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USOPC: Olympic hopefuls must be fully vaxxed

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U.S. athletes trying to make the Winter Olympics will have to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 under a new policy announced Wednesday by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. CEO Sarah Hirshland wrote in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that, starting Nov. 1, the USOPC will require staff,......

Ledecky joining Florida as volunteer swim coach

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Katie Ledecky, one of the most decorated swimmers in history, will join the University of Florida as a volunteer swimming coach, the school announced Wednesday. The announcement is also telling as far as Ledecky’s future plans. In addition to helping out with Florida’s swimming and diving program, Ledecky will train......

500 athletes back abortion rights in SCOTUS filing

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WASHINGTON — A group of prominent women athletes, including soccer star Megan Rapinoe and basketball standouts Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird, on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to protect abortion rights in a case involving Mississippi’s Republican-backed bid to ban the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion opponents......

Liberty make playoffs as Sparks, Mystics miss out

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8:03 PM ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. After finishing with just two victories last season, the New York Liberty are back in the......

Storm’s Loyd ties record with 22-point quarter

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EVERETT, Wash. — Jewell Loyd tied a WNBA record with 22 points in the first quarter and finished with a career-high 37 to help the Seattle Storm secure a first-round bye in the WNBA playoffs with a 94-85 win over the Phoenix Mercury on Friday night. Loyd matched the record......

Bucks make landmark announcer hire in Byington

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The Milwaukee Bucks have named Lisa Byington as the team’s new television play-by-play announcer on Bally Sports Wisconsin, making her the first woman to handle full-time TV play-by-play duties for a major men’s professional sports team. Byington replaces longtime Bucks announcer Jim Paschke, who retired following the 2020-21 season after......

Star gymnasts say FBI mishandled Nassar case

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12:36 PM ET John Barr Close ESPN.com Joined ESPN in June 2003 Winner: 2013 Peabody Award; 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award/Video Investigative Reporting Covers breaking news, investigative pieces and human interest features Dan Murphy Close ESPN Staff Writer Covers the Big Ten Joined ESPN.com in 2014 Graduate of the University......

Woodland delivers surprise invite to Bockerstette

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PHOENIX — Amy Bockerstette will be taking her talents to the national stage next year. Bockerstette, who has Down syndrome, was one of five golfers selected for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, which will be held next June at the Orange County National Golf Center in Orlando, Florida. PGA......

Sakkari outlasts Andreescu in 3½-hour thriller

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Maria Sakkari eliminated 2019 champion Bianca Andreescu in the latest-finishing women’s match in tournament history to reach the US Open quarterfinals for the first time. Sakkari came back to win 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-3 early Tuesday morning as Andreescu had trouble with a left leg that was taped by......

Rogers anticipates death threats after Open loss

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NEW YORK — After her disappointing US Open defeat at the hands of Great Britain’s Emma Raducanu in straight sets, Shelby Rogers said she’s now going to have to deal with “nine million death threats” on her social media accounts from strangers who are unhappy with her loss. Talking about......

Muguruza tells off Krejcikova: ‘So unprofessional’

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NEW YORK — An upset Garbine Muguruza let Barbora Krejcikova know that she thought the eighth-seeded Czech was “unprofessional” by taking a medical timeout just as the ninth-seeded Spaniard had the momentum in the second set of their fourth-round match at the US Open. Krejcikova beat Muguruza 6-3, 7-6 (4)......

Rogers roars back to shock No. 1 Barty in 3 sets

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NEW YORK — Shelby Rogers lingered on the court and panned her phone around at the fans at Arthur Ashe Stadium for a snapshot souvenir of the scene after she beat Ash Barty for the first time. Not just at the US Open — ever. Rogers was winless in five......

Stephens: Abuse ‘exhausting’ after US Open loss

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NEW YORK — Sloane Stephens opened up about online abuse and harassment on her Instagram account Saturday, saying that “this type of hate is so exhausting and never ending.” Stephens, who lost a three-set battle to Angelique Kerber on Friday after taking the first set, shared in her Instagram Stories......

Paralympian Deja Young-Craddock on Tokyo Paralympics 2021

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Deja Young-Craddock, a three-time Team USA Paralympic medalist, was born with brachial plexus, an injury sustained at birth that caused limited mobility in her right shoulder. She dominated in her first Paralympic Games in Rio, earning gold medals in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Young-Craddock, 25, currently competing in......

Osaka ousted from US Open by teen Fernandez

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NEW YORK — Naomi Osaka smacked her racket against Arthur Ashe Stadium’s court. Moments later, she chucked her equipment, sending it bouncing and skidding halfway to the net. Then came a full-on spike near the baseline. Osaka’s game was off. Her composure was gone. By the end, the crowd was......

Wild weather disrupts US Open play despite roof

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NEW YORK — Rain pelted down the gaps in the roof of Louis Armstrong Stadium on Wednesday night, disrupting second-round play at the US Open. Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong are the only courts at Flushing Meadows that can be covered during bad weather, but even that was an......

Azarenka: No vax mandate for players ‘bizarre’

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NEW YORK — Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka drew attention to the double standard between fans and players when it comes to vaccinations at the US Open, saying it was “bizarre” that fans have to be vaccinated while players do not. In order to enter Flushing Meadows, fans have......

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