In Brief: Injured Olympian Leaves for Colorado Hospital
Scottsdale, Ariz. — Legs strapped down, wires and tubes jutting from underneath her blankets, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen began to weep.
An accident on an all-terrain vehicle 12 days earlier left the decorated Olympic swimmer paralyzed and headed toward an uncertain future, yet these were not tears of sadness or anguish.
They were tears were of joy — for what she still has, not what she lost.
“Yes, this injury sucks and yes, things hurt, but I’m alive and I’m so thankful to be alive, so that’s why I can be positive about it,” Van Dyken-Rouen said. “It helps get me through the pain.”
A six-time Olympic gold medalist, Van Dyken-Rouen was injured when the ATV she was driving hit a curb and sent her hurtling over an embankment near Show Low on June 6. The accident left her paralyzed just below the waist, in intensive care for more than a week and with an uncertain prognosis.
As someone who has been active all her life and an athlete who was among the best ever in her sport, the possibility of spending the rest of her life in a wheelchair could have been a devastating blow.
Instead, Van Dyken-Rouen attacked her new life with the same vigor she had as a world-class swimmer.
Smiling through gritted teeth as she fought through brutal pain and restless nights, she brightened the day of everyone around her at the hospital with her positive attitude and people around the world with her upbeat posts on social media.
Now, after nearly two weeks in a Scottsdale hospital, Van Dyken-Rouen is headed toward the next phase of her recovery.
The 41-year-old loaded onto a medical transport flight Wednesday to Colorado, where she will continue rehabilitation at Craig Hospital in her hometown of Denver.
Jags Sign Top Pick
Jacksonville, Fla. — Rookie quarterback Blake Bortles has a number of things to work on before training camp. His contract is no longer on the list.
Bortles, the first quarterback taken in last month’s NFL draft, signed a four-year deal worth more than $20.6 million Wednesday.
The third overall selection, Bortles signed the fully guaranteed contract before the second day of a mandatory, three-day minicamp.
Bortles received a $13.3 million signing bonus. The Jaguars got a team option for a fifth year.
Bortles has been up and down during organized team activities, about what the Jaguars expected when they drafted him and planned to let him watch and learn in 2014 and take over next season.
Veteran TE Retires
Indianapolis — Dallas Clark never took his eyes off the screen as a video tribute played highlights from his time in Indianapolis.
The standout tight end retired from the NFL after 11 seasons Wednesday and when he stepped to the podium at the team’s practice facility, he could hardly keep his composure.
He retired as a member of the Colts, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2003. It’s the place where he won a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning in 2006 and spent the first nine years of his career. Clark played for Baltimore last season and for Tampa Bay in 2012.
Djokovic, Serena Seeded No. 1 for Wimbledon
London — Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were seeded No. 1 for Wimbledon on Wednesday, while defending champion Andy Murray moved up two spots above his ranking to the third seed.
Djokovic, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, was ranked No. 2 but was given the top seeding by the All England Club ahead of top-ranked Rafael Nadal.
Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion who is coming off his ninth French Open title, was seeded No. 2 for the grass-court Grand Slam, which starts on Monday.
Murray last year became the first British player to win the Wimbledon men’s title since 1936.
The women’s seedings stuck to the WTA rankings. Five-time champion Williams has the top spot, followed by Li Na, French Open runner-up Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Sharapova.
Seven-time champion Roger Federer has the No. 4 spot, while Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka moved down two spots from his ranking to the fifth seed.
Longhorns Eliminate Anteaters
Omaha, Neb. — C.J. Hinojosa broke the College World Series’ long home run drought in the seventh inning, Chad Hollingsworth and Travis Duke limited UC Irvine to four hits, and Texas beat the Anteaters 1-0 in an elimination game Wednesday night.
Hinojosa became the first player to homer at the CWS in 115 innings, since Mississippi State’s Hunter Renfroe did it against Oregon State on June 21, 2013. It was Hinojosa’s second homer of the season.
The Longhorns (45-20) advance to meet Vanderbilt on Friday. They would need to beat the Commodores (48-19) twice to reach next week’s best-of-three finals.
UC Irvine (41-25) went 1-2 in its surprise CWS appearance that came about after it upset No. 1 national seed Oregon State as a No. 3 regional seed and swept Oklahoma State on the road in super regionals.