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Bob Costas Steps Down as Olympics TV Host

Next year NBC’s coverage of Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Bob Costas will no longer be the network’s primetime Olympic anchor after 24 years on the job. Costas announced Thursday his departure from the high-profile role, and will be succeeded by Mike Tirico, who joined NBC last spring. “It just felt to me like…

Rio Police Charge Ryan Lochte With Filing False Robbery Report

American swimmer Ryan Lochte was charged Thursday by Brazilian police with filing a false robbery report during the Rio Olympics. In a statement, the police said Lochte will be notified and can decide if he wants to introduce a defense in Brazil, The Associated Press reports. The indictment will also be sent to the International…

Speedo and Ralph Lauren Drop Ryan Lochte Sponsorships

Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren both announced Monday they will end their sponsorships of Ryan Lochte in light of recent controversy involving the Olympic swimmer embellishing details of an alleged altercation in Rio. In a statement, Speedo said while it has “enjoyed a winning relationship” with the gold medalist, it “cannot condone behavior that is…

Ryan Lochte, James Feigen Indicted for False Crime Report

U.S. Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen were indicted Thursday by officials in Rio de Janeiro on charges of falsely reporting a crime. The Federal Police of Brazil confirmed the news to ABC just hours after the city’s police chief confirmed that no robbery of Lochte and his teammates had taken place, despite their…

US Swimmers Pulled From Plane Amid Lochte Robbery

A Brazilian judge ordered two U.S. swimmers not to leave the country, according to court documents obtained Wednesday. Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen were ordered to stay in Rio three days after they said they were robbed at gunpoint. Attorney Jeff Ostrow told USA TODAY Sports that Lochte was already back in the United States…

Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony Starts Tonight

The 2016 Olympic Games officially start in Rio on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium. Athletes from 206 nations and a refugee team are in Brazil to compete in 28 sports and be watched by a global audience of billions. The build-up has been dominated by a Russian doping scandal, the Zika…

USA’s Rio 2016 Flag Bearer Is Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps has been selected as Team USA’s flag bearer for Friday night’s Opening Ceremony for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Phelps is the first male American swimmer to qualify for five Olympic Games, and he is the most decorated Olympian of any sport in history, with 22 medals. He was chosen by other…

‘Drug-Resistance Bacteria’ Discovered In Rio’s Waters As Olympics Near

Bacteria is coming from local sewage and could affect water sport competitions Athlete says beach water “feels like there’s some alien enemy entering your face” Rio de Janeiro (CNN)A group of Brazilian scientists have detected a drug-resistant bacteria growing off the shores of some of Rio de Janeiro’s most stunning beaches, one month before they’re…

Putin Wants Inquiry For Russian Drug Use [VIDEO]

Vladimir Putin ordered a hearin on Wednesday into the allegations of widespread doping among athletes in Russia. He held a meeting with the country’s sports federations after the World Anti-Doping Agency put out a report earlier this week saying that athletes across the country had been doping. This report has raised the possibility of Russian…

Beijing to Host 2022 Winter Olympics [VIDEO]

Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, making it the first city to host both the Winter and Summer Games. Members of the International Olympic Committee voted for the Chinese capital over Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Friday, after Chinese President Xi Jinping made a vow to put on a “fantastic, extraordinary and excellent” event. The voting…

German athlete fails doping test, 1st case of the 2014 Olympics

An unidentified German athlete has failed a drug test in the first announced doping case of the Sochi Olympics. The German Olympic Committee has been notified and a backup sample will be analyzed today, the committee said. German officials did not name the athlete, sport or substance involved. AP

Sochi Olympics Games: Speeding Bobsled Hits Worker Breaks Legs

Olympic officials are trying to determine why a worker on the track used for sliding sports at the Sochi Games was in the path of a speeding bobsled that crashed into him, causing leg injuries and a concussion. A forerunning sled sent down the track to make sure conditions were suitable for two-man training crashed…