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Rio Olympic flame visits UN office in Geneva

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GENEVA (AP) -- The Olympic flame for the Rio de Janeiro Games came to the United Nations in Geneva on Friday, where officials said a team of refugee athletes will bring a message of hope for refugees around the world....

Allyson Felix out of Doha meet with minor ankle injury
DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Organizers say Olympic 200-meter champion Allyson Felix has pulled out of the Diamond League meet in Doha next week because of a "minor" ankle injury she picked up in training....

Rio gets Olympic flame 100 days before games

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ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The Olympic flame was handed to organizers of the Rio de Janeiro Games in Athens on Wednesday, 100 days before the opening ceremony in Brazil....

Nadal to be Spain's flag-bearer at Rio Games

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MADRID (AP) -- Rafael Nadal is getting a second chance to be Spain's Olympic flag-bearer....

Passing security test at Euro 2016 will help 2024 Paris bid

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PARIS (AP) -- Hosting a successful European Championship for soccer fans in June and July would provide further proof that France could stage a safe Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, French Olympic Committee president Denis Masseglia said Wednesday....

Rio gets 3 holidays during Olympics, traffic fines loom

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Residents of Rio de Janeiro will get three new holidays during the Olympics as part of a plan to keep people off the roads and limit the city's suffocating traffic....

Russia
MONTREAL (AP) -- Russia was responsible for more doping violations than any other country in 2014, while track and field was the sport with the worst doping record over the year, according to the World Anti-Doping Agency....

Russian track team could return at European Championships
GENEVA (AP) -- If reinstated in June, Russia could still compete at the European track championships in July, the head of European Athletics said Wednesday after meeting senior officials in Moscow....

Best and worst of times: Rio Olympic countdown hits 100 days

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Two years ago, the Australian IOC member John Coates called the preparations for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics "the worst" in recent memory....

Britain's Olympic cycling coach resigns over comments
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- One of the key figures behind Britain's successful Olympic cycling team resigned on Wednesday, soon after being suspended by the national governing body for allegedly making discriminatory remarks to riders....

 
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ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS APRIL 30-MAY 1 - FILE - In this Tuesday, April 26, 2016 file photo, Syrian refugee Ibrahim Al-Hussein, 27, freestyle swimmer, basketball player and former judo wrestler waits to receive the Olympic flame at the Elaionas camp that is home to about 1,500 refugees and other migrants, in Athens. He loved to swim as a teenager in Syria. Now, 12 years later and a disabled war refugee, Ibrahim Al-Hussein will represent the tens of thousands of displaced people in Greece in the Rio de Janeiro torch relay's Greek leg. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File) AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis
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