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Johnson never had dreams of being an Olympian, but she will anchor the US water polo team in Rio

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The Olympics were never a big deal to Ashleigh Johnson. Anyone who saw her in the pool as a girl -- rangy, quick, powerful -- knew she had potential as a water polo goalie. They saw glimpses of special talent.

But after a few brief stints with the U.S. junior team, Johnson wanted nothing more to do with the national program.

"It was really ...Read more

Health experts want 2016 Summer Games postponed or moved because of Zika virus

Sports / Olympics /

A group of 150 professors, scientists and doctors have sent an open letter to the World Health Organization, insisting that lingering concerns about the Zika virus call for the 2016 Summer Olympics to be postponed or moved.

The Games are scheduled for Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, which has been hit particularly hard by the outbreak.

"We make ...Read more

As Games near, talk is of doping

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With the 2016 Summer Games less than three months away, the specter of doping and bribery has cast an ever-lengthening shadow over the Olympic movement.

The situation is serious enough that the president of the International Olympic Committee spent Wednesday morning talking about official inquiries and the prospect of banning not only athletes ...Read more

Olympic leaders hopeful amid Brazilian political turmoil

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Olympic leaders remain optimistic about the upcoming 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games despite the suspension -- and impending impeachment -- of Brazil's embattled president.

Dilma Rousseff has played a key role in Olympic preparations for her country, but following Thursday's senate action, will not be in office during the 17-day sporting event ...Read more

Hungary's Orban chases 'illusory' Olympic dream in Budapest bid

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BUDAPEST -- On the low-slung cement walls of Olympic Park in Budapest, the Hungarian capital itself is notable for its absence among the decorations listing past hosts of the Summer Games.

It's now Budapest's turn to run the world's biggest sporting event, reckons Marianna Lugos, a 67-year-old who was watching children romp across a jungle gym ...Read more

Some golfers hardly gung-ho about chance to win Olympic gold

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Golf always seemed like a kooky concept for the Olympics. American men already show their true colors at the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. American women paint their cheeks at the Solheim Cup and the UL International Crown, which will be contested in July at the Merit Club in Libertyville.

The other 51 weeks a year, the pros are private ...Read more

Five former UConn women's basketball players make US Olympic roster

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Since Rebecca Lobo first made it in 1996, UConn has been well-represented on U.S. women's Olympic basketball teams. That tradition will continue with five Huskies, including national player of the year Breanna Stewart, set to represent the country this summer in Brazil.

The five-time Olympic gold medalist program announced its team Wednesday ...Read more

100 days from Rio Olympics, Zika, dirty water still dominate discussion

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Rio de Janeiro's acclaimed white-sand beaches have inspired popular songs and romantic notions but don't expect a bossa nova Wednesday to commemorate the 100-day countdown to the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The image of raw sewage and debris floating in the water at competition sites presents a stark contrast to the picturesque city of tropical ...Read more

Will Brazil's economic, political crisis affect Rio Games?

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The 100-day countdown to the Summer Olympics will arrive Wednesday with Brazil dealing with the worst financial crisis since the Depression and President Dilma Rousseff facing possible impeachment in an action that she has described as a coup attempt.

The national crisis has relegated Olympic host city Rio de Janeiro to a sidelight even as ...Read more

Tom Thibodeau, Team USA to visit United Center in July

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Tom Thibodeau will be roaming the United Center sidelines even before his first training camp with the Timberwolves.

USA Basketball announced Monday that one of the Olympic team's five exhibitions in advance of the Rio de Janeiro Games this summer will be against Venezuela on July 29 at the United Center. Thibodeau is an assistant coach for ...Read more

Job program helps volleyball player Futi Tavana pursue Olympic hopes

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The blue swimsuit looked like a scrap of fabric in Futi Tavana's hands, but he carried it carefully from the front register of Dick's Sporting Goods in Newport Beach, Calif., where it had been left by an indecisive shopper, and restores it to its place on the sales floor. A few moments earlier, he had seen a box containing a volleyball jutting ...Read more

Patriots safety Nate Ebner to try for Olympic rugby team

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Another big-time football player has announced his intention to take a shot at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

New England Patriots safety Nate Ebner was granted a leave of absence on Tuesday and plans to join the U.S. rugby team at its Chula Vista training camp.

"We are proud to support (at)Natebner34 in his effort to earn a place on the United ...Read more

Can Kerri Walsh Jennings realize her Rio dreams?

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Kerri Walsh Jennings begins her pursuit of Olympic history Tuesday on the famous white sands of Copacabana at the Rio Grand Slam beach volleyball tournament.

Walsh Jennings with partner April Ross, is making her 2016 debut after taking four months off to recover from her fifth right shoulder surgery.

Walsh Jennings, the former Stanford star, ...Read more