OLYMPIC GAMES-US GYMNAST POSITIVE
Alternative American gymnastics tests positive at the Olympics
TOKYO (AP) – A replacement for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19 at an Olympic training camp in Japan.
Kara Eaker’s coach says she tested positive after being vaccinated against the coronavirus two months ago. Eaker and his replacement colleague Leanne Wong were placed in segregation.
The positive test was the latest in a growing string of daily reports from athletes and others testing positive at the Olympics delayed by the pandemic.
The Games are scheduled to open on Friday with a state of emergency in effect in Tokyo. This means that almost all the sites will be fanless as new cases increase in the capital.
In other news from the Olympics:
– Katie Lou Samuelson is absent from 3-on-3 basketball at the Olympics after contracting COVID-19 while training in Las Vegas. She will be replaced on the roster by Jackie Young, who played for the United States in a 3v3 training camp in 2020 and also competed in the event at the 2019 World Beach Games. Young joins Stefanie Dolson, Allisha Gray and her Las Vegas Aces teammate Kelsey Plum. Samuelson says in a statement that she is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and has taken all precautions.
– The Czech Republic’s beach volleyball team have announced that they will try to postpone their opener after a male player tested positive for COVID-19 at the Olympic Village in Tokyo. The player (Ondřej Perušič) was placed in isolation in a hotel, seven days before his opener. Two South African male footballers tested positive on Sunday. Their team’s first game is Thursday against Japan.
OLYMPICS-SURF AND SEXISM
Surfer girls overcome sexism to win Olympic berth
LEMOORE, Calif. (AP) – Surfing and sexism have a long history.
Women have been retained for centuries in the predominantly male sport which is now on the Olympic roster for the upcoming Tokyo Games. The surfers encountered mental, financial and logistical hurdles.
Today, they gain parity in terms of remuneration, equipment, surf conditions and event locations. But in terms of skills and experience, the damage caused by sexism has yet to be fully reversed.
Industry leaders in the Professional World Surf League and USA Surfing Development say they are determined to right the wrongs that have long held back female surfers.
Ohtani, leader of the MLB home run on the Oakland Mound
WITHOUT DATE (AP) – Major league home run leader Shohei Ohtani is set to pitch for the Angels in his first outing since pulling a perfect first inning in the All-Star Game.
The two-way star hit his 34th home run on Sunday in a 7-4 loss to Seattle.
Ohtani is 4-1 with a 3.49 ERA. It’s set to start tonight when Los Angeles embarks on a six-game road trip to Oakland.
Also among the matches on the big league calendar:
–San Diego right-hander Yu Darvish is set to drop off the injured list to throw in Atlanta. He came out with an inflamed left hip. Darvish is 0-3 with a 6.62 ERA in four starts against the Braves.
Nashville prospect turns out to be gay in NHL milestone
NO DATE (AP) – A prospect from the Nashville Predators has turned gay.
Luke Prokop posted on Twitter that he’s no longer afraid to hide who he is. The 19-year-old Canadian was a third-round pick in the 2020 draft last fall. He will be making his first NHL camp after playing junior hockey last season in the Western Hockey League.
Prokop says he hopes his example shows gay people are welcome in the hockey community.
No active NHL player has ever turned out to be gay. Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib in June became the first active NFL player to come out.