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California daughter of Czech immigrants aims for gold in first-ever Olympic kiteboarding event

Sports / Olympics /

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Three months before she was set to compete in the first-ever Olympic kiteboarding event at this summer’s Paris Games, Daniela Moroz sat in her rented room in France, reflecting on how she got there.

Moroz, a 23-year-old Lafayette native who is a six-time world champion in the sport and a favorite to win the gold in August...Read more

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UConn legend Rebecca Lobo offers her take on Caitlin Clark's Olympic omission

Sports / Olympics /

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Caitlin Clark was on the bench during the last quarter of the WNBA game against the Connecticut Sun Monday night. She had four fouls, the Indiana Fever trailed by double digits, and it was pretty clear she wasn’t going back in.

And still, a chorus of fans at Mohegan Sun Arena chanted, “We want Caitlin! We want Caitlin!...Read more

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Lynx's Napheesa Collier headed back to Olympics, hoping for big role in Paris

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Tuesday morning in Las Vegas, where the Lynx were scheduled to play the Aces, Minnesota star Napheesa Collier was told she needed to come down for a meeting.

What followed were two surprises:

First, Collier ran into Briana Weiss, USA Basketball women's national team director. Collier was expected to be a part of her second Olympic team, but ...Read more

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Nikola Jokic included on Team Serbia preliminary Olympics roster

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DENVER — Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was included on the Serbian national team’s preliminary 16-man roster for the upcoming Paris Olympics, the nation’s basketball federation announced Monday, dispelling uncertainty about the superstar’s status for the tournament.

Jokic, who became the ninth NBA player in history to win league ...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: Caitlin Clark cut from the Olympics? This snub stinks.

Sports / Olympics /

LOS ANGELES — She has been shoved, smacked, walloped and whacked.

She's been hip-checked, hammered, steamrollered and smothered.

In the last month, Caitlin Clark has endured the typical rough initiation into the world of women's professional basketball, and while some of it reeks of resentment, most of it has been fair.

Until now.

What the...Read more

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Fever star Caitlin Clark reportedly isn't going to the Olympics

Sports / Olympics /

PHILADELPHIA — The planned U.S. women’s basketball roster for this summer’s Olympics was leaked Saturday morning, and the immediate headline is that Caitlin Clark apparently isn’t going to make it.

That unsurprisingly got people talking, since Clark is the biggest name in the sport even though she isn’t its best player. She currently ...Read more

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Cameron Brink reflects on achieving her Olympic dream: 'I don't take it lightly'

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Before USA Basketball 3x3 national team director Jay Demings officially offered Cameron Brink a spot on the Paris Olympics teams, she was in tears. "Oh my God, oh my God," she recalled repeating as Demings held up a USA Basketball jersey with her name printed on the back.

On Wednesday, USA Basketball announced Brink is part of the 2024 3x3 ...Read more

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LA 2028 Olympic committee names retired Army Lt. Gen. Reynold Hoover its new CEO

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LOS ANGELES — The organizers of the 2028 Summer Olympics have reached far outside the sports world for their new chief executive, hiring a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general who served in the White House and as chief of staff for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Reynold Hoover arrives at a crucial juncture for LA28, which will also ...Read more

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Patrick Reusse: Minnesota connections galore in emerging 3x3 hoops space

Sports / Olympics /

There would be good humor required to suggest there is a traditional form of 3-on-3 basketball, since the true source would be that six has been the perfect number for pickup games on playgrounds, YMCA/YWCAs and any other place where there's a hard surface and a hoop since Hank Luisetti started taking jump shots.

Yet, the form of 3x3 now set to...Read more

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Many familiar names on roster as U.S. women's soccer team readies for Olympics

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LOS ANGELES — Emma Hayes called up her first roster as coach of the women's national team Tuesday and it includes a lot of familiar names, with 19 players from April's roster returning for a pair of friendlies with South Korea next month.

Hayes, whose $2 million salary makes her the highest-paid women's coach in the world, was named U.S. ...Read more

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Would pro-Palestinian demonstrators have disrupted a 2024 L.A. Olympics?

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles might have dodged at least one Olympic-sized headache by agreeing to wait until 2028 to host the Summer Games.

The reason?

If L.A. had won the right to host this summer — which almost happened — it might be scrambling to deal with more pro-Palestinian demonstrations and counter-demonstrations.

"It's likely we ...Read more

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Eric Sondheimer: Greatest legacy of 1984 Olympic Games is LA84 Foundation

Sports / Olympics /

LOS ANGELES — Driving past a San Fernando Valley middle school during lunchtime, the sports fields were buzzing with activity. Soccer balls were being kicked, basketballs were being dribbled, tetherballs were being socked.

My previous three hours had been spent attending a conference sponsored by the LA84 Foundation in downtown Los Angeles, ...Read more

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Kawhi Leonard's selection to U.S. Olympic basketball team 'a no-brainer'; so why the wait?

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NEW YORK — Kawhi Leonard was named to the U.S. Olympic basketball team Wednesday, joining 11 teammates whose names leaked out earlier in the week.

But Grant Hill, USA Basketball's managing director, wants to make one thing clear: The Clippers forward and San Diego State alum did not dramatically get the final spot on the roster heading to ...Read more

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'A great problem': Could Caitlin Clark make the U.S. Olympic team?

Sports / Olympics /

NEW YORK — Caitlin Clark already heard her name called once this week, but the most heralded No. 1 draft pick in WNBA history is still in contention to make an even more exclusive roster this summer.

Before even playing a WNBA game, Clark has already become a key figure in the U.S. Olympic roster discussion as the United States goes for its ...Read more

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USA Basketball makes Olympics roster official, with LeBron James to return and Steph Curry to debut

Sports / Olympics /

There’s no shortage of star power on USA Basketball’s Olympics roster.

The U.S. on Wednesday officially announced its 12-man team for this summer’s Paris Games, with LeBron James set to appear in his first Olympics in over a decade and Steph Curry slated to make his long-awaited Olympics debut.

Kevin Durant, Jayson Tatum, Jrue Holiday, ...Read more

Soccer Olympic draw: U.S. women to face Germany, Australia

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LOS ANGELES — The U.S. women’s national team will face Germany, Australia and either Zambia or Morocco in the group stage of this summer’s Olympic soccer tournament in France, where the Americans hope to return to the top of the podium for the first time in 12 years.

The U.S., winner of a record four Olympic titles and four World Cup ...Read more