Bomb squad probes possible blast near Olympic road race

Bomb squad probes possible blast near Olympic road race However, a Reuter scribe claims that the blast turned serious in nature, which required the bomb squad to arrive on the site. Omnisport understands that the loud bang heard with 70 kilometres of the race to go was actually a false alarm. As the elite cyclists made their way around the 241.5-km route, the explosion was heard close to Copacabana beach - where the race is due to finish. [Full Article...]

Obama shortens sentence of drug convict from Aberdeen

Obama shortens sentence of drug convict from Aberdeen In 2014, Obama sought to bring attention to what his administration describes as oversentencing in federal prisons by directing the Justice Department to prioritize petitions for commutations from nonviolent offenders who were serving longer sentences than they would receive today if they were convicted of the same crimes. [Full Article...]

Baseball, softball will return to Olympics in 2020

Baseball and softball have both featured in previous Olympics , most recently in 2008, but the sports of karate, skateboarding and sports climbing will be featuring for the first time in the global event in 2020. "What a truly great day for the sports of softball and baseball ", U.S. softball executive director Craig Cress said . Well guess what: starting in 2020, those folks will get the opp... [Full Article...]

Kendra Harrison sends 28-year 100m hurdles world record tumbling

Panama's Edward Alonso came in second with a time of 20.04 with Briton Adam Gemili finishing third in a time of 20.07 seconds. On the opening night of the London Anniversary Games, the 29-year-old sporting legend was the only man in the field to run sub-20 seconds. [Full Article...]

Ambrose's Celtic face Ogu's Hapoel Be'er-Sheva in Champions League playoffs

Ambrose's Celtic face Ogu's Hapoel Be'er-Sheva in Champions League playoffs Moussa Dembele scored a stoppage time penalty kick for the Hoops to see them past the visitors from Kazakhstan, setting up a clash against Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the next stage. "I am a Celtic supporter, I know what they want and I know how desperately they want it but they put the players on edge at times tonight". According to the draw held in Nyon on Friday, the Camels who also boast of anot... [Full Article...]

Russia to appeal blanket ban on weightlifters for Olympics

Besides 67 track and field athletes banned by the IAAF over revelations of a state-run doping scheme, dozens more have been told not to compete in Brazil, including swimmers, rowers, and wrestlers. "This panel will decide whether to accept or reject that final proposal", International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said. "The swimmers also request that the decision of the FINA bureau of ... [Full Article...]

Standing ovation for refugees' Olympic team

It puts pressure on the International Olympic Committee, athletes, and WADA. Instead, the IOC asked worldwide federations to examine individual Russian athletes to determine if they should be eligible for the games. Bach said his call for an overhaul of WADA was "not about destroying structures but significantly improving a system", creating a "robust and efficient system". [Full Article...]

More Than 100 Russian Athletes Banned From Olympics Before Opening Ceremonies

Hundreds of Russian athletes are in Brazil for the Games, which officially begin Friday. Here's all you need to know about what a cop-out the IOC has committed: Moscow's minister of sport reacted positively to the ruling, proclaiming that most Russian athletes will indeed qualify to participate - and march into Rio under the Russian flag. [Full Article...]

USA women's soccer team blanks New Zealand

And there will be the added bonus of wearing the captain's armband at a major tournament for the first time. Now her focus, like Lloyd's, turns to the next game. Although she has more appearances (223) and goals (87) than any current US player, Lloyd won't score the winning goal in the Olympics final in 2016. Why? Lloyd is convinced her team is ready for the challenge. [Full Article...]

Hope Solo draws jeers from crowd at Olympics

On Wednesday, US National Team and Seattle Reign goalie Hope Solo was the recipient of a lot of jeers from Brazilian fans because of her outspoken concerns about the Zika virus. Early on in the leadup to these Olympics, medical officials warned that it could cause birth defects, and the virus, often transmitted by mosquitoes, left women in particular at risk. [Full Article...]

USA soccer, volleyball teams get ready for action in Rio

USA soccer, volleyball teams get ready for action in Rio The goal scorers for the United States were familiar to everyone: Carli Lloyd in the first half and Alex Morgan less than a minute into the second half. The U.S. will lose if: It scores four own goals. Press didn't have much time to make an impression and the game wound down with the USA starting to have a little trouble holding the ball in the midfield as New Zealand pressed harder and ha... [Full Article...]

Trump and Putin Have 'Never' Spoken

Calling the relationship between the United States and Russian Federation tough and hard, Obama noted common concerns. When DNC staffers requested further information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help them track the incursion, they said the agency declined to provide it. [Full Article...]

'Believe Me': Tim Kaine Mocks Trump in Vice Presidential Acceptance Speech

'Believe Me': Tim Kaine Mocks Trump in Vice Presidential Acceptance Speech Kaine addressed the Republican party briefly, saying that even though they claim to be the "party of Lincoln", "any party that would nominate Donald Trump for president has moved too far away from that party". " Tim Kaine , I think, will again have a chance to let the American people get to know what he's been about his entire career", said John Podesta, a senior Clinton campaign adviser. [Full Article...]

Nick Foles reportedly chooses Chiefs instead of Cowboys

Nick Foles reportedly chooses Chiefs instead of Cowboys But it seems the quarterback's ties with Reid were stronger than the allure of backing up Tony Romo . If Coach Reid likes what he sees at camp, than Foles could be the team's new backup. Not only will Foles be a reliable back-up to Alex Smith, he will bring good character and leadership to the locker room. Foles requires an annual salary of at $760,000 as a fifth-year veteran. [Full Article...]

Baseball, Softball Added to 2020 Olympics

Baseball, Softball Added to 2020 Olympics Although baseball (1992-2008) and softball (1996-2008) were previously designated as Olympic sports, the other three sports are completely new to Olympic competition. Thomas Bach, the IOC President, said the essence is to ensure more youth participation having acknowledged the fact that there are a lot of alternatives at the young people' disposal which necessitate the inclusion of those games t... [Full Article...]

Darmian does not fear competition for places at Man Utd

Darmian does not fear competition for places at Man Utd Time will tell how that works out, and the teenager believes simply sharing a dressing room with someone of Ibrahimovic's stature will help him advance. But Rashford is looking ahead with excitement after a full-strength United side - in terms of personnel if not fitness - came from 2-1 down to see off their Turkish opponents. [Full Article...]

Yanks deal Beltran to Rangers for former 1st-round pick

New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team should not be ashamed in becoming sellers at the trade deadline to rebuild for the future. Cleveland's attempt to acquire Lucroy fell apart when he refused to waive the no-trade provision in his contract, but the Indians did make one major move, adding reliever Andrew Miller in a deal with the Yankees. [Full Article...]

Roberto Martinez named new Belgium manager

Roberto Martinez named new Belgium manager For clarification, this is the same Roberto Martinez who failed completely at Everton over the last two years. He replaces Marc Wilmots , who was sacked after Belgium lost to Wales in the Euro 2016 quarterfinals last month. Martinez will be tasked with trying to get the best out of Belgium's so-called Golden Generation of players - something Wilmots was unable to do during his time in c... [Full Article...]

Rio Olympics interactive: Where are Team USA athletes from?

Rio Olympics interactive: Where are Team USA athletes from? Make sure your phones the charged, the fun kicks off with the Opening Ceremony on Friday night. "Sometimes in the course, you get new fans". But will that actually happen? Brazil government had promised to clean the pathogen-infested Guanabara Bay, where majority of open-water competitions of the Games will be held, in 2014, but efforts seemed to have failed. [Full Article...]

Stan Wawrinka withdraws from Olympics with back injury

Stan Wawrinka withdraws from Olympics with back injury He has started undergoing medical checks in Switzerland and must hold off from any physical activities until the tests are completed, the Swiss Olympic Team said overnight. The 31-year-old has now joined countryman Roger Federer , the world number three, in withdrawing from Rio 2016, where the tennis competition is set to get underway on Saturday. [Full Article...]

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