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  • Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi rejects city's 2024 Olympic bid

    September 21, 2016 10:52 AM

    ROME - Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi has rejected the city's bid for the 2024 Olympics, effectively dooming the capital's candidacy. After campaigning for office on a "No" vote, Raggi made it official on Wednesday. Raggi said it would be "irresponsible" to pursue the bid any further, saying "in light of... more »
  • Lochte banned through June 2017, loses $100,000 in bonuses

    September 8, 2016 12:06 PM

    Ryan Lochte is banned from swimming through next June and will forfeit $100,000 in bonus money that went with his gold medal at the Olympics, part of the penalty for his drunken encounter at a gas station in Brazil during last month's games. The U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming... more »
  • Speedo USA, Ralph Lauren drop Lochte after Rio incident

    August 22, 2016 11:29 AM

    NEW YORK - Ryan Lochte has lost two majors sponsors after Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren announced they are dumping the swimmer over a drunken incident during the Rio Olympics that he initially described as an armed robbery. Both companies announced their decisions Monday, one day after the end of... more »
  • Seimone Augustus becomes first La. native with three Olympic gold medals

    August 20, 2016 9:18 PM

    RIO DE JANIERO – Former LSU Tigers Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles earned their third straight Olympic gold medals Saturday after the USA women’s basketball team defeated Spain 101-72. Saturday’s win marks the sixth straight Olympic gold medal win for the Team USA women’s basketball team. According to... more »
  • With loss, US women to miss first Olympic final

    August 12, 2016 3:27 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The three-time defending champion U.S. women's national team will miss the Olympic final for the first time after the Americans were ousted from after falling to Sweden on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the quarterfinals on Friday. Even after three rounds, Sweden captain Caroline Seger... more »
  • Police officer shot in the head in Rio

    August 11, 2016 9:04 AM

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - A police officer is recovering after he and two others sent to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics were shot after getting lost near a slum. The officers from Brazil's national security force were using a GPS device to navigate unfamiliar streets when they took... more »
  • Michael Phelps wins 200-meter butterfly for his 20th Olympic gold medal

    August 9, 2016 9:42 PM

    RIO - Michael Phelps made up for one of the few losses in his Olympic career. Now, he's got an even 20 gold medals. Phelps avenged his defeat at the 2012 London Games by winning the 200-meter butterfly on Tuesday night, holding off Japan's Masato Sakai by a mere four-hundredths... more »
  • Green, not gold, color of the day at Olympic diving pool

    August 9, 2016 6:54 PM

    RIO - Green, not gold, was the color of the day at the Olympic diving venue. China won its third consecutive gold medal on Tuesday, but the buzz was about the color of the water in the diving pool — a murky green. That was in stark contrast... more »
  • U.S. women's 'Final Five' wins gold in team final in Rio Olympics

    August 9, 2016 6:20 PM

    RIO – The U.S. women's gymnastics team won the gold for a second consecutive Olympic games at the 2016 Rio Olympics Tuesday. The team consisted of 20-year-old Gabby Douglas, 22-year-old Aly Raisman, 16-year-old Laurie Hernandez, 19-year-old Madison Kocian and 19-year-old Simone Biles. Both Douglas and Raisman were a part... more »
  • US women's basketball routs Spain 103-63

    August 8, 2016 2:36 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brittney Griner used her size advantage inside scoring eight of the first 10 points for the United States, and the Americans turned in another perfunctory rout in beating Spain 103-63 on Monday. The Americans, who are 2-0, came up short of another record-setting performance like they... more »
  • Ledecky bid to sweep longer free events on track

    August 8, 2016 2:33 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Swimmer Katie Ledecky's bid to sweep the longer freestyle events at the Rio Games is on track. A night after winning the 400-meter free in world-record time, Ledecky has posted the top qualifying time in the 200 free preliminaries. The American teenager won her four-lap heat... more »
  • First American with hijab competes in Olympics

    August 8, 2016 11:44 AM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history Monday by becoming the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab. Muhammad, sporting a plain black Muslim head scarf under a red, white and blue mask, was a winner in her opening bout in the women's sabre tournament,... more »
  • US men take 4x100 freestyle gold, Phelps' 19th

    August 7, 2016 11:33 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Michael Phelps has earned the 19th gold medal of his career, helping the United States win the 4x100-meter freestyle relay at the Rio Olympics. Phelps took the second leg after Caeleb Dressel led off for the Americans, and it was another memorable performance at a distance... more »
  • Ledecky record gives US 1st swimming gold in Rio

    August 7, 2016 11:00 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Katie Ledecky has given the United States its first swimming gold medal of the Rio Olympics with a world record in the women's 400-meter freestyle. The result was totally expected. Ledecky has dominated the longer freestyle events since winning gold in the 800 free at the... more »
  • Williams sisters lose Olympic doubles match for 1st time

    August 7, 2016 8:49 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Serena and Venus Williams lost an Olympic doubles match for the first time, stunned in the opening round of the Rio Games by the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4. The Williams sisters entered Sunday's match with a 15-0 career record in the... more »
  • Entire Russian team banned from competing in Rio Paralympics

    August 7, 2016 5:23 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The entire Russia team has been banned from competing in the Paralympic Games in September as punishment for the country's systematic doping program. The International Paralympic Committee's blanket ban on Russia is in sharp contrast to the earlier decision by the IOC to allow individual sports... more »
  • Majority rule: Women lead the way for Team USA

    August 7, 2016 5:18 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Serena. Simone. Solo. It shouldn't come as a surprise that some of the best-recognized names on the U.S. Olympic team belong to women. The Americans brought 292 women to Rio de Janeiro, an Olympic record for a single country. Their first gold medal of the games... more »
  • Korea beats US for Rio gold in team archery

    August 6, 2016 5:46 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - South Korea was nearly flawless to beat the United States in the men's team archery final Saturday at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The Korean powerhouse scored in the 10 range on 15 of its 18 arrows to knock off the Americans, 6-0. South Korea has... more »
  • US swimmer Ledecky will have chance for 5 medals

    August 6, 2016 3:17 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Katie Ledecky will have a shot at five medals at the Rio Olympics. Despite finishing seventh in the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. trials, Ledecky will anchor the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay on Saturday at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium. Amanda Weir will swim the leadoff leg,... more »
  • First gold medal in Rio goes to US shooter Virginia Thrasher

    August 6, 2016 3:11 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - American shooter Virginia Thrasher has won the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, capturing the women's 10-meter air rifle. The 19-year-old capped a strong year. She became the first freshman to win both individual NCAA rifle titles and helped West Virginia win the team title.... more »
  • Pele won't light Olympic cauldron, cites health

    August 5, 2016 1:00 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Pele says his poor health will keep him from lighting the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics. In a statement on Friday, Pele says "I'm not physically able to attend the opening of the Olympics." Friday's opening ceremony will need to fill... more »
  • Olympic flame arrives in Rio on tour boat

    August 3, 2016 9:45 AM

    RIO DE JANIERO - The Olympic flame hitched a ride on a tour boat to finally reach Rio de Janeiro. The relay from Greece to Brazil reached its final city on Wednesday with plenty of fanfare and much more to come. Sailors, journalists and even viewers live on Periscope watched... more »
  • Heck, yeah! Rednecks hold their blanking Summer Games

    July 30, 2016 3:19 PM

    HEBRON, Maine - It's time for rednecks to enjoy their blanking games. In the coming week, there's going to be pomp and circumstance and world-class athletes at the Summer Olympics in Brazil. But this weekend, there's barbecue, beer and mud at an event formerly known as the Redneck Olympics in... more »
  • Roger Federer says he is out for Olympics, done for year

    July 26, 2016 2:11 PM

    Roger Federer says he will miss the Rio Olympics and the rest of the tennis season to protect his surgically repaired left knee. Federer writes Tuesday on his Facebook page that he will skip the Summer Games, where the tennis competition starts next week, and has been advised by... more »
  • Brazil police arrest men pleading ISIS allegiance, plotting Olympic attack

    July 21, 2016 11:26 AM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Federal police in Brazil have ordered the detention of 12 people who allegedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group via social media. Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes told journalists in Brasilia on Thursday that 10 had been arrested and two more were being sought. Moraes... more »
  • U.S. Olympic gymnast gets a superhero Barbie

    July 11, 2016 5:20 PM

    U.S. Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas now has her own superhero Barbie doll. Douglas will be headed to Rio for the 2016 Olympics after qualifying at the U.S. gymnastics team trials over the weekend. Douglas began making history when she competed in the 2012 Olympics in London and became... more »
  • Michael Phelps poses in pool alongside baby son Boomer

    July 7, 2016 9:57 AM

    Michael Phelps has shown his son around the pool. Phelps and fiancee Nicole Johnson have posted Instagram photos of baby Boomer Phelps in the water alongside his Olympic superstar dad. Phelps writes with one posted Wednesday that "the little man loved the water" and they both got some... more »
  • Injury could sideline Usain Bolt from 2016 Olympics

    July 1, 2016 10:25 PM

    KINGSTON, Jamaica - Jamaican officials say Usain Bolt has withdrawn from his country's National Senior Championships, citing an unspecified injury that casts doubt on whether he will appear at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next month. The national meet serves as the Olympic trials. Bolt had qualified for the 100-meter... more »
  • Stephen Curry won't be on US Olympic basketball team in Rio

    June 6, 2016 4:26 PM

    Stephen Curry has withdrawn from consideration from the Olympics, leaving the U.S. basketball team without the NBA's MVP. Curry says Monday in a statement that he has decided to pull out for "several factors - including recent ankle and knee injuries." He is the highest-profile absence for the two-time defending... more »
  • Judge hears arguments on US women's soccer team strike rights

    May 26, 2016 2:03 PM

    CHICAGO - A federal judge in Chicago has heard arguments whether the world champion U.S. Women's National Soccer team has the right to strike for improved conditions and wages before this year's Olympics. Lawyers for the U.S. Soccer Federation told Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman at a Thursday hearing that a... more »
  • Zika virus overshadows buildup to Rio de Janeiro Olympics

    February 2, 2016 12:24 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The Zika virus is overshadowing the final preparations for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, even eclipsing concerns over deep budget cuts and severe water pollution. Hundreds of reporters packed Olympic headquarters on Tuesday to hear about ticket sales, venue construction and a reminder that Friday... more »
  • Count Jordan Spieth as a likely Rio Olympics starter in 2016

    November 24, 2015 8:28 AM

    SYDNEY- Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott, the two headliners at this week's Australian Open, have distinctly different excitement levels over next year's Rio Olympics golf tournament. While both agree a team competition would have been nice, Scott says he'll go if he can fit it into his schedule, and isn't... more »
  • Guo Jie, oldest surviving Olympian, dies at 103

    November 16, 2015 9:35 AM

    BEIJING- Guo Jie, a former Chinese discus thrower who was the world's oldest surviving Olympian, has died. He was 103. The official Xinhua News Agency said Guo died Sunday. Guo represented China in the discus at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin after setting a national record the year before. At... more »
  • Oscar Pistorius to be released from jail on Oct. 20

    October 15, 2015 10:19 AM

    JOHANNESBURG- South Africa's Department of Corrections says a parole board has decided that Oscar Pistorius can be released from prison and moved to house arrest on Tuesday. The parole board made the decision Thursday after an initial decision to release the double-amputee runner in August was canceled. The Olympic runner... more »
  • IOC: 5 cities in running to host 2024 Olympic Games

    September 16, 2015 10:01 AM

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland- It's official: five cities are in the running to host the 2024 Olympics. The IOC announced the final list of bidders Wednesday: Budapest, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome. The deadline for submission of bid entries passed at Tuesday at midnight in Switzerland. There were no surprises as... more »
  • Los Angeles mayor pitches 2024 Olympic bid to IOC president

    September 3, 2015 10:04 AM

    LONDON- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took his city's newly-launched bid for the 2024 Summer Games to IOC headquarters on Thursday, saying it's time "to bring the Olympics back home" to the United States after an absence of nearly three decades. Garcetti and U.S. Olympic leaders met with IOC President... more »
  • Beijing selected to host 2022 Winter Olympics

    July 31, 2015 9:54 AM

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia- Beijing will be hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics. The International Olympic Committee selected Beijing over Almaty, Kazakhstan today, after hearing final presentations from both countries. Beijing plans to reuse several venues from the 2008 Summer Olympics it hosted. more »
  • Bach: Boston failed to deliver on 'promises' to USOC

    July 29, 2015 10:12 AM

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia- IOC President Thomas Bach says Boston failed to deliver on "promises" made to U.S. Olympic leaders when they selected the city as the American candidate for the 2024 Games. Bach gave his first extensive comments Wednesday on the demise of the Boston bid, which was dropped Monday... more »
  • Revised cost of Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium approved

    July 7, 2015 10:04 AM

    TOKYO- The building of a new main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will go ahead as planned after approval of the revised $2.1 billion construction cost. The Japan Sports Council, which will operate the main venue, approved the cost at a meeting on Tuesday. The price tag is up... more »
  • A brush with Olympians

    February 10, 2015 7:42 PM

    NEW YORK- Potential Olympic gold medalist may wait on you the next time you go to Dick's Sporting Goods to shop. The U.S. Olympic Committee now has a sponsorship deal with the company and part of it means jobs at Dick's stores for athletes in training. The agreement runs... more »
  • Shaun White gears up for snowboarding comeback

    January 22, 2015 10:44 AM

    ASPEN, CO - About a dozen Winter X Games stars - more than a few of them owners of Olympic gold medals - were milling about the tent before the action began. Only one drew a crowd. Shaun White. Now 28 and coming back after the most humbling year of... more »
  • Boston given surprising bid for 2024 Olympics

    January 9, 2015 2:34 AM

    DENVER, CO - Once the shock subsides, the work begins. Boston was considered something of a long shot by insiders when the U.S. Olympic Committee whittled its list of candidates to bid for the 2024 Games down to four a few months ago. The leadership team, largely unknown outside of... more »
  • Phelps says swimming on hold after DUI arrest

    October 5, 2014 10:34 AM

    After his second DUI arrest, Michael Phelps says he will take a break from swimming to attend a program "to better understand myself." The winningest athlete in Olympic history made the announcement in a series of tweets Sunday morning. The 29-year-old Phelps was arrested early Tuesday and charged with drunken... more »
  • Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement

    April 15, 2014 7:09 AM

    Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26. USA Swimming said Monday that Phelps is expected to... more »
  • USA-Canada hockey showdown a dud

    February 21, 2014 1:49 PM

    SOCHI, Russia - The men's hockey showdown between Canada and the United States didn't pack the punch that most were hoping for when the game began. Many viewed these two teams as the best in the tournament and fully expected a wild, heart-pounder similar to the gold medal game between... more »
  • SOCHI SCENE: Too hot for Lolo

    February 16, 2014 10:45 AM

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Lolo Jones remains on a quest for Olympic gold. For now, she'd settle for cold. Warm weather during the first week have given the Sochi Games more of a summer feel, and Jones, now a U.S. bobsledder after running hurdles in Beijing and London, isn't happy... more »
  • Christensen leads US medal sweep in slopestyle skiing

    February 13, 2014 7:17 AM

    SOCHI, Russia - The U.S. has swept the podium in men's slopestyle skiing. Joss Christensen soared to gold in the sport's Olympic debut, posting a score of 95.80 to beat teammates Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper. The gold was the fourth for the U.S. in Sochi, all won on the... more »
  • A cultural guide to the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony

    February 7, 2014 9:26 PM

    MOSCOW (AP) - Wondering about some of the Russian culture featured Friday in the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics? Here's a guide to the history, literature and art that made up a big part of the show. WAR AND PEACE For most, this enormous book is more doorstopper than... more »
  • Officials: Turkish plane evacuated

    February 7, 2014 12:38 PM

    ANKARA, Turkey - An official says authorities have subdued a man who attempted to hijack a Turkish plane to Sochi, Russia, and that the other passengers have been evacuated. Huseyin Avni Mutlu, the Istanbul governor, says on Twitter that "the operation has ended." In another tweet Friday, he said all... more »
  • Olympic-sized yogurt dispute

    February 6, 2014 7:53 PM

    Albany, New York- Members of team USA who want Chobani Yogurt for breakfast at the Olympics have to wait for the wheels of bureaucracy to move. The 5,000 cups of yogurt is tied up in a web of international trade negotiations and sits in a refrigerated warehouse in upstate... more »
  • Lolo Jones selected for US Olympic bobsled team

    January 19, 2014 6:08 PM

    Lauryn Williams and Lolo Jones have been selected for the U.S. bobsled team that will compete in next month's Sochi Olympics. They are now positioned to join a group of eight other Americans who have competed in both the Summer and Winter Games. Williams is a three-time summer Olympian who... more »
  • Curling with Will Ferrell, aka Ron Burgundy

    December 1, 2013 4:34 PM

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Will Ferrell, wearing his trademark Ron Burgundy moustache and "Anchorman" outfit, helped open the Canadian Curling trials Sunday. He even tried his luck on the ice and donned a kilt to the delight of fans. In speaking with reporters, he said the name Winnipeg was Latin for... more »
  • Lindsey Vonn unsure of Sochi Olympic chances

    November 27, 2013 7:54 AM

    VAIL, Colo. - Lindsey Vonn says she is not sure yet what effect her latest knee injury will have on her Sochi Olympics hopes. Asked in an interview whether she can put the kind of pressure on the knee she'll need to train and make it to Sochi in... more »
  • Germany's Thomas Bach elected IOC president

    September 10, 2013 11:00 AM

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Thomas Bach has been elected president of the International Olympic Committee. Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer, succeeds Jacques Rogge, the Belgian who is stepping down after 12 years as head of the Olympic body. Bach, the long-time favorite, defeated five rival candidates in Tuesday's... more »
  • Three cities in a tight race for 2020 Olympics

    September 5, 2013 2:19 PM

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - In a tight race to land the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo bid leaders are touting a clean record in doping and hoping to turn the focus from a radiation leak at a nuclear plant in Fukushima. The host city will be chosen Saturday by IOC members, with... more »
  • IOC has concerns about anti-gay law

    August 9, 2013 10:23 AM

    MOSCOW - The International Olympic Committee is waiting for more clarification from the Russian government on the anti-gay law that is overshadowing preparations for the Winter Games in Sochi. The law was signed by President Vladimir Putin in June. It bans "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" and imposes fines on... more »
  • Phelps vague about swimming future

    July 29, 2013 10:22 AM

    BARCELONA, Spain - Michael Phelps keeps saying he has no plans for a swimming comeback. Yet he's leaving the door open to change his mind in time for the 2016 Olympics. As Phelps put it, "I don't know what I'm doing tomorrow." Phelps spoke Monday in Barcelona... more »
  • Wrestling, 7 other sports take case to IOC

    May 29, 2013 9:47 AM

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Wrestling and seven others sports are making their case to be included in the 2020 Olympics. Three months after being dropped from the 2020 program, wrestling has a chance on Wednesday to take a big step toward keeping its Olympic status. Wrestling body FILA... more »
  • Memories of safe Olympics assure London runners

    April 18, 2013 9:14 AM

    LONDON- Any anxiety marathon runners have about competing in London after the Boston bombings is being allayed by the successful security measures at last year's Olympics. The elite runners have arrived in London for Sunday's race and heard assurances from the British government that security is being stepped up after... more »
  • IOC begins 4-day inspection of Madrid's 2020 plans

    March 18, 2013 10:02 AM

    MADRID - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has told IOC inspectors that much of the infrastructure needed for Madrid's bid to host the 2020 Olympics is already built and the city has an excellent transport system. The IOC's evaluation commission began a four-day inspection of Madrid's bid on Monday. Madrid... more »
  • Wrestling fighting for Olympics inclusion

    March 7, 2013 10:43 AM

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The acting head of wrestling's world body has met with IOC President Jacques Rogge and told him the sport will work hard to retain Olympic status. The International Olympic Committee called it "a productive meeting." The IOC executive board cut wrestling from the 2020 Olympic program last... more »
  • Lolo's season: pizza, chocolate and peace of mind

    February 28, 2013 11:09 PM

    Lolo Jones says she's committed to a second season with the U.S. bobsled team, one that will give her a chance to compete in the Sochi Olympics. Jones tells The Associated Press that she got "completely engulfed" with the sport this season, her first in sliding. The two-time Olympic hurdler... more »
  • Olympic panel sets off on visits to 2020 bid cities

    February 28, 2013 9:32 AM

    LONDON - The IOC is sending a panel of experts on a series of site-inspection visits that could prove influential in the race to host the 2020 Olympics. The evaluation commission is heading to Japan this week on the first leg of its three-city tour to examine the bids from... more »
  • Take it back!

    February 20, 2013 7:52 PM

    SOFIA, Bulgaria-A top wrestler from Bulgaria says he's returning his Olympic Gold Medal in wrestling to the International Olympic Committee because of its decision to drop the sport. Valentin Yordanov won the medal in the free-style category in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Bulgarians have won 16 Olympic titles, making wrestling... more »
  • IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics

    February 12, 2013 10:29 AM

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Leaders of the International Olympic Committee have dropped wrestling for the 2020 Games. The surprise decision removes one of the oldest Olympic sports. The IOC executive board, meeting in Switzerland, decided Tuesday to retain modern pentathlon - the event considered most at risk - and remove wrestling... more »
  • NBA hooping it up across the Pond

    January 17, 2013 10:23 AM

    UNDATED - Today's four-game NBA schedule tips off in London, where the Knicks and Pistons will have at it in the O2 Arena used for last summer's Olympics (3 p.m. Eastern). New York is 24-13 and holds a two-game lead over Brooklyn atop the Atlantic Division standings. Detroit is... more »
  • Sources: IOC strips Armstrong of Olympic medal

    January 17, 2013 6:45 AM

    LONDON - Officials familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press the IOC has stripped Lance Armstrong of his bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics because of his involvement in doping. Two officials say the IOC sent a letter to Armstrong on Wednesday night asking him to return the... more »

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