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EUGENE, Ore. -- Those two high schoolers really can fly. So can that relative newcomer to the 200 meters, LaShawn Merritt.Be ready, Justin Gatlin, theyll be chasing you.A pair of 18-year-olds, Michael Norman and Noah Lyles, turned heads Friday after blistering performances in the semifinals at the U.S. Track and Field Trials. Norman won his heat over Gatlin. Lyles wasnt really challenged in his heat.Moments later, Merritt stole the show; the runner known more for the 400 turned in a 200 time of 19.74 seconds, the fastest mark in the world this season.These kids, man, theyre good, the 34-year-old Gatlin said. Theyre good at what they do. Theyre strong. Theyre brave man.Got to compete against them like theyre real competitors.Oh, theyre real all right. Maybe a little in awe and perhaps still a little green, but definitely real.After crossing the line in 20.21 seconds, Norman reached over and shook Gatlins hand. He leaned in and said, Do you remember me?Gatlin sure did. They once hung out at a Nike Elite camp. Norman thought about bringing up their encounter before the race, but didnt want to interrupt the sprinter who figures to be the biggest threat to Usain Bolt at the Rio de Janeiro Games.Probably a wise move. Gatlin was all business.Theyre coming out to be giant killers, he said.And Gatlin would be the giant in the final Saturday. Or perhaps its Merritt, given the time he ran.Came off the curve with everybody, felt good so I made a move, said Merritt, whos dabbling in the 200 after already earning a spot by winning the 400. The key was to win the race. Thats what I did.Norman is from Murrieta, California, and plans to go to Southern California this fall. Lyles hails from Alexandria, Virginia, and will attend Florida.They have a friendly rivalry on the junior circuit, with Norman beating out Lyles for the Gatorade Athlete of the Year award. But it was Lyles who beat Norman in the only 200 race in which theyve squared off -- at USATF Junior National Championships in 2015.Were pretty close. We talk to each other all the time, Norman said.Feed off each other, too.Watch them in the call room, they look at each other, and you can tell theyre like, `We got this, Gatlin said. Im going to rise to the occasion when its time.Anything one does, the other tries to do better.Saw him going and I thought, `Oh, dang, he ran outside Gatlin. He just passed Gatlin, Lyles said. I was like, `Oh, I got to get out there.I dont mean to brag, but were pretty extraordinary. We come out here and try to do our best, then try to show up for the crowd.Dont be surprised if they earn a spot on the 200. They are that talented.Trying to go to the Olympics -- its been a goal for four years and were trying to make it happen, Lyles said.Of course, Gatlin will have something to say about it. Hes already qualified in the 100, but hopes to earn a place in the 200, too. Merritt will be in the mix as well. He had the fastest 200 time coming in and has only gotten stronger despite running three rounds of the 400 earlier at trials.Just have to stay humble, stay grounded, get some rest and come out tomorrow and do it all over again, Merritt said.Merritt could be in line to try to become the first man to win a 200-400 Olympic double since Michael Johnson in 1996. But thats a decision for down the road.Im just trying to take it a race at a time, Merritt said.Flying under the radar are Ameer Webb and veteran Tyson Gay, who didnt make the team in the 100.Thats two rounds down, one more to go, Lyles said. Were just trying to make something cool happen. Adidas NMD Human Race Sale .C. -- Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Bobcats got off to a fast start, and the Sacramento Kings were never quite able to catch up. Adidas NMD Mens Clearance . Now, with Game 6 set for Fenway Park and an 8:07 p.m. ET first pitch, the Detroit Tigers face the unenviable task of having to beat the Boston Red Sox twice, on the road, to advance to the World Series. . -- Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, shooting a 14-under 58 on Sunday in the final-round scramble to break the tournament course record. Adidas NMD Clearance . "Trying to breathe," he said with a grin. Bernier stopped 42 of 43 shots on Monday night, including all 22 in a hectic middle frame, his heroic performance propelling the Leafs toward an undue point in their final game before the Christmas break. Adidas NMD Womens Cheap . -- Edmontons Val Sweeting is two wins away from a trip to Winnipeg to play in Canadas Road of the Rings in December. SAN FRANCISCO -- Clayton Richard hopes to build upon some sensational statistics since joining the San Diego Padres when he faces the playoff-contending San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.The 33-year-old, twice a 14-game winner earlier in his career with the Padres, has gone 2-2 with a 1.15 ERA in seven appearances, including five starts, since rejoining the club in August after a two-year stint with the Chicago Cubs.The left-hander has been better than ever in recent efforts, allowing just one run over his last three starts. Two of those outings were on the road against teams competing with the Giants for playoff positions -- the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers.The Giants (77-66) currently trail the Los Angeles Dodgers (81-62) by four games in the National League West. San Francisco leads the NL wild-card race.Even Richards two losses as a Padre were impressive. He allowed a total of two earned runs in losses to the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks when he was given a grand total of two runs of offensive support.Richard has struck out 26 in his 31 1/3 innings for the Padres.The matchup of the night could be Richard against one of baseballs hottest hitters, Giants right fielder Hunter Pence.Pence will take a 13-for-20 (.650) streak into the game, having gone 2-for-4 in Mondays 4-0 loss to Paul Clemens and the Padres.Pence is hitting .481 (13-for-27) against the Padres this season, but hes gone just 1-for-9 with three strikeouts in his career against Richard.Weve had guys hot and cold since the break. We have not been consistent, Giants manager Bruce Bochy lamented after Mondays shutout, which came on the heels of a three-game winning streak during which San Francisco scored 23 runs.dddddddddddd. It looked like we came out of it in Arizona. It sure looks bad to get shut out when you get back home the first day.The Giants will counter on the mound with Albert Suarez, who has pitched well enough as an injury-replacement starter this season to retain a rotation spot even after veterans Matt Cain and Jake Peavy have returned to the active roster.Suarez has gone 3-3 with a 4.37 ERA in 19 games, splitting time between the starting rotation (nine) and the bullpen (10).The rookie has faced the Padres just once this season, that having been in relief on July 16, when he kept San Diego scoreless for 1 2/3 innings despite allowing two hits and three walks.Suarez will be facing a Padres team that rode catcher Hector Sanchezs three-hit night to the series-opening win Monday.Sanchez, who spent his first five seasons with the Giants, broke open the win with a two-run homer off Jeff Samardzija in the sixth inning.It was his third homer of the season, and just his third in 119 career games at AT&T Park.He has to feel good about hitting a homer here, Padres manager Andy Green said of Sanchez after the game. Im sure hes got some great memories here.The Padres win was their fourth straight over the Giants after they had opened the season with nine consecutive losses against their California rival.San Diego had lost 11 in a row in San Francisco before Monday. ' ' '

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