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June 25, 2016

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  • Russia's athletes warm up Sunday, June 19, 2016, during a training session prior to the national track and field championships at a stadium in Cheboksary, Russia. The Russian national track and field championships were supposed to offer a chance to secure Olympic places, but with Russia's athletes now banned from the Rio games, excitement for competition has been replaced by despair and defiance.

    Despair and defiance as Russian athletes react to doping ban

    June 19, 2016

    Russia's national track and field championships were supposed to offer a chance to secure Olympic places, but with its athletes now banned from the Rio Games, excitement for competition has been replaced by despair and defiance ...

  • From front, the teams of Russia, New Zealand, the U.S., Great Britain and Canada start at the Women's Eight Final race Sunday, May 29, 2016, at the Rowing World Cup on Lake Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland. The Americans have won 10 consecutive world and Olympic titles in the event, a winning streak that is unmatched in most sports but little known outside the rowing world.

    America’s unsung dynasty: the women’s 8 of rowing

    June 15, 2016

    The saying "don't change a winning team" doesn't apply to the U.S. women's eight, the most successful boat in international rowing ...

  • Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol looks up Sunday, April 3, 2016, as the Milwaukee Bucks take a free throw during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Milwaukee. Gasol says he is considering not playing at the Olympics because of the Zika virus. The Spanish basketball player says there is too much uncertainty about the situation in Brazil and anyone going to Rio de Janeiro for the games should "think about" whether it's worth the risk.

    Pau Gasol considering skipping Olympics because of Zika

    May 30, 2016

    Pau Gasol is considering not playing at the Olympics because of the Zika virus. The Spanish basketball player said Monday there is too much uncertainty about the situation ...

  • 8 Russian athletes test positive in 2012 doping retests

    May 28, 2016

    Russia's Olympic Committee said Saturday that eight of the country's athletes have registered positive in doping retests for the 2012 London …

  • How it works: A look at the retests of Olympic drug samples

    May 22, 2016

    The anti-doping laboratory in Lausanne holds the stored urine and blood samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics that are being retested with improved techniques to catch drug cheats who escaped detection at the time and to keep them out of this summer's games in Rio de Janeiro ...

  • United States attacker Tony Azevedo passes the ball Sunday, May 22, 2016, during a men's exhibition water polo match against Australia in Los Angeles.

    U.S. water polo captain Azevedo preps for record fifth Olympics

    May 22, 2016

    Tony Azevedo is a speed boat in a pool full of aircraft carriers. And 16 years after he burst onto the international scene, he remains one of the world's most dangerous scorers ...

  • Ashton Eaton, right, and his wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, participate in a news conference Feb. 18, 2016, in New York. Ashton hopes to defend his Olympic decathlon title at the Rio de Janeiro Games for the U.S., while Brianne goes for gold in the heptathlon for Canada.

    Sports power couple: Eatons gearing up for Rio Olympics

    May 22, 2016

    Ashton Eaton crouched in the dirt and concentrated on conquering his latest rival — weeds overwhelming his backyard. The Olympic decathlon champion and world-record holder dominated those pesky intruders, with his wife posting his handiwork on social media. Just a snapshot into the life of the Eatons — your ordinary neighbors in Eugene, Ore. But this power couple is far from ordinary ...

  • Hamburg voters reject 2024 Olympic bid in referendum

    November 29, 2015

    Hamburg residents rejected the German port city's bid to host the 2024 Olympics in a public referendum on Sunday. Opponents to the bid won with 51.6 percent of the vote, with 48.4 percent in favor.

  • U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs during the artistic gymnastics women's floor exercise final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012, in London.

    Sports books quick to post Olympic betting options after getting green light

    February 26, 2015

    Local sports books wasted no time bulking up their betting boards after today’s Nevada Gaming Commission hearing. ...

  • In this multiple exposure photo, U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs on the balance beam during the Artistic Gymnastics women's team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 31, 2012, in London.

    Should betting be allowed on the Olympics? South Point says yes

    January 9, 2015

    In recent years, gamblers expecting to place wagers on the Olympic Games at Nevada sports books were in for a letdown: Per state law ...

  • The team from Russia RUS-1, with Alexander Zubkov, Alexey Negodaylo, Dmitry Trunenkov, and Alexey Voevoda, celebrate after they won the gold medal during the men's four-man bobsled competition final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Zubkov wins double bobsled gold for Russia

    February 23, 2014

    Alexander Zubkov was given a daunting assignment for his home Olympics. His task: Take to Russian ice and make history, against drivers who have been beating him for years. Do svidaniya, world! Zubkov was uncatchable.

  • Canada beats Sweden 3-0 for Olympic hockey gold

    February 23, 2014

    Sidney Crosby skated in alone on Henrik Lundqvist, faking Sweden's goalie to the ice with a textbook-quality deke and sliding a perfect backhand into the net. Canada did everything by the book at the Sochi Olympics, winning all six games with a ferocious commitment to defense and discipline. When Canada's captain finally got his first goal of the games Sunday, it had none of the dramatics of Crosby's last Olympic goal four years ago in Vancouver. But it was every bit as golden.

  • Athletes march into the arena during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    Costly, political, successful: Sochi Olympics end

    February 23, 2014

    Flushed with pride after its athletes' spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated Sunday night with a visually stunning finale that handed off a smooth but politically charged Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea.

  • Teemu Selanne of Finland (8) celebrates his goal against Team USA during the third period of the men's bronze medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    Massacre on ice: Finland routs U.S. 5-0 for bronze

    February 22, 2014

    Teemu Selanne led his team around the ice, with a bronze medal draped around his neck, after he finished off his sixth Olympics with a sweet victory.