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Report: Security guards pointed guns at swimmers; Ryan Lochte says he isn’t lying

Ryan Lochte says he is not lying about being robbed at gunpoint at a gas station in Brazil early Sunday morning. As conflicting stories continue to swirl about what actually happened with Lochte and his three U.S. swimming teammates, sources close to the six-time gold medalist tell TMZ the athletes were forced to get out of a cab and hand money over by men who pointed guns at them...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Teammates told police Lochte is responsible for robbery story

The three U.S. swimmers who were with Ryan Lochte the night he claimed he was robbed at gunpoint told authorities in Brazil that Lochte is the one who fabricated the story. Lochte, who returned to the U.S. before a judge ordered that his passport be seized, gave a detailed account of a frightening robbery in more than one interview. His teammates, Jimmy Feigen, Gunner Bentz and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Pole vaulter breaks silence on embarrassing disqualification

Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita became an unfortunately comedic footnote to the Rio Olympics when footage surfaced that appeared to show his manhood was the primary cause of his disqualification. And now he’s trying to clear the air, denying the alleged circumstances that caused things to go so awry in his Olympic experience. As Ogita attempted to clear the bar set at 5...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Swimmers destroyed bathroom, security demanded money

Ryan Lochte and three of his U.S. swimming teammates may have had a gun pulled on them early Sunday morning by someone who was demanding money, but one report claims it was not a random armed robbery. According to the Daily Mail, Brazilian authorities have obtained surveillance footage that shows the four U.S. swimmers destroying a gas station bathroom. A security guard reportedly...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 18, 2016  |  Discuss

American women sweep medals in 100m hurdles

How sweep it is. Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin finished first, second and third, respectively, as the United States swept the women’s 100m hurdles event Wednesday night at the blue oval in Rio. Rollins’ victory was the first gold medal in track for the United States in this year’s Olympics. She completed the race by clearing all 10 hurdles and crossing the finish...
Via NESN.com
August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Two swimmers involved in alleged robbery pulled off plane, detained

Two of the four U.S. swimmers involved in an alleged robbery in Brazil were pulled off their airplanes at the airport in Rio de Janeiro Wednesday night, according to a report. NBC News' Peter Alexander first reported that Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were pulled off their planes at the airport in Rio: BREAKING: The other 2 USA swimmers who say they were w Lochte during robbery...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Alex Morgan distances herself from Solo's 'coward' comments

Hope Solo caused quite a stir with her recent comments about Sweden playing like “cowards,” and one of her teammates has disavowed the remarks. Alex Morgan spoke to Nicole Auerbach of USA Today and said that the criticism of such defensive play styles comes from fans, and that she doesn’t see it the same way Solo does. “I saw her comments but I feel like those are opinions...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Three things to fix before the 2018 Winter Olympics

Though not as widely viewed as the Summer Olympics, the Winter Games bring their own set of excitement, heartbreak and sociopolitical turmoil that captures worldwide attention. While commentators end the Rio edition and speak of anticipation of the Tokyo Games in 2020, the International Olympic Committee will actually hand off the Olympic torch to PyeongChang, South Korea, for the...
Via Yardbarker
August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Boxing judges sent home from Rio amid match-fixing claims

Several boxing judges and referees have been sent home from the Rio Olympics in the wake of claims that they have been fixing matches. AIBA, the organization that governs amateur boxing, released a statement on Wednesday announcing the decision. “The concerned referees and judges will no longer officiate at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” the statement read, according to Sky Sports...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Police: Ryan Lochte said he was intoxicated, hazy on details

Authorities in Rio say they have not had much luck in finding out who robbed Ryan Lochte and three of his Team USA teammates at gunpoint over the weekend, and the swimmers themselves were apparently not that helpful in the investigation. A Rio police official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that investigators have been unable to track down the driver of the taxi or find any...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Brazilian judges order Ryan Lochte passport seized after he ‘lied’ about robbery

There has been no small amount of controversy over Ryan Lochte’s claim that he and others were robbed at gunpoint at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Lochte has never wavered about his version of the story. He says they were pulled over while riding a taxi by men wearing police badges, made to lay down on the ground with guns pointed at them. “And then the guy pulled out his gun, he...
Via Sportsnaut
August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Biles felt out of place posing with Phelps, Ledecky

Two weeks ago, most of us had no idea who Simone Biles was. That’s how quickly an Olympic hero can become a household name, and Biles has already reached those heights. With four gold medals and one bronze at the Rio Olympics, Biles is already one of the most accomplished U.S. Olympians of all time. She must not feel like it, however, as she was recently asked for her thoughts...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Olympians craving McDonald's so much there's now order limit

The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, has found where he can get his Chicken McNugget fix in Rio, and apparently he is not alone. The McDonald’s in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro has been selling plenty of food to its international visitors, but in order to keep customers happy, it has had to start restricting how much food customers may order. According to a report from...
Via The Comeback
August 17, 2016  |  Discuss

French pole vaulter cries on medal stand after being booed

French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie cried on the medal stand after winning silver in the pole vault in response to being booed by the Brazilian fans. Lavillenie competed with Brazil's Thiago Braz da Silva for the gold in the pole vault on Monday. When Lavillenie attempted his jumps, the Brazilian fans booed and whistled. It was clear they were trying to rattle the native athlete...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Former Olympic gold medalist has worst dive ever

Russian diver Ilya Zakharov attempted to defend his title in the  3-meter springboard event at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, but things didn’t go as planned. The qualifiers were held on Tuesday, and the former 2012 Olympic gold medalist didn’t advance, because the dive he attempted was one of the worst you’ll ever see. He splashed face-first into the water, and that’s probably...
Via The Sports Daily
August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Carmelo Anthony is the embodiment of USA Basketball

It’s afternoon in Rio, and the USA men’s basketball team is 5-0 in group play preparing for its first medal-round match against Argentina. In the final game in group play, the team edged out a narrow victory, 100-97, against a French team that sat point guard Tony Parker. As they have against teams with guards who can handle on-ball pressure, the Americans struggled defensively...
Via Yardbarker
August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

What USA Basketball's past Olympic losses mean for 2016

Still the favorite for the gold, the USA men's basketball team has had a few close calls in the past week during pool play. After blowing through the exhibition games and crushing China and Venezuela in the first Olympic matches, Team USA fought off a tough Australian team by 10, then a scrappy Serbia squad and an experienced France team by just three points apiece.   While the...
Via Yardbarker
August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Olympic boxer flips off judges, says fight was fixed

Michael Conlan lost to Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin in a bantamweight quarterfinal match at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, and the Irishman feels he was robbed. When the judges awarded Nikitin the decision after the three-round bout, Conlan immediately flipped the double-bird and became furious (an unedited image can be seen here). Conlan later dropped a bunch of F-bombs in a live...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Olympic volunteers not showing up due to little food, hours

Infrastructure has been a major issue at the 2016 Rio Olympics, including the network of Olympic volunteers that grease the wheels. According to Kim Brunhuber of CBC News, 30 percent of the 50,000 Olympic volunteers haven’t been showing up for work. One such former volunteer, Luis Moreira, explained why so many have bowed out. “Many volunteers had to quit because they had...
Via Sportsnaut
August 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Allyson Felix falls just short of 400m gold in photo finish

Shaunae Miller captured the gold medal in the women’s 400m on Monday and she did so with maximum effort. The 22-year-old from Bahamas was running side-by-side with Allyson Felix of the United States for the last portion of the race. As the two approached the finish, Miller dove for the line and the gold medal. Here a a coupe of photos of how close the finish was. Got her...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Olympic pole vaulter contracts nasty virus in Rio

American pole vaulter Jenn Suhr will be battling a serious illness when she competes at the Olympics in Rio on Tuesday. Suhr, the defending gold medal winner in the pole vault at the Olympics, contracted a virus while in Rio and has been ill, her husband says. Jenn’s husband Rick, who doubles as her coach, posted about the athlete’s condition Monday morning on Facebook. ...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Has the summer/winter split been good for the Olympics?

It's been 30 years since the International Olympic Committee voted to separate the Summer and Winter Olympic Games and place them two years apart from each other. With the 2016 Rio Olympics in full swing, it's fair to ask if this move been successful. In a word, yes, but to understand why, it's important to look at why this decision came about in the first place.The reasoning...
Via Yardbarker
August 15, 2016  |  Discuss

USA Olympic greats: Where are they now?

Before Michael Phelps there was Mark Spitz. Before Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix? Michael Johnson and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. With the Olympics in full swing, we wanted to take a look at the top 10 Olympic athletes who had their days in the sun and soaked up every moment in the spotlight. But with the kliegs now shining on a new crop, what are the ones who paved the way up to?...
Via Yardbarker
August 15, 2016  |  Discuss

What’s wrong with Team USA Basketball at the Rio Olympics?

Okay, so we knew going in to the Rio Olympics that there might be some bumps along the way for Team USA basketball. LeBron James, after all, elected to stay home this time around. Same goes for Steph Curry — you know, the two-time reigning league MVP — and Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis and Chris Paul and a host of other studs who would have filled the holes on this current...
Via The Comeback
August 15, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Yasiel Puig has great reaction to Monica Puig winning gold medal

On Saturday, Monica Puig became the first athlete representing Puerto Rico to win an Olympic gold medal and the first woman participating on behalf her country to win an Olympic medal of any kind. Among those to watch her history making victory was Yasiel Puig, who was cheering as loud as anyone. Puig won her match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 14, 2016  |  Discuss
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