Duncan Scott, British swim star, out of world championships

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Duncan Scott, who won four swimming medals and anchored a British relay to gold at the Olympics, will miss the world championships that start Saturday as he recovers from COVID-19.

“Since returning from covid I’ve been really struggling with high intensity!” Scott posted on social media. “Now it’s time to put my health first and focus on recovery.”

Scott, 25, posted on June 1 that he had COVID.

At the Tokyo Games, Scott anchored Great Britain to the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay title, the nation’s first relay gold since 1912. He had the fastest split of the 32-swimmer field by .95 of a second.

He also earned silver medals in the 200m free, 200m individual medley and as part of the 4x100m medley relay.

At the last world championships in 2019, Scott did not shake the hand of China’s Sun Yang at the medal ceremony for the 200m free, where Sun won gold and Scott shared bronze. Sun shouted in Scott’s direction before the Chinese anthem and later turned around as they left the podium, approached Scott and told him, “You’re a loser, I’m a winner,” pointing a finger in his face.

Scott did not appear to react strongly, but he did not join Sun and the other medalists for photos on the podium.

“If [Sun] can’t respect our sport then why should I respect him?” Scott said then, according to the BBC.

At the time, Sun was scheduled for a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) hearing over reports that he and his security guard used a hammer to smash a vial of the swimmer’s blood in a clash with drug testers the previous year.

Sun was then banned for eight years over the incident in February 2020. That ban was reduced to four years on appeal, making Sun eligible to return in February 2024.

Scott’s absence from this year’s worlds will boost the U.S. chances in the men’s 4x200m free. In Tokyo, the Americans finished fourth to miss the podium in an Olympic relay that it entered for the first time in history.

The Americans have podium contenders in Scott’s individual Olympic medal events, too.

Chase Kalisz and Carson Foster rank Nos. 2 and 3 in the world this year in the 200m IM behind Scott. Kieran Smith was sixth in the 200m free in Tokyo.

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Joel Embiid gains U.S. citizenship, mum on Olympic nationality

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Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid said he is now a U.S. citizen and it’s way too early to think about what nation he would represent at the Olympics.

“I just want to be healthy and win a championship and go from there,” he said, according to The Associated Press.

Embiid, 28, was born in Cameroon and has never competed in a major international tournament. In July, he gained French nationality, a step toward being able to represent that nation at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

In the spring, French media reported that Embiid started the process to become eligible to represent France in international basketball, quoting national team general manager Boris Diaw.

Embiid was second in NBA MVP voting this season behind Serbian Nikola Jokic. He was the All-NBA second team center.

What nation Embiid represents could have a major impact on the Paris Games.

In Tokyo, a French team led by another center, Rudy Gobert, handed the U.S. its first Olympic defeat since 2004. That was in group play. The Americans then beat the French in the gold-medal game 87-82.

That France team had five NBA players to the U.S.’ 12: Nicolas BatumEvan FournierTimothe Luwawu-CabarrotFrank Ntilikina and Gobert.

Anthony Davis, who skipped the Tokyo Olympics, is the lone U.S. center to make an All-NBA team in the last five seasons. In that time, Embiid made four All-NBA second teams and Gobert made three All-NBA third teams.

No Olympic team other than the U.S. has ever had two reigning All-NBA players on its roster.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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LA 2028, Delta unveil first-of-its-kind emblems for Olympics, Paralympics

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Emblems for the 2028 Los Angeles Games that include logos of Delta Air Lines is the first integration of its kind in Olympic and Paralympic history.

Organizers released the latest set of emblems for the LA 2028 Olympics and Paralympics on Thursday, each with a Delta symbol occupying the “A” spot in LA 28.

Two years ago, the LA 2028 logo concept was unveiled with an ever-changing “A” that allowed for infinite possibilities. Many athletes already created their own logos, as has NBC.

“You can make your own,” LA28 chairperson Casey Wasserman said in 2020. “There’s not one way to represent Los Angeles, and there is strength in our diverse cultures. We have to represent the creativity and imagination of Los Angeles, the diversity of our community and the big dreams the Olympic and Paralympic Games provide.”

Also in 2020, Delta was announced as LA 2028’s inaugural founding partner. Becoming the first partner to have an integrated LA 2028 emblem was “extremely important for us,” said Emmakate Young, Delta’s managing director, brand marketing and sponsorships.

“It is a symbol of our partnership with LA, our commitment to the people there, as well as those who come through LA, and a commitment to the Olympics,” she said.

The ever-changing emblem succeeds an angelic bid logo unveiled in February 2016 when the city was going for the 2024 Games, along with the slogan, “Follow the Sun.” In July 2017, the IOC made a historic double awarding of the Olympics and Paralympics — to Paris for 2024 and Los Angeles for 2028.

The U.S. will host its first Olympics and Paralympics since 2002 (and first Summer Games since 1996), ending its longest drought between hosting the Games since the 28-year gap between 1932 and 1960.

Delta began an eight-year Olympic partnership in 2021, becoming the official airline of Team USA and the 2028 Los Angeles Games.

Athletes flew to this year’s Winter Games in Beijing on chartered Delta flights and will do so for every Games through at least 2028.

Previously, Delta sponsored the last two Olympics held in the U.S. — the 1996 Atlanta Games and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

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