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Pregame scissors accident puts Tom Brady’s preseason debut on hold

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was expected to make his preseason debut against Chicago on Thursday, but wasn’t on the field for warm-ups and was later seen walking to the player’s parking lot in dress clothes. Had Patriots Coach Bill Belichick changed his mind and decided that it wasn’t worth the risk to play the 39-year-old Brady in […]

Meet the American sisters making Olympic pentathlon history

It remains to be seen whether either Margaux and Isabella Isaksen can win the United States its first Olympic pentathlon medal in 16 years, but they have already made history: The Fayetteville, Ark., natives are the first set of sisters to compete in the event at the same Games. Margaux, 24, is the veteran of the two, competing in […]

How Ryan Lochte’s robbery story went from unbelievable to simply not believable

At an afternoon press conference in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, Rio Civil Police Chief Fernando Veloso said that Ryan Lochte’s story about being robbed at gunpoint along with three other American swimmers early Sunday morning was a fabrication. “No robbery was committed against these athletes,” Veloso said. “They were not victims of the crimes they claimed.” […]

Amid Olympic sailing events, severed leg found in Rio’s Guanabara Bay

A severed limb was spotted this week floating not far from the Olympics sailing venue in Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay. According to the Independent, residents of Governador Island, which sits in the bay just a few miles from the start of the sailing races, found the leg that had been severed at the hip on Sunday. “It was […]

Ryan Lochte joins a select group of athletes who were caught on camera

Ryan Lochte and his three pals told one story: they were robbed at gunpoint somewhere in Rio. The surveillance cameras told another story, the apparently true story: The foursome vandalized a gas station and got caught. And thus they joined a select group of athletes who were done in by the ever-watching eye in the […]

Aussie swimmer robbed of $1,000 in Rio then banned from Closing Ceremonies for partying

Australian swimmer Josh Palmer’s Rio Olympics ended in an unfortunate way on Wednesday when he was robbed of $1,000 after a long night out partying. According to a statement released by Australian Olympic Committee (via the Sydney Morning Herald), the 25-year-old missed the delegation’s strict 8 p.m. curfew and instead went to a nightclub. Upon […]

Meet the three swimmers Ryan Lochte left behind in Brazil

U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte got out of Dodge before the Brazilian law came after him Wednesday, armed with further questions about his now-thoroughly debunked robbery story from early Sunday morning. But the other three U.S. swimmers he was with that night — Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and James Feigen — weren’t so lucky. Conger and Bentz […]

Just who is Ryan Lochte? A look at the public persona the swimmer has built.

The images of Ryan Lochte that have emerged since he became one of America’s premier swimmers in 2004 show a happy-go-lucky guy and dedicated athlete not given to deep introspection. Just who is this guy who, his teammates said, put together the biggest fabricated story to hit the sports world since Manti Teo and his […]

Internet takes Ryan Lochte’s mess, turns it into memes

Ryan Lochte bolted from Rio de Janeiro, leaving three U.S. Olympic swim teammates to explain to Brazilian authorities just what happened in an incident, now being debunked by authorities, in which Lochte claimed they were robbed at gunpoint. It’s like Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve at 12:05 for the Internet. When you fake a […]

Tyson Gay is going for gold with enough gold around his neck to make Mr. T jealous

American sprinter Tyson Gay was stripped of his 2012 Olympic silver medal, but that shouldn’t stop a man from gloriously adorning his neck. While gaudy and sparkly expressions are nothing new for sprinters, he ran the third leg in the USA men’s 4×100-meter relay heat Thursday while channeling the memory of Mr. T. — wearing what appeared to be seven […]

Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper sentenced to 18 years for drugging and raping up to 16 women

Former NFL star Darren Sharper was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday for drugging and raping up to 16 women in four states, the Associated Press reports. The crimes, which Sharper pleaded guilty or no-contest to last year, occurred in Louisiana, Arizona, California and Nevada. Sharper, 40, had previously been suggested a sentence of […]

British TV host is on life support in Rio after contracting rare form of malaria

Charlie Webster, a British television personality who has worked for several networks there plus an international version of ESPN in Asia, is on life support and has been placed in a medically induced coma at a Rio hospital after contracting a rare form of malaria. Her representatives told the Press Association that she had been […]

Five-year-old offers boxer Michael Conlan his school medal after Olympic controversy

Irish boxer Michael Conlan won’t get the chance to earn an Olympic medal after a controversial decision in his quarterfinal bantamweight fight favored his Russian opponent on Tuesday, but if it’s up to 5-year-old Finn McManus, Conlan will still get a gold medal for his efforts. McManus penned a letter this week to the boxer who blamed Russian […]

Alex Morgan diplomatically disses Hope Solo

One of Hope Solo’s teammates on the U.S. women’s soccer team distanced herself from the goalkeeper’s controversial comment that Swedish players were a “bunch of cowards” for the way they played in upsetting the U.S. team in the Rio Olympics. “I saw her comments, but I feel like those are opinions I don’t share,” Alex Morgan told […]

Team USA women’s 4×100-meter relay medal hopes hinge on protest after baton drop

Team USA plans to file a protest over the result of the women’s 4×100-meter relay preliminary heat that saw the team drop the baton after a Brazilian runner in the next lane made contact with Allyson Felix. Felix dropped the baton while attempting to pass it to English Gardner, who retrieved it and finished the race. “I […]

Michael Phelps wasn’t happy to be greeted by a camera upon his return from Rio

The flight from Rio de Janeiro to Phoenix is long. It’s even longer with a newborn baby in tow. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, refused an interview with the local television news station that showed up at the airport on Wednesday morning […]

Olympic medal sweeps rarely happen in track and field

Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin did something Wednesday night that no three American women had ever done at the Summer Olympic track and field competition: sweep the medals in one event, in this case the 100-meter hurdles. Not only was that a first for an American women’s trio but it also was just […]

A girl, a guy and a hair tie: The story of America’s Olympic steeplechase glory

Who knew going into the Rio Olympics that one of the most important innovations in athletics this time around would be the man bun? Credit it — and the humble hair tie it requires — with two medals for Team USA, along with, of course, the efforts of two stellar athletes. But let’s get back to the tie. […]

British Olympic athlete robbed at gunpoint in Rio

A member of Britain’s 366-member Olympics team was robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday, and British track and field officials warned athletes that it is not worth the risk of going out “given the current climate in Rio.” A spokesman for the British team confirmed an “incident of theft,” but the athlete’s identity and gender and […]

Aug. 18 Rio Olympics highlights: TV and channel information

All times Eastern Golf Women’s tournament, Round 2, 6:30 a.m. — Golf Channel (live): Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, who won the Women’s British Open, leads by one stroke. Track and field Men’s 400-meter hurdles final, 11 a.m. — NBC (live): Americans Kerron Clement and Michael Tinsley, who got silvers in the 2008 and 2012 Games, respectively, try to […]

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