Sports News Roundup: Olympics-USA Nordic denounces IOC decision not to add women’s combined to 2026 Games; Swimming-Ledecky dominates to win 800m freestyle gold, Milak completes butterfly double and more

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Olympics-USA Nordic denounces IOC decision not to add women’s combined to 2026 Games

USA Nordic Sport said on Friday it was very disappointed with the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) not to include the women’s Nordic combined in the program of the 2026 Games in Milan and Cortina. The IOC said the women’s Nordic combined, where athletes compete in cross-country skiing and ski jumping, lacks universality and the men’s Olympic spot is also under threat.

Swimming-Ledecky dominates to win 800m freestyle gold, Milak completes butterfly double

Olympic champion Katie Ledecky won a fifth consecutive 800m freestyle title at the world swimming championships in Budapest on Friday, while local favorite Kristof Milak added to her 200m butterfly crown with a victory in the 100m butterfly. Ledecky won in emphatic style, finishing more than 10 seconds faster than Australia’s Kiah Melverton to seal her 19th gold medal at this level and overtake Ryan Lochte. The American is now within seven of Michael Phelps’ all-time record.

JO-IBA will not be in charge of the Paris 2024 boxing competition, qualifiers-IOC

The International Boxing Association will not be in charge of boxing competition at the 2024 Paris Olympics or qualifying for those games, the IOC announced on Friday. The IOC had deprived the IBA in 2019 of its participation in the Tokyo Olympics last year due to governance, funding, arbitration and ethical issues. The sport was also not included in the initial program of the Los Angeles Games in 2028.

Soccer-Scotland edge closer to Women’s World Cup qualifiers with 4-0 win over Ukraine

Scotland beat Ukraine 4-0 in their 2023 Women’s World Cup qualifier on Friday, taking a big step towards securing a playoff spot in what was the first match the he Ukrainian national team has played since the Russian invasion. Ukraine could feel at home in the south-eastern Polish town of Rzeszow, which – located around 100 km from the Ukrainian border – has been a focal point for people fleeing the war-torn country. and many refugees gathered to cheer on their team.

Reports: Steve Clifford to coach Hornets for second time

Steve Clifford agreed to a multi-year contract on Friday for a second stint as Charlotte Hornets coach, according to multiple reports. Clifford, 60, was 196-214 with two playoff appearances in five seasons with the club from 2013 to 2018. He was let go after going 36-46 in the 2017 campaign -18.

Fire, Dynamo looking for summer sparks

The Houston Dynamo will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak on Saturday night when they host a Chicago Fire team that just escaped their own extended slide. Houston (5-7-3, 18 points) lost 3-0 at Real Salt Lake in late May just before the start of the international break, then followed that up with a 2-1 loss at Orlando City when the two teams returned from a three-week break.

Aaron Judge and Yankees agree to one-year, $19 million deal

Field-Level Media EditorsNote: Adjusts lede to make it official, adds Boone quote in new graphic 4 Slugger Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees agreed to a 19-year deal on Friday million dollars, plus incentives, avoiding arbitrage.

The Olympic Women’s Nordic Combined is not part of the 2026 Olympics-IOC

Women’s Nordic combined will not be on the program of the 2026 Milan and Cortina Winter Olympics in Italy as it lacks universality and the men’s Olympic spot is also at risk due to low interest, the International Committee said on Friday. Olympic. The move means Nordic combined, where athletes compete in cross-country skiing and ski jumping, remains the only winter Olympic discipline where women are not allowed to compete, although they now have a world championship. and a World Cup circuit.

Optimism abounds when Toronto FC and Atlanta United meet

Two teams from the bottom half of the Eastern Conference standings will square off on Saturday night when Toronto FC host Atlanta United FC. Atlanta United (5-5-4, 19 points) just won 2-0 against Inter Miami CF on Sunday, thanks to goals from Luiz Araujo and Josef Martinez. Now Martinez faces Toronto FC, a club against which he has scored four goals.

Olympics – Every sport must establish transgender rules, says IOC despite criticism

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has defended its position that it is up to each international sports body to set its own rules for the inclusion of transgender athletes, despite criticism from tennis great Martina Navratilova. Navratilova, a pioneer in gay rights, had criticized the IOC earlier this week for what she called a lack of leadership on the issue of including transgender athletes in sport.

(With agency contributions.)

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