SIMPSON WINS SILVER IN 1,500 METERS AT TRACK WORLDS
As her running career has progressed, Jenny Simpson often has cited the wisdom she has gained as a critical component of her ongoing success.
Among those learning lessons has been the ability to take the pulse of a race as it unfolds, leaving Simpson with room to charge as the finish line nears.
The former Colorado All-American and 2016 Olympic medalist once again used that approach to perfection Monday, unleashing a tireless kick to come away with a silver medal in the 1,500-meter run at the IAAF World Championships in London.
Simpson finished in 4 minutes, 2.76 seconds, nearly catching Kenya’s Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (4:02.59) for the gold medal. South Africa’s Caster Semenya (4:02.90) captured the bronze medal. Kipyegon also was the gold medalist at last year’s Rio Olympics.
Simpson advanced out of the preliminary heats (4:08.92) and semifinals (4:05.40) with relatively stressfree efforts, clearly leaving more than enough energy in her tank for a final push in Monday’s championship heat.
Golf shuffles some dates around.
Players are allowed to wear shorts during practice rounds at the PGA Championship. That won’t be necessary in two years when it moves to May.
The PGA of America is moving its major championship to May for the first time in 70 years when it goes to Bethpage Black on New York’s Long Island in 2019 as part of a long-term plan that involves a major shift in the golf calendar, including The Players Championship going back to its March date.
The catalyst behind the movement was golf’s return to the Olympics, along with the PGA Tour’s desire to finish its FedEx Cup before the NFL begins.
No NHL players in Olympics.
Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and most of the other best hockey players in the world won’t be going to the Olympics, and neither will anyone on an NHL contract.
The league decided that players with active NHL contracts, even those in the minors, will not be allowed to participate in the Olympics in February in South Korea. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the league’s stance.
The league said in April it wouldn’t be stopping its season to go to the Olympics for the first time since 1994, but questions had remained about players in the American Hockey League and ECHL.
Owner wants meeting before deal.
MINN.» Timberwolves owner MANKATO, Glen Taylor said he is ready to commit nearly $150 million to Andrew Wiggins with a max-level extension of his rookie contract. Before he does so, Taylor wants to sit down face-to-face with Wiggins to hear the former No. 1 overall pick commit to the franchise in a similar fashion.
Wiggins’ scoring numbers have improved in each of his first three seasons.
Manziel interested in coaching.
If Johnny Manziel doesn’t return to the NFL, he still wants to remain in sports, potentially as a coach at the college level.
Manziel, attending the International Football Betting Conference in Costa Rica, was asked what he would do if he can’t resume his NFL playing career.
Errani hit with two-month ban.
Former French Open finalist Sara Errani must serve a twomonth doping ban after testing positive for the banned substance letrozole in a test taken in February, the International Tennis Federation said.
Errani blamed contamination from her mother’s breast cancer medication. — The Associated Press