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  • Olympic course designer hopes golf wins in Rio Games

    By Larry Fine FAR HILLS, New Jersey (Reuters) - Gil Hanse designed the course that will stage the return of golf to the Olympics in 2016 for the first time in 112 years and knows the stakes are high for the sport. "I hate figure skating. "So people who have never watched golf, because it's an…

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  • Tuktamysheva wins free skate, US claims World Team Trophy

    World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia was first in the women's free skate on Saturday but the United States held on to win the World Team Trophy. Tuktamysheva landed a triple axel and five more triple jumps to finish with 134.21 points, comfortably ahead of compatriot Elena Radionova…

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  • Rio Olympic head says venue with fish die-off will be safe

    The head of the Rio 2016 Olympic organizing committee promised Friday that the venue for rowing and canoeing would be safe despite a massive fish die-off in the small lake that will host the events. Sanitation workers have removed at least 37 tons of rotting fish from the Rodrigo de Freitas lake…

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  • Bolt: 'At my best, it's ... almost impossible to beat me'

    Usain Bolt has a few goals left before he retires: He wants to break his own 200-meter world record and do it by running under 19 seconds. ''That's one of my biggest goals,'' Bold said Friday in Rio, which will host South America's first Olympics next year.

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  • Brazil eyes historic medal haul in 2016 Rio Olympics

    Next year, Brazil will try to show it can produce a historic performance at its home Olympics. The nation is working hard to make sure its athletes can be successful at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016, investing record amounts to get them ready to perform well in front of a home crowd. Nations…

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  • Retired Plushenko to return to competition

    By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW (Reuters) - Double Olympic champion Yevgeny Plushenko, who announced his retirement after withdrawing from the individual event at the 2014 Sochi Games because of a back injury, is to return to figure skating. "I will need to compete against everyone in the…

    Reuters
  • Serbia and IOC patch up relations strained over Kosovo

    The IOC's decision to grant full recognition to Kosovo will not affect relations with the Olympic governing body, Serbian Olympic Committee president Vlade Divac said Friday The ''disagreement (over Kosovo) cannot and should not be an obstacle to full cooperation and all discussions that we have…

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  • FINA president flies business class but no salary

    FINA president Julio Maglione travels business class but gets no salary, the world swimming federation said Friday as it became the first major sport to answer calls by the Olympic leader for greater transparency. The International Swimming Federation said its Uruguayan president and other top…

    AFP
  • Senigagliesi takes over as US women's speed coach

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- The U.S. Ski Team has brought in Alberto Senigagliesi (sen-u-GLAZE-ee) to take over as the women's speed coach.

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  • Bolt in Rio: 'I'm excited now that it's getting closer'

    Usain Bolt walked into a small gym at the base of Rio de Janeiro's Mangueira favela on Thursday, took three shots on the basketball court - at least one from 3-point range - and made all three. Yes definitely.'' Bolt is in Rio to promote an event over the weekend, and made a 30-minute visit to the…

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  • Paris would be 'exemplary' hosts in 2024 - Bach

    International Olympic Committee (IOC) head Thomas Bach on Thursday said Paris would be an "exemplary" host of the 2024 Olympics after meeting French President Francois Hollande in Lausanne. "This candidacy is exemplary and, if you continue like this, you have all the assets and you can move…

    AFP
  • President calls Paris 2024 bid 'exemplary'

    Paris is an "exemplary candidate" to hold the 2024 Games and has a strong chance of winning, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach told French President Francois Hollande on Thursday. Paris is a "very, very strong candidate," Bach said as the two men appeared together in a…

    Reuters
  • 37 tons of dead fish removed from Rio Olympic rowing venue

    Fish continued to die by the ton Thursday in a Rio de Janeiro lake that's slated to host Olympic rowing events, while city authorities and biologists argued about the cause of the die-off. Rio's Comlurb waste management company said that as of Wednesday night, it had collected more than 37 tons of…

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  • Somali exile fights for Olympic dream

    Faisal Jeylani Aweys has not seen his native Somalia since he fled 14 years ago, but he lives in hope of winning an Olympic medal for his war-torn country. He left with a sister for Switzerland at the age of 13. In Switzerland, Aweys quickly became a black belt and qualified to become a referee…

    AFP
  • Hungary PM Orban ready to back 2024 Olympic bid by Budapest

    The Hungarian government is prepared to support a bid by Budapest to host the 2024 Olympics, Prime Minister Viktor Orban told The Associated Press on Thursday. Hungary's national Olympic body will meet next month to consider joining the bidding race. If the decision is yes, ''immediately we will…

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  • Gracie Gold leads US to 1st place at World Team Trophy

    Gracie Gold won the women's short program at the World Team Trophy on Thursday to give the United States a five-point lead over Japan and Russia on the first day of competition. World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia fell on the landing of a triple axel and finished second with 70.93…

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  • Support for Boston Olympics bid rises, opposition strong: poll

    Support for Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games rose slightly in April, but half of area residents still oppose the idea over concerns that it will prove too costly, according to a poll released on Thursday. The poll found that 40 percent of Boston-area residents now support the bid to…

    Reuters