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EUGENE, Ore. -- ?A few more kids are on their way to Brazil after Saturdays racing at the U.S. Track and Field Trials.In this case, they are 41-year-old Bernard Lagats son and daughter, Miika and Gianna.The American record-holder flipped the script on a youth-filled trials Saturday, running his final lap of the 5,000 meters in 52 seconds to charge from sixth to first and earn his fifth, and most surprising, trip to the Olympics.Lagat, who won in 13 minutes, 35.50 seconds, will have his wife, Gladys, and kids in tow on the way to Rio.Joining them there will be 34-year-old Justin Gatlin, who won the 200-meter final to advance to his third Olympics. He held off LaShawn Merritt and two high schoolers, Michael Norman and Noah Lyles, who stood as the latest examples of the growing youth movement in American track.Already, there are three 20-and-under track-and-field athletes heading to Rio -- Vashti Cunningham, Keturah Orji and Trayvon Bromell -- with 16-year-old Sydney McLaughlin trying for a 400-hurdles spot Sunday.But some of these old guys can run, too. And Lagat was determined to show hes not near finished.They were saying Im done and cannot make the team, he said. That didnt sound right to me.That talk picked up last year, when the Kenyan-born runner missed his first worlds or Olympics team since he became an American citizen in 2005 -- a failure he said crushed him, in large part because his kids were pushing hard for him to make the trip. The murmurs came back after he dropped out of the 5,000 earlier this season at the Prefontaine Classic and only got louder when he pulled out of the 10K earlier in trials.Turns out, Lagat has plenty of gas in the tank.We know Bernard Lagat will be done, said third-place finisher Paul Chelimo, when hes not running anymore.Galen Rupp, who pulled into a wide lead with two laps to go, fell behind during the final lap and finished ninth overall. He had previously qualified for Rio in the 10,000 meters and the marathon.The 200-meter final turned into quite a showdown along the stretch, with Gatlin finishing in 19.75 seconds and edging Merritt -- the 400-meter specialist whos pretty good at 200, too -- by a mere .04 seconds.?I said, You know what, if Lagat had the guts to go out there and do what he needs to do at his age, I can go out there and do what I need to do, especially from Lane 8, Gatlin said.Like Merritt, Allyson Felix remains in the mix for the 200-400 double; she made it easily through her semifinal round. Like Merritt, Felix turned 30 in the past year. And like Merritt, she is an expert at pacing herself through the rounds in multiple races.Experience means a lot, Merritt said. Its being comfortable once you get out there. Being able to use the nerves as positive energy. And knowing youve been there before and know how to handle it, it gives you a chip on your shoulder.Lagat certainly had one.Along with another incentive.My daughter said, I want you to win, Lagat said, so I can go see gymnastics. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.? Chris Tierney Senators Jersey . Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced Wednesday that the team would assign Swedish forward Elias Lindholm to his nations team for the upcoming tournament. Colin White Senators Jersey . 10 VCU 85-67 on Thursday night at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Seminoles (4-0) have scored at least 80 points in each of their games. . This should be celebrated because it will not always be this way. With the amount of money given to players by their clubs these days, it is a wonder that so many of those teams allow the sport to continue to take away many of their assets so they can play for a different team in the middle of their season. Jason Spezza Jersey . The Australian is competing in his final season in Formula One and still looking for his first win this year. He will look to end Vettels run of six straight race wins on Sunday. Webber, who is fifth in the championship, earned his second pole from the past three races and 13th of his career. Jason Spezza Senators Jersey . With the short-handed Warriors needing help from someone -- anyone -- to stop a three-game skid, ONeal returned from right knee and groin injuries that had sidelined him for four games and put up season highs with 18 points and eight rebounds. It was just enough to help lift Golden State to a 102-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. While Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green may have posted some dismissive tweets to Wednesdays news that the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, reaction seemed to be generally positive from NBA players.Thats amazing, great, Chris Paul, the president of the players association, told reporters Wednesday. I was on the phone with [NBPA executive director Michele Roberts] today. Im excited. Im happy for the league. Im happy for our fans, owners, everyone whos involved. Its a great thing.I think everyone negotiated in good faith. The conversations were great. Everything was cordial. Everyone knows how well the game is going, and nobody wanted to mess that up. My hat goes off to Adam [Silver] and his team, and same thing on our side.Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, who is the teams player representative, greeted the news positively.Thats good. Better than last time, he said. They did a good job communicating and were able to come to an agreement tentatively. Thats a great start for both parties.For The Beard, theres no fear of being sidelined by any work stoppage.Its great for the league and the players and the owners and everybody to come to an agreement and hopefully not be a lockout, said Houston Rockets star James Harden, and we can play basketball and give these fans some exciting basketball, and everybody is happy.Yippee! said Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker, the teams players association representative. I am just glad that we could come to an agreement. I am going to look over the deal and make sure everything is fine for my crew.I wasnt worried at all, Booker added of any potential snags or a lockout. I have been through a lockout before and it is no fun, bbut I wasnt worried this time.dddddddddddd Michele, she has done a great job since she has been in office.Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson happily greeted the news.Thats dope, man, Clarkson said. They did a really good job working with the players association. Its good for us, good for everybody, good for the fans. Theres going to be no [work] shortage, so its good.Said Lakers forward Julius Randle: Ive never experienced a lockout. We have veterans in here that have experienced lockouts, and Ive heard its not fun, especially when you come back and youve got to play three in a row, back to back to back or whatever. Now we can go into the summer with a clear conscious and work out and have a regular start.Nets center Brook Lopez reflected back to a previous lockout.I have missed plenty of time for injury and then we were locked out for a little bit. I cherish my time on the basketball court, Lopez said. As long as it is a good deal, fair to both sides, fair to the players, I am down with it. I love being on the court.San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich declined comment, as did Lakers coach Luke Walton. Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he had no reaction until the deal is completed.I think its a great thing, said Rockets swingman Trevor Ariza, the Rockets players association representative. Our business is doing great and it can only do better. The good thing is we came to an agreement and theres no work stoppage or anything like that, and we just keep going and keep our business growing.?ESPNs Calvin Watkins, Chris Forsberg, Michael Wright, Tim MacMahon, Ohm Youngmisuk and The Undefeateds Marc Spears contributed to this report. ' ' '

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