Greg Wyshynski

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Greg Wyshynski is the editor of Puck Daddy. A former managing sports editor for The Connection Newspapers, he's written for Deadspin, AOL Sports and is the author of "Glow Pucks & 10-Cent Beer: The 101 Worst Ideas in Sports History." Born and bred in New Jersey, living in Northern Virginia. Did we mention he likes booze?

  • U.S. volleyball shut out of gold medal matches after men’s loss

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    RIO DE JANEIRO – It’s official: No U.S. volleyball teams will compete for a gold medal at the Rio Olympics, marking the first time since 1992 that the Americans will leave the Games without a gold or silver medal in indoor or beach.

    The men’s indoor volleyball team fell to Sunday’s bronze medal match after a 3-2 (30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9) loss to Italy, who finished first in their preliminary pool. The Americans will face either Russia or host Brazil for the bronze at the iconic Maracanãzinho arena.

    The U.S. suffered disappointment in volleyball’s other three tournaments in Rio as well. The No. 1 in the world women’s indoor team was shocked by Serbia in the semifinals and will play for bronze on Saturday. Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross won bronze in beach volleyball after a semifinal loss. The men’s beach volleyball team of Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena lost in the quarterfinals to

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    Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast
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    Live from Rio, it’s Yahoo Sports’ Greg Wyshynski talking all things Olympics on the Grandstanding podcast. On this edition, we cover the incredible controversy (and absurdity) of the Ryan Lochte incident with columnist Pat Forde (@YahooForde) of Yahoo Sports, and talks about the Rio Olympics experience with Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) of the Toronto Star.

    Can Ryan Lochte ever recover from this scandal? (And if so, it’s totally going to be a reality show, right?) Were the Brazilian authorities overstepping their boundaries, and was this just a shakedown? And as the Rio Games near their conclusion, how will we remember many of the off-the-field stories that have plagued the Games?

    Also on this podcast: The rise of Penny Oleksiak as a Canadian phenom; the balance between writing about the sins of the IOC and the triumphs of athletes; how athletes’ families are treated; beer vs. wine in Brazil; and yes, more about

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  • Ashleigh Johnson fighting for water polo gold, diversity in her sport

    LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 9: U.S. water polo player Ashleigh Johnson at the Olympic media summit on March 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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    RIO DE JANEIRO – U.S. water polo goalie Ashleigh Johnson met Serena Williams in the Rio Olympics Athletes’ Village.

    OK, “met” is a stretch. “Witnessed,” maybe? It’s more accurate to say she was in the presence of one of her athletic idols but was too bashful to say hello and didn’t even think about asking for a selfie.

    But for Johnson, these moments define the Olympic experience. It’s a chance to stroll through a picturesque campus and casually run into athletes that have earned your admiration for years. And if you get up the nerve to interact with these gods-among-mortals, you make a pleasant discovery.

    “They’re just other people. You always put athletes up on a pedestal. But they’re just regular people like you,” she said.

    Johnson still is that 21-year-old from Miami who attends Princeton. Still likes to watch “Dance Moms.” Still loves roller-blading. Still likes to dabble in the

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  • How Rio Olympics kids’ ticket donation program failed

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    RIO DE JANEIRO — Empty seats have been as ubiquitous at the Rio Olympics venues as Brazilian flags and yellow soccer kits.

    These have been the No-Show Games. Despite selling more than 3.3 million tickets as of Aug. 13, Rio Olympics organizers said that 11 percent of the general public that’s purchased tickets do not show up to events.

    As we’ve chronicled before, Rio Olympic officials and the International Olympic Committee have served up any number of excuses for the empty seats, ranging from sponsors refusing to use them to Brazilian fans checking out after their teams and athletes are done to the arrests of ticket scalpers taking them out of circulation. (No word on how the arrest of elderly naked alleged ticket scalpers from Ireland factor into this.)

    This includes tickets that were purchased directly at the Olympic Park. “Even if they bought their tickets outside the door here, 7 percent didn’t show up in the venue,” said

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  • Tears, pain after USA women’s volleyball shocked by Serbia

    USA's Kimberly Hill cries after losing the women's semi-final volleyball match against Serbia at the Maracanazinho stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 18, 2016, during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. / AFP / Eric FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
    USA’s Kimberly Hill cries after losing the women’s semifinal volleyball match against Serbia (Getty)

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    RIO DE JANEIRO – Tijana Boskovic was in tears.

    “We still can’t believe what we did,” she said, staring off towards the volleyball court at Maracanãzinho, where the Rio Olympics women’s semifinal had just ended.

    “In the last set, they had three points more than us. But we believed we could win,” said the 19-year-old, 6-foot-4 Serbian, referencing the 8-3 run of points her team had in the fifth set. “We put everything we had into it. And we won.”

    A few feet away from a sobbing and smiling Boskovic, Kayla Banwarth was also in tears.

    “That was probably the best match Serbia’s ever played, so props to them,” said the American Libero, whose team just lost a crushing five-set match, sending them to the bronze medal match in Rio. “It’s the journey that matters … not the outcome.”

    Team USA was ranked No. 1 in the world entering the Rio Games under new

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  • Puck Daddy Summer Series: Weird New Jersey Devils

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    [Ed. Note: Some lists chronicle the best in hockey. Others the worst. Others the most memorable or greatest or essential. What Puck Daddy’s 2016 Summer Series seeks to do is capture those indefinable, quirky, oddities that occur every season. Moments that defy prediction or, in some cases, logical explanation. Welcome to WEIRD NHL.]

    By: Greg Wyshynski, editor at Puck Daddy

    Before we begin, let it be said that the New Jersey Devils have several levels of weird in their history. Playing in a swamp? Weird. Having banners that depicted a Ringling Bros. circus mural in the rafters of that arena? Weird. Having Joe Piscopo as your most famous fan until Kevin Smith came along? Weird. Winning a Stanley Cup in half a season using the neutral zone trap? Weird. That Kovalchuk contract? Weird.

    But here are five moments of NJD weirdness that this lifelong fan (and your humble editor) would like to spotlight for Weird NHL:

    1. The 334 Club

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    On Jan. 22, 1987, the Devils and the Calgary Flames were

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  • US swimmer Ryan Lochte (Getty Images)
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    RIO DE JANEIRO – When news broke that Ryan Lochte and three other U.S. Olympic swimmers had been robbed at gunpoint early Sunday morning, the spokesman for Rio 2016 offered a full-throated apology.

    “We regret the violence has got so close to the athletes,” Mario Andrada said, during a daily briefing. “We apologize to those involved and regret that violence is an issue in these Games.”

    But since then, the athletes’ story has unraveled to the point where there are serious concerns it’s a hoax. ABC News reports there is a security video of one of the swimmers “breaking down the door to the bathroom at a gas station and fighting with a security guard” at the site of the alleged robbery. That, combined with other inconsistencies, casts doubt on the tale that garnered global headlines.

    So does Andrada retract the apology?

    “I do not regret having apologized,” he said.

    Should the American swimmers apologize to the people of Rio and the

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  • How Walsh Jennings, Ross ended their pity party and won bronze

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    RIO DE JANEIRO — Kerri Walsh Jennings had to get over the disappointment. She had to get over the frustration. Above all, she had to get over herself, and she had less than 24 hours to do it.

    “I didn’t sleep at all. My husband was kind of consoling me. He’s an athlete. He gets it,” she said. “I spent the day feeling very devastated. And then, at one point I thought, ‘This is absurd.’”

    These were new emotions for Walsh Jennings, 38, the three-time gold medalist for the U.S. in beach volleyball. Tuesday night’s semifinal defeat against Brazil’s Agatha and Barbara was her first Olympic loss in 27 matches, knocking her and partner April Ross to the bronze medal match on Wednesday. But it wasn’t just a defeat – it was arguably the worst performance for Walsh Jennings in the last two Olympics.

    She was her harshest critic. “They rose to the occasion. I certainly did not. There’s no excuse for it. Just terrible execution,” she said

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  • Walsh Jennings, Ross rally for beach volleyball bronze vs. Brazil

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    Lucky stars of Rio: Oregon’s Allen headed back to gridiron without a medal | Biles wins fourth gold medal | Floyd calls Olympian the next Mayweather

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Kerri Walsh Jennings won’t leave the Rio Olympics with a fourth straight gold medal, but she’ll go out a winner.

    The 38-year-old U.S. Olympic legend and partner April Ross overcome a rough start to salvage their tournament with the bronze medal, after a 2-1 (17-21, 21-17, 15-9) win over Brazil’s Larissa and Talita on Wednesday night in Copacabana Beach.

    The Brazilians were the top-ranked team in the tournament, but fell in the quarterfinals after a semifinal loss to Kira Walkenhorst and Laura Ludwig of Germany.

    [Related: U.S. men’s volleyball: The best comeback story going at these Rio Games]

    The Team USA loss in the semifinals to Brazil’s Agatha and Barbara on Tuesday night was the first in Walsh Jennings’ storied Olympic career, which included gold medals in the last three Summer Games with

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  • U.S. coach coping with brother’s death as gold medal nears

    Water Polo: 2016 Summer Olympics: USA coach Adam Krikorian in huddle with his team before match vs Spain during Women's Preliminary Round - Group B match at Olympic Aquatics Centre. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8/9/2016 CREDIT: Robert Beck (Photo by Robert Beck /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: SI26 TK1 )
    Coach Adam Krikorian huddles with his team before match against Spain. (Getty)

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    RIO DE JANEIRO — There are still moments for Adam Krikorian when the memories flood back, when the pain can’t be locked away. Phone calls back home are difficult. The routine of his team and the intensity of the Rio Olympics women’s water polo tournament, serve as vital distractions.

    “It’s important that I’m upbeat and I’m enjoying this experience while I’m here. How the coach is determines a lot about the athletes and the players,” he said. “I look at them and I know how much work they’ve put in through this process. No matter what happened with my family.”

    Krikorian’s brother Blake was found dead next to his car at Linda Mar Beach in California on Aug. 3. According to the San Mateo County Coroner, he had gone paddle-boarding and died of a heart attack. He was 48.

    The U.S. water polo coach left Rio days after arriving in the Olympic Village to be with his family

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