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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

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