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Somalia-born Mo Farah troubled by Donald Trump’s travel ban

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Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump‘s immigration policy, saying Sunday the temporary travel ban “seems to have made me an alien” and leaves him unsure whether he can return to his U.S. home. Farah is a British citizen who was born in Somalia, one of seven predominantly Muslim nations subject to the executive order signed by Trump that currently bars entry to the United States. Farah currently is training in Ethiopia. His wife, Tania, and…

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For 10 teams, Rio was a welcome to the Olympic gold-medal club

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For some nations, winning Olympic gold is quite the regular occurrence. At the Rio de Janeiro Games, plenty of first-timers got to hear their anthems played in celebration as well. Going into Sunday’s final day of competition in Rio, 10 teams – including the independent team of Olympians – were assured of leaving these games with their first gold medals. That’s the most first-timers since 16 nations got their inaugural feel of Olympic gold at the Atlanta Games in 1996.…

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Usain Bolt saved his sport – and kept the Olympics relevant

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It began in a rain-drenched 5,000-seat stadium on an island between Manhattan and Queens. Some Jamaican kid with the improbably awesome name of “Bolt” was in the Big Apple, not so much to announce his presence to the world, but to figure out who he was. We clambered into a van and headed over to Ichan Stadium. The headliner that night: American sprinter Tyson Gay. Or so we thought. Wearing a white top and black shoes — nothing flashy —…

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Good as gold: U.S. women win 6th straight Olympic hoops title

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Geno Auriemma and Diana Taurasi shared a long, emotional embrace. Mission accomplished. The U.S. women’s basketball team won a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal in dominant fashion, routing Spain 101-72 on Saturday. Taurasi and the Americans played nearly flawless basketball in Rio, and were never challenged. They have won 49 consecutive games in the Olympics with only one of those decided by single digits. With that kind of sustained success, no one wants to say this is the best women’s…

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#Blackgirlmagic takes spotlight at Olympics

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Andrea Lawful-Sanders has a ritual for cheering the black heroines of the Summer Olympics. She gets into her corner of the living room, sets up her chair, demands silence before screaming at the top of her lungs, flails her body wildly and — in keeping with her and heritage — bangs pot covers together to celebrate victories. From Simone Biles‘ gravity-defying flips to the history-making medal trifecta of the U.S. women racing in the 100-meter hurdles, many of the Olympics’…

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Michael Phelps feeling grateful after latest golden haul

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Michael Phelps took to Instagram after an emotional night at the Olympic Aquatics Center in which he upped his gold medal total to 21 with two enthralling wins, one avenging a stinging loss at the 2012 London Games. The 31-year-old Phelps held on for a victory in the 200-meter butterfly, edging a field that included Chad le Clos, the winner in London. He got to meet some of his U.S. teammates afterward, perhaps the only athletes as famous as he is.…

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The stare says everything you need to know about Michael Phelps

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He has enough gold to lure Pizarro, but that isn’t what makes Michael Phelps great. He has enough fame to satisfy a Kardashian, but that isn’t what makes Michael Phelps great. He has records and moments and money and everything else you use to measure greatness. And it still doesn’t capture all of it. If you want to know what makes Phelps great, time after time, it can be found in the death stare that is dominating social media these…

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