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Ralph Lauren reveals Team USA's Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony uniform


(NEW YORK) -- For a little over a decade, Ralph Lauren has dressed some of America's top athletes.

This year, the brand has given fans an early look at what Team USA will be sporting for the Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony.

The company has also unveiled an associated apparel collection for the 2020 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams.

As seen in campaign photos, athletes are wearing crisp white, blue and red looks that include a drawstring jacket with an American flag on the sleeve, a Polo shirt, a striped belt and denim pants.

To create the latest uniforms, Ralph Lauren took an eco-friendly approach by using sustainable materials such as leather alternatives, Repreve recycled polyester derived from plastic water bottles and other renewable plant-based materials that are all manufactured in the U.S.

In addition to the uniforms, the label has also created a protective face mask made from U.S.-grown cotton.

"Following a year marked by isolation and strife, this summer's Games are a true testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and the universal power of sport to energize and unite the world," David Lauren, Ralph Lauren chief innovation and branding officer and vice chairman of the board, said in a statement.

He continued, "As we come together to celebrate and compete, we must also embrace our responsibility to protect the planet we all call home."

Lauren added that as a part of the brand's commitment, it will continue to invest in and scale sustainability innovations -- "dressing our nation's best and brightest athletes in timeless clothing that has been consciously created."

After being postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin on July 23 and end on Aug. 8.

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Arizona names Tommy Lloyd as its next men's basketball coach


(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- The University of Arizona has hired a new men's basketball coach.

Tommy Lloyd, a former assistant coach at Gonzaga University, was chosen to lead the Wildcats, replacing Sean Miller who was fired last week after 12 seasons with Arizona, the university announced on Wednesday.

"We are thrilled that Tommy and his family are joining the Wildcat Family and reestablishing our men's basketball program among the elite in the nation," Arizona Vice President and Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said in a statement. "After speaking with a tremendous pool of candidates, and with so many in and out of the college basketball world, it became clear that Tommy has the passion, the experience, the knowledge, the coaching and recruiting acumen and the drive to lead us to championships.”

Citing sources, ESPN reports Lloyd was interviewed by Arizona over the weekend. The university has offered him a five-year contract.

"I am extremely grateful to President Robbins and Dave Heeke for the incredible opportunity to lead one of the country's most storied men's basketball programs," Lloyd, 46, said in a statement. "While there are certainly potential obstacles ahead for our program, I embrace the challenge as we will build on the foundation in place to compete for PAC-12 and national championships.”

“I know how much Arizona Basketball means to the institution, its fans, its community and the state, and I cannot wait to get started,” Lloyd continued. “That works begin now. My family and I are excited to settle in Tucson and begin a new chapter."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/14/21


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:


Toronto 5, NY Yankees 4
Boston 3, Minnesota 2
Kansas City 6, LA Angels 1
Boston 7, Minnesota 1
Texas 5, Tampa Bay 1
Chi White Sox 8, Cleveland 0
Detroit 6, Houston 4
Seattle at Baltimore (Postponed)

Washington 6, St. Louis 0
Milwaukee 7, Chi Cubs 0
San Francisco 3, Cincinnati 0
NY Mets 5, Philadelphia 1
Pittsburgh 5, San Diego 1
Miami 6, Atlanta 5
LA. Dodgers 4, Colorado 2

Milwaukee 130, Minnesota 105
Cleveland 103, Charlotte 90
Philadelphia 123, Brooklyn 117
Toronto 117, San Antonio 112
New York 116, New Orleans 106
Orlando 115, Chicago 106
LA Clippers 100, Detroit 98
Golden State 147, Oklahoma City 109
Indiana 132, Houston 124
Dallas 114, Memphis 113
Denver 123, Miami 106
Washington 123, Sacramento 111

Minnesota 5, Arizona 2
Winnipeg 3, Ottawa 2
Calgary 4, Montreal 1
Colorado 4, St. Louis 3
Vegas 6, Los Angeles 2
Anaheim 4, San Jose 1

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/13/21


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Tuesday's sports events:


Oakland 7, Arizona 5

Boston 4, Minnesota 2
Seattle 4, Baltimore 3
Baltimore 7, Seattle 6
Texas 8, Tampa Bay 3
Toronto 7, N.Y. Yankees 3
Kansas City 3, LA Angels 2
Cleveland 2, Chi White Sox 0
Detroit 8, Houston 2

NY Mets 4, Philadelphia 3
NY Mets 4, Philadelphia 0
Pittsburgh 8, San Diego 4
Chi Cubs 3, Milwaukee 2
St. Louis 14, Washington 3
Miami 14, Atlanta 8
San Francisco 7, Cincinnati 6
LA Dodgers 7, Colorado 0

Brooklyn 127, Minnesota 97
Atlanta 108, Toronto 103
LA Clippers 126, Indiana 115
LA Lakers 101, Charlotte 93
Utah 106, Oklahoma City 96
Phoenix 106, Miami 86
Boston 116, Portland 115

NY Rangers 3, New Jersey 0
Washington 6, Philadelphia 1
Boston 3, Buffalo 2 (SO)
Calgary 3, Toronto 2 (OT)
Nashville 7, Tampa Bay 2
Florida 3, Dallas 2 (OT)
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh (Postponed)

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College softball player makes history pitching 21-strikeout perfect game


(NEW YORK) -- One college softball player recently proved that she is truly in a league of her own.

Hope Trautwein, a senior at the University of North Texas, became the first player in NCAA Division 1 softball history to throw a perfect seven-inning game, with 21 strikeouts in a row.

“It’s so cool to see the people I don’t even know who are able to offer their congratulations and get excited about a sport I love so much,” Trautwein told “World News Tonight.”

Scoreboard roundup -- 4/12/21


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Monday's sports events:


Oakland 9, Arizona 5

Tampa Bay 1, Texas 0
NY Yankees 3, Toronto 1
Detroit 6, Houston 2
Chi White Sox 4, Cleveland 3
LA Angels 10, Kansas City 3
Boston at Minnesota (Postponed)
Seattle at Baltimore (Postponed)

San Diego 6, Pittsburgh 2
Milwaukee 6, Chi Cubs 3
Miami 5, Atlanta 3
Washington 5, St. Louis 2
Cincinnati 3, San Francisco 0
Philadelphia at NY Mets (Postponed)

Philadelphia 113, Dallas 95
New York 111. LA Lakers 96
San Antonio 120, Orlando 97
Memphis 101, Chicago 90
New Orleans 117, Sacramento 110
Washington 125, Utah 121
Phoenix 126, Houston 120
Golden State 116, Denver 107
Brooklyn at Minnesota (Postponed)

Ottawa 4, Winnipeg 2
Montreal 4, Toronto 2
Chicago 4, Columbus 3 (OT)
Detroit 3, Carolina 1
Colorado 4, Arizona 2
Vegas 4, Los Angeles 2
Anaheim 4, San Jose 0
St. Louis at Minnesota (Postponed)

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Minnesota pro team's postpone game following shooting of Daunte Wright

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(MINNEAPOLIS) -- All three professional sports team's with games on Monday in Minneapolis-St. Paul has postponed games following the shooting death of Daunte Wright, an unarmed 20-year old black man in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Sunday.

Wright was killed during a traffic stop.

The Twins postponed its afternoon game against the Boston Red Sox, which was scheduled for 1:10 local time.

In a statement, NBA called off the Timberwolves game against the Nets set for 7:00 pm local time.

"The National Basketball Association announced today that in light of the tragic events in the Minneapolis area yesterday, tonight’s game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center has been postponed," the statement said.  "The decision to postpone was made by the NBA after consultation with the Timberwolves organization and local and state officials. Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Daunte Wright during this difficult time."

The Timberwolves released its own statement following the postponement. 

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Oregon basketball star sheds light on renewed support for women's athletics

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(NEW YORK) -- The NCAA has again come under fire for inequities in women's athletics following a viral TikTok video from Oregon basketball star Sedona Prince that highlighted the stark differences in training facilities for the men's and women's teams.

Prince joined Good Morning America Monday in her first interview since the NCAA tournament to shed light on why she chose to post the video and how she hopes it will spark change.

"When we start talking about these things and when student athletes speak up about it, that's how change happens. And you can see when we all spoke up about it and used our voices, there was change," she said. "If my sport and people help out volleyball and we all become a unified system and unit of student athletes -- that's the most important thing we can do."

The video has now garnered over 30 million views on TikTok and Twitter.

"I talked with some of my teammates when we got [to the training facility] and I was, like, 'Wow, this is kind of not cool and not fair for us. We definitely need something bigger and something adequate. We're D1 athletes,'" she said. "I made a video before practice. And I was more upset about it. I was very opinionated -- and I made a video [after] that was more of, like, here's what's going on. Instead of my opinion, it would be better and help portray the message more, and I posted it and it did cool stuff."

Prince's post quickly received attention and a lot of support from professional athletes like NBA star Stephen Curry, WNBA star and former Duck, Sabrina Ionescu, Aja Wilson, Anfernee Simons, Stacey Dales and more.

"It means so much, especially in the NBA. Players I looked up to forever, watching them support women's basketball means a lot to us because we put in a lot of work and we deserve to be represented," Prince said. "The fact that they're supporting us and hearing us and talking about our stories was pretty special and we started, like, a movement for sure."

Prince said the NCAA addressed the issue and improved the facilities but "the only thing we wanted was not really an apology, like, we didn't need that. We just wanted it to change and for it to never happen again."

"That's how we improve and how the NCAA improves and how we become better as student athletes and people as well," she continued. "So, you know, they did the right thing by us. They built a weight room, but, you know, it was just a little too late."

An NCAA official apologized last month after Prince's images and video surfaced on social media showing the stark differences between the women's and men's weight room facilities.

"We fell short this year," said Lynn Holzman, the NCAA's vice president of women's basketball, who vowed to make improvements soon after the visuals went viral.

"I've experienced when you don't have something that's the same," said Holzman, a former college basketball player. "This is also why it hit such a nerve with me. ... There's an accountability aspect as the conversation moves forward that is front of mind."

Although the Ducks were defeated by Louisville in their Sweet 16 matchup, the rising senior said her future goals include winning the Pac 12 and NCAA championships and eventually going professional.

Prince reiterated that she hopes everyone keeps "talking about it, opening discussions and hearing opinions, and just educating people on sports and equality -- that's what we need."

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/11/21


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Sunday's sports events:


San Diego 2, Texas 0

Cleveland 5, Detroit 2
Boston 14, Baltimore 9
NY Yankees 8, Tampa Bay 4
Seattle 8, Minnesota 6
Kansas City 4, Chi White Sox 3
LA Angels at Toronto (Postponed)

Pittsburgh 7, Chi Cubs 1
Milwaukee 9, St. Louis 3
LA Dodgers 3, Washington 0
Arizona 7, Cincinnati 0
San Francisco 4, Colorado 0
Philadelphia 7, Atlanta 6
Miami at NY Mets (Suspended)

Atlanta 105, Charlotte 101
Boston 105, Denver 87
Milwaukee 124, Orlando 87
New Orleans 116, Cleveland 109
Indiana 132, Memphis 125
San Antonio 119, Dallas 117
Minnesota 121, Chicago 117
New York 102, Toronto 96
Miami 107, Portland 98
LA Clippers 131, Detroit 124

Buffalo 5, Philadelphia 3
Vegas 1, Arizona 0
Colorado 4, Anaheim 1
NY Islanders 3, NY Rangers 2 (OT)
Pittsburgh 5, New Jersey 2
Washington 8, Boston 1
Nashville 3, Dallas 2 (SO)

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Prosecutor's office reviewing car crash case involving former Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid

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(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The three-car crash involving former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid that injured two children, including one critically, is being reviewed by the local prosecutor's office.

Police handed over the investigation to the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office in "recent days," the office confirmed to ABC News.

A spokesperson for the office had no additional comment on the case, including any timeline for reviewing it or any charges recommended by police.

The collision occurred Feb. 4 on a highway near the Kansas City Chiefs' training complex next to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Reid, 35, was driving a Ram pickup truck when he struck two vehicles that were stopped on the side of southbound Interstate 435 just after 9 p.m. local time, according to police.

A 5-year-old was in critical condition with a brain injury and a 4-year-old was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after the crash, police said. All other vehicle occupants suffered minor injuries.

Reid, the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, was injured in the wreck and taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. He did not join the Chiefs in Tampa for the Super Bowl that weekend.

According to a search warrant application obtained by ABC News, an officer at the scene reported smelling "a moderate odor of alcoholic beverages emanating" from Reid, and that his eyes were bloodshot. Reid allegedly told the officer he had two to three drinks and had taken Adderall, according to the warrant.

Police had said they were investigating whether Reid was impaired before the crash.

Ariel Young, the 5-year-old critically injured in the collision, likely has permanent brain damage, her family's lawyer told "Good Morning America."

"We're going to be advocating for the most serious charges and the most serious sentence that Britt could ever receive," the attorney, Tom Porto, said in an interview last month. "We don't have the toxicology back -- I don't know what it is going to be. What I do know are the statements that he made to police that night. If you have two or three drinks, and then you get behind the wheel of a car, you are likely over the legal limit."

Reid, who was an outside linebackers coach for the Chiefs, was placed on administrative leave amid the investigation into the crash. His contract has since expired and he's no longer with the team.

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/10/21


(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday's games:



 Final  San Diego   3  Texas   0



 Final  Tampa Bay    10  N.Y. Yankees   5

 Final  Cleveland     4  Detroit        1

 Final  L.A. Angels   7  Toronto        1

 Final  Oakland       6  Houston        2



 Final  L.A. Dodgers    1  Washington     0

 Final  San Francisco   3  Colorado       1

 Final  Atlanta         8  Philadelphia   1

 Final  Cincinnati      6  Arizona        5



 Final  Indiana        111  Orlando       106

 Final  Atlanta        120  Chicago       108

  Final OT  Boston         145  Minnesota     136

  Final OT  New York       133  Memphis       129

 Final  New Orleans    101  Philadelphia  94

 Final  Charlotte      127  Milwaukee     119

 Final  Denver         121  San Antonio   119

 Final  L.A. Clippers  126  Houston       109

 Final  Washington     110  Golden State  107



 Final  N-Y Rangers   4  N-Y Islanders   1

 Final  Pittsburgh    6  New Jersey      4

 Final  Washington    4  Buffalo         3

 Final  St. Louis     9  Minnesota       1

 Final  Colorado      2  Anaheim         0

 Final  Vegas         7  Arizona         4

 Final  San Jose      5  Los Angeles     2

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/8/21


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday's sports events:


Boston 7, Baltimore 3
Chi White Sox 6, Kansas City 0
Minnesota 10, Seattle 2
LA Angels 7, Toronto 5
Houston 6, Oakland 2

NY Mets 3, Miami 2
Chicago Cubs 4, Pittsburgh 2
Colorado 7, Arizona 3
St. Louis 3, Milwaukee 1

Chicago 122, Toronto 113
Cleveland 129, Oklahoma City 102
Miami 110, LA Lakers 104
Dallas 116, Milwaukee 101
Detroit 113, Sacramento 101
Utah 122, Portland 103
LA Clippers 113, Phoenix 103

Edmonton 3, Ottawa 1
New Jersey 6, Buffalo 3
Pittsburgh 5, NY Rangers 2
Winnipeg 4, Montreal 2
Carolina 3, Florida 0
Boston 4, Washington 2
Tampa Bay 6, Columbus 4
NY Islanders 3, Philadelphia 2 (SO)
Nashville 7, Detroit 1
Dallas 5, Chicago 1
Vancouver at Calgary (Postponed)

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Scoreboard roundup -- 4/7/21


(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Wednesday's sports events:


Oakland 4, LA Dodgers 3

Minnesota 3, Detroit 2
Boston 9, Tampa Bay 2
Cleveland 4, Kansas City 2
Texas 2, Toronto 1
Seattle 8, Chi White Sox 4
Final Baltimore 4 N.Y. Yankees 3

Atlanta 7, Washington 6
Cincinnati 11, Pittsburgh 4
Milwaukee 4, Chi Cubs 2
Atlanta 2, Washington 0
St. Louis 7, Miami 0
San Francisco 3, San Diego 2
Philadelphia 8, NY Mets 2
Colorado 8, Arizona 0

Washington 131, Orlando 116
Indiana 141, Minnesota 137
Boston 101, New York 99
Brooklyn 139, New Orleans 111
Charlotte 113, Oklahoma City 102
Memphis 131, Atlanta 113
Houston 102, Dallas 93
Denver 106, San Antonio 96
Phoenix 117, Utah 113

Edmonton 4, Ottawa 2
Toronto 3, Montreal 2
St. Louis 3, Vegas 1
Minnesota 8, Colorado 3
Los Angeles 4, Arizona 3

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Trans women targeted in sports bans, but are they really at an advantage?


(NEW YORK) -- Since high school, running has taken up much of 20-year-old Lindsay Hecox’s life, giving her not only an outlet to build friendships, but also a sense of identity and competitiveness. It’s a “core part” of who she is, she said.

“I did cross-country as well and kind of realized this is my thing,” Hecox, of Boise, Idaho, told ABC News’ Kayna Whitworth. “I’m good at it, I like it, and I’m going to continue doing it, because I wanted to really get better.”

Yet, while discovering this fundamental aspect of her life in high school, Hecox was suppressing another. Hecox, a transgender woman, was assigned male at birth. Throughout high school, she said she presented as male, but like many transgender teens, she said it did not match her gender identity.

“I felt like I wasted a little bit of my life trying to pretend to be a guy and just repressing everything,” Hecox said. “That seems so much better now.”

It wasn’t until heading to college that Hecox decided to live her life authentically, and she began transitioning. However, as she waited for the track team tryouts at Boise State University, a new law threatened to uproot all that she’d worked for.

In March 2020, Idaho’s legislature passed House Bill 500, the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” which bans transgender girls and women from competing in female sports leagues.

Bills like this, Hecox said, may be driven by misconceptions that people have about trans women’s abilities in sports.

“I don’t know, [it’s] something about trans women athletes. They feel like it’s going to be some huge, tall, muscular superstar,” Hecox said. “I don’t even think most of my teammates would even think of me as trans -- I just look like a regular girl.”

The bill prompted Hecox to take action. In April 2020, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups and legal firms, she filed a lawsuit opposing the legislation. In August, a judge issued a preliminary injunction, effectively preventing the law from being enforced while the case remains pending.

Still, the bill opened a legislative Pandora’s box, with other states following in Idaho’s footsteps. At least 28 states have either proposed or passed approximately 52 bills excluding trans athletes from participating in school sports -- namely, trans girls and women in grades K-12 and college. In Minnesota, legislators have introduced a bill that would make trans female participation in school sports a petty misdemeanor, possibly punishable by a fine.

Last month, Missouri father Brandon Boulware, whose transgender daughter plays volleyball, implored the state's lawmakers to vote against a bill that would block trans teens from participating in high school sports.

“As a parent, the one thing we cannot do … is silence our children’s spirit,” he said during his testimony.

“I need you to understand that this language, if it becomes law, will have real effects on real people,” he added. “I ask you, please, don’t take that away from my daughter or the countless others like her.”

Such marginalization can have devastating effects on trans teens. In response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey of nearly 132,000 students, 27% of those who identified as trans said they felt unsafe at or traveling to or from school, and nearly 35% said they’d attempted suicide.

However, some cisgender female athletes, who identify with the gender they were assigned at birth, say they feel like they’re being pushed out of their sports by trans athletes.

“I know what it’s like to be beat by a biological male in my own sport,” Madison Kenyon, 19, a sophomore runner at Idaho State University, told ABC News. “I’ve seen them beat some of the fastest girls in this nation. … We’re not here for a participation trophy. We’ve been working so hard. We’ve been making so many sacrifices, and we’re not just here to participate. We want to compete, and we want to compete on a fair playing field.”

Chelsea Mitchell, 18, is another cisgender woman who says she lost several state track titles after running against two trans girls in high school. Mitchell came in third place, behind the two transgender girls.

“Personally, I lost four state championships … and countless other opportunities to advance to meet, to place,” she said. “So, I decided to speak out, because I believe that this was unfair for me and my other competitors.”

Mitchell was able to beat one of the transgender runners in later races. She said it made her feel like “I finally got the recognition I deserved.” She is currently a student-athlete on a scholarship at William & Mary in Virginia. Neither of the two trans competitors that once beat her were offered scholarships.

Both Mitchell and Kenyon have joined lawsuits against trans women’s participation in women’s sports. They’re represented by the conservative legal advocacy organization Alliance Defending Freedom.

They’ve both said their position is not based on hate or anti-trans sentiment but about fairness and opportunity in their sport.

“I think that everyone should have a place to compete and everyone has a right to participate in sports, but the question is, where is that most fair?” Kenyon said. “For female athletes, it’s most fair for biological women to be competing against biological women.”

Joanna Harper, one of the world’s leading researchers on transitioning athletes, who is a trans woman athlete herself, said the science and biology related to who has an advantage in sports are more nuanced than these laws make it seem.

“Many critics of transgender women have suggested that trans women have unfair advantages over gender or typical women, and it is certainly true that as a population group, trans women do have athletic advantages over [cisgender] women,” she said. “We do, however, allow advantages in sports.”

For example, Harper said it’s not uncommon in baseball for left-handed players to have some advantages over right-handed players. Athletic abilities vary regardless of the gender someone is assigned at birth, she said.

Moreover, she said, the hormone replacement therapy that a trans woman undergoes during transition changes her body in a way that allows “trans women and [cisgender] women to compete against one another in a meaningful fashion in most sports.”

“I would suggest that it is never the right response to outright ban trans athletes,” Harper said, adding that she believes that for all sports at all levels, “there is some set of solutions that can be implemented … and still allow for trans women to be integrated within women’s sports.”

While more studies may be needed to determine what these solutions should be, leading sports organizations like the NCAA have issued guidance based on their understanding of the current research. In 2011, the college sports organization’s Office of Inclusion released guidance stipulating that trans women should undergo a year of testosterone suppression before joining a team.

Hecox met that requirement by taking a year of hormone replacement therapy, which helps a transgender person’s body match their gender identity more closely. Hecox said the therapy changed her athletic abilities. Along with losing muscle mass, Hecox said her stamina decreased as well.

“I could feel myself getting slower, and I was all right with that,” she said.

Hecox said she believes the hormone replacement therapy brought her athletic abilities more within the range of other female athletes. In fact, despite a rigorous training schedule provided by the school, she was not fast enough to make Boise State’s track team in 2020.

While Hecox said she “felt pretty disappointed” with her times, she remains hopeful for a better future. She said she’ll continue to fight the trans athlete law and added that she’ll be trying out for the track team again in 2022.

“I don’t really mind if I don’t make the team,” she said. “As long as I have paved the road for future trans athletes to make a team and be happy.”

ABC News' Sony Salzman contributed to this report.

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Tiger Woods' car crash caused by speed: Sheriff

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Speed caused the rollover car crash that left Tiger Woods seriously injured, Los Angeles County authorities said Wednesday.

The accident was also due to Woods' "inability to negotiate the curve of the roadway," Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference.

Woods was driving at an estimated 84 to 87 mph during the Feb. 23 accident in Southern California, Villanueva said. Woods was driving in a 45 mph zone, according to The Associated Press.

It's believed that Woods inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brake, Capt. James Powers said.

The car was moving at 75 mph when Woods struck a tree, the sheriff said.

Woods was speeding but the decision was made not to issue a citation, the sheriff said. No one witnessed the crash and Woods did not receive any special treatment from police, Villanueva said.

The golfing great showed no signs of impairment, Villanueva added.

Villanueva said last month that the cause of the crash had been determined and the investigation had concluded.

Woods’ team gave permission for the details to be released, Villanueva said Wednesday, adding that under California law, these reports are confidential unless the release is approved by those involved.

Woods was alone, driving a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV, when he crashed on the border of Rolling Hills estates and Rancho Palos Verdes.

The vehicle hit the center median, crossed into the opposite lane and then hit the curb and a tree, the sheriff said in February. The GV80 rolled over several times and was found several hundred feet away from the center divider with a deployed airbag.

In February the sheriff said no charges were anticipated against Woods, calling the crash "purely an accident."

Woods, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to a hospital where he underwent a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle, officials said. Days later he was moved to another hospital for follow-up procedures.

Woods said in a March 16 statement that he was back home in Florida and continuing his recovery.

Woods in a statement Wednesday thanked the good Samaritans and first responders who rushed to the scene. He added, "I will continue to focus on my recovery and family, and thank everyone for the overwhelming support and encouragement I’ve received throughout this very difficult time."

Fellow golfer Rory McIlroy said at Tuesday's Masters news conference that he's visited Woods and described him as in "decent spirits."

"He’s fully focused on the recovery process," McIlroy said. "And I feel like he’s mentally strong enough to get through that. And once he does, broken bones heal, and he’s just got to take it step by step."

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