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Bela Karolyi retires with fond gymnastics memories

July 31st, 2016

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) – As his wife Martha Karolyi prepares to step down as USA Gymnastics national women’s team coordinator, Bela Karolyi is taking steps to ensure the future of the gymnastics oasis he established in the Sam Houston National Forest – and, also, to contemplate his own mortality.

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Tips for parents on sports participation and spending

July 31st, 2016

It’s a natural desire for parents to support their child’s dreams, no matter the cost. But experts say there are ways parents can make their kids’ participation in sports more positive and avoid sacrificing their own financial security.

-ENCOURAGE MULTIPLE SPORTS: Parents are often told that a child with potential …

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Expert to Rio athletes: ‘Don’t put your head under water’

July 31st, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press.

Not only are some 1,400 athletes …

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For a child’s dreams, are parents going for gold, or broke?

July 31st, 2016

The Olympics spark hope in many a child of going for the gold. But in financially supporting those dreams, some parents are going for broke.

For his 15-year old son’s travel hockey team, Tim Richmeier was spending about $5,000 a season: using his tax refunds, halting contributions to his 401(k), …

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Taurasi helps US women’s hoops team beats Australia 104-89

July 31st, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) – Diana Taurasi and the U.S. women’s national basketball team capped off their pre-Olympic tour with a dominant offensive show against Australia.

Taurasi scored 15 of her 20 points during a 5-minute span in the third quarter to help the Americans beat Australia 104-89 on Sunday in …

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Massachusetts man to carry Haiti’s flag at Rio Olympics

July 31st, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A Haitian-born wrestling coach from western Massachusetts will carry the flag for the Caribbean nation in the opening ceremonies for the Rio Olympics.

Asnage Castelly (us-NAHJ’ kuh-STELL’-ee) says the Olympic Committee of Haiti chose him as flag bearer from a pool of 11 athletes representing a …

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Oh Canada! Beats France 71-63 to end exhibition tournament

July 31st, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) – Miah-Marie Langlois scored 13 points to help Canada beat France 71-63 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden in an exhibition game.

This was the final tuneup for both teams before the Rio Olympics begin next weekend.

Canada led 33-31 at the half before scoring the first …

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Australia hit again: computer, shirts stolen at Rio Olympics

July 31st, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – A laptop and team shirts have been stolen from Australia’s accommodation at the Olympic athletes’ village while the building was being evacuated because of a small fire, the head of the team’s delegation at the Rio Games said Sunday.

Kitty Chiller said other computer equipment …

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Suit questions skateboarding group’s anti-doping practices

July 31st, 2016

A lawsuit accuses the group trying to bring skateboarding into the 2020 Olympics of skirting anti-doping rules and giving favors to an IOC official that led to the ouster of a rival group from the negotiating table.

Skateboarding is one of five sports the International Olympic Committee will vote on …

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US adds Ram to tennis team in Rio as replacement for Bryans

July 31st, 2016

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) – Rajeev Ram will be heading to the Olympics for the first time, filling in for the U.S. tennis team after the Bryan brothers withdrew.

The U.S. Tennis Association said Sunday that Ram will play doubles in Rio de Janeiro with Brian Baker.

Ram, who was …

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