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  1. REPORT: Penguins Dan Bylsma to coach Team USA

    Jun 28, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

    Associated Press

    After coaching the Penguins to five straight playoff appearances, three 100-point seasons, and a Stanley Cup in 2009, Dan Bylsma was picked Thursday to lead Team USA to Sochi gold. Some think it was more about Bylsma’s “charisma and temperament” than his international experience, mostly because he has none, but also because new Canucks’s coach…

  2. Asafa Powell looks to rebound in Ostrava

    Jun 27, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Many thought Asafa Powell’s career might be winding down after he crossed the line in 10.22 seconds at Jamaican trials last week, well behind Usain Bolt and a host of young compatriots. But Powell said he had an off day, and is confident he can return to form in Ostrava on Thursday. “I knew what…

  3. VIDEO: Usain Bolt behind the scenes

    Jun 27, 2013, 7:24 AM EDT

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    We’re glad Usain Bolt was born with his incredible talent to run, because we’re not sure he would have made it as a singer after hearing him belt out a few bars of R. Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly on the set of a new Puma commercial. Bolt can definitely dance though, and showed…

  4. Anchorage exploring 2026 Olympics bid

    Jun 26, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

    A 23-member exploratory committee met in Anchorage, Alaska Tuesday to discuss the logistics of hosting the 2026 Winter Games and debate whether the city would be willing and able to put in a bid with the U.S. Olympic Committee. “We still feel, in fact more confidently than ever, that Anchorage has the capability, the facilities…

  5. Missy Franklin wins 100m free; off to a good start at Nationals

    Jun 26, 2013, 8:15 AM EDT


    Last year’s Olympics swimming sensation Missy Franklin showed no signs of slowing down Tuesday at the nationals in Indy, bursting past three gold medalists and two NCAA national champions in the last 25 meters to clock a meet record 53.43 and capture the 100m free title. “It’s my favorite part of the race,” Franklin said…

  6. Kerri Walsh Jennings heads back to beach with new partner

    Jun 25, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

    Matt Kryger-USA TODAY Sports

    After winning three straight Olympic beach volleyball gold medals teaming with Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh Jennings is ready to go out on her own in 2013, and will look to make it four-in-a-row in Rio with her new teammate April Ross by her side. “She’s a stud,” Jennings told USA Today about Ross, who will…

  7. Potential 2020 Olympics hosts react to IOC report

    Jun 25, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

    Olympics officials from Tokyo, Istanbul, and Madrid have all apparently done a quick read-through of the IOC Evaluation Commission report released Tuesday morning, and all believe they have a shot at earning the right to host the worldwide event. Tokyo, which has slowly but steadily made its way to the front of the pack during…

  8. Ryan Lochte still says Michael Phelps is returning

    Jun 25, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

    Andrew P. Scott/USA Today Sports

    It’s probably bittersweet for Ryan Lochte that this week’s national swimming championships in Indy will be the first since 1999 without all-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps, because while he may not have his close friend to compete against, Lochte does have a better shot at owning the event. But Lochte isn’t shy about his assumption…

  9. IOC Evaluation Commission releases its 2020 Olympics report

    Jun 25, 2013, 9:26 AM EDT

    TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images

    The IOC Evaluation Commission released a 110-page report Tuesday detailing the three potential host cities for the 2020 Olympics – Tokyo, Istanbul, and Madrid – and looking at everything from the city’s vision for the Games, to safety and security, finances, transportation, and media operations. “The Evaluation Commission made sure to produce a report that…

  10. Istanbul Mayor concerned protests could derail Olympics bid

    Jun 24, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

    With the IOC’s decision on which city will host the Games in 2020 drawing closer, Istanbul’s Mayor Kadir Topbas warned his citizens Monday that the ongoing protests could derail years of work and effort put toward bidding on the Olympics. “We have now entered the final stages of the 2020 Olympic [bidding],” Mayor Topbas pleaded…

  11. U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team announced

    Jun 24, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

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    After a grueling weeklong U.S. women’s hockey Team Selection Camp up in Lake Placid, the 41 invitees have been whittled to 25, with another four set to be cut in December, just ahead of Sochi. “One of the guiding principles of what we were doing to pick the team was to look at four essential…

  12. Tyson Gay wins 200m title – Is he ready to take down Usain Bolt?

    Jun 24, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT


    For years we’ve wondered what Tyson Gay could do if he got healthy; if he could stay on the track. Well, now we know. After taking the 100m title in a 2013 world’s best 9.75 seconds Friday night, Gay finished off the double on Sunday with a world’s best 19.74 in the 200m to take…

  13. Flame Watch: Sochi confirms Olympic Torch spacewalk

    Jun 24, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT


    Sochi CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko confirmed Monday that this year’s record-breaking Relay will include a handoff out in the vacuum of space. “Nobody has done this before. The spacewalk by two Russian cosmonauts with the Sochi 2014 Olympic torch will be an historic moment in the history of the Olympic torch relay,” Chernyshenko said. “I want…

  14. Usain Bolt wins Jamaican 100m title; still lagging behind U.S. sprinters

    Jun 22, 2013, 1:06 AM EDT

    Canadian Press

    The world track and field championships in Moscow are just seven weeks away now, and six-time Olympics champ and “fastest man alive” Usain Bolt wants to be a factor, he’s going to have to start picking up the pace a little bit. Bolt ran a respectable 9.94 seconds in the 100m to win the Jamaican…

  15. Tyson Gay wins U.S. 100m title with world’s best 9.75

    Jun 22, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT


    Last year it was Justin Gatlin beating Tyson Gay to the tape at nationals, and then again in London, when Gatlin finished third to Gay’s close fourth. But on Friday night those roles were reversed in Des Moines, as Gay burned down the track in 9.75 seconds to beat his own 2013 worlds best and…

  16. Olympics champ left off Cuban world championship team

    Jun 21, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dayron Robles. Mundial De Daegu

    Beijing 110m hurdles champ Dayron Robles of Cuba has been left off his country’s world championship team Friday due to unresolved issues with the Cuban Athletics Federation, according to the Trabajadores newspaper. “Cuba has not authorized Dayron to compete due to problems with discipline and his sporting ethics,” CAF President Alberto Juantorena said. To explain:…

  17. Predators GM to lead Team USA Hockey into Olympics?

    Jun 21, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT


    Now that 2010 Team USA Hockey general manager Brian Burke is out of the running to lead the squad into this year’s Games, TSN’s Bob McKenzie believes the post is likely to go to Nashville Predators GM David Poile when the staff is announced in New York City next Saturday. Poile served as Team USA’s…

  18. Bradley Wiggins might be done with Tour de France

    Jun 21, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

    Bernard Papon/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE

    After Bradley Wiggins gave British cycling fans (read: roughly the whole nation) the thrill of their sporting year by winning the Tour de France and then taking gold at the Olympics a couple weeks later, most hoped the newly knighted Sir would go on to continue dominating the sport in 2013. But a knee injury…

  19. Sochi Olympics comedy already in the works

    Jun 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT


    The Sochi Games are still seven-plus months away, but apparently it’s already time for the film world to start capitalizing on the world event. Enter: Gerard Depardieu. The French actor is set to star in the tentatively-titled Sports Without Borders, a “low-budget comedy” taking place during Sochi, in which he’s team director for what we…

  20. Report: NHL edging closer to deal with IOC

    Jun 20, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Most assumed we would have a deal in place for the NHL players to compete in Sochi by the end of the World Hockey Championships, which came and went last month. Now it’s at the end of the NHL season, which we’re mere days away from. And while officials are saying that things are getting…

  21. IOC “fully supportive” of protests in Rio

    Jun 20, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

    Recent protests in Rio have focused their ire on and increase of bus and subway fares, and on the billions spent by the government to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics. But the IOC said Thursday that while they believe the Games will be a “powerful catalyst” for improving the host…

  22. Carmelita Jeter skipping 100m at nationals

    Jun 20, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT


    World 100m champ Carmelita Jeter will apparently skip her signature race at U.S. nationals, which started Thursday, to rest a sore right quadriceps. Her coach, John Smith, told the AP they “didn’t want to take any chances” in the lead up to Worlds. And because she’s the defending champ from 2011, the 33-year-old sprinter gets…

  23. Cubans to box as pros for first time in 50 years

    Jun 20, 2013, 9:06 AM EDT

    AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

    After being banned from turning pro by their country for more than fifty years, ten Cuban boxers are set to break the barrier for their nation when they compete at a special AIBA World Series of Boxing event this August in Mexico City. “Cuba is one of the best – if not the best –…

  24. IOC impressed by PyeongChang’s preparation for 2018 Olympics

    Jun 19, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

    Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

    The IOC Coordination Commission recently swung through the 2018 Winter Games host city PyeongChang for its second such evaluation visit since South Korea won the bid two years ago, and apparently everything is going swimmingly so far. “We’ve once again seen good progress from PyeongChang 2018,” IOC member Gunilla Lindberg said. “And an excellent team…

  25. Yohan Blake to miss Jamaican nationals; won’t run 200m at worlds

    Jun 19, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

    Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

    Yohan Blake, the other Jamaican sprinter, the one who won the 2011 100m world title and happened to beat Usain Bolt at the 100m and 200m at nationals last year, will be forced to withdraw from the same event this season as he’s still dealing with a hamstring injury he suffered in April. “Yohan’s coach…