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After Rio risk, Olympic officials can learn lessons

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Taking the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro was always considered a bit of a risk. Now that South America’s first games are drawing to a close, the question is: Did the gamble pay off? The answer, according to experienced Olympic officials and experts, is a mixed bag. Yes, Brazil managed to pull it off under difficult economic and political conditions, with the sports competitions, venues, athletes, friendly hosts, television images and Rio’s scenic backdrops all rising to the occasion. Yet,…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.15.16 -Team USA Basketball team continues to barely get by in XXXI Olympiad

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Time for sport, as they say on the BBC. Well, so much for those stories about how those dire predictions about how the Rio Olympics have been proven wrong: Yesterday in Rio, U.S. gold medalist Ryan Lochte said robbers posing as police pointed a gun at his head and took his money, while three other U.S. swimmers with him were forced to lie on the ground by their assailants and also were robbed. Things had been going so smoothly in Brazil until then, hadn’t…

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Ryan Lochte describes robbery by armed men in Rio

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The Latest on the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local): 3 p.m. Ryan Lochte says armed robbers posing as policemen put a gun to his head and took his money in Rio de Janeiro. Lochte described the late-night encounter to NBC’s “Today” show. The U.S. swimmer, who won gold in the 4×200 relay at the Rio Games, says armed men came out with a badge and pulled a taxi carrying him and three other American swimmers over. Lochte…

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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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Rio Games an acid test for Olympics’ appeal in a grim world

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Even if only for two weeks, can “Faster-Higher-Stronger” overpower deadlier, scarier and bloodier? Can the Olympic Games still offer the world momentary levity, distract from terror, shootings, poverty and other worries in globally grim times? If not, what use is the multibillion-dollar celebration of youthful endeavor and mostly niche sports? Through no fault of their own, the athletes who will march in massed, joyful ranks behind their nations’ flags in Friday night’s opening ceremony for the first Olympic Games in…

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Joe Henderson: After months of bad news, a return to ‘everyday living’

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It may have seemed for the past few weeks/months that the only news was bad, political or both. But now, a welcome distraction is on the immediate horizon, along with a return to the regular rhythm of everyday living. The arrival of sales tax-free weekend heralds the start of a new school year, much earlier than usual in some places. I can hear parents cheering all over the Bay area. And the Olympic Games begin in Rio, offering two weeks…

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