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Japanese medalists thank fans, look ahead to 2020

Japanese athletes who won medals during the Rio Olympics expressed their appreciation Wednesday to all those who cheered for them during the 17-day event, which came to a close Sunday, and looked forward to more excitement at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 55 athletes, including delegation captain Saori Yoshida, gathered ...

Silver medalist Lilesa skips flight to Ethiopia

Aug 24, 2016

Silver medalist Lilesa skips flight to Ethiopia

Olympic marathon silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa failed to return to Ethiopia Monday night despite assurances he would not be punished for his Rio protest over political repression in his country. An AFP journalist at the airport in Addis Ababa said Lilesa was not onboard ...

Russia's ban from Rio Paralympics upheld

Aug 23, 2016

Russia's ban from Rio Paralympics upheld

Russia is banned from the Paralympic Games as punishment for a state-backed doping program, after losing an appeal at sport’s highest court. The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced its urgent verdict Tuesday to dismiss the Russian Paralympic Committee’s appeal against exclusion from the ...

Speedo USA, two other sponsors drop Lochte after Rio incident

Aug 23, 2016

Speedo USA, two other sponsors drop Lochte after Rio incident

Ryan Lochte lost three major sponsors when swimsuit company Speedo USA, clothing giant Ralph Lauren and skin-care firm Syneron-Candela announced in quick succession Monday they were dumping the swimmer over a drunken incident during the Rio Olympics that he initially described as an armed ...

Aug 22, 2016

Memorable quotes from Rio Games

Ten quotes from the 2016 Rio Olympics: “There you go. I’m the greatest.” – Usain Bolt on securing his “triple-triple” of 100 meters, 200m and 4x100m relay golds. “This is how I wanted to finish my career. I’ve lived a dream come true. Being ...

Poetic reflections on the Rio Games

Aug 22, 2016

Poetic reflections on the Rio Games

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The flame goes out to close this show In which the bar was set real low, With Zika and a toxic bay That doubles as a vast bidet, Recession pounding one and all, A president against the wall, Budget crises that go back years, ...

Aug 22, 2016

Pyeongchang chief Lee calls for 'Peace Olympics' in 2018

Lee Hee-beom, the president of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, is calling his 2018 Winter Games the “Peace Olympics.” Lee said Sunday that South Korea’s hostile neighbor North Korea is welcome. He said we “will open the door to all participants, not only North Korea ...

Middleweight Shields repeats as Olympic boxing champion

Aug 22, 2016

Middleweight Shields repeats as Olympic boxing champion

Claressa Shields had Olympic gold around her neck and a secret keepsake in her warmup jacket pocket on Sunday. She reached in her pocket, pulled out her first gold from London and slipped the medal over her head. Two Olympics, two gold medals. She ...