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UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping test

first_imgPolice seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Jones won the fight and reclaimed his 205-pound belt after sitting out the previous year for a failed doping test. The victory appeared to be a return to glory for a long-troubled fighter who has repeatedly hindered his stellar career with misbehavior outside the octagon.Jones was stripped of his belt in 2015 after being involved in a hit-and-run accident. He was scheduled to fight Cormier for the title in July 2016, but was pulled from the UFC 200 card for what he claimed was a failed test due to a sexual enhancement pill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Jones hasn’t yet been stripped of his title for a second time, UFC President Dana White said. Cormier held the belt for most of Jones’ absence, and he had said he didn’t plan to retire after his second loss to Jones.Jones’ camp and his manager, Malki Kawa, released a statement: “We are all at a complete loss for words right now. Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation. We are having the samples tested again to determine the validity or source of contamination. Jon is crushed by this news and we are doing whatever we can as a team, to support him.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next If the violation is confirmed, Jones seems likely to face a multiyear suspension from the sport, taking away even more of his fighting prime. The UFC also will be harmed by the lengthy absence of its best fighter and a burgeoning pay-per-view draw.The UFC also could lose its dream matchup between Jones and former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. The superstars both appeared eager to meet next year in a heavyweight fight that would be among the biggest events in the UFC’s history.The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency administers the UFC’s doping policy. The California State Athletic Commission has jurisdiction over Jones’ test along with USADA.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies FILE – In this April 9, 2017, file photo, mixed martial arts fighter Jon Jones watches a bout at UFC 210 in Buffalo, N.Y. Light heavyweight champion Jones has been notified of another potential violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy. The UFC announced the potential violation Tuesday night, Aug. 22, for Jones, widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in mixed martial arts. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)LAS VEGAS — Jon Jones could face a lengthy suspension from mixed martial arts after the UFC light heavyweight champion was notified Tuesday of his second potential violation of the promotion’s anti-doping policy.Jones is widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, but his potential violation stems from a sample collected after his weigh-in July 28 for his title fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal MOST READ Carnival hits town as Mayweather and McGregor ready to fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Neuer running out of time to prove World Cup fitness

first_imgGermany boss Joachim Loew unveils his provisional World Cup squad on May 15 leaving Neuer with only the final league game of the season, at home to Stuttgart on May 12, as a chance to prove he is fit.“You always have to be careful. This is an injury that has been fractured two or three times, so you can not make another mistake,” warned Heynckes.Loew has said he plans to take Neuer, 32, to Germany’s pre-World Cup camp in north Italy at the end of the month, but time is running out.“There is no deadline as to when he has to play,” Germany team boss Oliver Bierhoff told magazine Kicker.“The real deadline is June 4, when we have to finalise our 23-man squad.”Germany play pre-World Cup friendlies away to Austria in Klagenfurt on June 2 and at home to Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen on June 8.Heynckes says that with an eye on Russia, where Germany begin their World Cup defence on June 17 against Mexico, Neuer has “great ambitions”.“It looks very positive, but he must not take a risk, it is a sensitive injury.”After the Cologne and Stuttgart league games, Bayern’s final match of the season is the German Cup final on May 19 when Bayern play Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin.“Wait,” replied Heynckes when reporters asked when, or even if, Neuer will play for Bayern again this season.Neuer’s workload will be “accelerated” in training next week and “also in practice games, then we will have to see if he can play”, added the Bayern boss.Nevertheless, Heynckes is happy with Neuer’s progress and his replacement Sven Ulreich is again set to deputise at Cologne.Just pride is at stake when top play bottom on Saturday as Cologne are already relegated while champions Bayern wrapped up a sixth straight Bundesliga title last month.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manuel Neuer has been sidelined since mid-September with a foot injury © AFP/File / GUENTER SCHIFFMANNBERLIN, Germany, May 4 – Manuel Neuer has just one possible match left to prove his fitness following a foot fracture before Germany name their World Cup squad in a fortnight.The Germany goalkeeper has been sidelined since September and although he is back in training with Bayern Munich, head coach Jupp Heynckes has again left him out for Saturday’s Bundesliga match at bottom side Cologne.last_img read more

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‘John Terry can be Birmingham boss in a couple of years if he plays for me!’

first_imgHarry Redknapp says it ‘would be a dream’ to sign John Terry and has told the Chelsea legend: “You can be manager of Birmingham in a couple of years if you come and play for me!”The former England captain is ending his 22-year association with the Premier League champions and he has previously stated his wish to continue his playing career.Terry scored in what could be his final Stamford Bridge appearance in the Blues’ 4-3 win over Watford, clearly emotional as he celebrated with his team-mates, and later hinted at possible retirement.But Redknapp hopes otherwise. The 70-year-old, who recently signed a one-year deal to stay as Birmingham boss after helping them steer clear of relegation from the Championship, would ‘love’ to have a chat with one of the Premier League’s best ever defenders.“That [bringing Terry to St Andrew’s] would be a dream,” Redknapp told Jim White on talkSPORT.“I love John, I’m a great fan of his but I would think John would have a lot of big clubs, Premier clubs, after him.“He would be fantastic, that would be a dream to sign John Terry. You’ve got a leader – what a man – I think he is fantastic still.“That’s the dream but I doubt very much whether it would happen.”Harry Redknapp: The 70-year-old helped Birmingham avoid relegationTerry has been linked with a number of clubs in England and overseas as he plots his next move.A move to the south coast with Bournemouth has been mooted, while Chinese Super League clubs are also said to be monitoring the centre-back.Redknapp continued: “I would love to speak to John and if he felt maybe he would like the idea of it for a couple of years and it was something that interested him then it would be fantastic.“But as I say, I am sure there will be Premier League clubs queuing up for John.”On a possible dual role coaching as well as playing in the West Midlands, Redknapp said: “I think he’d want to play at the moment, it is difficult. I think it is hard enough concentrating on playing and then you start coaching and end up caught between.“I think he wants to play another year or two and I think eventually he’ll go into management somewhere. That’s a possibility. He can be manager of Birmingham in a couple of years if he wants to come and play for me!”Listen to Harry Redknapp’s interview with Jim White on talkSPORT in full, above, as he chats John Terry, Birmingham City and more…last_img read more

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first_imgDanielle and Honey enjoying the snow in Glenties. Photo by Charlie Boyle.This snowman has no time for water meters. Picture taken by Philip McFadden.Junior Cert Students from Colaiste Ailigh Letterkenny taking a few minutes out from studying.Little Georgina Platt from Newtown enjoying the snow for the first time.Tiffany Marley and her snowman in Killygordon.What a COOL dude this snowman is. 🙂Gaoth Dobhair covered in a blanket of snow. Picture taken by Patsy Ferry.Patsy Ferry took these snaps from Gaoth Dobhair earlier this afternoon.Heavy Snow in Drumkeen. Picture taken by Erin O’Donnell.Stunning picture in Ramelton. Picture taken by Eilish Gallagher.These little kids are enjoying building snowmen. Picture by Denise McDaid.Picture by Cathal Casey of Scoil Rann na Feirste closed following the snow today.Shirley Quigley took this beautiful picture in Inishowen.Ballymacool Park in Letterkenny. Picture by Chris Campbell.Beautiful picture taken in the outskirts of Letterkenny. Paula O’Connor.Muckish Mountain. Photo by Neil Mc Teague.Stunning picture of Rathmullan House.Snow at The Market Square in Letterkenny. Photo by Martin Connaghan.Picture Special: Above are a selection of simply stunning images taken in various parts of Donegal today following a heavy overnight falling of snow. The snow continued to fall throughout the day and that forced many schools and businesses across Donegal to close.Kids across Donegal couldn’t wait to get home and build those snowmen, or start those epic snowball fights.Even the adults enjoy the snowball fights, as the kid in everyone of us returns when the snow starts falling.With more snow expected overnight there’s a good chance many schools will be forced to close again as road conditions may be deemed to dangerous to undertake. If that happens we all know what that means…… SNOWFIGHT!!!! 🙂If you’ve got any images of the snow that you want to send in then please do so.Send your images in to  MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTY IN IRELAND: STUNNING PICTURE SPECIAL OF DONEGAL IN THE SNOW was last modified: January 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Featuresnewspicture specialsnowlast_img read more


Taxi ranks to get a facelift

first_img28 February 2003Taxi operators, commuters as well as formal and informal traders will benefit from a new partnership between the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) and property development company Taxiprop-BR, in terms of which existing taxi and bus ranks will be transformed into retail and vehicle centre hubs at a cost of R2.8-billion.The 10-year agreement was announced this week at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg by Limpopo province Transport MEC Tshenuwani Farisani and representatives from Santaco, Taxiprop and Basil Read (Taxiprop-BR).According to Santaco president Thomas Muofhe, Santaco Property will be formed, with the taxi industry holding 51% of the share of the properties and using the money to pay for loans the organisation accumulates on the project.Kevin Williams of Taxiprop-BR, whose company will be responsible for rolling out the programme, said the new centres will offer commuters the convenience of retail stores on hand, while the retailers will have access to a concentrated market.The empowerment aspects of the move include an improved environment and opportunities for informal retailers, who will be located within specifically designated areas.National retailers will occupy 70% of the floor space, while 30% will be set aside for local business participation.In terms of the agreement, work will start this year on some of the major taxi ranks, which include the Randfontein Station in the West Rand, Wynberg in north-east Johannesburg, and Bloed Street in Pretoria.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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ONE launches reality search for next MMA superstar in Asia

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “Throughout my time in ONE Championhsip, I have been a witness to some of the best martial arts talents,” said Franklin. “Stars today such as Angela Lee and Eduard Folayang came from the grassroots level of talent in Asia and the next martial arts superstar is just waiting to be discovered.”Selected athletes will compete in trial exhibition bouts and all have a chance to earn a six-figure contract with ONE Championship. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img ONE Championship is in search of the next fighting superstar.The premier mixed martial arts promotion in Asia launched a new documentary series that features Rich Franklin traveling from gym to gym looking for up and coming martial arts talents.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Potts grateful to end college career with a title after season’s struggles QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “One of our biggest missions is taking martial arts, Asia’s greatest cultural treasure, and placing it front and center for the entire world to witness,” said ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.“We are excited to travel across Asia, visiting the most iconic cities, to discover the next big superstar.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFranklin, a multi-time middleweight champion when he was still fighting, will make stops in Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing.Now serving as ONE’s vice president, Franklin said he looks forward to the new practitioners that can elevate the sport of mixed martial arts to a new level.last_img read more

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Could Not Hold Back Tears When I Heard National Anthem: Golden Girl PV Sindhu After Historic Win

first_imgPV Sindhu showed absolute dominance and great agility and accuracy on court as she outplayed Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in just 38 minutes to become India’s first World Championships gold medallist.For the past two years, Sindhu had reached the World Championship finals only for Okuhara (2017) and Carolina Marin (2018) to prevent her on crossing the final hurdle. On Sunday, however, she finally moved to the top of the podium and stood there with the gold medal around her neck, beaming with pride.But as the national anthem played and Indian flag rose the highest, Sindhu stood singing along with moist eyes, all the emotions clearly visible on her face.”I could not hold back my tears when I saw the Indian flag and heard the National anthem playing. Words can’t express my feelings about yesterday’s win at the World Championship. Had been preparing for it for so long. Finally, the wait ended,” Sindhu wrote on Instagram.Sindhu had won the BWF World Tour Finals at the end of the previous season but all of 2019, she had looked an average player, struggling for variety and devoid of any surprise element. It was all a build-up, it now seems. When Sindhu reached the final of Indonesia Open Super 1000, where she lost to Akane Yamaguchi, Sindhu displayed her array of strokes – the ones she had developed while working incessantly at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad.South Korean Kim Ji Hyun joined as a coach in the national setup in March and has been working on Sindhu’s game since them. Earlier, Kim had told the BWF website, “The way she plays, I feel it’s not smart enough. I mean, at the top level, you have to be smart. It has to be a combination, like your technique, and hitting and mentality. There are so many skills she has to work on, especially net skills and deception. Step by step, we’re working on skills, and changing tactics, as you can’t use the same tactics over and over again.”With Kim ringing in the changes, Sindhu has begun to show the results again. Also, the hard hours spent with her strength trainer Srikanth Verma Madapalli has been fruitful as well. All the muscles that Sindhu has developed has enabled her to cover the court better and move and execute her attacking game to perfection.”It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my parents, my coaches (Gopi sir and Ms Kim) and my trainer (Mr Srikanth Verma). And most importantly, I would like to thank my sponsors and all my fans who have supported me all along. FINALLY WORLD CHAMPION 2019,” Sindhu concluded her post.With the World Championships ticked off, Sindhu will have her eyes firm on 2020 Tokyo Olympics now. After her silver medal performance in Rio, expectation will be high from the Indian but like she has shown for the past three years, the big matches are where she thrives. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. badmintonbwf world championshipsNozomi OkuharaPV Sindhu First Published: August 26, 2019, 5:13 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Tatas to sponsor Mumbai Marathon

first_imgActor John Abraham and veteran Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebrselassie at the launch of the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 in Mumbai on Tuesday. — PTI Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran at the launch of Tata Mumbai Marathon, in Mumbai on Tuesday PTI   –  PTI Mumbai: N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Group at the launch of Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Mitesh Bhuvad(PTI8_1_2017_000215B) Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran at the launch of Tata Mumbai Marathon, in Mumbai on Tuesday PTI   –  PTI 2/3 Actor John Abraham and veteran Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebrselassie at the launch of the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 in Mumbai on Tuesday. — PTI Mumbai: N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Group at the launch of Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Mitesh Bhuvad(PTI8_1_2017_000215B) The Tata Group is the new title sponsor of ‘Mumbai Marathon’, one of the top 10 marathons in the world. From 2018, the event will be called ‘Tata Mumbai Marathon’ and its 15th edition is scheduled for January 21, next year.The Tata Mumbai Marathon will be jointly sponsored by the Tata Group and group firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for 10 years beginning 2018, which is the 150th anniversary year of the group and 50th of TCS.“Events like the marathon promote values like grit, tenacity, excellence, perseverance, belief, commitment and passion that have been a key part of the Tata group’s ethos since its inception, almost 150 years ago,” Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran said.“Partnering with India’s premier long-distance running event is a great way for the Tata group to increase our engagement with the community, raise funds for charity as well as create societal awareness about the necessity of good health and fitness. As a marathoner, I’m personally proud to support this partnership,” he added. × COMMENTS Tata Consultancy Services Ltd Mumbai: N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Group at the launch of Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018 in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Mitesh Bhuvad(PTI8_1_2017_000215B) athletics COMMENT 3/3 Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran at the launch of Tata Mumbai Marathon, in Mumbai on Tuesday PTI   –  PTI 1/3 August 02, 2017 SHARElast_img read more

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FC Pune City sack their manager after the poor start of the season

first_imgAdvertisementFC Pune City’s club management have decided to sack their head coach Miguel Angel Portugal after the poor start of the season. Pune City have lost two matches and got a draw in three matches so far in this season. They are now situated at the end of the League Table in this season of Indian Super League. Miguel Angel Portugal has taken the charge of this Pune City side from Ranko Popovic in this summer. In the previous season, Portugal was the head coach of Delhi Dynamos. Delhi Dynamos have finished at the eighth position in the League Table of Indian Super League in the previous season. The team was out of the equation of going to the playoff in the previous season. In the meantime the former Spanish midfielder has taken the charge of the second division side of Spanish football, Granada for the last few matches of the season. According to the sources, the sacking news of their manager will be officially announced by the club management by Thursday. The technical director of the club, Pradhyum Reddy will take the charge of the Pune City side as the interim manager till the new manager takes the charge. Pradhyum Reddy was the manager of Shillong Lajong side in 2011-12. His side have finished at the tenth position in the League Table in that season. Reddy has also assisted Ashley Westwood for three seasons and Bengaluru FC have won I League twice and Federation Cup once in this time period. Advertisementlast_img read more

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First gold medal in Rio goes to US shooter Virginia Thrasher

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Virginia Thrasher went through a three-week spring whirlwind, winning three NCAA titles and a spot on the U.S. Olympic Shooting team.The precocious 19-year-old closed out the summer with her biggest surprise yet.Keeping her nerve on sport’s biggest stage, Thrasher on Saturday earned the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, outlasting two-time gold medalist Du Li to capture the women’s 10-meter air rifle title.“This is beyond my wildest dreams,” Thrasher said. “I knew it was a realistic expectation for me to get into the finals and once you get into the finals, anything can happen. For me, this year has been incredible.”Thrasher had a quick rise to the top.A figure skater growing up, she switched sports five years ago after a hunting trip with her family. Thrasher killed a deer with her first shot of her first hunting trip and has continued to hit the mark wherever she’s gone.Thrasher was not expected to be among the top five scorers — all that counts in NCAA competition — at shooting powerhouse West Virginia, yet got better as the season progressed. She became the first freshman to win both NCAA rifle titles and led the Mountaineers to the team championship.Less than a month later, Thrasher won the U.S. Olympic Trials, earning a spot in Rio.She didn’t flinch at the sport’s brightest spotlight — or an air horn.Though not expected to be a medal contender, Thrasher finished a spot behind fellow American Sarah Scherer at sixth in qualifying to make the eight-person final.She opened the elimination finals — a new format in this year’s Olympics — with a perfect 10.9 and was in the lead after Scherer became the first shooter knocked out.Thrasher stayed in the top spot as her competitors fell off, consistently hitting 10s despite a fan blowing an air horn at random times.Thrasher entered the final with a 0.7-point lead and opened with a solid 10.5, which Li matched. Thrasher smiled after a 10.4 left a slight opening, but Li’s 10.1 on her final shot sent Thrasher on a surprising trip to the podium.“In the finals, about halfway through, it kind of became clear to me that I was in contention for a medal,” Thrasher said. “But I quickly pushed that thought away and focused on breathing, just taking one shot at a time.”Thrasher pulled it off against two of the world’s best rifle shooters, Li and Yi Siling.Li won gold medals in air rifle in 2004 at the Athens Games and in 3-position rifle in Beijing four years later. She also competed in the 2012 London Games and pulled off a clutch shot in the Rio final, hitting 10.9 to stay alive in the second round.Yi took a similar path as Thrasher’s, earning air rifle gold at the 2012 London Games just three years after starting her international shooting career.Thrasher stood her ground against the two Chinese shooters in the medal eliminations, hitting nothing lower than 10.4. Yi went out after a 9.8 on her final shot to earn bronze and Thrasher finished with a cumulative score of 208.0 to beat Li by a point in front of a rowdy crowd.“I heard the cheers and the horns and it was very disturbing,” Yi said. “But I just had to control myself. I also looked up and saw that Virginia and Du Li were doing well themselves.”Thrasher ended up on top of the podium and her whirlwind will wind down soon; a biomedical engineering major, she starts classes again at West Virginia on Aug. 17.“I’m actually looking forward to getting back to school again,” Thrasher said.She will have a new title when she returns: Olympic champion. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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