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Kenya’s Jemima Sumgong sets record in Brazilian road race

December 31st, 2016

SAO PAULO (AP) – Kenya’s Jemima Sumgong won another title in Brazil this year, setting a record for the St. Silvester road race following her gold in the marathon at the Rio Olympics.

Sumgong, who also won the 2016 London marathon, clocked 48 minutes, 35 seconds in the 15-kilometer (9.3-mile) …

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NHL still searching for reason to play at 2018 Winter Games

December 30th, 2016

TORONTO (AP) – If the NHL needs a compelling reason to compete in the next Winter Olympics, Bill Daly says the league hasn’t found one yet.

And the NHL deputy commissioner added Friday that he’s not going speculate on what it might take to convince a majority of the NHL’s …

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Knighthoods for Murray and Farah in New Year’s Honors List

December 30th, 2016

LONDON (AP) – Andy Murray received a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honors list on Friday, recognition from the monarch for reaching the pinnacle of tennis by winning his second Wimbledon and Olympic titles on his way to topping the rankings.

The 29-year-old Murray was previously named an …

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4 Russians suspended after alleged doping at Sochi

December 30th, 2016

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – Four Russian skeleton athletes have been provisionally suspended by the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federations for alleged doping rule violations at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The federation said in a statement Friday it took action after being informed by the International Olympic Committee that …

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Kenner girl punches her way into national boxing spotlight

December 30th, 2016

KENNER, La. (AP) – Many have Olympic dreams but few are able to achieve them. For 14-year-old Kenner resident Alexis Lavarine, that dream has come a step closer to reality with a win at the recent USA Boxing Nationals held in Kansas City, Missouri.

Lavarine punched her way to a …

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Neymar says Rio penalty was most nervous moment of his life

December 28th, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazil football star Neymar says taking the last penalty of the shootout against Germany in the final at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics was the most nervous moment of his life.

Neymar converted the kick to give Brazil its first-ever soccer Olympic gold medal, winning …

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Neymar’s most nervous moment: last penalty at Rio Olympics

December 28th, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazilian football star Neymar has said the most nervous moment of his life was taking the last penalty of the shootout against Germany to give Brazil its first ever Olympic gold in August.

The Barcelona striker was at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro …

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US women’s team announces departure of union counsel

December 28th, 2016

U.S. women’s national team players say attorney Rich Nichols will no longer serve as the union’s counsel in contract negotiations with the U.S. Soccer Federation.

The players’ current contract runs through Saturday. Nichols had represented U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, …

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Resurgent ‘Today’ show has December ratings milestone

December 28th, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) – In what could signal a changing of the guard in morning television, NBC’s “Today” show has eclipsed ABC’s “Good Morning America” in popularity for the first month that did not include the Olympics in four and a half years.

“Today” averaged 4.79 million viewers in December …

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Russia disputes new claims of ‘institutional conspiracy’ involving Olympic athletes, doping

December 28th, 2016

Russia pushed back Wednesday after its top anti-doping official was quoted as conceding that an “institutional conspiracy” enabled its athletes to cheat during the 2014 Sochi Olympics and other international sports competitions.

The supposed admission — Moscow’s first with respect to allegations of a wide-scale doping scandal — was attributed …

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