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  • Newcomers pushing out veterans at US Olympic swim trials

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The United States is assembling an Olympic swimming team that Michael Phelps hardly recognizes.

    The Associated Press47 mins ago
  • Golfer Spieth unsure about taking part in Rio

    (Reuters) - Twice major winner Jordan Spieth is still undecided about whether to participate in August's Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games or opt out because of the Zika virus like several of his fellow professionals. The American world number two is the highest-ranked golfer left in the field after…

    Reuters52 mins ago
  • Kenyan Olympic champion blames greed, ignorance for doping rise

    By Isaack Omulo ELDORET, Kenya (Reuters) - Former Olympic 800 meters champion Paul Ereng believes ignorance, greed and neglect by officials are to blame for the increase in doping incidents among his Kenyan compatriots. "Doping is on the rise because athletes are gullible and would want to earn…

    Reuters
  • S. Korea's Park seeks 'urgent' ruling on Rio Games ban

    South Korean swim star Park Tae-Hwan is seeking "an urgent ruling" by July 8 on his appeal against his Rio Olympics ban over doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said Wednesday. July 8 is the cut-off date for selection to South Korea's Rio-bound swimming team. Park is seeking a…

    AFP
  • Injured champion Sally Pearson withdraws from Rio Olympics

    Sally Pearson will not defend her Olympic hurdles title in Rio de Janeiro after tearing a tendon in her hamstring, yet another setback in a year beset by injuries. Pearson, the 100-meter hurdles Olympic gold medalist in London four years ago and silver medalist at Beijing in 2008, told Australia's…

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  • Newcomers take spotlight at U.S. Olympic trials

    By Steve Keating OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - Newcomers Townley Haas, Olivia Smoliga and Lilly King all punched their tickets to the Rio Games upstaging some of the biggest names in U.S. swimming on Tuesday, as a wave of fresh faces washed over the U.S. Olympic trials. Smoliga landed a place on…

    Reuters
  • Newcomers sweeping aside U.S. swimming's famous Olympians at trials

    From Missy Franklin to Natalie Coughlin to Matt Grevers, some of the biggest names in American swimming are being left behind.

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  • Usain Bolt gears up for Olympic trials

    Usain Bolt will embark on the first major test of what he plans to be a triumphant swansong Thursday as the Jamaican Olympic athletics trials get under way. Blake committed the cardinal sin of defeating Bolt at the trials for London four years ago but ultimately finished behind his training…

    AFP
  • Knowles, Dwyer to lead Australia's charge for gold in Rio

    PERTH, Australia (AP) -- Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles have been selected for their fourth Olympics, giving No. 1-ranked Australia an edge in experience as it bids to end Germany's run of gold medals in men's field hockey at the Summer Games.

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  • Phelps on track as Franklin, Grevers fail to qualify for Rio

    Omaha (United States) (AFP) - Michael Phelps took another step toward a last Olympic hurrah on Tuesday as 2012 gold medalists Missy Franklin and Matt Grevers failed to qualify at the US swimming trials for the Rio Games.

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  • Franklin, Lochte struggle against rising stars at US trials

    One by one, some of America's biggest swimming stars are going down at the Olympic trials. Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist but slowed by a groin injury, missed out on his second chance to make the team in an individual event with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle. Franklin…

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  • Franklin, Lochte struggle against rising stars

    Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist but slowed by a groin injury, missed out on his second chance to make the team in an individual event with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle. There was some consolation: Lochte at least clinched a spot in the 4x200 relay, so he'll be in Rio. …

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  • Number one golfer Day withdraws over Zika

    (Reuters) - World number one Jason Day became the latest top golfer to withdraw from August's Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games because of the Zika virus on Tuesday. Golf is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1904, but a number of big names, including four-times major champion Rory…

    Reuters
  • Fiji face Americas challenge in Rio rugby sevens pool

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Fiji will take on the United States, Argentina and hosts Brazil in the pool stage of the men's rugby sevens at the Rio Games when they begin their quest to land their country's first Olympic medal in August. The Pacific islanders were seeded first in the draw for the Aug…

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  • No.1 Day confirms Aussie Open after Olympic pullout

    World number one Jason Day Wednesday said he will head home to play the Australian Open this year, a day after becoming the latest golfer to withdraw from the Olympics. The Australian has not teed off at his national Open since 2013 due to injuries and family issues and will line up alongside…

    AFP
  • The US women will have a new home kit in Brazil

    The U.S. women's national team will have a new home uniform this summer at the Olympics.

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  • Olympics: Number one golfer Day withdraws over Zika

    (Reuters) - World number one Jason Day became the latest top golfer to withdraw from August's Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games because of the Zika virus on Tuesday. Golf is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1904, but a number of big names, including four-times major champion Rory…

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  • Broken mirrors to X-ray plates: Olympic gold not what it seems

    By Caio Saad RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Ask athletes what goes into Olympic gold medals, and they will likely say sweat and years of training. The 500-gram (17.6-ounce) Olympic gold medals that Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and other athletes will be competing for in Rio de Janeiro are nearly 99…

    Reuters
  • Golf back in the Olympics after 112 years, but for how long?

    For the longest time, golf's biggest headache in preparing for a return to the Olympics was getting a new course built in Rio de Janeiro. Ten eligible players over the last two months have pulled out of the Olympics, six of the specifically citing concerns about the Zika virus. Shane Lowry and…

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  • British Olympics hopeful Brash out of Rio

    Scott Brash, team showjumping gold medallist at the London Games, will miss the Rio Olympics as his two main mounts will not be fit in time, the British Equestrian Federation said on Tuesday. Both Hello Sanctos and Hello M'Lady, the Scottish rider's two Olympic hopefuls, are recovering from…

    AFP