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Schwarzenegger destroys troll denigrating Special Olympians

Arnold Schwarzenegger has inspired many of us. Whether through his meteoric rise as a an Austrian bodybuilder who became an international movie star or his pursuit of public office, he’s been one of those who managed to rise from difficult circumstances to the highest heights the world has to offer.So when Schwarzenegger is inspired by others, you know those people are truly amazing...
Via Sportsnaut
March 24, 2017  |  Discuss

U.S. Women's Hockey Team threatens championship boycott over wages dispute

Hilary Knight and the U.S. women’s hockey team are taking a stand against unequal pay.Knight announced Wednesday in a statement on Twitter that she and her teammates will not be playing in the 2017 IIHF World Championship unless “significant progress” is made to settle a dispute with USA Hockey over unfair wages. Team USA players informed USA Hockey on Wednesday that they...
Via NESN.com
March 16, 2017  |  Discuss

LA 2024 CEO Gene Sykes: Donald Trump more helpful lobbying for LA bid than Barack Obama

In September, the IOC will announce the host city for the 2024 Summer Olympics, with only Los Angeles and Paris as remaining candidates. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line stance on immigration, and it’s been speculated that his presidency would hurt Los Angeles’ bid.But according to at least one man prominently involved in the LA bid, that does not appear to be the...
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March 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Budapest drops 2024 Olympic bid, leaving only Los Angeles and Paris, which could ban some participants

Fewer and fewer cities are bidding for the Olympics these days, and now, the 2024 Summer Olympics has only two hopefuls: Los Angeles and Paris.Budapest announced Wednesday that it would be taking itself out of the running after 260,000 people signed a petition against the games and the organizer said there was essentially no chance the city would win. This comes after Hamburg and...
Via The Comeback
February 22, 2017  |  Discuss

Rio Olympic organizers on the hook for $3.7 million in debt

Oh, you thought we were done talking about how much of a disaster the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were? I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news. Four months after the closing ceremonies and the official handoff to Tokyo, Olympic organizers in Rio de Janeiro are still struggling to pay their bills. According to a report from the Associated Press, organizers are still in debt of $3...
Via The Comeback
December 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Russia says it was victim of extortion by International Paralympic Committee

You have to be a pretty low organization to be on the receiving end of extortion claims by Russia. Then again, we are talking about a branch off the Olympics, so anything is possible. The International Paralympic Committee has been accused of extortion by Russia. The nation claims Russian officials were forced to pay for extra drug testing after Russian athletes were part of a...
Via The Comeback
November 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Rio governor arrested for allegedly embezzling $65M from Olympic construction projects

Corruption continues to rear its ugly head in Rio. Former Rio governor Sergio Cabral was arrested on corruption charges Thursday after he allegedly embezzled away $65 million that was supposed to be allocated toward buildings in Rio, including upgrades to Olympic construction, reports Plus55.com. Cabral held office as governor in Rio De Janeiro from 2007 to 2014. The allegations...
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November 17, 2016  |  Discuss

O.J. Made in America director Ezra Edelman in negotiations to direct Richard Jewell film

In May of 2016, ESPN and its 30 for 30 series released a five-part series entitled O.J. Made in America about the life and double murder trial of O.J. Simpson. The critically acclaimed documentary was directed by Ezra Edelman, who is now in talks to direct a movie about another famous sports story. During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Richard Jewell was a security guard...
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November 16, 2016  |  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
September 14, 2016  |  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
September 09, 2016  |  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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September 07, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Caitlyn Jenner: 40 years since becoming the 'World's Greatest Athlete'

1976 lives in a special part of the American psyche. The United States celebrated its bicentennial, Apple was formed as a company, football was dominated by the Black and Gold and the Black and Silver, the ABA and the NBA combined forces, and Caitlyn Jenner took the 1976 Olympics and the world by storm.The Vietnam War had officially ended about a year before the 1976 Olympiad and...
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August 19, 2016  |  Discuss

The immortality of Usain Bolt

It’s hard to imagine anything keeping Usain Bolt from winning. He’s mechanically engineered to run faster than everyone else in the world for incredibly short periods of time. Even though his speed rivals anyone in the existence of the human race, he still hasn’t been perfect. He’s notoriously slow off the blocks, and he’s notoriously slow to finish when he knows he has...
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August 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Ryan Lochte apologizes for way he described ‘traumatic’ events

Ryan Lochte on Friday issued an apology for his role in a gas station dispute over the weekend that has turned into a full-blown investigation. While he did not concede that he lied about what happened early Sunday morning, Lochte said he would like to apologize for his “behavior” and for “not being more careful and candid” about how he described the events. Here’s the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Usain Bolt finishes with gold medal in 200m

Another day, another gold medal for the fastest man alive. Usain Bolt blew past the competition in the 200-meter final Thursday night en route to his second gold medal of the 2016 Rio Games and his eight Olympic gold overall. The Jamaican sprinter finished with a time of 19.78 seconds, which as you can tell in the photo below, was far better than any of his opponents. It wasn...
Via NESN.com
August 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Lochte, Feigen indicted in Brazil for filing false police report

American swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen have been indicted in Brazil for filing a false police report, according to Globo News. Here’s the tweet Globo sent about the matter: Polícia do Rio acaba de indiciar os nadadores Ryan Lochte e James Feigen por falsa comunicação de crime. #GloboNews — GloboNews (@GloboNews) August 18, 2016 Lochte is caught up in a scandal...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 18, 2016  |  Discuss
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