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Injury stops comeback of pole vault record-holder Isinbayeva

MOSCOW (AP) Pole vault world record-holder Yelena Isinbayeva has been forced to delay her comeback after injuring her Achilles tendon at her first competition. Isinbayeva was due to compete at a Russian domestic event in her home city of Volgograd on Saturday but pulled her Achilles in the warmup, her coach Evgeny Trofimov told the Tass agency. The injury will end Isinbayeva...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Galen Rupp will run the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

Galen Rupp confirmed Thursday that he will be participating in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on February 13. This is big news, but it’s not completely unexpected. Rupp is 29 years old, and his prominence on the international stage has lost some of its edge. This is not to say he is not competitive or won’t win himself a few USA Championship track titles this year, but...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Usain Bolt: I couldn't play for United under van Gaal

Usain Bolt has made no secret of his desire to one day play for Manchester United, but the sprint king has revealed he has no desire to carry out that ambition while Louis van Gaal remains in charge. The Jamaican cheekily suggested he was the answer to United's goal-scoring crisis earlier this season saying: "I think I would be pretty good because I am fit, I am quick, I can control...
Via Fox Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Kipsang, Kipchoge head London Marathon field

LONDON (AP) The last two winners of the London Marathon, Kenyan rivals Wilson Kipsang and Eliud Kipchoge, will return for another shot at the title in April. In a sprint finish last year, two-time champion Kipsang was beaten by Kipchoge. Another Kenyan, world-record holder Dennis Kimetto, will look to improve on last year's third-place finish when he also comes back to London...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Mo Farah finishes 2nd on 'slippery' course in Edinburgh

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) Mo Farah finished second to Garrett Heath of the United States at a rainy Great Edinburgh Cross Country men's race on Saturday. Double Olympic champion Farah lost to Heath in a sprint finish in his first race of 2016. Heath clocked 25 minutes, 29 seconds in the 8-kilometer race, with Farah two seconds behind. Farah, who is preparing for the defense of...
Via AP on Fox
January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Oscar Pistorius granted bail, set to appeal murder conviction

Oscar Pistorius is a free man, for now. A Pretoria judge ruled that the 29-year-old former Paralympic Gold Medalist will remain free on bail, until he’s sentenced for murder in April and as he appeals his conviction. Pistorius, nicknamed “Blade Runner” experienced one of the biggest falls from grace in sports history, inspiring many after becoming the first double-leg amputee...
Via The Comeback
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Pistorius found guilty of murdering girlfriend Steenkamp

    Oscar Pistorius was found guilty on Thursday of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal overturned the previous conviction of culpable homicide. Pistorius had previously been found not guilty of premeditated murder, but Judge Eric Leach has ruled that the six-time Paralympic gold medalist had to have known that firing his...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

IAAF clears marathoner Radcliffe of doping allegations

Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain. Tom Dulat Getty Images EuropeLONDON -- The IAAF cleared marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe of doping allegations on Friday and rejected claims that it failed to act on hundreds of suspicious blood tests, saying the accusations lacked ''any scientific or legal basis.''Track and field's governing body issued a 38-page response to allegations...
Via AP on Fox
November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

American decathlete Eaton, Dibaba are IAAF's world athletes of 2015

Ashton Eaton also won gold at the 2012 Olympics.  Ian Walton Getty Images AsiaPacMONACO -- American decathlete Ashton Eaton and Ethiopian running sensation Genzebe Dibaba are the IAAF's world athletes of 2015.Track and field's governing body announced the awards on Thursday.Usually, the International Association of Athletics Federations throws a gala party to honor its world athletes...
Via AP on Fox
November 26, 2015  |  Discuss

The Latest: Yelena Isinbayeva appeals for clean athletes

LONDON (AP) The Latest from the IAAF investigation (all times local): --- 5:35 p.m. Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva says it would be unfair for track's governing body to ban innocent athletes. Isinbayeva, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Beijing Games, wrote a letter published on the Russian track federation's website hours before...
Via AP on Fox
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Blake Griffin Trained With Carmelita Jeter

Blake Griffin is training with Carmelita Jeter to help improve his speed on the court. "I've always believed that the first two steps you take to catch an opponent or beat someone down the court are the most important," he said. "That's why I'm in Los Angeles to train with three-time Olympic medalist and 100-meter specialist Carmelita Jeter. Carmelita also holds three of the top...
Via RealGM
October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Adoree’ Jackson met with Usain Bolt on Tuesday

USC wide receiver Adoree’ Jackson is very fast. This is one reason why he is a return specialist, a very good one I might add, for the Trojans. Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt is also very fast. How cool would it be if these two speedy athletes met up one day? On Tuesday, everyone found out how cool it was. According to College Spun, Bolt visited USC’s campus and during his time...
Via Campus Sports Net
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Usain Bolt hits up Oktoberfest, rocks out on stage (video)

Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world, but he needs to slow down and relax from time to time. The Jamaican sprinter hit up Oktoberfest in Munich this past weekend to do just that, and he rocked the lederhosen while in attendance, because you have to dress the part. Bolt downed a few beers and hopped on stage with a cover band to sing Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and Kings...
Via The Sports Daily
October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya wins Berlin Marathon

BERLIN (AP) Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won the Berlin Marathon on Sunday in a personal best time of 2 hours, 4 minutes and 1 second. Despite developing problems with his insoles around the 20K mark, Kipchoge finished comfortably ahead of compatriot Eliud Kiptanui in second on 2:05:22 and Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia in third in 2:06:57. All times were official. Kipchoge shaved three seconds...
Via AP on Fox
September 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Three-time London marathon winner Paula Radcliffe denies doping allegations

  Paula Radcliffe, a three-time London Marathon winner and holder of the world record for the distance, denied Tuesday that she ever used performance-enhancing drugs and said she was ''devastated'' that her name had been linked to allegations of widespread blood doping in track and field. ''I categorically deny that I ever resorted to cheating in any form whatsoever at any time...
Via AP on Fox
September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Bolt pulls out of Van Damme Memorial to focus on 2016 Olympics

BRUSSELS -- Usain Bolt has pulled out of Friday's Van Damme Memorial and ended his season so he can fully concentrate on next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. After winning three more gold medals at the world championships in Beijing, Bolt was supposed to focus on the season's top time in the 200 meters at the Diamond League meet in Brussels. But Bolt said in a statement he was...
Via AP on Fox
September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Merritt beats world champ Van Niekerk to win Weltklasse 400

ZURICH (AP) LaShawn Merritt edged a thrilling finish in the 400 meters at the Weltklasse Zurich on Thursday, earning partial revenge for losing to Wayde van Niekerk at the world championships last month. Merritt won in 44.18 seconds, 0.10 ahead of Grenada's Kirani James - who claimed bronze in Beijing - and 0.17 ahead of Van Niekerk, the South African who left his kick too late...
Via AP on Fox
September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Merritt beats world champion Van Niekerk to win 400

ZURICH (AP) LaShawn Merritt edged a thrilling finish in the 400 meters at the Weltklasse Zurich meet on Thursday, earning partial revenge for losing to Wayde van Niekerk at the world championships last month. Merritt won in 44.18 seconds, 0.10 ahead of Grenada's Kirani James - who claimed bronze in Beijing - and 0.17 ahead of Van Niekerk, the South African who left his kick too...
Via AP on Fox
September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Ashton Eaton runs, jumps, and throws to a world record

Olympic champion Ashton Eaton broke his own world record this week in Beijing at the IAAF World Championships, on his way to a first place finish. His score of 9,045 points, accumulated over the combined efforts of 10 individual events, bettered his previous mark by six points and further established his dominance as the greatest decathlete of all time. This win, coupled with Eaton...
Via The Sports Quotient
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Criminal probe into Powell, Simpson dropped in Italy

UDINE, Italy (AP) A criminal doping investigation into Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson plus their trainer has reportedly been dropped in Italy. The ANSA news agency says a preliminary trial judge made the decision Wednesday at the request of prosecutors in Udine. Powell, Simpson and Canadian trainer Christopher Xuereb were placed under criminal investigation...
Via AP on Fox
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

US men, Jamaican women wrap up with relay victories

BEIJING -- LaShawn Merritt anchored the U.S. men's 4x400-meter relay team to a sixth straight world title, winning in 2 minutes, 57.82 seconds to end a relay drought for the Americans in the world track and field championships. Jamaica won the men's and women's 4x100 relays and the women's 4x400 and was leading the final race on the final lap until Merritt overhauled Javon Francis...
Via AP on Fox
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Usain Bolt does LeBron stomp dance after relay win

    Real recognize real. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has had quite the week after winning gold in both the 100-meter and the 200-meter races at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. The Fastest Man in the World kept it rolling on Saturday, collecting another gold medal as the Jamaican team anchor in the 4×100 relay.     After the victory, Bolt busted out a tribute...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Ashton Eaton breaks world record as he wins decathlon gold

BEIJING (AP) This was going to hurt. No way around it for Ashton Eaton. To get where the American decathlete wanted to go, he had to endure just a little more pain, dig just a little deeper. So Eaton gritted his teeth and charged ahead, grimacing as he stepped over a low railing and into the stands to wrap his exhausted arms around his wife. That was about all the strength he had...
Via AP on Fox
August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Deja vu: Vlasic, Chicherova go 2-3 again at Bird's Nest

BEIJING (AP) Same stadium, same positions on the podium. Just like at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Blanka Vlasic won the silver medal and Anna Chicherova took the bronze at the world championships on Saturday. Both matched champion Maria Kuchina at 2.01 meters and finished behind the Russian on a countback. Even though their medals weren't gold, Vlasic and Chicherova still celebrated...
Via AP on Fox
August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Usain Bolt gets gift from man who leveled him on segway

It appears that happy endings aren’t just for fairytales. Remember earlier in the week when track star Usain Bolt was leveled by a videographer on a Segway? Well, it appears that he was feeling some remorse for the accident and not just embarassment. “The important thing is that he is OK,” Song Tao, a CCTV cameraman, said through a translator, via The Guardian. “I’m...
Via Campus Sports Net
August 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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