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U.S. women capture sixth straight Olympic basketball gold medal

Heading into the Rio Olympics, the U.S. women were the overwhelming favorite to win the gold medal in basketball and they did not disappoint. On Saturday, the U.S. was victorious over Spain by a final score of 101-72 to capture the gold medal, their sixth consecutive in the event, to continue a dominant run in Olympic competition that dates back to 1996. SIX. STRAIGHT. GOLDS...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Neymar lifts Brazil to first Olympic soccer gold over Germany

Brazil is one of the most accomplished men’s soccer nations in the world, but it still managed to do something for the first time ever Saturday at the Olympics. Brazil and Germany played in a thrilling Olympic men’s soccer final, and Brazil eventually came out on top with a 5-4 advantage in penalty kicks to earn the nation’s first soccer gold medal ever in front of the hometown...
Via NESN.com
August 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Lochte says he was still drunk when he repeated lie on TV

We know now that Ryan Lochte was not telling the truth when he confirmed on NBC last Sunday that he had been the victim of an armed robbery in Rio. What was unclear was why he stuck to the story for so long. The answer, according to Lochte himself, is that he was still drunk from the night before. Lochte told Brazil’s Jornal Nacional program on Saturday that he was still intoxicated...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Tony Dungy: Usain Bolt would 'scare' people as NFL receiver

Speed kills in today’s NFL. So, why not strap pads on the fastest human in the world? That human would be Usain Bolt, who completed his “triple-triple” by capturing three more gold medals at the 2016 Olympics. The Jamaican sprinter has left everyone in awe of his talent, including ex-NFL head coach Tony Dungy, who stopped by NBC’s set in Rio de Janeiro to discuss Bolt. ...
Via NESN.com
August 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Mongolian wrestling coaches strip off clothing in protest

A pair of Mongolian wrestling coaches ripped off their clothes and refused to leave the mat over what they felt was unfair scoring that cost their man a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics on Sunday. Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzoring was facing off with Uzbekistan’s Ikhtiyor Navruzov in Sunday’s bronze medal bout and appeared to have won, 7-6, according to Adam Kilgore of the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 21, 2016  |  Discuss

10 Amazing throwback photos of Olympians

  Back before they were stars and famous athletes, those who competed at the Olympics and won gold medals for their country were just aspiring dreamers. Maybe they one day wanted to win gold. Maybe they one day wanted to be like their hero. But they all had dreams and began training at an early age to achieve them. We know what these successful athletes look like now, but let’s...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Andrew Bogut rips officiating after Australia's loss to Spain

Australia was denied a medal in the Olympic men’s basketball tournament by the narrowest of margins, and center Andrew Bogut was about as pleased as Ayesha Curry after an NBA Finals game. After Australia’s 89-88 loss to Spain in the bronze medal game on Sunday (a contest that featured a questionable foul call against Patty Mills with 5.4 seconds remaining, sending Sergio Rodriguez...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 21, 2016  |  Discuss

NBC would ‘love’ to hire Michael Phelps as Olympic analyst

Michael Phelps may actually be retiring from swimming after he added to his collection of gold medals at the Rio Olympics, but that does not mean we won’t see him in Tokyo four years from now. Phelps recently said he was interested in getting into broadcasting, and NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus told Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch that he is open to bringing Phelps on...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Ryan Lochte loses endorsement deal with Speedo

As Ryan Lochte waits to see what disciplinary action U.S. Swimming will take against him and his three teammates, his wallet just got a little lighter. On Monday, Speedo announced that the company is terminating its endorsement deal with Lochte because of the Rio gas station incident. “While we have enjoyed a winning relationship with Ryan for over a decade and he has been an...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant: Olympics experience ‘therapy for me’

Kevin Durant won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics — an experience he feels was healing therapy. The newest member of the Golden State Warriors received no shortage of criticism after making the decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer. Pundits all over the nation as well as fans felt like he abandoned them relentlessly lobbed shots his way, including...
Via Sportsnaut
August 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Ryan Lochte reportedly loses four endorsements, $1 million

Ryan Lochte has lost all four of his major commercial sponsors as part of the fallout from his dishonesty over an incident that happened in a Rio gas station. According to Matt Bonesteel of the Washington Post, Ralph Lauren, Airweave, Gentle Hair Removal, and the previously reported Speedo all severed their ties with Lochte on Monday. According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Lochte...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Gabby Douglas joining judges for Miss America pageant

Gabby Douglas is used to judges determining her fate in competitions, and now the 20-year-old gymnast will get an opportunity to see what it feels like to be on the other side. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Douglas has joined the panel of judges for the upcoming 2017 Miss America pageant, which will take place on Sept. 11. The three-time gold medalist’s fellow judges will...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Swimmer says Brazil officials tried to extort him for over $46K

U.S. Olympic swimmer Jimmy Feigen, one of the four athletes who were involved in the gas station incident in Rio, says Brazilian officials tried to get him to pay a fine of more than $46,000 before he left the country. In a statement he released late Tuesday night, Feigen gave his account of what happened during the infamous incident and in the days after. After it had been determined...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Team Great Britain's matching Olympic luggage, caused issues

Filed under great ideas in theory but not quite in practice: matching luggage for Great Britain’s Olympic team. Sure, it’s cool and a nice show of solidarity at first, but then you get to baggage claim and you realize that you have a pretty big problem. Just ask members of Team GB who arrived back in London and went to claim their bags, only to find that there was no real way...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Ledecky turning down $5 million per year to go to school

At 19 years old, Katie Ledecky has an opportunity most people can only dream of. Believe it or not, she’s turning it down. For now. Ledecky dominated the Summer Olympics in Rio by winning four gold medals. She became a household name in the process, which has led to a number of endorsement offers. Ledecky could be earning up to $5 million annually in endorsements, but she has...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Olympian auctions off medal to help young cancer patient

Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but was not interested in hanging on to the medal. Instead, he chose to auction the medal off, hoping to raise funds for Olek Szymanski, a three-year-old boy battling eye cancer. The auction was a success. On his Facebook page, Małachowski excitedly announced that the medal had been bought...
Via Sportsnaut
August 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Lochte to be summoned to appear in Rio, charged with making false report

The Ryan Lochte saga is not over quite yet. The U.S. swimmer will be summoned to appear at a hearing in front of Brazil’s Justice Department regarding the incident from the Olympics, according to ESPN. ESPN reports that Lochte will not be permitted to give his testimony in the United States, as Decetive Clemente Braune stated. Braune was responsible for the investigation in the...
Via The Comeback
August 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Michael Phelps to be honored with unique Wheaties box

Wheaties and American Olympic champions are a tradition that has withstood the test of time and all the changes in the modern media world. Now the famous cereal box will have its first ever lifetime achievement box handed out, and the special box will commemorate American Olympic legend Michael Phelps. After setting the record with 23 gold medals, Phelps announced his retirement...
Via The Comeback
August 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Nicole Johnson: ‘It’s sad’ Lochte situation tainted Olympics coverage

Nicole Johnson, fiance of Olympic demigod Michael Phelps and mother to their baby, was predictably frustrated by all the negative coverage surrounding Ryan Lochte at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, she expressed sadness that the actions of Lochte, the other swimmers and the media detracted from the good things that happened in Rio. “I think...
Via Sportsnaut
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Laurie Hernandez favored to win this season’s 'Dancing with the Stars'

The contestants for the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars were officially revealed Tuesday. And you know what that means – DWTS odds! Yes, the good folks over at Bovada allow you to bet on each of the contestants competing in the 23rd season of the ABC show. U.S. gymnast and Final Five gold medalist Laurie Hernandez is the early pick to win the competition at +350...
Via The Comeback
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Team USA Paralympic athletes to watch for in Rio

They are referred to by many as “the superhumans.” It’s a noble and worthy moniker given this is bestowed on athletes who can do the semmingly impossible. By all accounts what they can do is considered impossible to many. Today marks the opening ceremony for the Paralympic Games at the massive Maracana Stadium in Rio. If you don’t know, these games also arrive every four...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

NCAA to restrict Olympian student-athlete payouts?

The NCAA is walking on thin ice over a rule that it has no reason to want to change, other than to continue casting themselves as the bad guy, or the evil organization looking to rip the last ounces of joy from hard-working college athletes that they possibly can. The latest target could be some of the finest world-class athletes the NCAA has to offer; Olympians. As it stands now...
Via The Comeback
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Biles defends taking ADHD meds after hackers leak files

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles released a statement on Tuesday defending herself over the medication she takes after Russian hackers managed to leak confidential files. The hackers, who are calling themselves “Fancy Bears,” released confidential information from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) that compromised the privacy of Biles and Serena Williams, among...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Rome drops bid for 2024 Olympics, making Los Angeles the favorite

Los Angeles — which is one of the best cities this country has to offer, and one of the best that the world has to offer — is now the likely favorite to land the 2024 Summer Olympics. Rome, who was a strong contender to land the Games, is dropping their bid for the 2024 Games. Now, Los Angeles will be competing with Paris and Budapest to host the Olympics in eight years. The...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tokyo may move more 2020 Olympic events outside city

Still four years away, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics appear to be more of a Tokyo-Area Olympics. Despite winning the 2020 Summer Games on the promise of a compact event, the city of Tokyo is looking to move a few more events beyond the Tokyo city limits. According to a report from the Associated Press, a Tokyo government panel is looking to cut costs for hosting the Olympics by transplanting...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss
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