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In his biggest race, distance runner Jacob Riley might slip on a pair of shoes he’s never even broken in. The reason is simple: They’re supposed to be fast. Or so the research suggests on Nike’s new Alphafly Next% sneaker. Riley, who has no shoe sponsor, wants to be able to go stride for stride …

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ATLANTA (AP) — The nation’s top distance runners carry a new concern into the U.S. Olympic Team Marathon Trials. “The possibility that you make this team and then you don’t have an Olympics to go to,” Jacob Riley said. The top three men’s and women’s finishers on Saturday will earn spots on the U.S. team. …

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Former U.S. surgeon general Vivek H. Murthy is joining the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s board of directors. Murthy takes the place of Dan Doctoroff, who stepped down because of competing time demands, the USOPC said Wednesday in a news release. Murthy, who has degrees from Harvard and Yale, was …

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SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) — Olympic champion Wayde van Niekerk is competing again after more than two years out with a career-threatening knee injury and is facing a race against time to be ready to defend his title at the Tokyo Games. The Olympics are five months away and the world record holder in …

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ATHLETICS World indoor championships in Nanjing from March 13-15 postponed to March 2021. Hong Kong Marathon on Feb. 9 cancelled. Asian indoor championships in Hangzhou from Feb. 12-13 cancelled. Tokyo Marathon on March 1: Restricted to elite runners. Nagoya Women’s Marathon on March 8: Restricted to elite runners. AUTO RACING Formula One’s Chinese Grand Prix …

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TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics open in five months on July 24. The Paralympics open on Aug. 25. But the fast-spreading coronavirus from China is making Tokyo organizers very anxious. Three deaths have been reported in Japan with more than 700 cases – over 600 from a cruise ship that was docked in Yokohama. …

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MONTREAL (AP) — China’s anti-doping regulators will restart testing that was suspended earlier this month due to the virus outbreak in the country. The World Anti-Doping Agency said Friday that Chinese authorities were prepared to start testing again “on a phased basis,” with priority going to elite athletes in the most at-risk sports. China suspended …

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — The woman had been waiting for her opportunity for more than an hour, which was no big deal because, technically, she had been waiting 40 years. She went to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on a frigid night earlier this week with a folder containing a stack of …

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TOKYO (AP) — A respected Japanese virologist on Wednesday said if the Tokyo Olympics were tomorrow, the games probably couldn’t be held because of the fast-spreading virus from Wuhan, China. “We need to find the best way to have a safe Olympics,” Dr. Hitoshi Oshitani said, speaking at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan. “Right …

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GENEVA (AP) — Despite a virus outbreak spreading from China, a top World Health Organization official said Tuesday it’s much too soon to say whether the Tokyo Olympics are at risk of being cancelled or moved. Tokyo organizers and the International Olympic Committee have repeatedly said they have no contingency plans for the July 24-Aug. …

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