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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

Olympic gymnastics champion Kyla Ross retires before 2016 Summer Games

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Calling it "one of the most-difficult decisions I have made in my life," Olympic champion Kyla Ross announced her retirement from elite gymnastics on Monday.

Making the U.S. team at 15, Ross was the youngest member of the "Fierce Five" that won the team gold at the 2012 London Olympics.

Now 19, she also has five world championship medals -- ...Read more

Rebecca Lobo: Zika justifiable concern for Olympic athletes headed to Brazil

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Rebecca Lobo understands training to be an Olympic athlete requires a tremendous amount of time and dedication, and as few distractions as possible.

And now she knows that for those preparing to participate in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, there is something to think about that might make them hesitant to participate.

The mosquito-borne virus, ...Read more