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Rio mayor unveils controversial Olympic course
Rio de Janeiro's mayor has defended the city's controversial Olympic golf course, which has been criticized by environmental activists and is at the center of complicated legal wranglings.

Duffy, McKennis win super-G titles at nationals
Alice McKennis capped off a comeback season with her first national title, winning the super-G on Wednesday at the U.S. Alpine Championships.

Judge: Olympic golf-course build can go on
A Rio de Janeiro judge has rejected prosecutors' request to halt construction at the Olympic golf course, clearing a major hurdle in the sport's return to the games after a 112-year absence.

Boston group backs referendum in 2024 bid
The group behind Boston's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics said Tuesday that it wants the residents of Massachusetts to decide whether the effort to bring the games to the city should go forward.

'New chapter': Swimmer Franklin turns pro
Missy Franklin has bid farewell to college swimming and is turning pro.

WADA: Armstrong attempt 'almost too late'
WADA director general David Howman says Lance Armstrong has not done enough to get his life ban reduced and that his latest attempt for rehabilitation is coming too late.

Douglas, Raisman returning to competition
Olympic women's gymnastics all-around champion Gabby Douglas and three-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman will return to competition for the first time in nearly three years when they go for the U.S. at the Jesolo Cup in Italy later this month.

Shiffrin wins 3rd straight World Cup slalom title
Mikaela Shiffrin clinched her third straight World Cup slalom title in style Saturday with a victory at the season-ending finals.

Fenninger seals 2nd straight World Cup title
Austrian racer Anna Fenninger withstood a strong challenge from rival Tina Maze to successfully defend her World Cup and giant slalom titles after winning the season-ending GS race on Sunday.

Hirscher cruises to World Cup slalom title
Marcel Hirscher celebrated his fourth straight World Cup overall title in style with a commanding win in a slalom race in the final race at the season-ending finals on Sunday.

U.S. sprinter Gay being coached by Smith
Former U.S. sprint champion Tyson Gay is working with world renowned sprint coach John Smith, Gay's agent, Mark Wetmore, confirmed to ESPN.com on Friday.

Kristoffersen wins World Cup giant slalom
Norwegian racer Henrik Kristoffersen won the men's giant slalom race at the season-ending World Cup finals in convincing style Saturday, while Marcel Hirscher took a big step toward a record fourth straight overall title after placing fourth.

Franklin lowers own U.S. record in 200 free
Missy Franklin of California lowered her American record in winning the 200-yard freestyle for the second straight year and anchored the Golden Bears to a victory in the 800 freestyle relay at the NCAA women's swimming and diving championships Friday.

Vonn adds to World Cup haul with super-G title
Lindsey Vonn won the World Cup super-G title for the fifth time after winning the last race in the discipline Thursday at the season-ending finals.

Canada's Cook wins super-G at World Cup finals
Dustin Cook won his first super-G race on Thursday at the season-ending World Cup finals, and Kjetil Jansrud gained some ground on Marcel Hirscher in the fight for the overall title by finishing second.

Report: Armstrong seeking reduction of ban
Lance Armstrong talked last week with the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in hopes of potentially reducing his lifetime ban from the sports he loves, The Associated Press has learned.

IOC plans to retest hundreds of Beijing samples
Armed with more effective methods and targeting specific athletes, the IOC plans to retest hundreds of doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics in a bid to catch any drug cheats who escaped detection at the time.

7th wonder: Vonn claims downhill title again
Lindsey Vonn won the World Cup downhill title for the seventh time after winning the last race in the discipline on Wednesday at the season-ending finals.

Ex-400 champ from Botswana gets doping ban
Former 400-meter world champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana has been banned for two years for doping after testing positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine at last year's Commonwealth Games.

FIBA: 2019 hoops World Cup to be played in Asia
Basketball's governing body says the 2019 World Cup will be played in Asia, with China and the Philippines bidding to host the tournament.

Kearney closes out WC career with 46th win
American Hannah Kearney closed out her World Cup career Sunday with her 46th career victory to win the overall freestyle and moguls titles for 2014-15.

Kenyans sweep Los Angeles Marathon titles
Kenyans Daniel Limo and Ogla Kimaiyo won the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, and Jared Ward and Blake Russell captured the USA Track & Field National Championships that were run at the same time.

Franklin wins 200-yard IM in final college meet
Missy Franklin of California won the 200-yard individual medley at the NCAA women's swimming and diving championships Thursday night in her final college meet.

Kristoffersen wins slalom; Hirscher extends lead
A quick phone conversation with his father Lars just before his final run helped Henrik Kristoffersen win a men's World Cup slalom Sunday.

Shiffrin wins 4th World Cup slalom of season
American Mikaela Shiffrin won her fourth World Cup slalom race of the season on Saturday, beating Slovakia's Veronika Velez Zuzulova by 1.41 seconds.

Koch, Maas win final WC snowboard slopestyle
Lucien Koch of Switzerland and Cheryl Maas of the Netherlands won the final World Cup snowboard slopestyle events of the season on Saturday.

Pistorius' lawyers fail to stop prosecutors' appeal
Oscar Pistorius' lawyers failed Friday in their attempt to stop an appeal by prosecutors that will again seek a murder conviction against their client.

FIBA grants Kosovo teams full membership
FIBA, the governing body of basketball, says Kosovo has become a full member of the organization, allowing its national teams to take part in international competitions.

Paris mayor optimistic about bid for 2024
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is sounding increasingly positive about a Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics.

Budapest to fill in as host of 2017 swim worlds
Budapest will host the 2017 world swimming championships in place of Guadalajara, Mexico, which withdrew due to financial problems.

Olympic, world slalom champion Matt retires
Austrian skier Mario Matt has retired from the sport, a year after becoming the oldest Olympic gold medalist in Alpine skiing.

UAE equestrian body suspended for abuses
The suspension of the UAE's equestrian federation follows an investigation into "major horse welfare issues" and rules violations in endurance events.

Olympic star among 10 killed in copter crash
Investigators on Tuesday recovered all 10 bodies from a remote site in Argentina where helicopters apparently collided, killing prominent French athletes.

Contador re-ups with team, to retire in 2016
The Tinkoff-Saxo cycling team says two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has extended his contract and will ride one more year before retiring.

Boonen to have surgery after Paris-Nice crash
Former world road champion Tom Boonen will undergo surgery after damaging his left shoulder and elbow in a crash during the Paris-Nice race.

UCI chief: Doping still 'endemic' in cycling
As cycling deals with a scathing report into its deep-rooted culture of doping, UCI president Brian Cookson said Monday that cheating remains "endemic" in the sport but the governing body will "no longer turn a blind eye" to the problem.

Lance backs report on cycling's murky past
Lance Armstrong welcomed an investigative report into the murky past of cycling's governing body and said he hopes it can help the sport move on from an era that will always be remembered for the doping by himself and others.

USADA boss wants probe into Vrijman report
The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency promised further investigation Monday into a "sordid incident" of collusion between Lance Armstrong and cycling's governing body.

Bolt will compete in 200 meters in Lausanne
Usain Bolt will run the 200 meters at the Athletissima Diamond League meeting on July 9.

Boonen breaks collarbone in Paris-Nice race
Former world champion Tom Boonen retired Monday from the Paris-Nice race with a broken collarbone.

Vonn extends WC record with super-G win
Lindsey Vonn of the United States won a World Cup super-G on Sunday to regain the lead in the discipline with one race remaining.

Diniz sets world record in 20-km race walk
European champion Yohann Diniz set a world record in the 20-kilometer race walk at the French championships on Sunday.

Jansrud claims WC super-G title in Norway
Kjetil Jansrud claimed the World Cup super-G title in his home race Sunday as the main challengers faltered in difficult conditions.

Reiter earns 1st snowboard World Cup win
U.S. snowboarder Justin Reiter took his first career World Cup win Saturday with victory in a parallel slalom event in Moscow.

Biles rolls to American Cup title in home state
Simone Biles nailed her first landing and flashed a wide grin to what amounted to a hometown crowd in her return to competition.

Clark tops Kim, 14, for 8th U.S. Open title
Kelly Clark peers down the halfpipe these days and sees a girl less than half her age doing the trick that she perfected.

Stanford's Nolan sets 200 IM American mark
David Nolan of Stanford set the American record in the 200-yard individual medley at the Pac-12 Conference swimming championships.

Weirather beats Fenninger for WC downhill win
Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein earned her first World Cup downhill win on Saturday, on the same hill where she captured her maiden victory two years ago.

ESPN gets rights to '16 World Cup of Hockey
ESPN has been awarded exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to the World Cup of Hockey to be held in Toronto in the fall of 2016, officials announced Wednesday.

Boston mayor defends bid as criticism mounts
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is strongly defending the city's 2024 Olympic bid, saying that win or lose, the pursuit of the games represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and would not leave taxpayers shouldering a massive bill.

Skier Lanzinger retires, 7 years after losing leg
Former World Cup skier Matthias Lanzinger of Austria is retiring, seven years after he had his lower left leg amputated following a crash in a race in Norway.

Phelps could be reinstated for 2015 worlds
As Michael Phelps nears the end of a six-month suspension triggered by his second drunken driving offense, there is a possibility the 18-time Olympic gold medalist could see another, arguably harsher penalty reversed.

Report: Bulls' Noah likely to skip EuroBasket
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is unlikely to play for France at the European Championship in September.

Skier Rebensburg ends WC season after crash
Viktoria Rebensburg has ended the World Cup season after injuring her left knee in a crash in training ahead of this weekend's women's races in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Prudential Center to host '16 American Cup
The American Cup -- considered the kickoff gymnastics event on the trail to the Rio Olympic Games -- will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on March 5, 2016.

Vonn: Racing in foggy conditions was 'a joke'
Lindsey Vonn criticized the International Ski Federation on Monday for allowing skiers to race in foggy conditions in Bulgaria.

Austria's Fenninger wins super-G; Vonn third
Olympic champion Anna Fenninger of Austria added pace to her World Cup title challenge Monday, winning the super-G for her third straight victory in Bansko.

Loxsom breaks own U.S. record in 600 meters
Casimir Loxsom broke his own American indoor record in the 600 meters Sunday, winning the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in 1 minute, 15.33 seconds.

Clark wins halfpipe over Gold at Grand Prix
Kelly Clark won the snowboard halfpipe in the U.S. Grand Prix on Sunday for her second FIS World Cup victory of the season, easily beating 18-year-old American teammate Arielle Gold.

Hirscher wins fourth straight WC giant slalom
Overall leader Marcel Hirscher claimed his fourth straight World Cup giant slalom victory with the discipline's third-biggest winning margin on Sunday.

Kearney clinches sixth overall moguls title
Hannah Kearney of the United States finished third in Sunday's freestyle World Cup dual moguls event to clinch her sixth overall moguls title.

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