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Justin Gatlin defends competing in Rio Games

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It didn’t take long for Justin Gatlin‘s name to get dragged into the doping drama swirling at the Olympics. No big deal to Gatlin. The sprinter considered the best threat to stop Usain Bolt in the 100-meter final Sunday told The Associated Press he’s not paying attention to what people are saying about him, and is not concerned with those who think he doesn’t belong here. “At the end of the day, the time has been served. I’ve served that…

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Going for gold isn’t just for athletes anymore

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The Olympic athletes aren’t the only ones going for the gold in Rio. For the first time since the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, bettors in Las Vegas are allowed to wager legally on an Olympic competition. RJ Bell of Pregame.com says much of that money will be spent on men’s basketball even though bookmakers give the Americans an almost 90 percent change of winning the gold medal. So, you’d have to lay down $1,200 on the Americans to earn $100. A $100 wager…

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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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