• US women's basketball team overwhelms Canada 83-43
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    US women's basketball team overwhelms Canada 83-43

    Just after the United States routed Canada by 40 points, Geno Auriemma and his UConn greats posed for a group photo on the court. The five UConn players, who helped the Huskies win 10 of their 11 national championships, received one last rousing ovation from the crowd. Auriemma gave those same fans

  • Family looms large in US boxer Gary Russell's Olympic quest
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    Family looms large in US boxer Gary Russell's Olympic quest

    ''We believe in dynasty,'' said Gary Russell Jr., the oldest member of this fighting fraternity. Gary Jr. wants Antuanne, who often goes by his middle name for obvious reasons, to fight in Brazil for himself, not his family. While Gary Jr. fashioned a 27-1 professional career and won

  • U.S. sailor lends hand to clean Rio's bay before Games
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    U.S. sailor lends hand to clean Rio's bay before Games

    By Thales Carneiro RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Bobbing on Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay in a blue and white fishing boat, American sailor Brad Funk uses a plastic bin to scoop rubbish from the waters where Olympic sailing races will take place next month. Funk missed out on his dream of competing

  • IOC board to review Rio final preparations, Russia doping
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    IOC board to review Rio final preparations, Russia doping

    Less than a week before the opening of the Olympics, IOC leaders will meet in Rio de Janeiro this weekend to review the final preparations for the games and deal with the fallout from the doping scandal that has led to the exclusion of more than 100 Russian athletes. The International Olympic Committee

  • Australia evacuates Rio Olympic lodging after small fire
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    Australia evacuates Rio Olympic lodging after small fire

    Australian Olympic team members were forced to evacuate their lodgings on Friday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after a small fire in a basement parking area caused smoke to fill the stairwells. Australian team spokesman Mike Tancred said about 100 athletes and officials were evacuated from their building

  • The Latest: US long jumper Hartfield added to Olympic team
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    The Latest: US long jumper Hartfield added to Olympic team

    The U.S. added long jumper Michael Hartfield to its track team after Marquis Dendy withdrew with a leg injury. Hartfield finished fifth at U.S. Olympic trials earlier this month and was next in line for a spot because he had reached an Olympic qualifying standard earlier in the year. Hartfield is ranked

  • Kaymer using Olympics as inspiration in PGA Championship
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    Kaymer using Olympics as inspiration in PGA Championship

    The chance to compete at the Olympics can't come soon enough for Martin Kaymer. While the top four players in the world and 21 men overall will not be part of the Rio Games, the 31-year-old German has been thinking about it all summer. Calling out Michael Phelps and fellow German Dirk Nowitzki

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    Australia team safe after Rio Olympic Village fire evacuation

    The Australian team said they evacuated their building at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro because of a fire in the basement on Friday, one week before the Games open. The fire, which filled the stairwells of the building with smoke, caused no injuries and the team was back in the building after

  • Russian weightlifters banned from Rio Olympics for doping
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    Russian weightlifters banned from Rio Olympics for doping

    Weightlifting became the second sport after track and field to issue blanket bans on Russian athletes. Other sports - including rowing, wrestling, modern pentathlon and sailing - have banned one or more Russians from competing in Rio de Janeiro, but not all of the country's eligible athletes. To

  • Rio security screeners fired one week before Games
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    Rio security screeners fired one week before Games

    By Rodrigo Viga Gaier RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's government on Friday fired a private security firm hired to provide screeners for Olympic venues and replaced them with federal and state police, just one week from the opening of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Justice Minister Alexandre

  • Russia confident majority of its athletes to compete in Rio
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    Russia confident majority of its athletes to compete in Rio

    Russia is confident that most of its Olympic team will be able to compete in Rio de Janeiro, but its efforts to reinstate banned athletes are a mixed bag. Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on Friday told local media that 272 of the country's athletes had been approved by international sports federations

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    Best-of-the-day 65 sends Matthew soaring at Woburn

    By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Evergreen Catriona Matthew, boosted by having husband Graham back on her bag after a spell looking after their two young children, launched a determined title charge at the Ricoh Women's British Open on Friday. South Korean Lee Mi-rim (71) led the way

  • Head of Rio lab: Security paramount for Olympic doping tests
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    Head of Rio lab: Security paramount for Olympic doping tests

    By Paulo Prada and Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Security is the top focus for the laboratory that will conduct doping exams at the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the lab's director said Friday, amid global scrutiny following the recent scandal surrounding Russian athletes. Citing

  • Mirim Lee leads Women's British Open, following 62 with 71
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    Mirim Lee leads Women's British Open, following 62 with 71

    Mirim Lee followed her opening 10-under 62 with a 71 on Friday in the Women's British Open, leaving her a stroke ahead entering the weekend at tree-lined Woburn Golf Club. ''Today, the tee shot was a little bit difficult,'' Lee said. Lee had two front-nine birdies, bogeyed the par

  • Banned Russian Olympians host their own tournament with little fanfare
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    Banned Russian Olympians host their own tournament with little fanfare

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the doping allegations against his country’s athletes, calling the charges unproven and saying the suspension from the 2016 Rio Games was discrimination. The “Stars 2016” tournament included 68 banned Olympians, featuring considerably fewer stars than will

  • Teaching community through capoeira in a hardscrabble Rio slum
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    Teaching community through capoeira in a hardscrabble Rio slum

    By Bruno Kelly RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Manoel Pereira Costa is a star on this sprawling mountainside in Rio de Janeiro. As Rio gears up to host the first-ever Olympics in South America, bringing all manner of sport to a country best known for soccer, Costa is revered for helping local youth in the

  • Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio Olympics for doping
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    Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio Olympics for doping

    On the heels of an explosive report from the World Anti-Doping Agency and retests from the 2012 and 2008 Olympics, the International Weightlifting Federation has banned all Russian weightlifters from the upcoming games in Rio de Janeiro. Two of Russia’s eight nominated weightlifters were already barred

  • US cyclist Lea Davison overcomes injuries, heading to Rio
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    US cyclist Lea Davison overcomes injuries, heading to Rio

    Lea Davison, Team USA's best hope for an Olympic medal in mountain biking, loves to see girls on the trails. Davison will be all about competition in a matter of days, and there may be no better inspiration for aspiring cyclists than a woman who has bounced back from two hip surgeries to qualify

  • Rio mayor blames Olympics organizing committee for problems
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    Rio mayor blames Olympics organizing committee for problems

    Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor Eduardo Paes attends a press conference of Two Years to Go to the Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony on August 4, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. Just days after his controversial quip that Australian athletes might have felt more at home in their Olympic accommodations if a kangaroo

  • The U.S. Opening Ceremony outfits look like the Russian flag
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    The U.S. Opening Ceremony outfits look like the Russian flag

    Russian representation may be thin in Rio next month thanks to the country’s doping scandal, but those back in Moscow will be able to see the Russian flag on another big delegation. Ralph Lauren and the United States Olympic Committee unveiled the outfits American athletes will wear in next week’s Opening

  • Russia says taekwondo team approved for Rio Olympics
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    Russia says taekwondo team approved for Rio Olympics

    MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia says its taekwondo team has been approved to compete at the Rio Olympics against the backdrop of the country's doping scandal.

  • Refugees run long, inspiring road to Rio's world stage
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    Refugees run long, inspiring road to Rio's world stage

    Each day, the five runners who grew up in the Kakuma refugee camp pounded the dusty tracks past thousands of makeshift tents to pass the time. ''When I started the project, I said 'What can I do with these people?''' coach Volker Wagner said. Now, they're also track athletes

  • Baghdatis withdraws from Rio due to injury
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    Baghdatis withdraws from Rio due to injury

    (Reuters) - Cypriot tennis player Marcos Baghdatis has withdrawn from next month's Rio Olympics after failing to recover from an elbow injury, the world number 42 said on Friday. "It is clear that unless I am 100 percent fit and healthy to compete, I shall not participate at the Olympics because

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    Chiller pours cold water on Russia cheats meet

    (Reuters) - Australia's Olympic delegation head Kitty Chiller has questioned Russia's determination to eliminate drug cheats after it was announced that the country would host an alternative event for banned track and field athletes in Moscow. On Wednesday, the International Association of Athletics

  • WHO chief going to the Olympics, says Zika risk low
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    WHO chief going to the Olympics, says Zika risk low

    The risk of Zika virus infections at the Olympic Games is both low and manageable, the chief of the World Health Organization said on Friday, a week before the event kicks off in Rio de Janeiro. Worries about security, the Zika virus and an economic crisis could deter travelers, with just under a third