The International Olympic Committee must act decisively in the wake of another stunning report about the elaborate scope of a state-sanctioned covert doping program in Russia and ban the country from the upcoming Games in Rio.
In footvolley — a new demonstration sport at the Rio Olympics — you can’t use your hands to get the ball over the net, but you can use your feet, chest, head and shoulders. Three of the four athletes who will represent Team USA train in South Florida.
"I'm dead." The thought settled on Brad Snyder in the middle of a cloud of dust and smoke raised by the blast of a homemade land mine. He lay in the fetal position on a patch of grass next to a ravine in southern Afghanistan. The Navy lieutenant couldn't make out any blood through the haze. His arms and legs were still attached. He didn't know anyone who'd survived one of these explosions with all of their limbs intact.
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 standouts facing a young, largely inexperienced team from China that has two players who were second-round picks in this year's draft but no one currently in the NBA.
Australia's Olympic team leader is keeping the delegation's 700 athletes or staff out of the Athletes Village for at least two days, citing electrical and plumbing problems in the sprawling complex less than two weeks before the start of the games in Rio de Janeiro.
Rejecting calls by anti-doping officials for a complete ban on Russia, Olympic leaders on Sunday gave individual sports federations the task of deciding which athletes should be cleared to compete in next month's Rio de Janeiro Games.
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.
If this turns out to be Thomas Bach's defining moment, here's what the leader of the International Olympic Committee will be remembered for: keeping Russia as part of the club, but losing the trust of thousands of athletes who thought that, maybe this year, they'd get the answers they've been looking for.
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.
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.
Cuban-American gymnast Danell Leyva feels confident looking ahead to the Olympic Games in Rio. Leyva, who recently recovered from severe bite wounds after breaking up a fight between his dogs, earned a bronze medal in the All-Around competition at the 2012 Olympic games in London.
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