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  • Usain Bolt predicted that he wouldn't lose his favorite event at the world championships and, as is usually the case when the Jamaican steps onto a track, he went out and backed up his words.

    Bolt faced another showdown with American Justin Gatlin in the 200-meter final in Beijing on Thursday and did not blink as he captured his record 10th world title in a time of 19.55, the fifth fastest 200 ever.

    On Sunday, Bolt edged Gatlin in the 100-meter final by just one hundredth of a second. Both cruised to victories in Wednesday's semifinal heats to set up the rematch.

    "Justin Gatlin was saying he was ready to go and was going to do something special. And for the 100 I don't mind people talking a lot because it's the 100 meters," Bolt said. "But when it comes to my 200, I take it really personal."

    Gatlin came off the curve running step for step with Bolt, but that's when Bolt kicked it into another gear. Down the back stretch, he easily put distance between himself and Gatlin and coasted

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  • There's no event in sports that carries a speed-to-drama ratio quite like the 100-meter dash. Years of hopes, dreams, ambitions validated or dashed in less time than it's taken you to read this paragraph.

    On Sunday at the world championships in Beijing, the United States' Justin Gatlin and Jamaica's Usain Bolt faced off for the first time since 2013. Gatlin, heavily favored, was riding a streak of 28 straight unbeaten 100m races, but lost to Bolt by one-one hundredth of a second.

    Gatlin had come into the race the favorite, carrying a season best of 9.74 seconds. Bolt's time of 9.79 seconds would not have beaten Gatlin's earlier semifinal time of 9.77 seconds. Gatlin appeared to have control of the race early, starting even with Bolt and gaining an edge on the Jamaican. But Gatlin seemed to start his lean an instant too early, and Bolt was able to power across the finish line in an edge too narrow for the naked eye.

    How close was Bolt's margin of

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  • FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2014 file photo South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. Pistorius Pistroius is to released into house arrest Friday after spending 10 months of a five-year sentence for the killing of his girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp in 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2014 file photo South Africa's Oscar Pistorius starts in the men's 400-meter semifinal during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. Pistorius Pistroius is to released into house arrest Friday after spending 10 months of a five-year sentence for the killing of his girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp in 2013. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympian convicted of killing his girlfriend, had been slated for release from prison this Friday after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence. However, South Africa's justice minister has asked for a review of that decision.

    Pistorius was convicted last year of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. He had contended that her death was an accident, and that he had believed a burglar was in his house when he fired through a closed door. Pistorius was acquitted of the charge of murder, but nonetheless convicted of culpable homicide.

    Pistorius is imprisoned at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria. His good behavior had earned him a scheduled early release, according to a deal worked out in June. However, justice minister Michael Masutha called the release into house arrest "premature." South African law allows the release of prisoners one-sixth of the way into their sentence under certain circumstances. In a statement,

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  • Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast
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    Both China and Russia have spent billions of dollars on recent Olympic Games, virtually pricing every other nation out of the market. Will this runaway spending continue? Will anyone want to bother with hosting the Games in the future? Come 2035, will there even be such a thing as the Olympics?

    That's one of our Friday Five topics today on Yahoo Sports' Grandstanding podcast. Other ideas we're kicking around:

    • If you had to abandon your favorite city's sports teams, which city would you adopt as your new sports mecca? (Bandwagoners who root for the Cowboys/Yankees/Cavaliers need not apply.)

    • In light of allegations against the Blackhawks' Patrick Kane, what do you do when a player on your favorite team has (allegedly) done something horrible? How do you keep rooting for them afterward?

    • Which player currently in the game will you miss most once he (or she) retires?

    • The Republican presidential debate. That

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  • 2016 Summer Olympics: Key dates

    Michael Phelps hopes to qualify for his fourth Olympics. (AP)Michael Phelps hopes to qualify for his fourth Olympics. (AP)The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro begin on Aug. 5. Who will qualify? Here are some of the key dates to determine the athletes who will compete in the XXXI Olympiad:

    Women's Artistic Gymnastics
    • 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials: July 8-10, 2016 in San Jose, Calif.

    Men's Artistic Gymnastics
    • 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials: June 24-26, 2016 in St. Louis, Mo.

    Track and Field
    • U.S. Olympic Trials: July 1-10, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon

    Swimming
    • U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials: June 26-July 3, 2016 in Omaha, Neb.

    Diving
    • FINA Diving World Cup: February 19-24, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Men's Soccer
    • CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship: October 1-13, in U.S.
    • CONCACAF/CONMEBOL Playoff: March 21-29, 2016 in Brazil

    Women's Soccer
    • CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament: January 21-31, 2016 (Location TBA)

    Boxing
    • Olympic Qualifying Event – Americas: March 8-20, 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Wrestling
    • Pan-American Olympic Qualification: March 4-6, 2016 in Dallas, Texas

    Men and

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