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Martha Karolyi’s ‘Final Five’ U.S. team wins gymnastics gold

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Just call them the Final Five. Dominant. Peerless. Golden. The U.S. women’s gymnastics team gave retiring national team coordinator Martha Karolyi a fitting send off in the Olympic finals on Tuesday night, putting on a two-hour display of precision and class. Their score of 184.897 was more than eight points clear of silver medalist Russia, a blowout that Michael Jordan‘s “Dream Team” should envy. The Americans’ second straight Olympic team triumph — and third overall — was never in doubt.…

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Hillary Clinton spends big on Olympic ads, with Donald Trump on sidelines

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The Rio Olympics are in full swing: Michael Phelps is back to winning races in the pool, Simone Biles is running up the score in the gym and Hillary Clinton is advertising with eyes on doing just as well on Election Day. Donald Trump isn’t even competing. The Democratic presidential nominee is airing $13.6 million in campaign commercials during the Summer Games, seeking to reach the millions of television viewers who can’t skip past the commercials as they watch live…

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Stinging criticism: Brazilians taunt U.S. athletes over Zika

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After months of dire predictions from abroad about the mosquito-borne Zika virus, some Brazilian fans are doing some stinging of their own: They’re booing U.S. athletes and taunting them over the fears that kept some competitors at home. From the beach volleyball arena to the soccer stadium, boisterous Brazilian fans are having fun with what had been one of the biggest concerns heading into South America’s first Olympics. The mockery began during the first game by the U.S. women’s soccer…

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The Martha Karolyi way leaves lasting legacy for USA Gymnastics

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The Martha Karolyi Way is a pinch on the neck. A tilt of the head. A purse of the lips. A nod of approval. A series of directives, most of them blunt, all designed for maximum impact. It is a compound tucked in the Texas woods where the rest of the world slips away so the foundation of a gymnastics dynasty can be laid. For the last 15 years, the U.S. women’s national team coordinator has methodically molded a once…

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