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Veteran Bird is helping next generation of national team players

Sports / Olympics /

LOS ANGELES -- In a pre-Olympic exhibition at the Galen Center on Monday night, USA Select team guard Jewell Loyd found herself up against a familiar face: Sue Bird, her teammate on the Seattle Storm and her elder by 13 years.

The 35-year-old Bird is a captain of the national team, with two WNBA championships, nine All-Star designations, two ...Read more

US Olympic swimmer: Despite Zika fears, 'I'm going to go anyway'

Sports / Olympics /

There are some athletes who desperately wanted out of these Olympics.

But there are many more -- such as Charlotte Olympic swimmer Cammile Adams -- who desperately wanted in. How desperately?

"You could tell me I'm going to get Zika," Adams told me, "and I'm going to go anyway."

The Zika virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, is no joking matter. ...Read more

Why so many athletes are skipping the Rio Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

Thinking of traveling to Rio for the Olympics and need last-minute accommodations? Perhaps Olympic organizers will consider renting out rooms in the athletes' village, as there will be more cancellations and vacancies than usual.

Although more than 10,000 athletes from 206 countries are headed to Rio, the list of who's not going has been ...Read more

Rio officials insist they can fix problems in Olympic Village

Sports / Olympics /

Blocked toilets. Leaky pipes. Exposed electrical wiring.

Suffice it to say the athletes' village at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro had a rough opening over the weekend, with the contingent from Australia refusing to move in.

On Monday, the head of the Rio 2016 organizing committee insisted the accommodations will be fully ready for...Read more

Ball bounces as fully anticipated as US routs China

Sports / Olympics /

LOS ANGELES -- The result was a foregone conclusion before the U.S. men's national team and its counterpart from China took to the court before an enthused sellout crowd at Staples Center for a pre-Olympic exhibition Sunday. The challenge for both was that they knew there would be no challenge on the court, not with a star-studded lineup of NBA ...Read more

Olympic Committee decides against banning all Russian athletes from Rio Games

Sports / Olympics /

Facing pressure to ban the entire Russian contingent from the upcoming Summer Games, Olympic leaders announced Sunday they will instead leave the decision to the international federations that govern each sport.

The International Olympic Committee had been urged by the World Anti-Doping Agency and others to take decisive action amid an ever-...Read more

As Duke's Olympic basketball adventure ends, benefits linger

Sports / Olympics /

LAS VEGAS -- In all three of Mike Krzyzewski's trips to the Olympics, there has been a wide diversity of basketball voices on his coaching staff, from ACC rival Jim Boeheim to a revolving group of NBA coaches that has included Nate McMillan, Mike D'Antoni, Tom Thibodeau and Monty Williams.

The one constant, other than Boeheim, has been the ...Read more

Final foray for Coach K

Sports / Olympics /

LAS VEGAS -- Mike Krzyzewski's last journey as coach of the U.S. men's national team doesn't include a detour down Memory Lane on the way to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

There's too much work to do, too many elements for him and his staff to fuse together in a short period for him to lapse into being sappy about the approaching end of his ...Read more

Another vestige of Olympic purity falls away with Las Vegas sports books taking bets on Games

Sports / Olympics /

LAS VEGAS -- The long, slow erosion of the Olympics' claim to sporting purity has reached a new landmark.

The Summer Games in Rio de Janerio will be gambled on inside Nevada sports books.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board, acting on the interests of race and sports book directors in the state, agreed last year to allow bettors to wager on ...Read more

Olympic committee will 'explore legal options' for banning Russia from the Rio Games

Sports / Olympics /

The executive board of the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday it needs more time to consider whether the entire Russian team should be banned from the 2016 Summer Games.

The board held an emergency teleconference to discuss a report from the World Anti-Doping Agency that recommended excluding the Russians. The report alleges that ...Read more

Anti-doping officials call for Olympics to consider banning entire Russia team

Sports / Olympics /

The World Anti-Doping Agency has asked Olympic leaders to consider banning Russia from the upcoming 2016 Summer Games.

The recommendation followed closely after Monday's release of a 103-page WADA report that detailed further evidence of systemic doping among the country's athletes, coaches and officials.

"Not only does the evidence implicate ...Read more

Former Lions RB Jahvid Best to run in Rio Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

Former Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best has secured himself a trip to Rio de Janeiro.

After clearing up paperwork, the 27-year-old Best has been approved to compete for the Caribbean island St. Lucia in track and field in this summer's Olympic Games in Brazil. Best, whose father is Saint Lucian, will become the first person with NFL ...Read more

Gymnast Sam Mikulak returned to sport stronger and better

Sports / Olympics /

LOS ANGELES -- First off, the patient in the operating room was a gymnast. In fact, the best male gymnast in the country, Sam Mikulak, the reigning national champion and 2012 U.S. Olympian.

Surgeon Scott Forman, a foot and ankle specialist, needed no such reminders when the patient had surgery last year, but his associate, Sam's father, Stephen...Read more

Patriots' Ebner chases dream of playing rugby at Games

Sports / Olympics /

CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Something aches deep within Nate Ebner's chest.

Jogging onto a field at the Olympic training center, he begins warming up with a teammate, the two of them stretching, whipping a ball back and forth.

"I literally feel like my lungs are sore," he says.

The NFL veteran is accustomed to training camp aches and pains, the ...Read more

Who's in? Who's out? U.S. coach Jill Ellis names Olympic women's soccer roster

Sports / Olympics /

There were no surprises on the U.S. women's Olympic roster, named by coach Jill Ellis on Tuesday. The team includes 14 players from the 2015 Women's World Cup championship team, and rising stars Crystal Dunn -- the National Women's Soccer League MVP -- and teen phenom Mallory Pugh, who turned 18 in April.

"Building for the future certainly came...Read more

Numbers bode well for US track

Sports / Olympics /

Of the 127 men and women nominated Monday by USA Track and Field to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Games, 84 will be Olympic rookies.

Team members, determined by 10-day trials and filled out with relay pool selections, range in age from 16-year-old Sydney McLaughlin in the women's 400-meter hurdles to 41-year-old Bernard Lagat in the men's 5,000...Read more

Gatlin takes cue from Lagat, then takes off

Sports / Olympics /

EUGENE, Ore. -- Waiting for the start of the 200-meter dash final Saturday at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials, Justin Gatlin was inspired by 41-year-old Bernard Lagat's intrepid performance and blazingly fast last lap in winning the previous event, the 5,000, and earning a fifth Olympic berth. "I was like, 'Man, I'm in Lane 8. I've never...Read more

Brianna Rollins leaps to first place in 100-meter hurdles at US trials

Sports / Olympics /

EUGENE, Ore. -- If anyone needed a reminder of how capricious hurdles races can be, two-time Olympic 100-meter hurdles medalist Dawn Harper Nelson and American record holder Keni Harrison were eliminated in the semifinals of their event Friday at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.

Brianna Rollins won an Olympic berth to Rio by winning the...Read more

Simone Biles leads after a nervous first day of Olympic trials

Sports / Olympics /

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Ashton Locklear fell off the balance beam, as did Maggie Nichols. Meanwhile, Laurie Hernandez maneuvered out of a potential crisis on the uneven bars.

If that wasn't enough evidence that the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics trials were a mental torture chamber, reigning Olympic all-around gold medalist Gabby Douglas fell off ...Read more

Simone Biles is no slouch as women's gymnastic trials get set to begin

Sports / Olympics /

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Gymnast Simone Biles did her best impression of a disgruntled teenager, slouching in her chair in the interview area.

Imagine the reaction if you told your kids they couldn't text message for a day or two and that just about captures the emotion that Biles reconstructed Thursday at SAP Center.

The reigning three-time world ...Read more