• Russian track athletes still to compete – among themselves
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    Russian track athletes still to compete – among themselves

    What’s the point of heading all the way down to Rio de Janeiro to compete in the Olympics when you can host your own right at home? The head coach of Russia’s national team, Yuri Borzakovsky, announced Wednesday that Russia will host its own tournament for all the athletes who were banned from competing

  • US Olympic boxer Shields stronger after conflict with coach
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    US Olympic boxer Shields stronger after conflict with coach

    Claressa Shields won a gold medal as the most dominant fighter in London at the first Olympic women's boxing tournament. ''Oh, we clashed heads quite a bit in the first few months,'' Billy Walsh said with a grin. Shields also smiles at the memory of her introduction to Walsh, the

  • Meet Muhammad Ali, who’s heading to box in the Olympics (really)
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    Meet Muhammad Ali, who’s heading to box in the Olympics (really)

    Muhammad Ali, 20, will represent the United Kingdom in the 2016 Olympics. Muhammad Ali is a promising, young boxer hoping to make a name for himself on the grand stage of the Olympics. Great Britain has an Ali of its own prepping to compete in the flyweight division in Rio de Janeiro.

  • After the sprinters, Jamaica seeking track and field depth
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    After the sprinters, Jamaica seeking track and field depth

    The most dominant runner at Jamaica's national track and field championships this summer was not a superstar sprinter like Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake or Veronica Campbell-Brown. It was Kemoy Campbell. Meet the best distance runner in Jamaica - yet unlike Bolt, Blake and the sprint stars, he's

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    The Olympic families of Team USA

    For a lot of athletes, the Olympics are a solitary event. Participants might have family around to support them throughout the process, but once they step on the field of play, they are alone. Even in team events, the field is a lonely place. One mistake can lose you AND your team a medal. Try imagining

  • Vladimir Putin says absence of Russians will devalue Olympic medals
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    Vladimir Putin says absence of Russians will devalue Olympic medals

    Russian president Vladimir Putin addresses the Russian Olympic team. The list of Russian athletes banned from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics grew to 105 on Tuesday, and as you might imagine, Vladimir Putin is brimming with indignation and conspiracy theories. Stopping short of ruling Russia out of

  • Roger Federer out of Olympics, will miss rest of season
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    Roger Federer out of Olympics, will miss rest of season

    Roger Federer of Switzerland gives a press conference after being beaten in his men’s semifinal singles match against Milos Raonic of Canada, on day twelve of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 8, 2016. Roger Federer has withdrawn from Switzerland’s team for the Rio Olympics

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    Athletes who said 'no' to Rio

    Tennis star Roger Federer is the latest athlete to say, “Thanks but no thanks,” to Rio, citing his ongoing knee injury. He joins an extensive list of other athletes who declined to compete this year. Stephen Curry, Tejay van Garderen, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are only a few who said no to Rio

  • Kevin Durant gets hero's welcome at Team USA exhibition in Oakland
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    Kevin Durant gets hero's welcome at Team USA exhibition in Oakland

    Tuesday night’s pre-Olympics basketball exhibition between the United States and China is unlikely to be remembered for its result, a 107-55 thumping that confirmed everything we already know about Team USA’s dominance. Of course, many attendees at Oracle Arena were there less for Team USA as a whole

  • South Korean Olympians compete for more than just medals
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    South Korean Olympians compete for more than just medals

    South Korea players celebrate the 1-0 win and gold medal after the Football Men’s Gold Medal match between South Korea and North Korea during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. For many Olympians, winning a medal is the ultimate goal. For South Korean Olympians, claiming a medal goes far

  • How Rio is helping its stray cats and dogs leading up to the Olympics
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    How Rio is helping its stray cats and dogs leading up to the Olympics

    A stray dog approaches a Russian worker in front of the Olympic rings before the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. When Olympic athletes returned home following the 2014 Sochi Olympics, many brought more than just medals – they brought dogs. Some of the most memorable and heartwarming stories of the Games

  • Kevin Durant eager to turn boos into cheers
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    Kevin Durant eager to turn boos into cheers

    Kevin Durant is ready to flourish with Stephen Curry. Kevin Durant rolled down the blue protective compression sleeve on his left leg and slipped it off to reveal his latest, and most easily visible, tattoo. The face of late rapper Tupac Shakur covered the left side of Durant’s lower leg, and the plastic

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    Why Team USA is favored for gold in Rio

    Yahoo Sports' Evan Doherty and four-time Olympic medal winner Shawn Johnson discuss Team USA's chances of claiming a 7th straight medal in the women's gymnastics team competition.

  • IOC to provide 42 condoms per athlete at 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics
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    IOC to provide 42 condoms per athlete at 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics

    A staff member carries condoms to refill vending machines at the Olympic Village in Rio. Bedrooms in the Olympic Village aren’t outfitted with televisions, so how will athletes pass the time? Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee is providing 42 condoms per athlete at the 2016 Rio Olympics

  • Italians taking Olympic Village repairs into their own hands
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    Italians taking Olympic Village repairs into their own hands

    Unsatisfied with the state of their portion of the Olympic Village, members of the Italian national Olympic committee, CONI, did not wait for repairs on a few apartments on their block. Instead, they hired contractors to complete the job that Rio has not been able to finish with athletes just days away

  • Why a discus thrower might be a greater Olympian than Michael Phelps
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    Why a discus thrower might be a greater Olympian than Michael Phelps

    Michael Phelps adjusts his goggles before his heat in the men’s 200-meter individual medley preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. It’s a generally held consensus in the world of sports and beyond that American swimmer Michael Phelps – with 18 career gold medals won across three Olympics

  • Classic, cool or popular? Medal ceremonies get restyled for Rio Games
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    Classic, cool or popular? Medal ceremonies get restyled for Rio Games

    Silver medalist Thiago Pereira of Brazil, Gold medalist Ryan Lochte of the United States and Bronze medalist Kosuke Hagino of Japan celebrate with their medals during the Medal Ceremony for the Men’s 400m Individual Medley on Day One of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 28,

  • U.S. Olympian: Stop trying to ruin the Olympics for us
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    U.S. Olympian: Stop trying to ruin the Olympics for us

    Many concerns have been raised about the water quality in Rio de Janeiro, but one Olympic rower says that the worries are distracting from the most important part of the games: The athletes themselves. Megan Kalmoe will be representing the U.S. in her third Olympic Games after finishing fifth in double

  • Kevin Durant turns jeers to cheers, leads Team USA to lopsided exhibition victory
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    Kevin Durant turns jeers to cheers, leads Team USA to lopsided exhibition victory

    LOS ANGELES —  In his first game at an NBA arena since he made the decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant was met with a cascade of boos Sunday after his name was announced in pre-game introductions for Team USA’s exhibition against China. The type of

  • Usain Bolt returns from injury to win 200m in London
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    Usain Bolt returns from injury to win 200m in London

    The fastest man in the world hasn’t slowed down even after a hamstring injury kept him from competing in the Jamaican national athletics championship in early July. Usain Bolt dominated the field Friday at the London Diamond League with a time of 19.89-seconds in the 200-meter race. A grade 1 tear

  • An American track star who isn't going to Rio sets world record in London
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    An American track star who isn't going to Rio sets world record in London

    The American record holder in the women’s 100 hurdles finished sixth in the U.S. Olympic trials earlier this month in Eugene, Ore. Disappointed but still determined, she turned her attention to a new goal — breaking the event’s 28-year-old world record. At the Prefontaine Classic in May, Harrison came

  • Crowdfunding and the plight of the underappreciated Olympian
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    Crowdfunding and the plight of the underappreciated Olympian

    Jeremy Taiwo competes during the decathlon pole vault event at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. Jeremy Taiwo, a fifth-year decathlete at the University of Washington in 2013, wanted to be noticed by shoe companies during his final collegiate season. “My agent at the time was like, ‘Yeah

  • USA Basketball to livestream men’s, women’s exhibitions on Facebook
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    USA Basketball to livestream men’s, women’s exhibitions on Facebook

    Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant of the United States celebrate after the men’s gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Cord-cutting fans looking to keep up with the U.S. men’s and women’s national basketball teams as they prepare to push for another round of gold medals at the 2016

  • Aussies are hoppin' mad after Rio mayor's kangaroo comment
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    Aussies are hoppin' mad after Rio mayor's kangaroo comment

    The Olympic Village will host up to 17,200 people among athletes and team officials during the games and up to 6,000 during the Paralympic Games on July 22, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Because of a litany of problems at their future Olympic Village building, the Australian National Team has decided to house

  • U.S. women complete preparation for Rio Olympics with resounding win
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    U.S. women complete preparation for Rio Olympics with resounding win

    Christen Press, left, is congratulated by Carli Lloyd after scoring in USA’s 4-0 win. Crystal Dunn, Mallory Pugh, Carli Lloyd and Christen Press got the goals as the Americans improved to 14-0-0 all-time against the Ticas with a 75-2 cumulative goal difference. In Rio de Janeiro, the defending Women