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  • Broken leg rules ex-world champ Tamgho out of Rio Olympics

    Former world triple jump champion Teddy Tamgho was ruled out of the Olympics on Saturday after breaking his leg at the French national trials, the country's athletics federation said. The 27-year-old suffered the injury to his upper left leg in Angers where the French championships, which double…

    AFP25 mins ago
  • Laurie Hernandez crashing the party at US championships

    Laurie Hernandez walked onto the floor at the U.S. gymnastics championships in 2012 and did what most kids do if they happen to see their role models just sort of hanging out. ''I remember fangirling because there were all these Olympians, all these world champions around me,'' Hernandez said. …

    The Associated Press39 mins ago
  • Franklin aims to 'set new bar' in booking Rio swimming berth

    After two years of career doldrums, Missy Franklin has the wind in her sails as she heads into the US Olympic swimming trials in search of a Rio berth. As effervescent as ever at the age of 21, Franklin was bubbling over with anticipation on Saturday as she pronounced herself "ready to rock on all…

    AFP42 mins ago
  • Pitel, 49, wins French road race title

    Edwige Pitel won her second French championship road race cycling title aged 49 years on Saturday after rival Elise Delzenne suffered a double puncture while leading. Already champion in the discipline in 2007, Pitel crossed the line alone ahead of Marjolaine Bazin and Audrey Cordon-Ragot after…

    AFP56 mins ago
  • 67 Russian athletes hope to compete in Rio Olympics - Mutko

    Sixty-seven Russian athletes are planning to apply to the IAAF to compete at the Olympic Games in August despite their country's suspension for state-sponsored doping, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Saturday. The International Association of Athletics Federations Council decided last week to…

    AFP
  • Tennis elite going to Rio, not put off by Zika virus

    While the Zika virus and family concerns have notably deterred some of golf's best players from going to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, the tennis elite isn't put off. Roger Federer was also full steam ahead. ''I'll put mosquito spray on my body and take the precautions I have to,'' said Federer,…

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  • 67 Russians apply for exemptions to ban from Rio Olympics

    The Russian sports minister says ''up to 67 athletes'' have applied to track and field's world governing body to be exempted from the ban on the Russian team at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The IAAF last week upheld its overall ban on the Russian team - imposed in November over widespread doping -…

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  • Cheated by dopers, Montano presses on for another Olympics

    Alysia Montano doesn't worry much about all the medals that were essentially stolen from her by drug cheats over the years. As she prepares for the U.S. Olympic trials, which begin next week, Montano sees small shifts and small victories for those who have vowed to clean up the sport, and yet, no…

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  • Correction: TAE-Taekwondo Preview story

    In a story June 24 about the Olympic taekwondo competition, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the spelling of the name of the president of the World Taekwondo federation was Chongwon Choue. The president's name is spelled Chungwon Choue. LONDON (AP) - At the upcoming Rio de Janeiro…

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  • Pau Gasol says he wants to play in Rio Olympics despite Zika

    MADRID (AP) -- Chicago Bulls star Pau Gasol says he wants to play in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics despite concerns over the Zika virus.

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  • Tokyo assembly cancels mission to Rio over spiraling costs

    The Tokyo metropolitan assembly will not send a mission to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of spiraling costs. Tokyo assembly members were scheduled to observe the Olympics in August as Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Games. The move comes days after the resignation of Tokyo Gov. Yoichi…

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  • India's Chand defies the odds to make Rio 100m

    Indian sprinter Dutee Chand made the cut for the women's 100m at the Rio Olympics on Saturday, less than a year after she was cleared to race following the Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) ruling on gender testing guidelines. The Lausanne-based court suspended the governing International…

    Reuters
  • Doubling Up: Boudia keeps chase of 2nd gold in perspective

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- David Boudia could spend this summer doubling up on the diving world.

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  • Wizards' Beal is latest to decline Rio Olympics invite

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has declined an invitation to play for the United States in the Rio Olympics.

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  • Simone Biles on top again at US gymnastics championships

    When U.S. women's national team coordinator Martha Karolyi met with Simone Biles to map out the three-time world gymnastics champion's schedule, one designed to keep Biles fresh heading into the Olympics, it was the equivalent of pulling up to an intersection in a Ferrari and letting it idle when…

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  • Allyson Felix eyeing a shot at 2 Olympic golds

    Now the IAAF and IOC have done the same for Allyson Felix as she seeks the chance to go for the same elusive track-and-field double. If all goes according to plan at the Rio Olympics, Felix will run a 400-meter semifinal in the evening on Aug. 14. International track and field officials agreed…

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  • World doping watchdog shuts down Rio Olympic laboratory

    Just weeks before the Olympic Games open in Rio de Janeiro, the city's accredited anti-doping laboratory has been stopped from conducting tests. The World Anti-Doping Agency said Friday it has suspended the lab's accreditation due to ''non-conformity with the International Standard for…

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  • Russian doping shadow hangs over U.S. trials

    By Steve Keating OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - Swimmers at the U.S. Olympic Trials insist they are squeaky clean when it comes to doping but do not share the same confidence over the competition they could face in just over five weeks at the Rio Games. With the Russian track and field team…

    Reuters
  • Golfer Grace pulls out of Olympics due to Zika

    (Reuters) - South African Branden Grace joined a growing list of leading golfers withdrawing from the Rio Olympics on Friday due to concerns about the Zika virus. The world number 11, who is South Africa's top ranked golfer, joins compatriots Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in pulling out…

    Reuters
  • Chris Brooks closing in on elusive Olympic berth

    There have been plenty of times when it would have been easy for Chris Brooks to bail. The guy who longtime friend and two-time Olympian Jon Horton calls ''a victim of the sport'' is on the cusp of trip to Rio de Janeiro. One more clean circuit through Chaifetz Arena on Saturday in the final…

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