<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - sports >> olympics]]> http://gazette.com/rss/sports/olympics Sat, 30 Jul 2016 07:05:12 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Putin slams discrimination as banned athletes join send-off]]> http://gazette.com/putin-slams-discrimination-as-banned-athletes-join-send-off/article/feed/377439?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/putin-slams-discrimination-as-banned-athletes-join-send-off/article/feed/377439?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hit out at "discrimination" against the country's banned track and field athletes at a Kremlin send-off ceremony Wednesday for its depleted Olympic team.

Fencers, triathletes and table tennis players became the latest team of Russians to be cleared to compete in the Olympics by the governing bodies of their sports ahead of the Moscow ceremony, but the IAAF rejected a bid by the bulk of the track and field team to be reinstated.

More than 100 Russians from the 387-strong Olympic team have been banned so far from going to Rio de Janeiro.

"We can't accept indiscriminate disqualification of our athletes with an absolutely clean doping history," Putin said. "We cannot and will

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]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:58:50 -0600 <![CDATA[At least 105 Russian athletes banned so far]]> http://gazette.com/at-least-105-russian-athletes-banned-so-far/article/feed/376905?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/at-least-105-russian-athletes-banned-so-far/article/feed/376905?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW (AP) — At least 105 athletes from the 387-strong Russian Olympic team announced last week have been barred from the Rio Games in connection with the country's doping scandal.

International federations in canoeing, sailing and modern pentathlon ruled out eight on Tuesday, including an Olympic gold medalist. Rowing added 19 more athletes to three that had previously been announced. Swimming has also barred some athletes. Some appeals are likely.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian media that Putin had discussed the doping issue with his national security council.

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]]> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:30:52 -0600 <![CDATA[PHOTOS: Great Olympic memories from The Gazette's Mark Reis]]> http://gazette.com/photos-great-olympic-memories-from-the-gazettes-mark-reis/article/1581220?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/photos-great-olympic-memories-from-the-gazettes-mark-reis/article/1581220?custom_click=rss

The Gazette is sending director of photography Mark Reis and sports columnist David Ramsey to Rio in August for the Summer Olympics.

Reis has been sharing his memories from past Olympics coverage on The Gazette's Instagram page. Reis will be photographing his ninth Olympics - summer and winter combined - after his first experience at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta.

See more of his favorite Olympics photos here.

Here's what Reis had to say on Facebook about covering the Olympics:

"Olympic ceremonies never fail to move me. I'm not ashamed to admit that I well up at some point during every ceremony. There's something about the music and drama of The Games that get me every time.



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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:24:44 -0600
<![CDATA[7 Russian swimmers to miss Rio Olympics over doping]]> http://gazette.com/7-russian-swimmers-to-miss-rio-olympics-over-doping/article/feed/376455?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/7-russian-swimmers-to-miss-rio-olympics-over-doping/article/feed/376455?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW (AP) — Seven Russian swimmers have been barred from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, including three linked to recent allegations of a major doping cover-up by Russian authorities, world swimming's governing body FINA said Monday.

Reigning world 100-meter breaststroke champion Yulia Efimova is among four Russian swimmers withdrawn by the Russian swimming federation because they previously served doping bans, FINA said. The others are Natalya Lovtsova, Anastasia Krapivina and Mikhail Dovgalyuk.

The International Olympic Committee on Sunday said Russian athletes with previous doping bans would be banned from the Rio Games. That followed the IOC's decision not to ban the entire Russian team over allegations of state-sponsor

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]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:32:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Doping in ex-Soviet nations echoes Russia's problems]]> http://gazette.com/doping-in-ex-soviet-nations-echoes-russias-problems/article/feed/376522?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/doping-in-ex-soviet-nations-echoes-russias-problems/article/feed/376522?custom_click=rss

MOSCOW (AP) — While the scandal of Russian doping threatens to be one of the main talking points of the Rio Olympics, other countries are slipping under the radar despite sharing the tainted legacy of the Soviet sports system.

Countries like Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine punch above their weight in the Olympic medal table, but their high rates of performance enhancing drug use, flawed testing systems and records of political interference in sport are a cause for concern.

Excluding Russia, more than 80 medals, 22 of them gold, went to other post-Soviet countries at the 2012 Olympics, though some were later stripped when athletes tested positive.

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]]> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:13:15 -0600 <![CDATA[Durant leads US to second exhibition rout, 106-57 over China]]> http://gazette.com/durant-leads-us-to-second-exhibition-rout-106-57-over-china/article/feed/376376?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/durant-leads-us-to-second-exhibition-rout-106-57-over-china/article/feed/376376?custom_click=rss LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just two games into the U.S. basketball team's pre-Olympic tour, coach Mike Krzyzewski already sees the start of something big.

Kevin Durant scored 19 points, Klay Thompson added 17 and the Americans rolled to a second straight blowout exhibition victory, 106-57 over China on Sunday night.

DeMar DeRozan scored 13 points in his hometown, and DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and seven rebounds in the second stop on the five-city tour leading the Americans to Rio de Janeiro. The victory over an overmatched opponent was impressive, but Krzyzewski liked it more for the composed, cohesive manner in which the new teammates worked together.

"We should have won, but the way we won was excellent," Krzyzewski sa

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]]> Sun, 24 Jul 2016 22:25:31 -0600 <![CDATA[IOC leaders stop short of complete ban on Russians from Rio]]> http://gazette.com/ioc-leaders-stop-short-of-complete-ban-on-russians-from-rio/article/1581072?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ioc-leaders-stop-short-of-complete-ban-on-russians-from-rio/article/1581072?custom_click=rss

The IOC has decided against a complete ban on Russian athletes from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The International Olympic Committee says it is leaving it up to global federations to decide which Russian athletes to accept in their sports.

The IOC says it will deny entry of Russian athletes who do not meet the requirements set out for the federations.

The IOC says the federations have the authority, under their own rules, to exclude Russian teams as a whole from their sports.



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Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:58:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Widefield grad Hovasse enjoys unexpected hoops success in Far East]]> http://gazette.com/widefield-grad-hovasse-enjoys-unexpected-hoops-success-in-far-east/article/1581058?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/widefield-grad-hovasse-enjoys-unexpected-hoops-success-in-far-east/article/1581058?custom_click=rss

When Tom Hovasse was 22, he experienced his first basketball heartbreak.

The recent college graduate was inches from his NBA dream, only to be one of the last players cut by the Houston Rockets. Until that moment, his basketball career had gone almost exactly according to plan.

When he was five, Hovasse picked up a basketball for the first time, and by high school he was telling teachers that he would be an NBA player someday. He won a state championship at Widefeild High School in 1985, and went on to have a decorated career at Penn State, amassing over 14,000 points and averaging 17.8 as a senior.

When he was cut, Hovasse felt dejected and a little lost.

"That was the first time I had ever been cut and it was a

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]]> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:25:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Russians in Colorado Springs hoping innocent athletes don't get punished]]> http://gazette.com/russians-in-colorado-springs-hoping-innocent-athletes-dont-get-punished/article/1580931?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russians-in-colorado-springs-hoping-innocent-athletes-dont-get-punished/article/1580931?custom_click=rss

Gary Mirzkhanov was born in the Soviet Union. He's an Armenian-Russian who is now an American citizen.

Mirzkhanov, who lives in Colorado Springs, believes the International Olympic Committee's possible ban on all Russian athletes is politically motivated.

"Do not mix political things with sports," Mirzkhanov said Thursday. He said much of the world does not "like" Russia.

"If we can find a way to punish them, we will, in sports, in culture."

Mirzkhanov, 65, also is bothered by what he sees as the injustice of punishing Russian athletes who have not failed doping tests.

"If this guy and this guy and this guy did something wrong, then all Russians should be punished?" he asked. "No.



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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:41:17 -0600
<![CDATA[IOC: 45 more positive cases in retests of 2008, 2012 samples]]> http://gazette.com/ioc-45-more-positive-cases-in-retests-of-2008-2012-samples/article/1580941?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ioc-45-more-positive-cases-in-retests-of-2008-2012-samples/article/1580941?custom_click=rss

LONDON — Forty-five more athletes, including 23 medalists from the 2008 Beijing Games, have been caught for doping after retesting of samples from the last two Olympics, the IOC said Friday.

The new cases bring to 98 the total number of athletes who have failed tests so far in the reanalysis of their stored samples from Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London.

Using "the very latest scientific analysis methods," the latest round of retests produced 30 "provisional" positive findings from Beijing and 15 confirmed positives from London, the IOC reported.

No names were given.



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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 07:30:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Wife's support, personal drive makes Greco-Roman wrestler Andy Bisek medal contender in Rio]]> http://gazette.com/wifes-support-personal-drive-makes-greco-roman-wrestler-andy-bisek-medal-contender-in-rio/article/1580934?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wifes-support-personal-drive-makes-greco-roman-wrestler-andy-bisek-medal-contender-in-rio/article/1580934?custom_click=rss

Greco-Roman wrestler Andy Bisek has worked very hard to qualify for his first Olympics.

But the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center resident-athlete knows he probably wouldn't be headed to Rio if not for the support of his wife Ashley Suggs Bisek, a former Olympic hopeful in weightlifting.

"Definitely," Bisek said. "She knows the sacrifices and time I have to commit and knows I will not always be at home. There is a lot more pressure on her. She has stepped up in a huge way, telling me if I need to go she is willing to give me opportunities to rest, and rehab, and making sure I have time even when I am home."

His wife, who also has a young son, Jim, and daughter, Molly, to care for at home, retired from competition



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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 22:53:52 -0600
<![CDATA[Ramsey: Ban the guilty, but innocent Russian athletes deserve to compete at Rio Games]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-ban-the-guilty-but-innocent-russian-athletes-deserve-to-compete-at-rio-games/article/1580925?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-ban-the-guilty-but-innocent-russian-athletes-deserve-to-compete-at-rio-games/article/1580925?custom_click=rss

The struggle against doping always has been a noble struggle for justice.

And justice is at the heart of the dilemma presented by a blanket ban of Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics.

An athlete represents herself or himself more than a country. An Olympic competitor has traded a normal life for an obsessive, costly pursuit of a medal.

Innocent Russian athletes should not suffer for their homeland's cheating, no matter how great the scale. If the International Olympic Committee can't prove the guilt of a Russian athlete, that athlete should be allowed to compete in Rio. That's justice.

The IOC has stumbled into a state of crisis that can only end in slightly reduced state of crisis.



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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:22:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Russians lose track appeal; IOC to weigh total ban for Rio]]> http://gazette.com/russians-lose-track-appeal-ioc-to-weigh-total-ban-for-rio/article/1580927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russians-lose-track-appeal-ioc-to-weigh-total-ban-for-rio/article/1580927?custom_click=rss

LONDON — Now that Russian track and field athletes have failed in their effort to have their Olympic ban overturned, it's up to the IOC to decide whether to kick the entire Russian team out of the games that begin in Rio de Janeiro in 15 days.

In another blow to the image of the sports superpower, the highest court in sports on Thursday dismissed an appeal by 68 Russian track athletes of the ban imposed by the IAAF following allegations of systematic and state-sponsored doping.

Sports officials in Moscow condemned the ruling as "political," and said some athletes might take their case to civil courts. Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva said the Rio Games will be devalued, with only "pseudo-gold



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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:17:38 -0600
<![CDATA[The Latest: World Anti-Doping Agency 'satisfied' with ruling]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-world-anti-doping-agency-satisfied-with-ruling/article/feed/375038?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-world-anti-doping-agency-satisfied-with-ruling/article/feed/375038?custom_click=rss

The Latest on Russia's appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):

2:55 p.m.

The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is "satisfied" with the court ruling that upholds the ban on Russian track and field athletes from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

WADA had already supported the IAAF decision last month to uphold the suspension, which was first imposed in November following allegations of systematic doping in Russia.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday rejected Russia's appeal of the ban.

WADA President Craig Reedie says "this is not about punishing some athletes for the actions of others."

He says it's about the Russian federation failing

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:59:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Ramsey: Carmelo, LeBron and others will risk their cash while they boldly attack social injustice]]> http://gazette.com/ramsey-carmelo-lebron-and-others-will-risk-their-cash-while-they-boldly-attack-social-injustice/article/1580836?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ramsey-carmelo-lebron-and-others-will-risk-their-cash-while-they-boldly-attack-social-injustice/article/1580836?custom_click=rss

It's easy, really, to understand why high-profile professional athletes turned on the mute button when it came time to talk about injustice and violence and racism and a long list of other complex, controversial subjects.

High-profile athletes were pocketing too much money to talk boldly and freely. They didn't want to risk millions - and we're talking literally here - by making a stand that might inspire millions of fans/consumers to close their wallets.

The silent years are ending. Get ready for the era of the courageous, outspoken, socially aware athlete who is both wealthy and unafraid.

I know many of you will not welcome this change.



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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:25:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Bolt says Olympic ban for Russians should scare dopers]]> http://gazette.com/bolt-says-olympic-ban-for-russians-should-scare-dopers/article/feed/375071?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bolt-says-olympic-ban-for-russians-should-scare-dopers/article/feed/375071?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Russia's track and field team being banned from the Olympics sends a powerful message that should scare cheats, according to Usain Bolt.

Stretching out his left arm to show the small adhesive bandage covering the mark left by his latest doping test on Thursday, Bolt decried the "really bad" doping problem in his sport.

The six-time Olympic champion was speaking in London shortly after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected an appeal by 68 Russian athletes seeking to overturn a ban imposed by the IAAF, following allegations of state-sponsored doping.

"It's a good message to show that if you cheat or you go against the rules then we're going to take serious action," Bolt said.

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:37:44 -0600 <![CDATA[Former WADA head says Russia should not go to Rio Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/former-wada-head-says-russia-should-not-go-to-rio-olympics/article/feed/374928?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-wada-head-says-russia-should-not-go-to-rio-olympics/article/feed/374928?custom_click=rss

Former World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey says a "clear-cut" decision is required: Russia should not be allowed to compete at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Fahey told The Associated Press on Thursday that Russia should "definitely not be going" to Rio and said the integrity of the 2016 Olympics and future games is in jeopardy.

"This is widespread corruption, not individual, not a group, not one sport," Fahey said during a telephone interview. "It's a conspiracy of the state through the ministry of sport, the anti-doping organization and their security service and the previously accredited Moscow lab.

"They have all conspired to bring this about.

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]]> Thu, 21 Jul 2016 05:07:25 -0600 <![CDATA[While US basketball readies for Rio, Popovich preps for 2020]]> http://gazette.com/while-us-basketball-readies-for-rio-popovich-preps-for-2020/article/feed/374877?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/while-us-basketball-readies-for-rio-popovich-preps-for-2020/article/feed/374877?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski is working with his team when suddenly Gregg Popovich enters the gym with his own guys looking to play ball.

Krzyzewski vs. Popovich. Five-time NCAA champion vs. five-time NBA champion. It's a mega matchup that would look good on one of the giant marquees that light up Las Vegas.

Except this is just practice for the 2016 Olympics.

And for 2020.

While Krzyzewski readies the Americans for Rio, Popovich is getting an early start on his own Olympic preparations. The San Antonio Spurs coach is overseeing the Select Team of young players training against the U.S. this week, and some of those players might be in the mix when Popovich coaches the Americans in Tokyo.

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]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:02:30 -0600 <![CDATA[Carmelo Anthony's mission on Olympic team is to stand united against violence]]> http://gazette.com/carmelo-anthonys-mission-on-olympic-team-is-to-stand-united-against-violence/article/1580747?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/carmelo-anthonys-mission-on-olympic-team-is-to-stand-united-against-violence/article/1580747?custom_click=rss

LAS VEGAS - Carmelo Anthony wants more than a better U.S. basketball team leading into the Olympics.

He wants a better U.S.

Anthony wants an end to the gun violence, the killing of blacks and the targeting of police, and right now his quest for that seems bigger than his desire for would what be a record third gold medal.

"It's unfortunate, it's sad," Anthony said Monday. "You can't really put into words what's going on throughout the whole country, throughout the whole world. For us as a country, we have to stand united. We have to come together."

Related:Nuggets agree to deals with rookie Murray, veteran Miller

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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:13:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Research, design, exhibit work underway for U.S. Olympic Museum]]> http://gazette.com/research-design-exhibit-work-underway-for-u.s.-olympic-museum/article/1580661?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/research-design-exhibit-work-underway-for-u.s.-olympic-museum/article/1580661?custom_click=rss

The U.S. Olympic Museum isn't scheduled to open for almost two years, but museum curators Kathy and Dennis Barrie have already begun the research and design steps toward creating what they hope will be a national destination for history and sports enthusiasts.

The Cleveland-based couple runs Barrie Projects, a museum and cultural planning firm that has curated a variety of projects, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the International Spy Museum in Washington and, recently, the Mob Museum in Las Vegas.

Their next big undertaking is Colorado Springs' U.S. Olympic Museum, an $80 million, 60,000-square-foot project that will highlight the United States' involvement in the Olympic and Paralympic Games



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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:22:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Russia's participation in Rio uncertain after doping report ]]> http://gazette.com/russias-participation-in-rio-uncertain-after-doping-report/article/1580614?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/russias-participation-in-rio-uncertain-after-doping-report/article/1580614?custom_click=rss

An investigator looking into Russian doping found the country's state-directed cheating program resulted in at least 312 falsified results and lasted from 2011 through at least last year's world swimming championships.

The investigator, Richard McLaren, dubbed Russia's program the "disappearing positive methodology."

McLaren said allegations made by Moscow's former anti-doping lab director about sample switching at the Sochi Olympics went much as described in a New York Times story in May. That program involved dark-of-night switching of dirty samples with clean ones; it prevented Russian athletes from testing positive.



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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:21:59 -0600
<![CDATA[ESPY winner Marks overcomes huge obstacles en route to Rio Paralympics]]> http://gazette.com/espy-winner-marks-overcomes-huge-obstacles-en-route-to-rio-paralympics/article/1580558?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/espy-winner-marks-overcomes-huge-obstacles-en-route-to-rio-paralympics/article/1580558?custom_click=rss

Swimming saved U.S. Army Sgt. Elizabeth Marks' life not once, but twice.

But it is her remarkable drive that has her headed to the Rio Paralympics where she will represent her country and her fellow brothers and sisters in arms.

The Fort Carson-based combat medic suffered bilateral hip injuries in 2010 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and took up swimming as a way to get back to active-duty status. At the same time, she became the only Paralympic female athlete and swimmer, man or woman, in the Army's World Class Athlete Program.

She soon met the Paralympic standard and after a number of hearings and appeals, was declared fit for duty and accepted into the WCAP, which allows soldiers to remain on active duty



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Sun, 17 Jul 2016 08:10:35 -0600
<![CDATA[History-making boxer Claressa Shields competing for gold, cereal]]> http://gazette.com/history-making-boxer-claressa-shields-competing-for-gold-cereal/article/1580509?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/history-making-boxer-claressa-shields-competing-for-gold-cereal/article/1580509?custom_click=rss

Endorsements have piled up from Powerade and Dicks Sporting Goods, among others. Her documentary is premiering next month. Universal Studios already has the rights to her story.

But 2012 Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields, the best female middleweight boxer in the world, still has one more goal.

"Hopefully I get on the Wheaties box," Shields said Friday at the Olympic Training Center. "That's my ultimate goal as far as endorsements go. Once I win another Olympic gold medal, they should put me on the Wheaties box."

If her prediction comes true, they'd have to.

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]]> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:05:02 -0600 <![CDATA[2 Colorado natives named to US Olympic women's soccer team]]> http://gazette.com/2-colorado-natives-named-to-us-olympic-womens-soccer-team/article/1580231?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-colorado-natives-named-to-us-olympic-womens-soccer-team/article/1580231?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Two Colorado natives have been selected to compete on the national women's soccer team in the 2016 Rio Games.

The Denver Post reports Mallory Pugh, of Highlands Ranch, and Lindsey Horan, of Golden, were named to the roster Tuesday. Both will be making their Olympic debut when the games start in Brazil next month.

At 18, Pugh will be the second-youngest U.S. women's soccer player in history to compete in the Olympics. She was named the Gatorade national player of the year in 2015 and is captain of the U-20 U.S. women's national team.

The 22-year-old Horan skipped college to play professionally in France and plays for Portland Thorns FC of the National Women's Soccer League.

The team opens the



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Wed, 13 Jul 2016 06:26:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Spieth skipping Olympics, latest star golfer to withdraw]]> http://gazette.com/spieth-skipping-olympics-latest-star-golfer-to-withdraw/article/feed/371063?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/spieth-skipping-olympics-latest-star-golfer-to-withdraw/article/feed/371063?custom_click=rss

TROON, Scotland (AP) — Golf waited 112 years to get back into the Olympics. The top four players in the world are waiting a bit longer.

Jordan Spieth delivered the final blow Monday when he told the International Golf Federation he would not be going to Rio next month, leaving the sport without its four highest-ranked players who have captured six of the last eight majors.

IGF President Peter Dawson said Spieth cited his concern over "health issues" for withdrawing.

All have indicated support for 2020 in Tokyo.

Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy previously withdrew, all citing the Zika virus. Day and Johnson have said they plan on having more children, while McIlroy is engaged and said he would soon be s

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]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:46:33 -0600 <![CDATA[IOC inspector: Rio de Janeiro 'ready to welcome the world']]> http://gazette.com/ioc-inspector-rio-de-janeiro-ready-to-welcome-the-world/article/feed/371108?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ioc-inspector-rio-de-janeiro-ready-to-welcome-the-world/article/feed/371108?custom_click=rss

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The head inspector for the IOC says she's confident the trouble-plagued Rio de Janeiro Olympics are "ready to welcome the world" with the games opening in just under four weeks.

"I cannot imagine more spectacular backdrops for the world's top sportsmen and women to showcase their talents to a watching world," Nawal El Moutawakel said in a statement from the International Olympic Committee on Monday.

Rio has been beset by a long list of problems: the Zika epidemic, rising violence and security risks, severe water pollution and slow ticket sales. In addition, the county is in its worst recession since the 1930s and the impeachment trial of President Dilma Rousseff is set to begin just days after the Olym

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]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 13:38:52 -0600 <![CDATA[Dawson: Players over-reacting to Zika situation at Olympics]]> http://gazette.com/dawson-players-over-reacting-to-zika-situation-at-olympics/article/feed/371090?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dawson-players-over-reacting-to-zika-situation-at-olympics/article/feed/371090?custom_click=rss

TROON, Scotland (AP) — The latest from the British Open (all times local to Scotland):

6:30 p.m.

The head of golf's world governing body says he believes there's been "something of an overreaction to the Zika situation" after Jordan Spieth became the latest high-profile player to withdraw from the Olympics.

Spieth joined Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy in citing concerns over the Zika virus as the reason for pulling out, meaning the world's top four players in the men's rankings won't be in Rio de Janeiro.

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]]> Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:40:40 -0600 <![CDATA[Olympic swimming champ Le Clos says both parents have cancer]]> http://gazette.com/olympic-swimming-champ-le-clos-says-both-parents-have-cancer/article/feed/370990?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/olympic-swimming-champ-le-clos-says-both-parents-have-cancer/article/feed/370990?custom_click=rss

South African Olympic swimming champion Chad le Clos, who beat Michael Phelps in one of the upsets of the 2012 London Games, announced Monday that both his parents are fighting cancer.

Le Clos said in a statement that his father Bert, who himself became a global celebrity for his exuberant celebrations and animated interviews in London, has prostate cancer and underwent surgery last month.

His mother Geraldine has breast cancer, had a double mastectomy, and is undergoing chemotherapy, Le Clos said.

Le Clos' mother had been in remission since 2010, but the cancer had returned, Le Clos said.

"It has not been an easy time but I am training hard for Rio," Le Clos said in his brief statement . "More than anything else

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — At about the same time newly minted members of the U.S. Olympic track team get their uniforms, they'll be led to a TV monitor featuring a map of Rio de Janeiro with three dots: the athletes' village, the track team's training center and Olympic Stadium.

None of them are all that close to one another; all will take a long time to reach.

USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel said Tuesday that after a few visits to Brazil, "we realized logistics would be a problem."

So, in addition to counting on the Olympic traffic lanes that will supposedly make travel easier for the 120-plus U.S. track and field Olympians, USATF staff is making it clear to the athletes that they need to build in plenty of time to make

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