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He’s great in hop, skip and jump

Decathlon champion Dan O’Brien hopes to hopscotch his way to a record with New York City schoolchildren.

The 42-year-old O’Brien will try Thursday to break the Guinness world record for a game of hopscotch – 1 minute and 23 seconds.

He is kicking off National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and trained Tuesday morning with dozens of children at the Chelsea Piers complex in Manhattan.

He wants parents to spend more time on outdoor activities with their children this summer.

O’Brien, who attended the University of Idaho, won Olympic gold for the decathlon at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.


Emde wins another race

Ultra-endurance cycling professional Michael Emde of Spokane finished first at the Davis 24-hour Challenge in the foothills of Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday.

Emde prevailed through unusually cold temperatures and rain during the first 162-mile daytime loop. Emde then lapped the field during the second half of the race, a series of 18.4-mile night loops. He completed 15 loops total during night hours.

Overall, Emde finished the 24 hours with 438.5 total miles, setting an age group record.

The victory was Emde’s fourth consecutive ultra-endurance cycling victory.


WSU women’s team falls

The Washington State women lost to defending champion Shippensburg 33-7 in the semifinals of the National Guard Collegiate Division II Championships on Friday in Stanford, Calif.

Shippensburg went on to win another title by defeating Stonehill 29-5 in the final.


Dungy meets with Vick in pen

Michael Vick and Tony Dungy met at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., where the former star quarterback is imprisoned.

“It was a private meeting between Mike and Coach Dungy and a positive meeting,” said Vick’s agent, Joel Segal.

Vick is serving a 23-month sentence for bankrolling a dogfighting conspiracy. He is to be transferred May 21 to home confinement in Hampton, Va. Vick is to stay in Hampton through July 31.

He’ll work a $10-an-hour construction job as part of his probation.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said Vick must show genuine remorse and demonstrate he has changed if he is to have a chance at reinstatement.

Dungy retired as Colts coach in January. He has long been involved in prison ministries.

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