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Athletics: Eugene again to host US Olympic Trials

Friday, 2018-08-03 07:48:10
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Javelins are held in a rack waiting to be used, before the start of the men's javelin qualifier at the US Olympic Athletics Trials in Eugene, Oregon June 23, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
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The US track and field trials for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be held in the Eugene, Oregon stadium being built for the 2021 world championships, officials announced on Thursday. Eugene has hosted the past three US Olympic trials at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.

* Ian Poulter fired an eight-under par 62 on Thursday (Aug 2) to grab the first-round lead in the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio. The English golfer had eight birdies without a bogey to hold a one-stroke lead over Americans Kyle Stanley and Rickie Fowler.

* Holder Madison Keys withdrew from the Silicon Valley Classic on Thursday ahead of her second round match against Australian Ajla Tomljanovic due to pain in her right wrist.

* South Africa's Commonwealth Games champion Akani Simbine won the men's 100 metres with Marie Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast the women's winner at the African Championships on Thursday. Kenyan world and Commonwealth Games champion Hellen Obiri also claimed African gold, winning the women's 5,000m.

* Olympic superstar Michael Phelps offered a Twitter shout-out to Clark Kent Apuada after the 10-year-old broke his 23-year-old meet record in the 100m butterfly at the Far West International Championship at the weekend. Apuada won the 10-and-under 100m fly in 1:09.38 - more than a second faster than the record established by Phelps at the same event in California in 1995.

* Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain has joined AC Milan from Serie A champions Juventus while Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has moved in the opposite direction, rejoining the Turin side one season after his shock departure.

* Fulham have signed defender Alfie Mawson from Swansea City on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee, the promoted Premier League club announced on Thursday. Mawson scored two goals in 38 league starts for Swansea last season as the Welsh club were relegated from the top flight.

* Newcastle United have signed Japan forward Yoshinori Muto from Mainz on a four-year contract, the Premier League side announced on Thursday (Aug 2).

* French player Benoit Paire has been fined US$16,500 after a racket-smashing meltdown during his first-round defeat by Marcos Baghdatis at the Washington Open this week.

* Algeria have appointed former international Djamel Belmadi as their new national coach, the country’s football federation announced on Thursday. The former Manchester City midfielder will travel to Algiers to sign a contract replacing Rabah Madjer, who resigned in June, the Algerian Football Federation said.

* Former Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has had his doping ban increased to 18 months following an appeal against the original six-month sanction, European football's governing body UEFA has said.

* Argentine boxer Lucas Matthysse announced his retirement from the ring on Thursday, almost three weeks after losing his WBA welterweight title to Filipino great Manny Pacquiao.

Reuters, CNA