PAR­A­LYZED OLYMPIAN JAMIE NI­ETO WALKS WIFE DOWN AISLE

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

EL CAJON, CALIF.» Step by halt­ing step, for­mer Olympic high jumper Jamie Ni­eto made good on his vow to walk wife Shevon down the aisle af­ter their wed­ding and out the door to a wait­ing limou­sine.

It was roughly 130 steps, with a stop half­way down the aisle of the small church to kiss his bride for a gag­gle of pho­tog­ra­phers.

No cane, no walker. Just Ni­eto hold­ing his wife’s left hand for sup­port.

The two-time Olympian ful­filled his vow Satur­day, 15 months af­ter suf­fer­ing a spinal cord in­jury on a mis­judged back­flip that left him par­tially par­a­lyzed, with no feel­ing in his hands or feet. Doc­tors didn’t know whether he’d walk again.

Ni­eto, 40, was de­ter­mined to defy his doc­tors and make it all the way down the aisle.

Ar­mored Ath­lete beats Team Colorado. A year af­ter be­ing knocked out of The Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment in the Su­per 16, Ar­mored Ath­lete got its re­demp­tion.

David Dudzinki led the way with 17 points, and all nine play­ers scored for No. 4 seed Ar­mored Ath­lete in an 84-75 up­set of No. 1 seed Team Colorado in the West Re­gion.

Mar­cus Hall fin­ished with a game­high 29 points and av­er­aged 28 points per game for Team Colorado dur­ing the tour­na­ment.

Preda­tors lock in Arvids­son.

NASHVILLE, TENN.» The Nashville Preda­tors are mak­ing sure they keep Vik­tor Arvids­son around, re-sign­ing the for­ward who made the sec­ond­biggest scor­ing jump in the NHL with a seven-year deal worth $29.75 mil­lion.

Gen­eral man­ager David Poile an­nounced the deal Satur­day night, hours af­ter the team and Arvids­son went to ar­bi­tra­tion. Arvids­son will count $4.25 mil­lion against the salary cap through 2023 af­ter a 45-point scor­ing im­prove­ment from 2015-16 in his first full sea­son with the Preda­tors.

Moore leads West past East.

» Maya Moore scored 23 SEATTLE points, reign­ing league MVP Nneka Og­wu­mike added 22 points and the West out­lasted the East 130-121 in the WNBA All-star Game, where most of the at­ten­tion was on Seattle’s Sue Bird.

The vet­eran West squad, with 55 to­tal All-star Game se­lec­tions on its ros­ter, pulled away af­ter a close first half. Moore made 9-of-17 shots, in­clud­ing five 3-point­ers, while Og­wu­mike made 11-of-15 at­tempts off the bench. Bird had a hand in many of those bas­kets, fin­ish­ing with a record 11 as­sists and eight points.

Is­ner reaches Hall of Fame fi­nal.

NEW­PORT, R.I.» Top-seeded John Is­ner beat fel­low Amer­i­can Bjorn Fratan­gelo 6-2, 6-4 to reach the Hall of Fame fi­nal, putting him in po­si­tion for his third ti­tle in the event.

The hard-serv­ing Is­ner won at New­port in 2011 and 2012. He will face Aus­tralian qual­i­fier Matthew Eb­den, a 6-3, 6-3 win­ner over Ger­many’s Peter Go­jowczyk.

• Fourth-seeded Paolo Lorenzi of Italy and lucky loser An­drey Rublev of Rus­sia reached the fi­nal of the Croa­tia Open.

In an all-ital­ian semi­fi­nal, Lorenzi knocked out Alessan­dro Gian­nessi 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Lorenzi seeks his sec­ond ATP ti­tle. Rublev elim­i­nated lo­cal wild card Ivan Dodig 7-6 (4), 6-1. Re­sults » 9CC

Hold ’em ta­ble down to fi­nal three.

LAS VE­GAS» The mar­quee no-limit Texas Hold ’em main event of the World Se­ries of Poker is down to the fi­nal three play­ers vy­ing for the top prize of more than $8.1 mil­lion.

Rookie Scott Blum­stein ar­rived at the ta­ble Satur­day as the chip leader. The 25-year-old res­i­dent of Bri­g­an­tine, N.J., has more than $226 mil­lion in chips.

Foot­note. For­mer ten­nis pro­fes­sional Peter Doohan, whose best-known vic­tory was over Boris Becker at Wim­ble­don in 1987, died at age 56, Ten­nis Aus­tralia an­nounced.

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