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Double Olympic champion Eric Murray retires

April 30th, 2017

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Two-time Olympic champion Eric Murray has announced his retirement from rowing, ending a partnership with Hamish Bond that became the most successful in the sport’s history.

Murray and Bond were members of New Zealand’s world championship-winning four in 2007 before joining forces as a pair …

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Asian Olympic chief Sheikh Ahmad resigns from soccer roles, won’t seek re-election to FIFA Council a

April 30th, 2017

ZURICH (AP) – Asian Olympic chief Sheikh Ahmad resigns from soccer roles, won’t seek re-election to FIFA Council after bribery claim.

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AVP signs deal with players, Walsh Jennings still out

April 29th, 2017

BOSTON (AP) – The AVP said it has reached an agreement with “practically all the players” on a contract that will carry it through the 2020 Summer Games, even as a holdout by five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh threatens to deprive the domestic beach volleyball tour of its biggest name.

“I …

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Keni Harrison wins 100-meter hurdles at Drake Relays in Iowa

April 29th, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Hurdler Keni Harrison responded to the disappointment of not making the 2016 U.S. Olympic team by breaking a world record a few weeks later.

Now she wants to prove that was no fluke, and she’s off to some start.

Harrison cruised to victory in the …

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Book focuses on local movement that ended 2024 Olympics bid

April 29th, 2017

BOSTON (AP) – The local movement that torpedoed Boston’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics is the subject of a new book.

“No Boston Olympics: How and Why Smart Cities Are Passing on the Torch” is co-written by Chris Dempsey, a Boston resident who helped lead the opposition, and Smith …

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As soccer soars, court docs detail graft in Brazilian sports

April 29th, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazil and superstar Neymar were the first to qualify for next year’s World Cup, save for Russia which gets an automatic berth as the host.

Winning a record sixth World Cup might help some forget the humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany three years ago in …

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Merritt cruises to 400-meter win at Drake Relays

April 28th, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Drake Relays served as a reunion of sorts for the 1,600-meter relay team from the U.S. that won gold at the Rio Olympics.

True to form, the anchor of those Olympic champions came out on top in Iowa.

LaShawn Merritt held off Rio relay …

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Column: Don’t believe the hype about these sporting events

April 28th, 2017

The sappy montage, the dramatic voiceover, the announcer breathlessly declaring that “anticipation of football fans everywhere is at an all-time high.”

No one does hype like the NFL, and its annual draft is perhaps the worst offender of all.

For some reason, nearly 100,000 people turned out Thursday night on …

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Paris to host 2020 European track and field championships

April 28th, 2017

PARIS (AP) – Paris has been confirmed as the host for the 2020 European track and field championships.

European Athletics announced Friday that competition will take place at Charlety Stadium from Aug. 26-30, just weeks after the 2020 Olympics finish in Tokyo on Aug. 9.

European Athletics president Svein Arne …

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Olympians descend on Des Moines for Drake Relays

April 27th, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Dozens of Rio Olympics standouts will return to the track this weekend for the Drake Relays.

The conditions won’t feel anything like sunny Brazil.

Stars like LaShawn Merritt, Omar McLeod, Jenny Simpson, Kristi Castlin and others will be greeted with temperatures in the upper 40s, …

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