Shaun White pushes forward on Olympic skateboarding track

Published 4:30 pm PDT, Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Shaun White

The three-time Olympic snowboarding champion is going forward with plans to become a Summer Games Olympian in skateboarding. White, 32, said Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show that he will compete at the world championships in September “and see what happens” before deciding whether to try to earn a spot on the U.S. team for skateboarding’s Olympic debut next year in Tokyo. White has won five of his 23 X Games medals on the summer side in skateboarding. Street and park skateboarding are on the 2020 Olympics program, neither of which is considered White’s specialty. He’ll focus on the park version, which mixes vertical jumps like those seen on the halfpipe with street features like rails and stairs. “I thought, why don’t I test the waters, compete a little and see what happens?” he said.

Tim Tebow

Triple-A Syracuse put the New York Mets’ minor-league outfielder on the injured list because of a cut hand. Tebow is hitting .163 this season. The 2007 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was hurt while fielding a ball in the outfield at Toledo on Sunday. Manager Tony DeFrancesco says the cut is in a bad spot and required several stitches. Tebow is in his third year of professional ball and first in Triple-A after a three-year stint at quarterback in the NFL. He has 39 hits in 77 games with four homers, 19 RBIs and 98 strikeouts in 239 at-bats. He hit .273 at Double-A Binghamton last year with six homers and 36 RBIs in 271 at-bats over 84 games before breaking a bone in his right hand, an injury that ended his season.

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