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Sports News Roundup: Olympics-Figure Skating-Canada’s Messing Headed to Beijing After COVID-19 Delay; Olympics-Biathlon-High winds and shooting problems level the field and more

Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Olympics-Figure Skating-Canada’s Messaging en route to Beijing after COVID-19 delay

Canadian figure skater Keegan Messing has been cleared to fly to Beijing for the Winter Games and is due to land Monday morning after being delayed pending his COVID-19 test results, the Canadian Olympic Committee has said. The 30-year-old, who finished 12th at the Pyeongchang Games in 2018, is the Canadian national champion and was unable to compete in the team event which started on Friday.

Olympics-Figure Skating-Valieva shines as Russians take lead in team event

Kamila Valieva delivered a flawless short program to put the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) ahead ahead of the final round of the figure skating team event at the Beijing Olympics on Sunday. The 15-year-old, who won the European Championships last month in a Russian podium sweep, scored 90.18 points, 0.27 short of her own world record with tight rotations and used the center portion of the rink as she performed in front of the judges.

Olympics-Figure skating-US-born Chinese Zhu inconsolable after team event flop

A tearful Zhu Yi was inconsolable after nerves and pressure got the better of the US-born Chinese figure skater, whose last place finish lifted China to fifth from third place in the team event of the Beijing Games on Saturday. Skating to The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black”, Zhu fell on her first triple flip-triple toeloop jump combination, crashed into the wall, and missed her triple loop later, scoring 47.03.

Olympics-Biathlon-High winds and shooting problems level the playing field

Windy conditions at the National Biathlon Center opened up competition at the Beijing Olympics, with some unexpected misfires on the shooting range, leveling the playing field and fielding unlikely competitors. Norway went from being leaders to being runners too and back again after Johannes Thingnes Boe turned things around in stunning fashion to win Saturday’s mixed relay, ahead of France and athletes representing the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC ).

NBC’s Olympic Opening Ceremony Coverage Draws Nearly 14 Million U.S. Viewers

NBC’s coverage of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony averaged nearly 14 million U.S. viewers, according to preliminary data provided by NBCUniversal on Saturday, about half of the TV audience for the final ceremony. opening of the Winter Games four years ago. Across all platforms, including USA Network, the NBC Sports app and the Peacock streaming service, NBC’s average viewership reached nearly 16 million people, the company said in an email. The opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2021 Summer Games, which historically attract larger audiences than the Winter Games, drew 16.7 million viewers. Across all platforms, 17 million people watched the ceremony.

NFL-Progress on head coaching diversity ‘unacceptable,’ commissioner Goodell tells teams

The NFL will re-evaluate its diversity, equity and inclusion policies, commissioner Roger Goodell told clubs Saturday, days after former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores filed a filing. a racial discrimination complaint against the league. Flores, who is black, was fired by the Dolphins last month after back-to-back seasons with winning records, saying it was emblematic of the treatment of black coaches, who make up a fraction of the team’s staff positions then. that 70% of NFL players are black.

Tennis-Del Potro close to retirement as injuries take their toll

Argentine tennis player Juan Martin Del Potro is eyeing an imminent retirement from the sport, saying recurring injuries mean two tournaments in Argentina and Brazil this month will “possibly” be his last. “It’s one of the most difficult messages I’ve ever had to face and communicate,” Del Potro told reporters in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

Olympics-Snowboarding-“Proud Kiwi” Sadowski-Synnott wins New Zealand’s first Winter Games gold medal

New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott said she was a ‘proud Kiwi’ after winning gold in the women’s slopestyle event at the Beijing Olympics on Sunday, picking up the first-ever gold medal of the country at the Winter Games. Rival snowboarders said the 20-year-old’s final run pushed the women’s peloton to the next level and called it a giant leap for the sport.

Olympics-Curling-Australia end mixed doubles campaign after Gill tests positive for COVID

Australian curler Tahli Gill has tested positive for COVID-19, the country’s Olympic Committee (AOC) announced on Sunday, ending her winless mixed doubles campaign with Dean Hewitt at the Beijing Winter Games. Gill returned a series of positive tests late Saturday and was placed in self-isolation before returning to Australia.

Motor racing-Hamilton breaks silence with social media post

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton broke his silence on Saturday with his first social media post since last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The Briton, who had not spoken publicly since an interview aired immediately after losing the title in controversial circumstances to Red Bull rival Max Verstappen, posted a message on his Instagram account after a nearly two-month hiatus .

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