12.81), who was a distant second to Allen on Sunday.

Allen’s time was all the more impressive given he missed about 10 days of training leading up to the meet after testing positive for COVID-19. He attributed the performance to having fresh legs.

In Oslo, Allen could be pushed by 2016 Olympic champion Omar McLeod of Jamaica. Allen’s focus is on next week’s USATF Outdoor Championships, where he must finish top three (excluding Holloway, who has a bye into worlds as defending champion) to make the world team.

Both nationals and worlds will be in Eugene, Oregon, where Allen played football and ran track for the Ducks.

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

11:31 a.m. ET — Women’s Shot Put
12:45 p.m. – Men’s Pole Vault
2:04 — Women’s 400m Hurdles
2:14 — Men’s 400m
2:15 — Men’s Long Jump
2:19 — Women’s 5000m
2:39 — Men’s 100m
2:44 — Women’s 200m
2:48 — Women’s Discus
2:49 — Men’s 5000m
3:13 — Men’s 110m Hurdles
3:25 — Women’s 800m
3:38 — Men’s 400m Hurdles
3:50 — Men’s Mile

Here are five events to watch (statistics via and World Athletics):

Men’s Pole Vault — 12:45 p.m. ET
Four men who own a combined 14 Olympic and world championships medalists are on the start list: Mondo Duplantis, the reigning Olympic champion and world-record holder, Sam Kendricks, the reigning world champion, and Thiago Braz and Renaud Lavillenie, both Olympic gold medalists. Eyes will be on Duplantis, who has upped the world record four times over the last two and a half years. Kendricks, who has a bye into worlds, competes on the Diamond League for the first time this season.

Women’s 5000m — 2:19 p.m. ET
A gathering of Ethiopia’s top female distance stars: Letesenbet Gidey, the world record holder at 5000m and 10,000m; Gudaf Tsegay, the Olympic 5000m bronze medalist and world 1500m bronze medalist and Almaz Ayana, the 2016 Olympic 10,000m champion and former world record holder. Absent: Tokyo Olympic champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, who has yet to race this year. Gidey and Tsegay rank Nos. 2 and 3 in the world this year behind another Ethiopian, Ejgayehu Taye. Last week, Ayana ran her first track race in nearly three years and since childbirth.

Women’s Discus — 2:48 p.m. ET
The world’s top three this year face off for the second time in three weeks. American Valarie Allman, the Tokyo Olympic champion, got the win at the Pre Classic in May over two-time gold medalist Sandra Perkovic of Croatia and German Kristin Pudenz. Allman has competed at five meets this year, and in all of them threw farther than anybody else in the world has this year. She broke her American record in April with the world’s best throw in 30 years.

Men’s 110m Hurdles — 3:13 p.m. ET
Allen has few shots left at the world record this summer given his plan to join the Eagles after July’s worlds, though he hopes to return to hurdling after the NFL season. Oslo is a low-pressure meet without a team to make or a medal at stake. And he could be spurred by McLeod, the Rio Olympic gold medalist looking to break 13 seconds for the first time since 2017.

Women’s 800m — 3:25 p.m. ET
A chance for Olympic silver medalist Keely Hodgkinson to respond to Olympic gold medalist Athing Mu‘s 2022 world-leading time set last week, Hodgkinson had the top time this year of 1:57.72 before Mu ran 1:57.01 in Rome. Mu won’t be in Oslo, but the field includes Hodgkinson’s fellow Brit Jemma Reekie, who was fourth in Tokyo, and world champion Halimah Nakaayi of Uganda. Plus Brit Laura Muir, the Olympic 1500m bronze medalist who ranks sixth in the world in the 800m by best time since the start of 2021.

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2023 French Open men’s singles draw

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The French Open men’s singles draw is missing injured 14-time champion Rafael Nadal for the first time since 2004, leaving the Coupe des Mousquetaires ripe for the taking.

The tournament airs live on NBC Sports, Peacock and Tennis Channel through championship points in Paris.

Novak Djokovic is not only bidding for a third crown at Roland Garros, but also to lift a 23rd Grand Slam singles trophy to break his tie with Nadal for the most in men’s history.

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But the No. 1 seed is Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, who won last year’s U.S. Open to become, at 19, the youngest man to win a major since Nadal’s first French Open title in 2005.

Now Alcaraz looks to become the second-youngest man to win at Roland Garros since 1989, after Nadal of course.

Alcaraz missed the Australian Open in January due to a right leg injury, but since went 30-3 with four titles. Notably, he has not faced Djokovic this year. They meet in Friday’s semifinals.

Russian Daniil Medvedev, the No. 2 seed, was upset in the first round by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild. It marked the first time a men’s top-two seed lost in the first round of any major since 2003 Wimbledon (Ivo Karlovic d. Lleyton Hewitt).

All of the American men lost before the fourth round. The last U.S. man to make the French Open quarterfinals was Andre Agassi in 2003.

MORE: All you need to know for 2023 French Open

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IOC board recommends withdrawing International Boxing Association’s recognition

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The IOC finally ran out of patience with the International Boxing Federation on Wednesday and set a date to terminate its Olympic status this month.

While boxing will still be on the program at the 2024 Paris Games, the International Olympic Committee said its executive board has asked the full membership to withdraw its recognition of the IBA at a special meeting on June 22.

IOC members rarely vote against recommendations from their 15-member board and the IBA’s ouster is likely a formality.

The IOC had already suspended the IBA’s recognition in 2019 over long-standing financial, sports integrity and governance issues. The Olympic body oversaw the boxing competitions itself at the Tokyo Olympics held in 2021 and will do so again for Paris.

An IOC statement said the boxing body “has failed to fulfil the conditions set by the IOC … for lifting the suspension of the IBA’s recognition.”

The IBA criticized what it called a “truly abhorrent and purely political” decision by the IOC and warned of “retaliatory measures.”

“Now, we are left with no chance but to demand a fair assessment from a competent court,” the boxing body’s Russian president Umar Kremlev said in a statement.

The IOC-IBA standoff has also put boxing’s place at the 2028 Los Angeles Games at risk, though that should now be resolved.

The IOC previously stressed it has no problem with the sport or its athletes — just the IBA and its current president Kremlev, plus financial dependence on Russian state energy firm Gazprom.

In a 24-page report on IBA issues published Wednesday, the IOC concluded “the accumulation of all of these points, and the constant lack of drastic evolution throughout the many years, creates a situation of no-return.”

Olympic boxing’s reputation has been in question for decades. Tensions heightened after boxing officials worldwide ousted long-time IOC member C.K. Wu as their president in 2017 when the organization was known by its French acronym AIBA.

“From a disreputable organization named AIBA governed by someone from the IOC’s upper echelon, we committed to and executed a change in the toxic and corrupt culture that was allowed to fester under the IOC for far too long,” Kremlev said Wednesday in a statement.

National federations then defied IOC warnings in 2018 by electing as their president Gafur Rakhimov, a businessman from Uzbekistan with alleged ties to organized crime and heroin trafficking.

Kremlev’s election to replace Rakhimov in 2020 followed another round of IOC warnings that went unheeded.

Amid the IBA turmoil, a rival organization called World Boxing has attracted initial support from officials in the United States, Switzerland and Britain.

The IBA can still continue to organize its own events and held the men’s world championships last month in the Uzbek capital Tashkent.

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