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Dina Asher-Smith became Britain’s first female sprint world champion, while Grant Holloway outran the demolition derby to his left to become only the sixth man to capture NCAA and world titles in the same year.
Kirani James barely knows the names of his fellow 400 runners anymore. They sure know him. The 2012 Olympic champion from Grenada is feeling healthier after two years of dealing with an auto-immune disease. He turned in the fastest time of 44.94 seconds in the opening round of the 400 meters Tuesday night at the world championships.
Alberto Salazar was so excited about a performance-enhancing supplement he was trying out on his runners, he sent an email to none other than Lance Armstrong. “Lance, call me asap!” Salazar wrote to the world’s most famous cyclist, who himself was only months away from being banned for life for doping. “We have tested it, and it’s amazing.”
Not a single runner passing through the orbit of famed track coach Alberto Salazar has been implicated for doping, so when Donavan Brazier coasted in for a blowout victory Tuesday in the 800-meter race at world championships, there was no reason to suspect he would be, either.
Ariarne Titmus rallies to stun Katie Ledecky in 400 free at world championships
Marko Anttila helped lead Finland to its third world hockey title, scoring the tying and go-ahead goals in a 3-1 victory over Canada on Sunday.
Alex Rigsby stopped four of five shots in a shootout and the United States beat Finland 2-1 on Sunday night for its fifth consecutive gold medal at the women’s world championship.
A 7-year-old BMX racer from Spokane Valley is ranked second in the nation in her age group and has earned a spot on Team USA when it competes in the 2019 UCI BMX World Championships in Belgium in July.
Olympic champion Alina Zagitova won the free skate to capture her first title at the figure skating world championships. The 16-year-old Russian built on her lead from the short program with a strong free skate that included a triple-lutz, triple-toeloop combination in the first half of her program. Elizabet Tursynbaeva became the first woman to land a quadruple jump at the world championships when she opened her routine with a quad salchow.
One of the hallmarks of Lindsey Vonn’s career has been the way she bounces back from major crashes time and time again. So perhaps it’s fitting that the most successful female skier of all time will enter her last race before retiring following yet another tumble into the safety netting. Vonn straddled a gate mid-air during the super-G at the world championships and ended up sliding down the hill face first.
As Mikaela Shiffrin hopped atop the podium to celebrate another gold medal, Lindsey Vonn was nearby on the sidelines of the finish area, stretching her ailing knees and explaining just how she wound up entangled in a safety net halfway down the course. Definitive proof, not that it was really needed, of a passing of the baton in American – and world – ski racing.
For Lindsey Vonn and Aksel Lund Svindal, the world championships beginning this week in Are, Sweden, will mark the end of an era. The event will also bring Vonn and Svindal full circle – back to the site of their first major championship successes more than a decade ago.
Simone Biles made history by picking up her record 13th career gold medal at the world gymnastics championships when she cruised to victory in the vault final on Friday.
A bout with a kidney stone did little to slow down Simone Biles. The reigning Olympic gymnastics champion easily posted the top score during the early portions of qualifying at the 2018 world championships. Led by their star, the Americans put up a team total of over 174 points, more than a dozen ahead of second-place Japan.
Gonzaga’s Mark Few is one of nine coaches chosen to assist Gregg Popovich at the U.S. national team’s minicamp in Las Vegas later this month.
Switzerland has stunned title favorite Canada 3-2 to reach only its third final of the world ice hockey championship in Copenhagen. The Swiss will play the gold medal game on Sunday against defending champion Sweden, which strode into the final by crushing the United States 6-0.
Captain Patrick Kane scored two goals to lift the United States to a 3-2 win over the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship while Canada beat Russia 5-4 in overtime. Switzerland pulled off a surprise by eliminating Finland 3-2 and defending champion Sweden edged out Latvia 3-2.
Finland has handed the United States its first defeat at the ice hockey world championship in a 6-2 thumping. The Finns supplant the U.S. to top Group B in Herning, and will face Switzerland in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The Americans’ first defeat in seven games drops them to second and a quarterfinal against the Czech Republic. Canada shut out Germany 3-0 to finish third and will play Russia in the quarters. Sweden rallied 3-1 against Russia and will meet Lavia that edged Denmark 1-0.
Nathan Chen completed six quadruples and bettered his Olympic free skate score to win the world figure skating title on Saturday.
Annica Eagle will host the Punderground After Dark competition for pun lovers 21 and older.