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  • Phelps ready for his final races in the U.S.

    By Steve Keating OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - After the cut-throat competition of the U.S. Olympic Trials, the Rio Games will be a swim in the park, Michael Phelps said on Saturday as the most decorated Olympian of all time prepared for his final races in the United States. A reflective, relaxed…

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  • India's Chand qualifies for Rio 100m after gender ruling

    Indian sprinter Dutee Chand has qualified for the women's 100 metres at the Rio Olympics less than a year after she was cleared to race following a landmark ruling on so-called gender tests. The 20-year-old said she was now determined to work hard to bring home an elusive medal for India in August…

    AFP
  • Mikulak and Brooks headline US men's Olympic gymnastics team

    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jonathan Horton texted Chris Brooks and Alex Naddour a picture before both rounds of the U.S. men's gymnastics Olympic Trials this week. The image was from London four years ago. In it, Brooks and Naddour were cheering from the stands in the O2 Arena as alternates while their…

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  • Ipsen, Hixon get Olympic 3-meter spots, Dumais finishes 4th

    With one long hug and a few brief words, Troy Dumais asked Kristian Ipsen to carry on the legacy of American diving. Ipsen smiled, Dumais choked back tears and now the two longtime synchro partners are heading in drastically different directions. On Saturday, Ipsen and Michael Hixon took the two…

    The Associated Press
  • Spain aim to maintain reversal of fortunes with Italy at Euro 2016

    Seeking to win an unprecedented third consecutive European Championship, Vicente del Bosque's Spain will once again have to see off old foes Italy to retain their crown. Before winning back-to-back Euros and a maiden World Cup in 2010, Spain suffered an inferiority complex with Italy having never…

    AFP
  • Irving, Barnes to complete US Olympic basketball team: report

    Washington (AFP) - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and Golden State forward Harrison Barnes have agreed to play for the United States at the Rio Olympics, completing the American roster, ESPN reported Saturday.

    AFP
  • A father's pride: From neighborhood swim meets to the Olympic Trials

    Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde will be in Omaha to cover the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. Two of his kids will be there, too, competing.

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  • AP source: Irving, Barnes finish US Olympic basketball team

    The U.S. basketball team has its roster for Rio. Kyrie Irving and Harrison Barnes accepted spots on the team to fill out the Americans' 12-player Olympic squad, a person with knowledge of the details said Saturday. The Americans had received 10 confirmations by Thursday and were holding spots for…

    The Associated Press
  • Rio official blames financial troubles for pollution woes

    Brazil's "difficult financial conditions" are at fault, the environment secretary of Rio state, Andre Correa, said during an interview with AFP. Knowing the financial difficulties of Brazil, whoever said the bay will be clean in less than 20, 25 years is lying.

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  • Road to Rio takes Phelps to final swimming trials

    Michael Phelps, aiming to add a fitting finale to his stunning Olympic career in Rio, will start this week with the familiar frenzy of the US Olympic swimming trials. "More pressure here than the Olympics for sure," Phelps said of the trials, where the top two in each individual event will make…

    AFP
  • Missy Franklin: I've got skillz, but Trotters have to wait

    Missy Franklin wants everyone to know: She's got some hoops skillz. ''I haven't been thinking too much about my future basketball career,'' Franklin joked Saturday, breaking into a big smile while wearing a Harlem Globetrotters jersey. The 21-year-old Franklin won four swimming gold medals at her…

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  • Late blooming Maya DiRado takes last shot at 1st Olympics

    Maya DiRado is peaking at just the right time to make her first - and last - Olympic swimming team. DiRado's goal is to finish off her career in Rio de Janeiro. Before she does, DiRado kicks off the trials in the 400-meter individual medley on Sunday.

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  • Phelps seeks fitting Olympic do-over, starting at US trials

    When he looks back to the London Olympics, they sound like a total failure. ''I wasn't happy doing what I was doing,'' Phelps said Saturday. The U.S. Olympic trials, which begin Sunday for what will be eight sold-out days of swimming at a temporary pool constructed inside the CenturyLink Center…

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  • Jamaican sprinter reveals Zika infection but is competing

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Jamaican sprinter Kemar Bailey-Cole says he has been infected with the Zika virus but will participate in his country's Olympic trials next week.

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  • Franklin looking to slam dunk U.S. trials

    By Steve Keating OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - Missy Franklin was selected this week in the Harlem Globetrotters' 10th annual celebrity player draft, yet she comes into the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials that begin on Sunday as anything but a slam dunk for Rio Games gold. With a resume that includes four…

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  • Phelps goes for 5th Olympics; Ledecky, Lochte in the pool

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Michael Phelps is going for his fifth - and he promises - last Olympics. Katie Ledecky is seeking to extend her dominance. Natalie Coughlin wants to end her career by making history. Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin are back, too.

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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…

    AFP
  • 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. …

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  • 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…

    AFP
  • 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…

    AFP