MIAMI -- Brazilians were steamed when Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte told a tale of armed robbery and a gun pointed at his head during at night on the town in Rio de Janeiro, but the head of Brazil's tourism board said Tuesday there was no lasting damage to Brazil's image.
"No, not at all -- if anything it was quite the opposition," said Vincius ...Read more
It happened to Michael Phelps and Allyson Felix. Also to Simone Biles.
The stars of the U.S. team at these Summer Olympics had barely stepped off the medals podium when they were asked about coming back for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
As Biles said: "Tokyo is a long way away."
While the five-time medalist is still a teenager, other athletes who ...Read more
A presidential candidate may not have gotten more attention Monday than Mike Krzyzewski did at RDU airport.
Less than 24 hours after guiding the U.S. men's basketball team to a gold medal in the Rio Olympics, the Duke coach was back in North Carolina, road weary perhaps but happy to be home after being away for five weeks.
The welcoming party ...Read more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Blue water tanks.
You see them everywhere in Rio, on roofs of the hodge-podge brick and cinderblock homes that comprise the dilapidated favelas that snake up the hillsides of this metropolis that, no one knows for sure, has an estimated 12 million residents. In some areas, they're a backup supply when -- not if -- the city's ...Read more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Dark clouds hovered over Maracana Stadium at dusk, with a sudden wind tugging at flags and whipping the Olympic flame.
Then a drenching rain began to fall.
The storm that intruded on Sunday night's Closing Ceremony at the Summer Olympics befit a mega-sporting event that, over the last few weeks, had blended spectacle with ...Read more
The Rio Olympics will be remembered for lots of things its organizers would rather forget. There were muggings and assaults, with the victims including athletes and government officials. A ticket-scalping scandal landed an Irish Olympic official in jail. The diving and water polo pools turned green, and the U.S. Olympic Committee turned red when...Read more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt's electrifying triple-triple, Briton Mo Farah's distance double-double, and American runner Allyson Felix's three-medal haul made a strong case that good things came in big bunches during the Rio Olympics track and field competition.
But progress also came in small but significant doses. ...Read more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- The beginning of Galen Rupp's Olympic marathon career -- opening with a bronze-medal performance -- collided with the conclusion of Meb Keflezighi's on Sunday.
The 30-year-old Rupp, competing in just his second marathon, took third behind Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya and Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia. Rupp ran a personal-best 2 hours ...Read more
Fenton's DeathS. Elizabeth
Emm and Francine grew up with Fenton. He was their neighbor, best friend and big brother all in one. Fenton thought he loved both his friends equally but one day as a young man he realized he had to make a choice. But what would his choice do to the 3. And then...Fenton died. Fenton's Death ...
The medal ceremony had ended, and now it was time to pose for pictures.
Jimmy Butler put his long right arm around his former coach, Tom Thibodeau, and smiled.
"It's a moment, man," Butler said. "As much stuff (as we went through), as much of a love-hate relationship as we had and still have, it's big. He was always telling me I could be a ...Read more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- The record books will show the United States as the biggest winner of the 2016 Olympics with a medal haul of 121, including 46 gold. How dominant were the Americans? If the U.S. women alone were a country, they'd have finished third in the gold medal standings.
But the true winners of these Games were the 6 million people of ...Read more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- In the wake of his final victory with the United States, Mike Krzyzewski's mind jumped to an unlikely spot. He looked back to his only loss with the national team.
It was in Japan in 2006, a semifinal loss to Greece at the World Championships, Krzyzewski's first tournament as the U.S. coach. Carmelo Anthony was there, too. And...Read more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Kyle Snyder rested on his knees and panted as a dazed, disbelieving look hung on his face.
"Maybe I was in shock," the 20-year-old said.
As scores of supporters in red T-shirts with his name on the back jumped up and down at Carioca Arena, as chants of "USA!" rained down, as Azerbaijan's mountain-like Khetag Goziumov turned ...Read more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- After Kevin Durant hit a 3-pointer early in the second quarter, he walked back down the court while pounding his fist on his chest and yelling at his teammates on the bench nearby.
Turns out he was just clearing his throat.
It was Durant's monster second quarter that ended any notion of an upset for Serbia and put the U.S. on...Read more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Rafaela Silva was known as a troublemaker in a favela notorious for its troublemakers.
Her temper was as quick as her fists. She constantly got entangled in fights and came home with a bloody nose or ripped shirt.
In the Cidade de Deus favela, which one does not enter without demonstrating allegiance to Rio's powerful Red ...Read more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Olympic Stadium comes alive at dusk with fans arriving for the late session, lots of chatter and laughter, everyone eager to watch Usain Bolt in a 200-meter semifinal.
Beneath the stands, in a dank concourse, Doug Arnot and Bill Hanway emerge from a meeting that ran longer than expected. It has been another tough day and they ...Read more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Medals came from rare and unexpected places for American runners on the last day of the track and field portion of the Rio Games, although they also tapped the reliable gold mine of the women's 1,600-meter relay for a sixth straight Olympic championship in that event and Allyson Felix's ninth career medal.
When the evening was...Read more
Today we find out if the U.S. men's basketball team is going to finally slip up and lose a game. It plays Serbia so the answer is likely no. The U.S. struggled when it played Serbia in pool play, winning 94-91. The Serbs even had an open look at a three at the buzzer but missed. The U.S. is unbeaten despite four games decided by 10 ...Read more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- A look back at Day 15 of competition at the Rio Olympics.
They say it's wonderful
So you're a talented athlete and you have in your background the ability to shop for a country. Sort of like the Qatar handball team, where 11 of the 14 members really aren't from that small Arabian Peninsula country.
Where would you go?
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Matthew Centrowitz kept gliding and gliding, staying in the lead and away from the clashing bodies behind him, waiting for the brilliant champions who would surely attack from behind.
And challenge they did -- first three-time defending world champion Asbel Kiprop, then 2012 gold medalist Taoufik Makhloufi.
"OK," he thought. ...Read more
RIO DE JANEIRO -- The United States' failure to win a gold medal in men's basketball in Athens during the 2004 Olympics led to an overhaul of the national team.
Jerry Colangelo became the CEO. He hired Duke legend Mike Krzyzewski as his coach. They recruited the NBA's best players and demanded commitment, loyalty and a sense of national pride ...Read more