Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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OLYMPICS

BOLT STICKING TO SAME EVENTS FOR RIO GAMES

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Usain Bolt will aim for a three-peat of Olympic sprint titles in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, rather than trying a new event.

Bolt became the first man to defend both sprint titles at the London Olympics, and there was speculation he could switch to the long jump or 400 for 2016.

"I don't want to try any different events at Rio, because at Rio I will just defend my titles to show the world that there is a possibility that I can do it again," Bolt said.

Bolt won the 100 and 200 and helped Jamaica win the 4x100 relays at Beijing and London.

SOCCER

Two top scorers miss U.S. roster

Jozy Altidore was dropped from the U.S. roster for two critical World Cup qualifiers after disappointing coach Jurgen Klinsmann in games and practice over the last year. Altidore is tied for the lead in the Dutch league with eight goals for AZ Alkmaar. San Jose's Chris Wondolowski, who leads MLS with 25 goals, was also left out. The Americans play Friday at Antigua and Barbuda and Oct. 16 vs. Guatemala in Kansas City, Kan.

AUTOS

Neff stays close

Mike Neff kept his Funny Car title hopes alive with a victory at the rain-delayed NHRA Nationals in Mohnton, Pa. Neff beat Johnny Gray with a run of 4.030 seconds at 317.94 mph to get within 54 points of Jack Beckman with two events left. Khalild alBalooshi earned his first Top Fuel victory and V. Gaines (Pro Stock) also won; the Pro Stock Motorcycle final between Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec was rained out and will run Oct. 25 in Las Vegas.

ET CETERA

PRO BASKETBALL: Fox Sports Florida will carry all but one of the Magic's 82 games, the Orlando Sentinel reported. ESPN will air the Dec. 14 game against Golden State. … In the WNBA, Shavonte Zellous hit a jumper with 0.5 seconds left to lift host Indiana past Connecticut 78-76 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final. The deciding game is Thursday in Connecticut.

GOLF: Former U.S. Open champion and longtime television analyst Ken Venturi, 81, was selected for the World Golf Hall of Fame in the Lifetime Achievement category. He'll be inducted May 6 at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine.

TENNIS: Top seed and Tampa resident Sam Stosur beat Erika Sema 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Japan Open in Osaka. … No. 10 seed Marin Cilic and American Sam Querrey advanced at the Shanghai Masters.

Times wires

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