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World track and field championships moved to July 2022 in Oregon

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Eugene, Ore., will host the world track and field championships July 15-24, 2022, World Athletics announced Wednesday.

The championships had been set for Aug. 6-15, 2021. But with the Tokyo Olympics moved from 2021 from 2022, the event was moved back one year.

Many athletes will have a busy summer in 2022. The 2022 Commonwealth Games will proceed as scheduled July 27-Aug. 7 in Birmingham, England, as will the multisport European Championships Aug. 11-21 in Munich, Germany.

“This will be a bonanza for athletics fans around the world,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said. “They will be treated to six weeks of absolutely first-class athletics.”

The world championships will be held at Eugene’s Hayward Field, which has a long history of hosting major U.S. events — Olympic trials, U.S. championships and the NCAA championships — as well as the 2014 world junior championships and the Prefontaine Classic, an annual Diamond League event. The stadium is being expanded to 12,650 permanent seats with the capability of being further expanded to 25,000.

This year’s Prefontaine Classic is set to be the first meet in the renovated stadium, but the coronavirus may threaten plans to host the event as scheduled June 6-7. Diamond League events scheduled for May have been postponed.

The last world championships were held in 2019 in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. led the medal tally with 14 gold medals and 29 total.

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U.S. women’s basketball team loses to college program for first time since 1999

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The U.S. women’s basketball team suffered its first defeat to a college program in 20 years, falling 93-86 on Saturday to Oregon, which is ranked No. 1 in the AP preseason poll.

It was an exhibition, but the U.S. starting lineup included Olympic champions Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Sylvia Fowles and Seimone Augustus. A full box score is here.

The U.S. lacked some of its top bigs. WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner, Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart were not part of the four-game, eight-day college tour.

The Ducks, led by senior triple-double machine Sabrina Ionescu, became the second college team to beat the U.S. after Tennessee’s 65-64 win in 1999. The U.S. has played 44 games against NCAA teams since 1995.

Ionescu, who scored 30 points, is also a two-time reigning U.S. national champion in 3×3, a new Olympic event, making her a possible choice for either Olympic team.

The U.S. women, under new coach Dawn Staley, previously beat Stanford (95-80), Oregon State (81-58) and Texas A&M (93-63) in the college series.

The Americans are on a 46-game win streak between the Olympics and FIBA World Cup dating to 2006.

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Devon Allen does hurdles touchdown celebration (video)

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Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen had an Olympic-themed celebration planned for his first touchdown since 2014.

Allen, who finished fifth in the 110m hurdles in Rio, cleared two more invisible hurdles in the end zone after his 77-yard scoring catch in Oregon’s 44-26 win over Virginia on Saturday night.

“I wanted to do something to incorporate the whole Olympic hurdle thing, and I think that was the best thing I could have done on a touchdown,” Allen told media. “It was pretty funny. My teammates got a kick out of it, too.”

Allen said he had been planning it for about a week.

“I was going to do it last week if I scored,” said Allen, who didn’t catch a pass in the season opener the previous Saturday. “It’s kind of a bigger stage this week because it was on ESPN. I think it was a little bit more funny.”

Allen, a 21-year-old junior, caught four passes for 141 yards Saturday, his best output since the 2014 season, one that ended with a torn ACL on the opening kickoff of the Rose Bowl.

Allen appears unlikely to continue his NCAA track and field career, but that doesn’t mean his hurdling days are done.

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