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1dBonnie D. Ford

IOC decision illustrates why many have lost faith in the anti-doping system

By punting responsibility elsewhere, the IOC's compromise on Russian eligibility in the upcoming Rio Olympics is guaranteed to satisfy few, and will further complicate an already turbulent Games.

Brazil's Olympic sailors unimpressed by dirty Rio waters (1:14)
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2hBob Harig

Bubba Watson says he 'can't wait' to get to Rio

Bubba Watson says he can't wait to get to Rio de Janiero and has been all-in on the Olympics ever since it became apparent that he had a chance to qualify for the United States.

Team USA begins the quest for a gold medal (1:45)
Tokmakov: Putin won't attend Olympics (1:12)
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Russia doping whistleblower appeals IOC's ban

Russian doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova is appealing her ban from the Olympics, saying it was based on incorrect information and dubious legal grounds.

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10hRohit Brijnath

Abhinav Bindra, still pursuing perfection

His old self too hard to maintain, he's reinvented himself, challenged himself, invigorated himself till he's reached the cusp of his fifth and farewell Olympics.

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Belarus team calls Rio Olympic village unsanitary

The Olympic team of Belarus has branded the athletes' village in Rio de Janeiro unsanitary, a day after Australia refused to check its athletes in over health concerns.

9hTom Hamilton

Team GB happy with Olympic Village

Team GB comfortable with the athletes' Olympic Village after delegations from Australia and Argentina voiced concerns over the accommodations.

Rio Mayor defends Olympic village (1:04)
PTI: Aussies too critical of Olympic village accommodations? (0:53)
8hTristan Barclay

Wiggins backs Froome for golden summer

Sir Bradley Wiggins has backed Chris Froome to emulate his achievement and add Olympic gold to his historic Tour de France title.

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Police arrest last suspect in Rio terror case

Police arrested the last suspect wanted so far in a case of Brazilian sympathizers of the Islamic State who allegedly discussed attacking the Olympic Games next month in Rio de Janeiro.


NZ jiu-jitsu athlete's Rio nightmare continues

A New Zealand athlete and his journalist girlfriend holed up in their apartment in Rio after military police at the centre of an alleged abduction showed up at their door.

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USA Gymnastics to purchase Karolyis' gym

USA Gymnastics has reached an agreement with Martha Karolyi and husband Bela to purchase the training facility the couple owns in Huntsville, Texas.

USA basketball using practice to build chemistry (1:54)
11hTom Hamilton

Bolt puts down marker ahead of Rio Olympics

Usain Bolt put down a marker ahead of the Rio Olympics as he won the 200 meters at the Anniversary Games with a time of 19.89 seconds and fired a warning to his American rivals.

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Harrison breaks world record in 100m hurdles

Kendra Harrison, despite not making the U.S team for Rio, broke a world record in the 100-meter hurdles that stood for 28 years by running 12.20 seconds at the London Diamond League meet.

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The Difficulty of Being Simone Biles

She might be the best gymnast ever. But her hardest trick may have been tuning out issues of family and race

E:60: Simone Biles all about finding balance (7:09)
E:60: Randall Cunningham coaches daughter to the Olympics (6:23)
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11hTom Hamilton

Taylor targets Edwards' triple jump world record

Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor is looking to break Jonathan Edwards' 21-year world record when he takes part in this weekend's Anniversary Games.

Foudy Does It: Water polo (2:54)
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Prosecutors to appeal Pistorius' 6-year sentence

The South African prosecutors' office says it will appeal Oscar Pistorius' six-year prison term for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, calling the sentence "shockingly" lenient.

Allyson Felix always looking to be challenged (1:09)


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Paralympic swimming gold medalist Mallory Weggemann will lead the Pledge of Allegiance Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She also will speak about disability rights with delegates. Weggemann, 27, of Eagan, Minnesota, was paralyzed at age 18 after receiving an epidural to treat post-shingles pain and became a Paralympic 50-meter freestyle champion four years later in London. She has qualified for seven events at the Rio Paralympic Games in September. (Photo courtesy International Paralympic Committee/The Factory Agency)

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Russian athletes make their way to Rio

After a blanket ban was rejected by the IOC, Russian athletes have started arriving in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games.


IOC's decision on Russia's eligibility

Bonnie D. Ford details why the International Olympic Committee refuses to ban all Russian athletes from the Olympic Games in Rio.


Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

If Los Angeles gets the 2024 Summer Olympics, men's and women's basketball would be held at the Staples Center.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Today's Team USA game at Staples Center had a distinct Clippers feel except these weren't covered.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

These two guys could shoot and talk with the best of them.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The USA women's team is here watching the USA-China game and taking selfies with phones being passed to them by fans.

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Mitch Kupchak and Luke Walton at the USA-China game in Los Angeles.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Derrick Rose is at today's USA-China game.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

A sneak peak at the amazing halftime performer for the USA-China game.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

A strong showing at Staples Center for USA-China.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The Lakers and Clippers share Staples Center but today's Team USA game is a Clippers production from the Clippers Spirit dancers to PA announcer.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

DeAndre Jordan gets the start and the first points of the game at home in Los Angeles.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Team USA takes the floor before playing China.

Bonnie D. Ford ESPN Senior Writer 

Expect bureaucratic confusion and legal/arbitration challenges right up to Aug. 5 Opening Ceremony in Rio. The Parade of Nations will be suspenseful as we await the letter 'R.' I'm convinced we won't know who's marching until then.