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Postby elaine95 » August 27th, 2019, 3:15 am

Rising star Bradie Tennell’s near-perfect free skate earned her a national title and almost certainly a spot on the U.S. team for next month’s Olympics.

Tennell was spotless in the short program two days ago , then as the final skater in the long program she didn’t miss a trick under tremendous pressure. Her top competitors, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen, already had put down superb routines.

Nagasu capped a sensationally sweet comeback with a flowing performance to finish second, virtually assuring a spot in next month’s Olympics – a berth she was denied four years ago by the selection committee.

Chen, the defending champion, was third.

Ashley Wagner called out judges her scores in the free skate, which put in jeopardy her chances of returning to the Olympics. Wagner scored a 130.85 in her strongest event for 196.19, finishing fourth.

”I’m furious, I am absolutely furious,” Wagner said. ”I know when I go and I lay it down and I absolutely left one jump on the table, but for me to put out two programs that I did at this competition as solid as I skated and to get those scores, I am furious, and I think deservedly so.”


MILWAUKEE (AP) – Erin Jackson surprised herself and almost everyone else at the U.S. speedskating trials, becoming a first-time Olympian after just four months on ice.

Coming from the world of inline skating, Jackson qualified in the 500 meters by finishing third behind veterans Brittany Bowe and Heather Bergsma.

Bowe had the fastest time over two heats Friday night. She was quicker in her first run around the big oval, clocking 37.95 seconds. Her second run was 38.18. Bergsma also was quicker in her first heat at 38.24. Her second trip was 38.42.

Jackson was just the opposite. The 25-year-old skater from Ocala, Florida, went 39.22 in her first heat. She was even better in her second run, going 39.04.

”I really wasn’t expecting any of this Rashan Gary Jersey , just coming in as a newbie, just trying to do the best I can,” she said, smiling. ”I still don’t even know.”


NEW YORK (AP) – The NFL is sending the remaining portion of a $30 million investment in neurological research to government-funded entities despite ending the original agreement for the project.

The league said it would send $7.7 million each to the Department of Defense and a group that studies traumatic brain injuries. Another $2.3 million will go to the National Institute for Aging.

An agreement to issue the funds through the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health ended in August, and the NFL chose the final dispersals following discussions with experts on the most pressing scientific research needs.

Each of the research projects receives substantial federal funding. Through its involvement, the NFL hopes to learn more about concussions and other brain injuries.

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) – The Oakland Raiders are set to bring Jon Gruden back for a second stint as coach.

A person with knowledge of the team’s plans said the Raiders are planning a news conference Tuesday to announce that Gruden is leaving the broadcast booth to come back to coaching. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has made no formal announcement.

The Raiders fired Jack Del Rio following a disappointing six-win season and talk immediately turned to Gruden. Gruden spent four years as coach for the Raiders before being dealt to Tampa Bay, where he beat Oakland in the Super Bowl following his first season in 2002. Gruden has been out of coaching for nine years.

The news conference was first reported by the Raiders Snake Pit website.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Hall of Famer Julius Erving fell ill at the Philadelphia 76ers’ game and was taken to a hospital.

There was no immediate update on his condition.

”Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving fell ill at tonight’s game and was taken to a local hospital, where he is currently being evaluated. He is expected to be released after the evaluation,” said a statement on behalf of Erving’s management team and the Sixers.

Erving, 67, attended the game and rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tipoff. The dunker more commonly known as ”Dr. J” was honored by the team to mark 35 years since he threw down his famous cradle dunk against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Erving led the Sixers to their last NBA championship in 1983 and was 1981 NBA MVP.


BOSTON (AP) – Former President Barack Obama will speak at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Feb. 23, though it’s unclear what he plans to discuss.

The conference announced on Twitter that Obama, an avid sports fan, will make an appearance.

MIT has held the conference annually since 2007, hosting industry professionals to discuss the role of analytics in sports. This year, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman are scheduled to speak, as are retired baseball star Alex Rodriguez , FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver and Los Angeles Clippers owner and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Obama routinely filled out NCAA Tournament brackets on ESPN during his presidency, and his White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, once said Obama would consider being part of the ownership group for an NBA franchise.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP)Maybe coach Doug Marrone should put his team on a plane Saturday, fly in circles for a few hours, land back in Jacksonville and head to a hotel. Switch it up. Treat the Jaguars’ home game against Cincinnati (3-4) on Sunday like it’s on the road. It couldn’t hurt to try something different. Jacksonville (4-3) has lost both home games this season and nine of its last 10 at EverBank Field. ”It maybe sounds good to the people saying it, but let me waste your time for two hours and see how you like it,” defensive tackle Malik Jackson said Wednesday. ”You know what I’m saying? I think people are looking too much into it. I think we need to buckle down and understand that once we fix the little things that we can change, we’ll be all right.” Jackson has heard other ways to fix Jacksonville’s hometown funk, including locking players inside the stadium for three days leading up to the game. ”That’s not going to work well, either,” he said. The Jaguars are confident they don’t need such drastic measures to turn things around at home, where they’ve won once since Dec. 13, 2015. Getting it done could be vital to the team’s playoff push considering it plays two in a row and five of the next seven at EverBank. ”We’ve talked about it some in the locker room and different things,” quarterback Blake Bortles said. ”I think we just have to play better. I don’t think there is a rhyme or a reason to why we haven’t played as well at home. I think it’s just time we go out there and play well at home. That’s something that it should be – an advantage. It should be something that when you play at home, you feel good. You should win the majority of the games you play at home, and I think that’s a thing we need to work on.” No doubt. Jacksonville is an NFL-worst 9-29 at home (not including five London games) since 2011. It’s been nearly 11 months since the Jaguars last won at EverBank. Equally troubling to coaches, players and fans: They haven’t won consecutive games in more than a year. The Jags have tried and failed three times to back up huge wins this season. They hammered Houston on the road in the season opener and then got thumped at home by Tennessee. They trounced Baltimore in London and then tumbled at the New York Jets in overtime. They responded with a resounding victory at Pittsburgh and then stumbled the following week at home against the Los Angeles Rams. Coming off a 27-0 victory at Indianapolis Elgton Jenkins Jersey , the Jaguars are due for another slip-up. Or maybe having a bye week before the Bengals will shuffle the team’s up-and-down trend. ”You don’t want to go into January looking back at some of the games and having it where other teams control your destiny,” cornerback A.J. Bouye said. ”You don’t want to look back and say, `We should have won this game, won that game.’ We’re already doing that coming out of the bye week.” The Jaguars already point to losses against the Jets and Rams as games they let get away. Defensive end Calais Campbell even made that point clear when he said, ”We’re better than our record for sure.” ”We have to become a consistent team, every game, every quarter, and keep playing our ball,” Campbell added. ”It’s a focus and a mentality, and it’s coming.” The Jaguars hope it happens Sunday, so they can turn their roller-coaster start into a much smoother ride and remain atop the AFC South. ”We have to find a way to bring our own energy, stay locked in, create momentum,” Bouye said. ”You can’t control what’s happening on the outside or how many people showed to the game or the environment. All you can control is your preparation and your focus and just playing for each other. ”That’s one thing we’ve been doing at away games, so we have to find a way to do it at home.” —
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