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Heavy medal: The weight of the Olympic prize is impressing Rio athletes

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The medals being given out at the Rio Games are the heaviest in Olympic history. In other words, wear with caution. At 17.6 ounces apiece – 1.1 pounds – it’s quite a bauble that’s getting dangled off the necks of some of the world’s top athletes. And some have been surprised about how that weight feels when presented with their Olympic prize. “I might start getting a neckache,” British trap shooter Edward Ling said Monday after winning bronze. “It’s rather…

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Rio Olympics opening ceremony highlights Brazil, environment

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There’s nothing like the unique Brazilian vibe — and the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will see no shortage of samba, culture, diversity and history as the South American nation proudly showcases its traditions and environmental wonders. Millions of television viewers from around the world are expected to watch the three-hour ceremony Friday night, which comes as the country is reeling from political and economic turmoil. The event won’t focus on issues that are…

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Four players return for Tampa Bay Rowdies 2016 roster

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies have exercised club options on four players from their 2015 team as their roster begins to take shape for the 2016 North American Soccer League season. The Rowdies picked up options on defenders Darnell King and Zac Portillos, as well as midfielder Keith Savage and forward Darwin Espinal. These four players combined for 3,845 minutes of play last season. King, a Tampa Bay native, made 27 appearances for his hometown club, including 25 starts. He transitioned…

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