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US swimmer Lochte to be suspended for 10 months over Brazil "robbery"

US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte will be suspended for 10 months by the US Olympic Committee and USA Swimming for fabricating an account of being robbed at the Rio Olympics, local media reported Wednesday.

US Olympic swimmer Lochte charged by Brazil authorities: media

Brazilian police have charged US swimming star Ryan Lochte with making a false statement after he claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, media reported on Thursday.

Russia loses appeal against total Paralympics ban

Russia will not be allowed to compete at next month's Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro after losing its appeal against a complete ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Tuesday.

Rio de Janeiro Olympics are formally closed by IOC boss Bach

The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are formally closed by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, who declares them "marvellous" Games.

Durant leads US to another basketball gold, 96-66 over Serbia

Kevin Durant was on fire again as the United States trounced Serbia 96-66 in the basketball final for the last gold medal on offer at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, which were closing later Sunday.

Denmark deny France third consecutive gold in men's handball

Denmark denied France a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in men's handball on Sunday, beating the favourites 28-26 on the last day of the Rio Games.

Passports of Irish Olympic officials seized in Rio ticket probe

Brazilian police seized passports of Irish Olympic staffers Sunday to keep them in Rio de Janeiro for questioning, as authorities intensified their probe into possible ticket scalping involving Ireland's top Olympic official, Patrick Hickey.

Spain edge Australia 89-88 for basketball bronze

Sergio Rodriguez converted two free throws with 5.4 seconds left as Spain salvaged an 89-88 victory over heartbroken Australia for Olympic basketball bronze on Sunday.

Russian rhythmic gymnastics team earn fifth Olympic victory in a row

Russia delivered on their favourite role in rhythmic gymnastics Sunday when they won the team final to earn their fifth consecutive Olympic Gold medal.

Germany beat Poland 31-25 for men's handball bronze

Germany won bronze in the men's handball tournament Sunday by beating Poland, 31-25.

Kipchoge claims marathon gold 12 years on from first Olympic medal

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge produced a masterful performance to win the men's marathon in Rio de Janeiro Sunday and claim gold 12 years after his first medal at the Games.

Insulted, disgusted Russia the big losers of Rio Olympics medal table

Russia's Rio Olympic team consisted of only 285 athletes after suspensions due to doping concerns. That led to a major drop in the Russians' medal collection from Brazil. Still, there was little sense of humility back home in Russia, where the next project is already in the works, the 2018 World Cup.

Neymar no longer Brazil captain after Olympic triumph

Neymar's gold medal-winning match with Brazil in the Rio Olympics was his last as captain, the 24-year-old forward said Saturday.

Neymer returns colour and hunger to Brazil with Olympic victory

A first-ever Olympic gold medal in football has raised confidence in the Brazilian national team after two years of struggle.

Croatia's high jumper Blanka Vlasic grabs bronze in Rio

Croatia's Blanka Vlasic came in third in the women's high jump event in Rio clearing the bar at 1.97 metres on Saturday, and thus added this bronze to the silver she won at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, while the title of the new Olympic champion went to Spaniard Ruth Beitia.

Centrowitz beats the favourites to end 108-year US 1,500m draught

Matthew Centrowitz shocked all the favourites when he clinched a first United States Olympic 1,500-metre gold in 108 years with a courageous run from the front on Saturday.

Neymar the Hero de Janeiro as Brazil end long wait for Olympic gold

Neymar was the toast of Brazilian football Saturday after converting the winning penalty in a shoot-out to give Brazil a first Olympic football gold as they beat Germany in the men's final at a raucous Maracana Stadium.

Brazil win Olympic football gold for first time by beating Germany

Neymar converts the winning penalty in a shoot-out to give Brazil a first Olympic football gold, as they beat Germany 5-4 following a 1-1 draw in the men's final at a raucous Maracana Stadium.

Serbia trounce Croatia in Balkan showdown for water polo gold

Serbia thrashed water polo rivals Croatia 11-7 in the men's final Saturday, winning the country's first Olympic gold since the two neighbours split apart during the violent breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s.

Russia secure first women's handball gold after beating France in Rio

Russia's female handball players are bringing home their first-ever gold medal after defeating France Saturday at the Rio Olympics.

Russia's Kolodko loses Olympic shot put silver from 2012 for doping

Russian shot put athlete Evgeniia Kolodko is being stripped of her silver medal from the London 2012 Games after a retest of her doping samples found a steroid and a growth hormone, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Saturday.

US thrash Spain for sixth consecutive gold in women's basketball

The US women's basketball team cruised through to their sixth Olympic gold medal in a row on Saturday after thrashing Spain 101-72 at the Rio Games.

Italy clinch water polo bronze ahead of Serbia-Croatia gold showdown

Italy walked away with a bronze medal Saturday after beating Montenegro 12-10 in the men's water polo competition at the Rio Olympics, ahead of a showdown for the gold medal between Serbia and Croatia.

Nigeria hold off Honduras for Olympic bronze in men's football

Nigeria claimed Olympic bronze in men's football Saturday by holding off Honduras 3-2 in Mineirao.

South Korea's Park clinches gold in Rio after golf's Olympic return

South Korea's seven-time major champion Park In Bee clinched gold in the women's Olympic golf tournament Saturday, finishing five strokes ahead of world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand.

IOC will retest all Russian drug-test samples from Sochi 2014

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will conduct retests on all drug-test samples taken from Russian athletes at the Sochi 2014 Games after allegations of doping and tampering, IOC president Thomas Bach said Saturday.

Serbia pull away from France for first medal in women's basketball

Serbia claimed a first-ever medal in women's basketball at the Rio Games Saturday when a third period burst took them away from France in the bronze encounter and set up a 70-63 win in Rio de Janeiro.

Nine Australian athletes fined for Olympic accreditation tampering

Nine Australian athletes have been ordered to pay fines of 10,000 reais (3,121 dollars) each after using altered Olympic accreditations to attend a basketball semi-final match at the Rio Games, officials said Saturday.

Paralympic Games being slimmed down, but will proceed, organizers say

Spending on the Paralympic Games is being slimmed down, but the event will take place in Rio de Janeiro in September as expected with 22 sports and all the countries that registered to compete, organizers pledged Friday.

Ten Australian athletes 'detained in Rio for accreditation tampering'

Ten Australian athletes have been detained in Rio de Janeiro for tampering with Olympic accreditation in order to gain better seats at a basketball match, Australian media reported Saturday.

US swimmer Bentz blames Lochte over fake robbery incident

US Olympic swimmer Gunnar Bentz on Friday effectively blamed his teammate Ryan Lochte over a fake robbery story which has angered local authorities in Rio.

Bolt gets ninth gold for Games triple triple; Felix takes fifth gold

Sprint icon Usain Bolt clinched a third straight Olympic treble on Friday night, winning his ninth gold medal overall as part of Jamaica's 4x100-metre relay in his Games farewell.

Russia lose second 2008 Olympic relay medal to re-analysis of samples

Russia have lost the Olympic women's 4x400-metre silver medal from 2008 due to the re-analysis of Anastasia Kapachinskaya's doping sample testing positive, just two days after having the women's 4x100m gold withdrawn.

BMX cyclist Pajon becomes first Colombian to win two Olympic golds

Mariana Pajon on Friday became the first Colombian athlete to win two Olympic gold medals, after triumphing in the women's BMX cycling competition at the Rio Games.

Sindhu becomes first Indian women ever to get an Olympic silver

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu became the first Indian woman ever to win an Olympic silver in women's badminton, and her country celebrated the achievement back home.

Dunfee promoted to walking bronze as Arai disqualified

Canadian Evan Dunfee is promoted to the bronze medal position in the men's 50-kilometre walk after Japan's Hirooki Arai is disqualified.

Slovakia's Toth, China's Liu add Olympic golds to world walk titles

Slovakia's Matej Toth denied Jared Tallent an outright Olympic gold when he came from behind to beat the Australian for first place in the 50-kilometre walk at the Rio Games Friday.

Russia's Shtokalov waits on canoe bronze over Tarnovschi dope test

Russian sprint canoeist Ilia Shtokalov must wait to see if he will be awarded the bronze medal in the men's single 1,000-metres race after the doping suspension of a Moldovan competitor, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Friday.

Germany back in the Maracana as Brazil seek atonement

Football powerhouses Germany and Brazil meet in the men's Olympics final in a match which revives memories of a traumatic World Cup defeat for the host nation.

US team apologizes for fake robbery story, two swimmers leave Brazil

Two US Olympic swimmers involved in an alleged robbery incident with relay gold medal winner Ryan Lochte have had their passports released and have left Brazil, the US Olympic team said Thursday.

Two Olympic medallists fail doping tests; Yadav banned for four years

Two Olympic bronze medal winners, Kyrgyzstan weightlifter Izzat Artykov and Moldovan canoeist Serghei Tarnovschi, have failed doping tests.

Bolt believes he's joined Ali, Pele in sporting pantheon

Usain Bolt completed a unique third straight sprint double at the Olympics Thursday and expects that to be good enough to join the all-time greats in world sport. He also suggested he has ran his last big 200m race.

Abughaush wins taekwondo final for Jordan's first Olympic medal

Ahmad Abughaush won Jordan its first-ever Olympic medal and maiden gold on Thursday in the men's 68-kilogram taekwondo, while Britain's Jade Jones secured herself a back-to-back victory in the women's 57kg class.

Maroulis shocks Yoshida for first ever US women's wrestling gold

Helen Maroulis shocked superstar Saori Yoshida at the Rio Games to claim a first-ever Olympic gold for an American women's wrestler and deny her Japanese opponent a fourth Olympic title.

Argentina claim first-ever gold in men's hockey after thriller

Argentina survived a nail-biting finale to claim their first-ever Olympic gold medal in men's hockey with a 4-2 win over Belgium in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

US swimmers were not robbed, Rio police say

Brazilian authorities said Thursday four US Olympic swimmers were not robbed in Rio de Janeiro as they originally claimed.

Chinese 15-year-old Ren Qian wins platform diving gold

Ren Qian on Thursday won a battle of Chinese teenagers in the women's 10-metre platform event to become the third youngest Olympic diving champion.

Olympic Games give 280,000 tickets to children, but half do not come

More than half of the schoolchildren who have been given free tickets to fill the stands at the Olympic Games have not shown up at sports events, local organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said Thursday.

Moldovan canoeist Tarnovschi suspended following Olympic doping test

Moldovan canoeist Serghei Tarnovschi, who won Olympic bronze in the single canoe 1,000-metres, has been suspended from the double canoe 1,000m "following adverse results from a pre-competition test," the International Canoe Federation says.

Croatia dethrones Australia with first-ever sailing gold in Rio

Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic delivered Croatia its first-ever Olympic sailing gold medal on Thursday, dethroning reigning champion Australia in the men's 470 class.

US swimmers suspected of false testimony, Olympic spokesman says

Brazilian authorities suspect four US Olympic swimmers have given "false testimony" about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro, local Olympic organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada said Thursday.

Kyrgyzstan weightlifter Artykov has bronze revoked for doping

Kyrgyzstan weightlifter Izzat Artykov has had his Olympic bronze medal from the men's 69-kilogram class revoked after testing positive for strychnine, the Court of Arbitration said Thursday.

Two US swimmers removed from flight in Rio amid robbery investigation

Brazilian police removed two US swimmers from their flight from Rio de Janeiro back to the United States, the US Olympic Committee said late Wednesday, as questions were raised about the athletes' claim to have been robbed at gunpoint.

Neymar sets up Brazil v Germany rematch for Olympic gold

Barcelona superstar Neymar needed no more than 15 seconds to find the net in the 6-0 romp against Honduras on Wednesday and set Brazil en route to a rematch with Germany in the final of the men's Olympic football tournament.

Kemboi disqualified from third place in steeplechase

Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi has been disqualified from the Olympic 3,000-metre steeplechase final for lane infringement, the ruling body IAAF says, costing him the bronze medal.

Brazil 6-0 Honduras: Neymar inspires Brazilian dream of Olympic gold

Barcelona superstar Neymar needed no more than 15 seconds to find the net against Honduras on Wednesday and inspire Brazil into a thumping 6-0 win in the Olympic football semi-final in the Maracana Stadium.

IOC exec Hickey arrested in Olympic ticket scalping scandal

International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board member Patrick Hickey has been arrested in Rio de Janeiro as part of an investigation into alleged illegal Olympic ticket sales, Brazilian police confirmed Wednesday.

Jason Kenny secures Britain's sixth track cycling gold in Rio

Britain ends the Rio track cycling events with six gold medals as Jason Kenny rides to victory in an exhausting Keirin event that was drawn out by two false starts.

Russia lose 4x100m gold from Beijing 2008 after positive doping test

Russia have been stripped of the women's 4x100-metre relay gold from the Beijing 2008 Games after Yulia Chermoshanskaya tested positive for forbidden substances in retests of samples, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Tuesday.

Biles claims historic fourth gold at Rio Games

American teenager Simone Biles became just the fourth woman in history to win four gymnastic golds at the same Olympic Games by triumphing in the floor exercise Tuesday.

Sandra Perkovic wins Olympic gold in women's discus throw

The world's champion in the women's discus throw, Sandra Perkovic of Croatia, won the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday by throwing 69.21 metres, defending the title won at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Taylor and Perkovic with repeat golds; Bolt strolls into 200m semis

American Christian Taylor got back-to-back triple jump Olympic gold medals with a first-round effort while Croatia's Sandra Perkovic flirted with disaster before likewise repeating in the women's discus on a Tuesday which also saw Usain Bolt back in action.

Russian boxing star Tishchenko booed after controversial gold bout

They booed when Russia's Evgeny Tishchenko was named the Olympic heavyweight boxing champion, they booed during the medal ceremony, and they booed before and after the Russian anthem was played.

German track cyclist: British success "very questionable"

Britain's success in track cycling at the Olympics is "very questionable," Germany's women's keirin world champion Kristina Vogel said Monday.

Poland's Wlodarczyk gets hammer gold with world record

Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk claims Olympic hammer throw gold at last with a world record 82.29 metres.

CAS rules Darya Klishina eligible to compete at Rio Games

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has allowed Russia's lone track and field athlete, long jumper Darya Klishina, to compete at the Rio Games.

No Zika at the Olympics - but the epidemic isn't over for Brazil

Pre-Olympic fears over a Zika outbreak in Rio were so strong that some called for the Games to be cancelled, yet there hasn't been a single reported case during the competition - mainly thanks to the South American winter. But poor sewage systems in Brazil mean the virus is likely to return as temperatures increase.

Murray retains Olympic gold after grueling match against del Potro

Andy Murray beat Juan Martin del Potro on Sunday to become the first tennis player to win two Olympic gold medals in the men's singles.

Sprint legend Bolt storms to third 100m gold; Van Niekerk WR in 400m

Jamaican star Usain Bolt further cemented his status as a global sporting icon with a third straight Olympic 100-metre gold in Rio de Janeiro on a Sunday night which also saw Michael Johnson's long-standing 400m world record broken.

Report: Klishina doping samples allegedly manipulated

Doping samples from Russian long jumper Darya Klishina are suspected by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) investigator and athletics governing body IAAF to have been manipulated, a German report said Sunday.

Golden Rose triumphs on golf's Olympic return after 112 years

Britain's Justin Rose won the first Olympic golf gold medal in 112 years as he held off Henrik Stenson to win the men's tournament at the Rio Games in a dramatic finish Sunday.

Lochte and other US swimmers robbed in Rio, USOC confirms

American swimmer Ryan Lochte and three team-mates were robbed at gunpoint by individuals posing as police in Rio de Janeiro in the early hours of Sunday morning, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has confirmed.

Hingis gets bittersweet first Olympic medal after two-decade career

Swiss tennis veteran Martina Hingis secured her first Olympic medal Sunday after two decades in the sport, but had to settle for silver after a doubles loss to Russia.

Fresh water for synchronised swimmers in Rio but not for divers

Rio Olympic organizers have changed the green water in the main pool at the Maria Lenk stadium ahead of synchronised swimming Sunday but divers are not going to receive fresh water of their own.

Del Potro challenges Murray in Rio final after semi thriller

Few would have placed their bets on Juan Martin del Potro at the Rio Olympics, but the Argentinian has clinched the chance to win gold in Sunday's tennis final against 2012 champion Andy Murray.

Phelps bids farewell with 23rd, and definitely last, Olympic gold

Walking away at the peak of your powers is a difficult thing for any sportsman to do, but Michael Phelps insists his fifth Olympic Games in Rio will be his last.

US Olympic dominance confirmed by 1,000th gold medal

It is almost universally agreed the United States won its 1,000th gold medal at the Summer Games Saturday and the minor details of who actually won it should not disguise an outstanding sporting performance for more than a century.

Brazil beat Colombia to progress to Olympic football semi-finals

Brazil have defeated Colombia 2-0 to progress to the semi-finals in Rio and keep their dream of an elusive first Olympic men's football gold medal alive.

Nigeria beat Denmark 2-0, go through to Olympic football semi-final

Nigeria defeated Denmark 2-0 in the Rio Olympics men's football quarter-finals on Saturday to advance to a semi-final contest against Germany.

Del Potro beats Nadal to advance to Rio tennis final

Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro beats Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (5) to enter the final of the Olympic Summer Games.

Russian Olympic chief calls Klishina ban "cynical mockery"

Russia's Olympic Committee denounces the ban for Russian long jumper Darya Klishina from the Summer Games.

Sole Russian athletics starter Klishina out of Rio, appeal lodged

Russia has no track and field athlete left at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after its only eligible one, long jumper Darya Klishina, has been told by the ruling body IAAF she cannot compete.

Germany beat Portugal 4-0 to reach Oly semi-finals

Germany clearly dominated Portugal in men's Olympic football Saturday, winning 4-0 to advance to the semi-finals.

WADA: Account of Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova was hacked

Someone has illegally accessed the user account of in-hiding Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Saturday

French tennis team physiotherapist collapses, dies in Rio

A physiotherapist for the French tennis team at the Rio Olympics has collapsed and died, the country's Olympic committee CNOSF said early Saturday.

Swimmers get unwanted city tour before Olympic race

Athletes go through certain rituals ahead of their competitions, but undertaking an unwanted city tour is not one of them. Yet that's just what happened to a group of swimmers before their Olympic race.

Gold in team pursuit gives Wiggins British Olympic medal record

A gold in the track cycling team pursuit has given Bradley Wiggins an eighth Olympic medal for a British record total.

Despite gold rush, Phelps insists Rio will be his final Games

Michael Phelps said Friday that despite picking up four medals so far at the Rio Games, he will not swim at Tokyo 2020.

Nadal wins Olympic doubles but struggles into singles semi-finals

Spanish player Rafael Nadal won gold with Marc Lopez in the men's doubles tournament at the Summer Games on Friday, but he had to claw his way into the tennis singles semi-finals.

Weightlifter wins first North Korean Rio gold, dedicates it to leader

North Korean weightlifter Rim Jong Sim secured the first gold medal for North Korea at the Summer Olympics when she won in the 75-kilogramme class on Friday.

Three athletes out of Rio Olympics after doping tests

Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi was provisionally suspended Friday from the Rio Olympics after testing positive for a banned substance, while Bulgarian steeplechaser Silvia Danekova and Polish weightlifting champion Tomasz Zielinski were excluded.

Brazil and Neymar still struggling at home two years after World Cup

Representing the most fanatical football country in the world can have advantages and disadvantages, as Brazil's misfiring forward Neymar is finding out.

Egyptian judoka refuses to shake Israeli's hands after Rio loss

Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby received boos and whistles from Olympic spectators Friday when he refused to shake hands with his Israeli opponent Or Sasson.

Ethiopia's Ayana smashes 10,000m world record for Olympic gold

Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana ran away from her rivals to smash the women's 10,000-metre world record for Olympic gold as athletics at the Rio Games got off to an extraordinary start on Friday.

Berlin runner puts Palestine on Olympic marathon map

Mayada Al-Sayad, a German-born marathon runner from Berlin, starts for Palestine in the marathon on Sunday in a Games first.

Chinese swimmer, Bulgarian athlete fail doping tests at Rio Games

Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi and Bulgarian steeplechaser Silvia Danekova have tested positive for banned substances in the first failed doping tests at the Rio Olympics.

Fiji declares public holiday after winning first ever Olympic medal

Fiji will have an extra public holiday to celebrate the country's first ever Olympic medal after its rugby sevens team won gold in Rio, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced Friday.

Phelps makes it gold number 22; Oleksiak and Manuel tie in 100m free

Michael Phelps won a fourth consecutive men's 200-metre individual medley on Thursday, claiming the 22nd Olympic gold of his career in Rio de Janeiro, while the women's 100m freestyle resulted in an astonishing tie.

Military conducts controlled explosion near Olympic basketball arena

The Brazilian military conducted a controlled explosion of an unattended backpack near the Olympic basketball arena, Rio Games organisers said Thursday.

Fiji's elegant giants glide to rugby gold, first-ever Olympic medal

Fiji win their country's first-ever Olympic medal by thrashing Britain 43-7 in the gold medal match of the rugby sevens.