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Tyson Gay elected not to compete in the opening day of USA Bobsleds national push championships in Canada, getting a little more time to transition from being an Olympic sprinter to someone who runs on ice.Another sprinter stole the show instead.Ryan Bailey, in only his second week in the sport and first time competing on ice, won the mens brakeman competition Wednesday -- enhancing his chances of making the national team. Bailey won the preliminary championship last month, though that was on dry land and left him with no expectations coming into his first time racing on ice.To get a chance to compete in the Winter Olympics would be amazing, Bailey said. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be possible, so getting this chance is mind-blowing.Bailey was part of the 2012 Olympic team at the London Games, a teammate of Gays there. Gay was recruited to bobsled this summer after the Rio Games, in part by Willie Gault -- the former NFL wide receiver who also was a bobsledder.Gay got to Calgary, which has an indoor facility thats hosting these championships, earlier this week. USA Bobsled said it was decided that it was in Gays best interest to focus on learning Wednesday and not immediately jump into competition.A number of other Olympic veterans, of the Winter Games variety, also got titles on Wednesday.Two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor won the womens pilot title, the eighth start title of her career and the fifth since she left the brakemans seat and became a driver.Its great getting everyone back together on ice, Meyers Taylor said. We train all summer for this. Its what we live for. Its so much fun to be back out there, to see everyone making improvements.Olympic gold medalist Justin Olsen set a record from the drivers push bar to win the mens pilot title, and Olympic bronze medalist Aja Evans returned from a two-year hiatus to win her third womans push athlete national championship.The time off was good for me, Evans said. Theres a lot that goes into the sport and competing on a high level, so the time off gave me a lot of mental clarity and let my body heal up.Olsen made the switch from pushing sleds to driving them after the 2014 Sochi Games.I feel rejuvenated mentally with my new journey as a driver, Olsen said.Competing in the push championships is ordinarily a requirement to be eligible for national team consideration. But that rule doesnt apply to rookie hopefuls, so Gay -- who could compete in other events this weekend -- still is in the mix to compete in team trials next month. It also doesnt apply to injured athletes like longtime USA-1 driver Steven Holcomb, the three-time Olympic medalist who was excused Wednesday because of an injury.Im just being cautious, Holcomb said. I had a slight training mishap a couple weeks ago, nothing major.Cheap Wild Jerseys China . The International Olympic Committee released the official list of bid cities on Friday after the deadline for applications had passed. The candidates -- all previously announced in their own countries -- are: Almaty, Kazakhstan; Beijing; Krakow, Poland; Lviv, Ukraine; Oslo, Norway; and Stockholm. Cheap Adidas Wild Jerseys . Once again, DeLaet finished tied for second at a PGA Tour stop on the weekend, this time at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The pride of Weyburn, Sask. http://www.cheapwildjerseys.com/ .Y. - Jerome Samson scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the St. Cheap Wild Jerseys Authentic . Los Angeles star goalie survived those perilous gymnastics with no problem, and he eventually backstopped the Kings to a skid-snapping win. Quick stopped 27 shots in his return from a 24-game injury absence, Jeff Carter scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:55 to play, and the Kings snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night. Cheap Minnesota Wild Jerseys . -- PGA TOUR Canada member Steve Saunders took a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Web.KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee is undefeated but still must deal with some major losses as it heads into Southeastern Conference competition.Joshua Dobbs threw a pair of 20-yard touchdown passes to Josh Malone and ran for a third score as the 15th-ranked Volunteers overcame injuries and a suspension to hold off pesky Ohio 28-19 on Saturday.The Volunteers, who have won nine straight games over the last two years, now must wait and see how healthy theyll be heading into next weeks SEC opener with No. 23 Florida.Were decimated right now with injuries, Tennessee coach Butch Jones said.Tennessee (3-0) played Saturday without four starters -- three were injured and defensive back Malik Foreman was suspended for a violation of team rules. During the first half, the Vols also lost two team captains to injuries -- cornerback Cam Sutton and linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin.When those two went down, we all got together as a defense and we were determined we were going to win this game for those two, linebacker Cortez McDowell said.Jones said Sutton would be out an extended period of time, though the nature of the four-year starters injury wasnt specified. Jones was optimistic Reeves-Maybin could return from his shoulder injury as early as next week but said the linebackers status remained uncertain.Tennessee also is waiting to learn how soon linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr., defensive end LaTroy Lewis, receiver Josh Smith can return from injuries that sidelined them Saturday. Their absences resulted in featured roles for backups such as former walk-on linebacker Colton Jumper and freshman cornerback Baylen Buchanan.Ohio had its own injury issues. The Bobcats made the trip without injured running backs Maleek Irons and A.J. Ouellette. Running back Dorian Brown got hurt during the game.Theyve got a good football team, Ohio coach Frank Solich said of Tennessee. Theyre very athletic and they played hard. All in all it was good football game. We just kind of ran out of bodies.ddddddddddddTennessee scored 38 seconds into the game on the first TD pass from Dobbs to Malone. The Vols continued to lead the rest of the way, though Ohio stayed close throughout.Ohio, a 27-point underdog, was within 21-19 when Dobbs and Malone connected again with 11:07 left in the game. Ohio (1-2) wouldnt threaten again.Malone has caught four of Dobbs six touchdown passes this season.Ohios Louie Zervos was 4 of 4 on field-goal attempts and Sebastian Smith caught nine passes for 156 yards.THE TAKEAWAYOhio: The Bobcats have never beaten a Top 25 team but had a real chance to pull off a history-making victory if theyd capitalized on opportunities. Ohio didnt recover any of Tennessees five fumbles, and the Bobcats offense continually settled for short field-goal attempts rather than reaching the end zone. The failure to finish drives has been a recurring problem for Ohio. Zervos is 13 of 14 on field-goal attempts.Tennessee: The Vols won but made plenty of mistakes they cant afford to repeat once SEC play starts. Not only did they fumble five times, they also committed nine penalties.The penalties are inexcusable. The balls on the ground are inexcusable. Im pulling my hair out, Jones said.POLL IMPLICATIONSTennessees second lackluster effort likely will cause the Vols to drop a few spots. Tennessee opened with a 20-13 overtime victory over 20 1/2-point underdog Appalachian State.OFFENSIVE LINE SHUFFLETennessee altered its offensive line by having sophomore Jack Jones replace redshirt freshman Drew Richmond with three other players switching positions.UP NEXTOhio hosts Football Championship program Gardner-Webb in its last game before opening Mid-American Conference play.Tennessee hosts No. 23 Florida, which has beaten the Vols 11 straight times.---Online: AP College Football website www.collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '

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