Ledecky sets record in 400 free; Phelps gets 19th gold

Aug 8, 2016

Ledecky sets record in 400 free; Phelps gets 19th gold

Katie Ledecky continued her assault on the Rio Olympics by annihilating the women’s 400-meter freestyle world record to pick up her first gold medal of the games on Sunday. Michael Phelps also extended his all-time record haul of Olympic medals with his 19th gold, ...

Brazilians divided but upbeat as Olympics arrive

Aug 8, 2016

Brazilians divided but upbeat as Olympics arrive

Rio de Janeiro’s hosting of the 2016 Olympics has divided public opinion in Brazil, where political and economic crises have put the games under scrutiny like never before. But after a seven-year buildup in which everything that could possibly go wrong did, the Olympics ...

Japan misses judo gold again as Ebinuma, Nakamura take bronze

Aug 8, 2016

Japan misses judo gold again as Ebinuma, Nakamura take bronze

Japan failed to claim judo gold at the Rio Olympics for the second straight day as Masashi Ebinuma and Masato Nakamura both had to settle for bronze medals on Sunday. Nakamura lost on points to Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosovo in her women’s 52-kg semifinal ...

Judoka Kondo wins Japan's first medal of Rio Games

Aug 7, 2016

Judoka Kondo wins Japan's first medal of Rio Games

Ami Kondo won Japan’s first medal of the 2016 Rio Olympics when she beat Mongolia’s Urantsetseg Munkhbat to claim bronze in the women’s 48-kg judo competition on Saturday. And Naohisa Takato soon followed with a bronze of his own, recovering from defeat in the ...

Nishikori thrills Rio crowd in Olympic opening victory

Aug 7, 2016

Nishikori thrills Rio crowd in Olympic opening victory

Kei Nishikori made himself an instant fan favorite with the Rio de Janeiro crowd after starting his Olympic campaign with a flamboyant 6-2, 6-4 win over Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Saturday. Trailing 1-0 in the second set, Nishikori dropped his racket after hitting a ...

Rio Olympics open with ceremony focused on environment

Aug 6, 2016

Rio Olympics open with ceremony focused on environment

Rio de Janeiro opened South America’s first-ever Olympic Games on Friday with a pared-down ceremony that put the environment to the forefront and celebrated Brazil’s rich and diverse culture. Hampered by budget cuts enforced by an economic crisis gripping the world’s fifth-biggest country, Rio ...

Rugby chiefs expecting Japan-style boom after Rio Olympic sevens

Aug 6, 2016

Rugby chiefs expecting Japan-style boom after Rio Olympic sevens

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont believes the Rio Olympic sevens tournament can be the catalyst for emerging nations to follow Japan’s lead and embrace the sport of rugby. Rugby makes its return to Olympic competition after a 92-year absence when the women’s competition kicks ...