<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/olympics Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:58:03 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Belarus Olympic weightlifter faces ban over sample tampering]]> http://gazette.com/belarus-olympic-weightlifter-faces-ban-over-sample-tampering/article/feed/390292?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/belarus-olympic-weightlifter-faces-ban-over-sample-tampering/article/feed/390292?custom_click=rss BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Belarusian weightlifter who was mysteriously withdrawn from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics has been suspended for alleged "urine substitution" in a doping sample.

The International Weightlifting Federation says Stanislav Chadovich is provisionally suspended awaiting a ruling on allegations of using substitute urine to fool a drug test.

At the Olympics, Chadovich was to compete in the men's 62-kilogram category and was considered a potential medal winner. However, he was removed from the Belarus team at short notice with no explanation.

The IWF did not say whether the alleged offense occurred in Rio.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:20:21 -0600 <![CDATA[Kuwait dissolves Olympic committee, soccer association]]> http://gazette.com/kuwait-dissolves-olympic-committee-soccer-association/article/feed/390242?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/kuwait-dissolves-olympic-committee-soccer-association/article/feed/390242?custom_click=rss KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait has dissolved its Olympic committee and the country's national soccer association, further deepening an ongoing dispute over the direction of sports in the oil-rich country.

Kuwait's Public Authority for Sports announced Thursday it assigned two interim commissions to handle the two bodies and "tackle all irregularities done by the two dismissed boards."

It also alleged there were "financial irregularities" in the two bodies, without elaborating. The statement was carried by the state-run Kuwait News Agency.

FIFA suspended Kuwait from international competition in October while Kuwaiti athletes competed under the Olympic flag at the Rio de Janeiro games.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 02:01:39 -0600 <![CDATA[US swimmer Lochte's legal troubles mount in Brazil]]> http://gazette.com/us-swimmer-lochtes-legal-troubles-mount-in-brazil/article/feed/390112?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-swimmer-lochtes-legal-troubles-mount-in-brazil/article/feed/390112?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defense in Brazil. The indictment will also be sent to the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission, it said.

"The investigation was concluded on Thursday and Olympic American swimmer Ryan Lochte was indicted for the crime of falsely reporting a crime," the statement said.

It said the case was turned over to a special Brazilian court that has jurisdiction over crimes related to major sporting events.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:34:13 -0600 <![CDATA[Time to get the college football season under way Down Under]]> http://gazette.com/time-to-get-the-college-football-season-under-way-down-under/article/feed/390224?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/time-to-get-the-college-football-season-under-way-down-under/article/feed/390224?custom_click=rss

SYDNEY (AP) — Hawaii players sped through early-morning drills with traditional island music emanating from a single speaker in one of the end zones. Across town, California held a final, closed workout except for the curious eyes of a half-dozen or so Sydney police officers wondering what all the fuss was about.

It was fine-tuning day Friday for Cal and Hawaii as the Golden Bears and Rainbow Warriors prepared for Saturday's season-opening game of the U.S. college football season at Sydney's Olympic stadium.

The rain that played havoc with training schedules on Thursday was gone, giving way to a sunny, cool morning at Olympic Park where Hawaii held their final session in the shadow of the stadium that was the centerpiece of

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 23:57:03 -0600 <![CDATA[Capsules on top women's players at the 2016 US Open]]> http://gazette.com/capsules-on-top-womens-players-at-the-2016-us-open/article/feed/390166?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/capsules-on-top-womens-players-at-the-2016-us-open/article/feed/390166?custom_click=rss Women to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday:

SERENA WILLIAMS

Seeded: 1

Age: 34

Country: United States

2016 Match Record: 33-5

2016 Singles Titles: 2

Career Singles Titles: 71

Major Titles: 22 — U.S. Open ('99, '02, '08, '12, '13, '14), Wimbledon ('02, '03, '09, '10, '12, '15, '16), Australian Open ('03, '05, '07, '09, '10, '15), French Open ('02, '13, '15)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '15-Lost in Semifinals, '14-Won Championship, '13-W, '12-W, '11-Lost in Final

Topspin: A year ago, came within two victories of first calendar-year Grand Slam since Steffi Graf's in 1988, but lost to Roberta Vinci in U.S. Open semifinals. ...

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:49:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Fiji rugby coach weighing offers after winning gold in Rio]]> http://gazette.com/fiji-rugby-coach-weighing-offers-after-winning-gold-in-rio/article/feed/390177?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fiji-rugby-coach-weighing-offers-after-winning-gold-in-rio/article/feed/390177?custom_click=rss SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji national rugby coach Ben Ryan says he is weighing almost 20 job offers that have poured in since he guided the country to its first-ever gold medal at the Rio de Janiero Olympics.

Ryan's contract with the Fiji Rugby Union ends on Sept. 3 and he has resisted all efforts to keep him in the job he has held since 2013.

Fiji sports organizations mounted a major effort to raise money to match rival offers for Ryan, but the English coach says money is not the issue and that he is ready for new challenges.

One offer is believed to have come from the Japan national rugby sevens team and others from Super Rugby teams in Australia, Japan and New Zealand.

Fiji was the heavy favorite for the gold in Ri

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:17:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Defending champ Kvitova, Radwanska advance in New Haven]]> http://gazette.com/defending-champ-kvitova-radwanska-advance-in-new-haven/article/feed/390078?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/defending-champ-kvitova-radwanska-advance-in-new-haven/article/feed/390078?custom_click=rss NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two-time defending champion Petra Kvitova needed just an hour Thursday to beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-1 and move into the semifinals of the Connecticut Open, despite suffering from a cold.

Looking to join Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki as a four-time winner in the tournament, Kvitova overpowered the Olympic doubles champion, breaking her four times — three during the 25-minute final set.

"I think that sometimes I can't really pay too much attention how I feel," Kvitova said. "It's just going out there, just being strong mentally, think about the next point, think about the tennis."

The Olympic bronze medalist and two-time Wimbledon champion has been criticized during her career for

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:02:25 -0600 <![CDATA[Rio police: Irishmen say their top official handled tickets]]> http://gazette.com/rio-police-irishmen-say-their-top-official-handled-tickets/article/feed/389997?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rio-police-irishmen-say-their-top-official-handled-tickets/article/feed/389997?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two Irish Olympic executives have told Rio police that the head of their national committee, who has been arrested in a Summer Games ticket-scalping probe, was in sole charge of ticketing matters, a chief investigator said Thursday.

Olympic Council of Ireland's team leader Kevin Kilty and chief executive Stephen Martin spoke to police for almost four hours as witnesses in the investigation that has ensnared the OCI's longtime president, Patrick Hickey. Earlier this week Kilty and Martin were described as suspects.

"They cooperated with us in confirming the role of Patrick Hickey as the one who handled ticket operations. All of the actions were decided by him.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:58:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Ryan Lochte nabs new sponsor after Speedo, others dump him]]> http://gazette.com/ryan-lochte-nabs-new-sponsor-after-speedo-others-dump-him/article/feed/390109?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ryan-lochte-nabs-new-sponsor-after-speedo-others-dump-him/article/feed/390109?custom_click=rss NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Lochte has a new sponsor — Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops — that says people should give the swimmer "a second chance" after he fell from corporate grace following a drunken incident during the Rio Olympics he tried to pass off as a robbery.

Four major sponsors, including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren, dumped Lochte on Monday, determining they no longer wanted their brands associated with the swimmer.

But Pine Bros. said Thursday that people should be more understanding and forgiving of the Lochte. He will appear in ads that say the company's products are "Forgiving On Your Throat."

Lochte claimed he and three other U.S. swimmers were robbed in Rio de Janeiro after their taxi was pulled over by

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:34:12 -0600 <![CDATA[US Womens Gymnastics Championships]]> http://gazette.com/us-womens-gymnastics-championships/article/feed/390169?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-womens-gymnastics-championships/article/feed/390169?custom_click=rss Alyssa Bowman warms up on the uneven parallel bars during the U.S. women's gymnastics championships, Friday, June 24, 2016, in St. Louis.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:15:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Capsules on top men's players at the 2016 US Open]]> http://gazette.com/capsules-on-top-mens-players-at-the-2016-us-open/article/feed/390167?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/capsules-on-top-mens-players-at-the-2016-us-open/article/feed/390167?custom_click=rss Men to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday:

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

Seeded: 1

Age: 29

Country: Serbia

2016 Match Record: 51-5

2016 Singles Titles: 7

Career Singles Titles: 66

Major Titles: 12 — U.S. Open ('11, '15), Australian Open ('08, '11, '12, '13, '15, '16), French Open ('16), Wimbledon ('11, '14, '15)

Last 5 U.S. Opens: '15-Won Championship, '14-Lost in Semifinals, '13-Lost in Final, '12-F, '11-W

Topspin: Reached the semifinals or better each of the last nine years at Flushing Meadows. Five of the past six, made it to the final, including a second U.S. Open title a year ago. ... Trying to collect three Grand Slam titles in a single season for the third time (2011, 2015).

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:59:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Reed, Laird share early lead at Barclays]]> http://gazette.com/reed-laird-share-early-lead-at-barclays/article/feed/390148?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/reed-laird-share-early-lead-at-barclays/article/feed/390148?custom_click=rss FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Patrick Reed didn't break anything Thursday except par.

Two days after Reed broke the gavel during the ceremonial closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange, the American kept a clean card and shot 5-under 66 to share the lead with Martin Laird at The Barclays.

Reed was dressed in a blue blazer with an American tie when he was asked to bang the gavel three times at the stock exchange closing on Tuesday. On the third hit, the top of the gavel flew off into the crowd, and Reed later made a joke at his own expense on Twitter.

"They told me to give it 3 good hits, so I did!" he tweeted.

He was much better with a golf club in hand at Bethpage Black, running off three birdies and an eagle on

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:04:16 -0600 <![CDATA[Rio police charge Lochte with false report of robbery]]> http://gazette.com/rio-police-charge-lochte-with-false-report-of-robbery/article/1583692?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rio-police-charge-lochte-with-false-report-of-robbery/article/1583692?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defense in Brazil.

The indictment will also be sent to the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission, the statement said.

Lochte initially said that he and fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with a police badge as they returned to the Olympic Village from a party Aug. 15. However, security video suggested the four actually faced security guards after



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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:01:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Olympic champion Thompson stars as Bolt skips Diamond meet]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-champion-thompson-stars-as-bolt-skips-diamond-meet/article/feed/390075?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-champion-thompson-stars-as-bolt-skips-diamond-meet/article/feed/390075?custom_click=rss

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic 100-meter champion Elaine Thompson took center stage in the absence of her Jamaican teammate Usain Bolt in the first Diamond League meet after the Rio de Janeiro Games on Thursday.

Thompson timed 10.78 seconds with a slight tailwind at Athletissima — just .07 outside her time in the 100 final in Rio and .08 behind her world-leading time this season.

It was Thompson's second time down the track after most runners initially ignored a false start gun.

"To be able to produce (10.78) on a second attempt, it's a great time," said Thompson, a double gold medalist in 100 and 200 who almost matched Bolt's title triple, but took home silver in the 4x100 relay.

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:00:41 -0600 <![CDATA[Rio Olympics Ticket Scalping]]> http://gazette.com/rio-olympics-ticket-scalping/article/feed/386543?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rio-olympics-ticket-scalping/article/feed/386543?custom_click=rss Surrounded by journalists, the Olympic Council of Ireland's, OCI, team leader Kevin Kilty, right, and chief executive Stephen Martin leave the police headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Rio de Janeiro police began questioning the two Ireland top Olympic executives in a Summer Games ticket-scalping probe that has already ensnared the highest OCI official.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:43:06 -0600
<![CDATA[UN agency: No confirmed Zika cases linked to Rio Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/un-agency-no-confirmed-zika-cases-linked-to-rio-olympics/article/feed/390113?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/un-agency-no-confirmed-zika-cases-linked-to-rio-olympics/article/feed/390113?custom_click=rss GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. health agency says reports from national authorities indicate no confirmed laboratory cases of the Zika virus in anyone associated with the Rio Olympics.

The World Health Organization announced the findings Thursday in its weekly situation report on Zika. A recent epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus, which first erupted in Brazil, has been linked to brain-related birth defects in newborns and other nervous system troubles in some adults.

Before the Games, some medical experts expressed concerns the Games might cause the virus to spread faster than normal by drawing large numbers of foreign athletes and visitors who might carry it back home. The virus can also be spread through sex.

Some Brazili

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]]> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 16:39:18 -0600 <![CDATA[State Dept. encourages Ryan Lochte to comply with Brazilian authorities]]> http://gazette.com/state-dept.-encourages-ryan-lochte-to-comply-with-brazilian-authorities/article/1583675?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-dept.-encourages-ryan-lochte-to-comply-with-brazilian-authorities/article/1583675?custom_click=rss

The State Department on Thursday encouraged U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte to comply with a pending Brazilian request to return to Rio and testify about his debunked claim that he was robbed during the Olympics.

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters that the department had no specific comment about the case, but did say U.S. citizens are encouraged to comply.

"We've seen those reports as well. Due to privacy considerations, I don't have information to offer," she said.

"I would say, speaking broadly, we do encourage U.S. citizens as always to cooperate with law enforcement," Trudeau added.



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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:11:29 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey: Coronado grad Kyle Snyder, a ridiculously wise 20-year-old, wins gold, rules wrestling world]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-coronado-grad-kyle-snyder-a-ridiculously-wise-20-year-old-wins-gold-rules-wrestling-world/article/1583362?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramsey-coronado-grad-kyle-snyder-a-ridiculously-wise-20-year-old-wins-gold-rules-wrestling-world/article/1583362?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - The truth was in his eyes. Kyle Snyder was not nervous as he prepared to wrestle for a wrestling gold medal. Dread is not his thing.

In the past few months, he's adopted a fresh approach to competing. He challenges himself before every match to banish all fear. As he prepares to tangle with some of the most frightening men on our planet, Snyder embraces the thrills ahead instead of the possible agony. The more danger, the more he looks forward to the match.

Snyder, a 2014 graduate of Coronado High School, is only 20, but he used his serenity and his strength and his wisdom to defeat Khetag Goziumov, a gnarled 33-year-old former world champion and a two-time bronze medalist. His 2-1 victory in the 97-kg



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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:01:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Speedo USA, 3 other sponsors drop Lochte after Rio incident]]> http://gazette.com/speedo-usa-3-other-sponsors-drop-lochte-after-rio-incident/article/1583399?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/speedo-usa-3-other-sponsors-drop-lochte-after-rio-incident/article/1583399?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK — Speedo is the first major company to drop its sponsorship of swimmer Ryan Lochte.

The swimsuit maker owned by PVH in New York says that it doesn't condone behavior that is counter to its values.

Lochte fabricated a tale that he was robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics. He later apologized.

Speedo says it is donating $50,000 from Lochte's sponsorship fee to the global charity Save the Children for children in Brazil.



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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:01:45 -0600
<![CDATA[David Ramsey's highlights from Rio's (mostly) successful Olympics, including a wrestling strip-off]]> http://gazette.com/david-ramseys-highlights-from-rios-mostly-successful-olympics-including-a-wrestling-strip-off/article/1583390?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/david-ramseys-highlights-from-rios-mostly-successful-olympics-including-a-wrestling-strip-off/article/1583390?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - Let's get this straight: I like Rio.

Despite the sometimes smelly water and the ever-hovering threat of crime, Rio is pretty close to paradise if you are in the right section of it.

Our American fears, and I shared some of those fears, were overblown. Mosquitoes were off buzzing somewhere else and terrorists never arrived. The Brazilians did not deliver as seamless an Olympics as the English effort of 2012, but it was a noble performance.

Here are my highlights:

One - Yes, I was there to witness The 2016 Great Wrestling Strip-Off.

I was waiting for Kyle Snyder's gold-medal freestyle wrestling match. I was watching the fierce matches leading up to the Snyder show. I've seen many fierce



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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:02:44 -0600
<![CDATA[USOC: More actions coming in Ryan Lochte's Olympic scandal]]> http://gazette.com/usoc-more-actions-coming-in-ryan-lochtes-olympic-scandal/article/1583391?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/usoc-more-actions-coming-in-ryan-lochtes-olympic-scandal/article/1583391?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO — Whatever celebration the U.S. Olympic Committee has planned for its return home after a wildly successful Rio de Janeiro Games on the competition front will likely be short-lived.

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun promised Sunday that "further action" will be coming, perhaps soon, against 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte and three of his U.S. swimming teammates after the story of an armed robbery following a night of partying unraveled and led to Lochte acknowledging he embellished the tale.

Blackmun stopped short of suggesting what any discipline might be, including whether Lochte should ever be allowed to swim for his country again.

"We all understand that they let down our athletes. They let down



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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:56:37 -0600
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: Final day at the Rio Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/photos-final-day-at-the-rio-olympics/article/1583389?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photos-final-day-at-the-rio-olympics/article/1583389?custom_click=rss

Kyle Snyder of Colorado Springs won a gold medal in wrestling, the U.S. men's basketball collected more gold and the Rio Olympics wrapped up with a colorful closing ceremony Sunday. The Gazette's Mark Reis captured some great moments.



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Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:13:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Henry Cejudo supports fellow Coronado grad and now youngest U.S. wrestling gold medalist Kyle Snyder]]> http://gazette.com/henry-cejudo-supports-fellow-coronado-grad-and-now-youngest-u.s.-wrestling-gold-medalist-kyle-snyder/article/1583380?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/henry-cejudo-supports-fellow-coronado-grad-and-now-youngest-u.s.-wrestling-gold-medalist-kyle-snyder/article/1583380?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - Henry Cejudo sat in the front row, clapping and cheering with a group of red-, white- and blue-clad American fans.

His record as the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in U.S. history had just been broken, but a smiling Cejudo couldn't have been happier.

Like Cejudo, Kyle Snyder left home while in high school to train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. And like Cejudo, Snyder attended Coronado High School.

Late Sunday afternoon, in the final match of the Olympic Games, Snyder edged Azerbaijan's Khetag Goziumov 2-1 to win the freestyle title at 213 pounds.

Just 20 years old, Snyder won the 50th gold medal by an American wrestler in men's freestyle while becoming the youngest

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]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 21:20:01 -0600 <![CDATA[These women are Olympic athletes. Why do they have to look like showgirls?]]> http://gazette.com/these-women-are-olympic-athletes.-why-do-they-have-to-look-like-showgirls/article/1583282?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/these-women-are-olympic-athletes.-why-do-they-have-to-look-like-showgirls/article/1583282?custom_click=rss

Deep into the Olympics — almost to the end, really — and we’ve reached the Land of the Women of the Pretty Sports.

Here is Russia, paddling to its fifth straight synchronized-swimming gold, in a routine called “Angels” that involved eyebrow-skimming blue eyeshadow and headpieces resembling starfish. Here are the semifinals of rhythmic gymnastics, in which shockingly flexible athletes hurl rubber balls in the air with control that rivals Kevin Durant, while wearing uniforms that rival “Showgirls.”

“They need to be very glamorous, glitzy — it’s all part of the sport,” said one announcer to the other during the finals of the synchronized swimming competition.



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Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:16:06 -0600
<![CDATA[US romps to men's basketball gold, beats Serbia]]> http://gazette.com/us-romps-to-mens-basketball-gold-beats-serbia/article/1583353?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-romps-to-mens-basketball-gold-beats-serbia/article/1583353?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO — The U.S. Olympic men's basketball team won its third straight gold medal and did it easily, beating Serbia 96-66 on Sunday.

After a few close calls earlier in the tournament, this was no contest. Kevin Durant scored 30 points and helped the Americans jump out to a huge lead by halftime.

It was the final game with the national team for Mike Krzyzewski, who took the Americans back to the top and leaves with them there after becoming the first coach to win three Olympic gold medals.

Carmelo Anthony also picked up his third gold to go with a bronze, becoming the most decorated male in Olympic basketball history.

Serbia lost only 94-91 to the U.S. during pool play but was barely in the game



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Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:39:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Matthew Centrowitz wins first U.S. gold in men’s 1,500 meters since 1908]]> http://gazette.com/matthew-centrowitz-wins-first-u.s.-gold-in-mens-1500-meters-since-1908/article/1583312?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/matthew-centrowitz-wins-first-u.s.-gold-in-mens-1500-meters-since-1908/article/1583312?custom_click=rss

The Maryland native upset the favorites in the metric mile event for just the third Olympic gold won in the event by an American.
This is a developing story.



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Sat, 20 Aug 2016 21:06:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Sean Ford, Colorado Springs resident, keeps U.S. men's basketball team ready to win]]> http://gazette.com/sean-ford-colorado-springs-resident-keeps-u.s.-mens-basketball-team-ready-to-win/article/1583316?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sean-ford-colorado-springs-resident-keeps-u.s.-mens-basketball-team-ready-to-win/article/1583316?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO - Colorado Springs resident Sean Ford will take his usual seat Sunday, the one directly behind the celebrities who play for the United States' Olympic basketball team.

"My normal is not normal," Ford said.

Ford serves as the U.S. men's national team director. He's working his sixth Olympics, where he's in charge of details. Months ago, he inspected the cruise ship that serves as the team's home during the Olympics. He arranged the tickets and transportation and security for the team's visit to Rio's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. He makes sure game uniforms are just right. He watches game video with coaches.

He works in close contact with coach Mike Krzyzewski, who is legendary in his devotion to



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Sat, 20 Aug 2016 20:30:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Good as gold: US women win 6th straight Olympic hoops title]]> http://gazette.com/good-as-gold-us-women-win-6th-straight-olympic-hoops-title/article/1583277?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/good-as-gold-us-women-win-6th-straight-olympic-hoops-title/article/1583277?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO — The dominant U.S. women's basketball team won a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal in impressive fashion, routing Spain 101-72 on Saturday.

Diana Taurasi and the Americans played nearly flawless basketball in Rio, and were never challenged. They have won 49 consecutive games in the Olympics with only one of those decided by single digits.

With that kind of sustained success, no one wants to say this is the best women's basketball team ever assembled. They won by nearly 40 points a game, but fell short of the record 102.4 points the 1996 team averaged. But if they aren't the best, they're close.

The U.S., which beat Spain by 40 in a preliminary round game, got off to a slow start and



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<![CDATA[Boxing: Cuba's Ramirez beats American Stevenson for gold]]> http://gazette.com/boxing-cubas-ramirez-beats-american-stevenson-for-gold/article/1583266?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/boxing-cubas-ramirez-beats-american-stevenson-for-gold/article/1583266?custom_click=rss

Cuban boxer Robeisy Ramirez used a strong third round to finish off top American prospect Shakur Stevenson and win Olympic boxing gold in the bantamweight final.

The fight was even on the scorecards through two rounds. Ramirez, now a two-time Olympic gold medalist, won 29-28 on two scorecards. The 19-year-old Stevenson, fighting out of Newark, New Jersey, won one card 29-28.

Ramirez celebrated gold with a backflip in the ring.

Stevenson, who had been cheered on by retired great Floyd Mayweather earlier in the tournament, pulled his vest over his face and walked off to a railing to compose himself. With a towel over his head, Stevenson sobbed and was consoled by his family. He lost an international bout for the first



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Sat, 20 Aug 2016 12:18:03 -0600
<![CDATA[American Jorgensen wins women's triathlon in Rio]]> http://gazette.com/american-jorgensen-wins-womens-triathlon-in-rio/article/1583263?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/american-jorgensen-wins-womens-triathlon-in-rio/article/1583263?custom_click=rss

Gwen Jorgensen gave the U.S. its first Olympic triathlon gold medal Saturday, crushing the field at breezy Copacabana Beach in 1 hour, 56 minutes and 16 seconds.

Nicola Spirig of Switzerland, who won gold in London four years ago when Jorgensen was bamboozled by a flat tire, crossed 40 seconds later for the silver medal. Vicky Holland outsprinted British teammate Non Stanford to win the bronze.

Jorgensen was drafting with Spirig for the entire run after they dismounted their bikes together but after smiling at Spirig with about two kilometers left, Jorgensen made her breakaway and wouldn't be challenged.

As she approached the blue ribbon, the former All-American track athlete and swimmer at the University of



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