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Ryan Lochte’s biggest challenge may be court of public opinion

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Ryan Lochte acted like he was still a student at the University of Florida when he and three U.S. swimming teammates were involved in an incident at a Rio gas station. He does not yet realize that his Animal House tendencies should have stopped when he left Gainesville. He is paying a heavy price on many fronts. The multiple gold medalist faces public scorn and withering media criticism. Suspension by the swimming federation and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC)…

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Top 10 medal-winning moments from Rio

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The U.S. Olympic team came away with 121 medals during the Rio games that concluded on Sunday. Among those were 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze. They won golds in 14 different sports that included ending long droughts in certain events. Of the 121 medals, 77 came from swimming, track and field and gymnastics. Some of the medal-winning performances stand out among some of the others. At the risk of slighting medal-winning performances, here is this observer’s top 10…

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Brazil got its golden moment, but at what cost?

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Remember this moment, Brazil. Nothing feels better than winning. Remember how it felt on that balmy Saturday night in this fabled temple of soccer, the Maracana, when the Selecao held its nerve through 120 minutes and a penalty shootout to gain some small measure of revenge against Germany. Remember, too, how Neymar, without doubt one of the five best players in the world, won it all. How he kissed the ball before the fifth penalty kick and how his teammate,…

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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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What to watch at the Rio games on Sunday

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The final day of the Rio Games features medal action in basketball, volleyball, the marathon, boxing, wrestling and more, as well as the closing ceremonies. Here are some things to watch. (all times local): BASKETBALL No gold, no glory. That’s the way it is for the U.S. men’s basketball team . The Americans, the standard in the sport since winning their first 63 games after basketball debuted 80 years ago in the Olympics, are either winners or failures. But these…

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The good, the bad and the ugly of the Rio Games

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Michael Phelps won more medals than anyone else, again. And then he said farewell, also again. Usain Bolt kissed the finish line good-bye after enhancing his Olympic legacy. Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky delivered under the burden of enormous expectations. Two strangers went from rivals to forever linked by a display of kindness, an entire nation seemed to celebrate a tennis match, and a gold medalist scampered home to avoid legal issues after a robbery story unraveled. The Rio de…

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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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