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U.S. pole vaulter Sam Kendricks stopped mid-run to stand at attention for national anthem

The U.S. military is being represented by 18 athletes to Rio, but the first one to medal was pole vaulter Sam Kendricks. The former Ole Miss track star, who is listed as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, won the bronze in the men’s pole vault earlier this week with a jump of 19 feet 2-¼ […]

Eliud Kipchoge wins men’s marathon as American Galen Rupp settles for bronze

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won the Olympic men’s marathon with American Galen Rupp finishing third in the race through Rio de Janeiro on Sunday morning. Rupp, a 30-year-old runner from Portland, Ore., was competing in only his second marathon. Rupp, who won a silver medal in the 10,000 in the London 2012 Games. Feyisa Lilesa […]

Ex-analyst Dwight Stones: NBC’s meager field coverage is ‘a disgrace and disservice’

NBC’s coverage of the Olympics has been under fire since the Opening Ceremonies. The network has been slammed for U.S.-centric and disproportionate coverage of events like swimming and gymnastics. Its announcers have been accused of sexist comments and caused a firestorm after suggesting that U.S. Show More Summary

Usain Bolt turns 30, and really cuts loose at massive party

He is 9-for-9 when it comes to winning Olympic gold medals. He has said he is done competing. He signed a yuuuuge lifetime contract with Nike. Oh, and he is turning 30 Sunday. Any of those things would be reason enough to let loose — and that’s just what Usain Bolt did Saturday night. Brazil’s […]

For a brief moment, Al Roker was the hero America needed in the Ryan Lochte mess

If anyone is coming out of the Ryan Lochte mess covered with glory, it’s Al Roker. It took NBC’s weatherman to step up and express the full exasperation that so many people feel over the ugly incident in which Lochte and three other U.S. swimmers were involved during the Rio Olympics. And it did it […]

The real Ryan Lochte outrage: Matt Lauer not wearing socks for their interview

Ryan Lochte, the American swimmer whose ugly bathroom incident did its best to hijack the Rio Olympics, sat down with NBC’s Matt Lauer for an interview partially aired Saturday night. The idea was to kick off Lochte’s official apology tour and explain just what in the world he was thinking. Predictably, there was outrage and […]

Aug. 21 Rio Olympic highlights: TV and channel information

All Times Eastern. Track and Field Men’s marathon, 8 a.m. — NBC (live): Legend Meb Keflezighi runs his third Olympic marathon and goes for his second medal as the oldest U.S. marathoner in Olympic history, at 41. The race also features Galen Rupp, the marathon winner at the U.S. trials and the 2012 silver medalist in the […]

In case you missed it: Looking back on Day 15 in Rio

The penultimate day of the Rio Olympics brought more milestones in track and field and basketball for Team USA, but it might’ve been the host nation that celebrated the most. Brazil won its first ever Olympic gold medal in men’s soccer Saturday against Germany, winning 5-4 on penalty kicks in the storied grounds of Maracana […]

Ryan Lochte to Matt Lauer: ‘It was my immature behavior’ that led to controversy over gas station incident

In an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer that aired in part on Saturday evening, swimmer Ryan Lochte attempted to explain his role in falsely portraying a late-night incident involving him and three teammates at a Rio de Janeiro gas station last weekend. Lochte originally said he and his teammates (Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James […]

Brock Lesnar hilariously challenges Conor McGregor to come meet him in WWE

Brock Lesnar hasn’t said who he’ll be pulling for at UFC 202 on Saturday night, but it’s safe to say it won’t be Conor McGregor. On Saturday morning, the former UFC heavyweight champion hilariously called out the trash-talking Irishman with a few insults of his own. “I take [craps] bigger than that kid,” Lesnar told […]

UFC 202, Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz: Live results, recaps and highlights

One of the most anticipated rematches in recent UFC history has arrived. On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Conor McGregor will attempt to redeem himself against Nate Diaz, who beat him at UFC 196 in March with a chokehold submission. McGregor’s loss, his first in UFC competition, did little to silence the brash Irishman, however, who immediately […]

Ryan Lochte goes on the record with NBC’s Matt Lauer, preview set for Saturday

  American swimmer Ryan Lochte is scheduled to appear in an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, shortly after apologizing for “not being more careful and candid” about an incident in Rio de Janeiro. A “preview” of the interview between Lauer and Lochte can be seen Saturday on “NBC Nightly News,” the network announced. The interview will air during primetime […]

Basketball royalty congratulates the U.S. women’s team on sixth straight Olympic gold

Shortly after the U.S. women’s basketball team finished off a dominating run with a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics, the congratulatory tweets began. The social media praise could’ve started after the third quarter, when Team USA held a 32-point lead. The final score was a 101-72 rout by the Americans over Spain to win a […]

U.S. women’s basketball dominates Spain en route to sixth straight gold medal

The U.S. women’s basketball team won the gold medal in the same fashion it won every other game at the 2016 Olympics — with a score that was all-but out of reach at halftime. The final deficit was 29 points, a 101-72 blowout over Spain. The gold medal marks the sixth straight one for Team […]

U.S. swimmer Jack Conger apologizes, details ‘frightening experience’

American swimmer Jack Conger has issued a statement on the Rio de Janeiro gas station incident, which involved Ryan Lochte and other U.S. teammates. Conger said in a news release that he “deeply” regretted the “trouble and embarrassment this event has brought to the people of Brazil and Rio de Janeiro, and the distraction it […]

Simone Biles selected as Team USA’s Closing Ceremonies flag-bearer

The world’s greatest female gymnast, Simone Biles, will lead Team USA during the Closing Ceremonies as the flag-bearer after being chosen by fellow American teammates, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Saturday morning. Biles, 19, entrenched herself as one of the best ever in the sport and potentially the greatest American gymnast of all time after winning four gold […]

New, high-tech twists on taekwondo are rapidly changing an ancient sport’s feel

There’s a technological revolution occurring in taekwondo that is changing the look of the sport and it might take time to get used to it. Tradition is giving way to modern rules that are aimed to bring more excitement to the sport and help provide a more fair scoring system. But with each change, the sport moves […]

Not done yet: American sprinter Justin Gatlin plans to come back stronger, faster

RIO DE JANEIRO — As he has been since returning from a doping ban in 2010, Justin Gatlin found himself lost in Usain Bolt’s huge shadow Friday night. Bolt won his ninth gold medal and repeated his promise that the Rio Games would be his last Olympics. Next year’s world championships in London could be […]

After being disqualified, U.S. men’s 4×100 relay team’s appeal denied

RIO DE JANEIRO — Star-crossed and snake-bit, the U.S. men’s 4×100 relay team lost its appeal and will not be attending Saturday’s night medal ceremony at Olympic Stadium. The Americans were the third team across the finish line Friday night but as they were wrapping up their celebratory lap around the track, they learned they’d […]

What was with that Olympic wrestler competing with a gnarly, bleeding head wound?

Russian wrestler Aniuar Geduev, perhaps most known these Rio Olympics for upsetting defending Olympic and world champion Jordan Burroughs in the quarterfinals of the 74kg men’s freestyle event, had a similarly eventful gold-medal match Friday. Well, not so much eventful as bloody. Very, very bloody. Geduev lost the gold medal to Iran’s Hassan Yazdani, and […]

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