US gymnastics champ joins roster for American Cup



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. gymnastics champ Danell Leyva gets an early chance to measure himself against the world’s best after being added to the American Cup roster.

The meet on March 3 at Madison Square Garden will feature six of the top nine gymnasts from last year’s world championships, including silver medalist Philipp Boy of Germany and Britain’s Daniel Purvis, who was fourth at worlds.

Ukraine’s Mykola Kuksenkov, Germany’s Marcel Nguyen and France’s Cyril Tommasone, who were seventh, eighth and ninth at worlds, also are scheduled to compete. USA Gymnastics had already announced that John Orozco, who finished fifth at worlds, would be at the event.

World champion Jordyn Wieber and Aly Raisman lead the women’s field, which includes Romania’s Larisa Iordache, winner of six medals at last year’s European Youth Olympic Festival.