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Rio 2016 Olympics - Baltimore Sun

Rio 2016 Olympics and Michael Phelps coverage from The Baltimore Sun

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Michael Phelps to Ryan Lochte before Rio incident: 'Keep your head on straight'

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:48:00 PDT

Add Michael Phelps' name to the list of Americans who were less than amused by teammate Ryan Lochte's post-competition, early-morning drunken antics at the Rio Olympics. “I did have a talk with him about two days before about not doing anything bad,” said Phelps, who retired after the Summer Games...


Hampstead native and Olympian triathlete a 'role model' for community youth

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:55:00 PDT

When asked about Katie Zaferes, the responses fell into the same theme: humble, selfless, giving.

She was always the type of person who gave everything she had, and then some, said Elizabeth Foyle, Zaferes' former cross country coach. Zaferes would stand at the finish line after her races to cheer...


Naval Academy graduate Brad Snyder talks about Paralympics

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:27:00 PDT

No one captures the true spirit of the Rio Paralympic games more than Brad Snyder.


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Correctional officers tug in money for Special Olympics

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:28:00 PDT

Correctional officers and staff from the Maryland Correctional Institution gripped a rope in their hands and pulled. They were cheered on by coaches and spectators as they tried to get a flag over a mark in the grass as part of the Run and Tug to Benefit the Special Olympics on Friday morning.


Ed Temple, legendary Tennessee State and Olympic track coach, dies at 89

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:35:00 PDT

Ed Temple, the former Tennessee State track and field coach whose Tigerbelles won 13 Olympic gold medals and helped break down racial and gender barriers in the sport, died Thursday night. He was 89. 

Temple's daughter, Edwina, told university officials that her father died after an illness.



From teacher's Paralympic pursuits, Bollman Bridge Elementary students learn to 'try and try'

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 03:05:00 PDT

Before watching her new fourth-grade teacher swim in the 2016 Paralympic Games, Angelique Gomez was thinking about giving up on piano.

"You have to try and try and try, and it's a lot to learn," she said about playing the instrument.

But if there is one thing that Angelique and her classmates at...


Digest: Snyder, Meyers, McFadden among finalists for top athletes of Rio Paralympics

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Baltimore-area Paralympic athletes Brad Snyder, Becca Meyers and Tatyana McFadden are up for individual Team USA Awards in voting that ends Friday at 5 p.m.

Baltimore resident Snyder, a former Navy swimming captain who was blinded after stepping on an improvised explosive device while serving in...


Congress moves to block 'victory tax' on Olympic athletes

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:53:00 PDT

A bill moving forward in Congress would block the IRS from taxing most medals or other prizes awarded to U.S. Olympians.

The U.S. Olympic Committee awards cash prizes to Olympic medal winners: $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze. That's in addition to the cash value of the...


LA 2024 and U.S. Olympic leaders come to terms on marketing agreement

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:25:00 PDT

As part of its bid for the 2024 Summer Games, LA 2024 has agreed to terms with the U.S. Olympic Committee on a marketing arrangement that is required but has often been controversial.

The Joint Marketing Program Agreement outlines shared responsibilities — and shared income — between the host city...


L.A. likely has one fewer rival for 2024 Olympics as Rome mayor's rejection may doom city's bid

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:25:00 PDT

Rome’s new mayor has officially opposed her city’s campaign to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, all but dooming the bid and leaving Los Angeles with one fewer competitor in a shrinking field.

Virginia Raggi said Wednesday that it would be “irresponsible” to stage the massive and expensive sporting...


3-year ban for Mongolian wrestling coaches who stripped at Olympics

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 07:48:00 PDT

Two Mongolian wrestling coaches who stripped to protest an officiating call at the Rio Olympics have been suspended for three years.

According to a letter sent to the Mongolian federation by United World Wrestling on Sept. 13 and forwarded to The Associated Press on Wednesday, coaches Tserenbaatar...


Digest: Tatyana McFadden wins silver in Paralympic marathon photo finish

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:24:00 PDT

Tatyana McFadden, a wheelchair racer from Clarksville who attended Atholton, won the silver medal after a photo finish in the women's marathon T54 on Sunday, the final day of competition at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

McFadden and China's Lihong Zou crossed the finish line at the same Paralympic...


After 1,192 days, Brazil's mega-event run ends at the Paralympics

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:29:00 PDT

After 1,192 days, Brazil's run of hosting mega-sports events came to an end Sunday at the Paralympic Games.

It began with soccer's Confederations Cup in 2013, extended to the 2014 World Cup, ran through IOC President Thomas Bach's goodbye speech last month at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and finished...


Rio Olympics CEO says privately run budget needs $30 million in public money

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:32:00 PDT

The CEO of the Rio Olympics said Sunday his privately funded operating budget needs just under $30 million in public funding to meet its obligations.

Chief executive officer Sidney Levy had pledged that only private money would be used to run the games. That promise was broken just over a month...


Digest: Rio gold 'relief' for Jessica Long; Tatyana McFadden wins again

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 22:00:00 PDT

It took six medals in Rio de Janeiro, but Baltimore Paralympic star Jessica Long captured gold Saturday in the women's SM8 200-meter individual medley to boost her career gold total to 13 and medal total to 23. Long won the race in 2 minutes, 40.23 seconds.

"Instant relief. It's been the longest...


Iranian cyclist dies after crash in Paralympics road race

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:05:00 PDT

An Iranian cyclist has died after a crash in a C4-5 cycling road race at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics on Saturday.

The International Paralympics Committee identified the dead rider as Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48. It said he received emergency treatment on the course and was transported to a Rio hospital....


Digest: Loyola Maryland swimmer McKenzie Coan earns her third Rio gold

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 23:03:00 PDT

Loyola Maryland junior McKenzie Coan captured her fourth medal of the Paralympic Games, and her third gold medal, Friday in Rio de Janeiro by winning the S7 100-meter freestyle.

Coan earlier won the other two freestyle events in the S7 category — the 50 and 400. She finished first in the 100 in...


IOC's Thomas Bach to ask Russia for help against anti-doping hackers

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:33:00 PDT

IOC President Thomas Bach says he will ask Russian authorities for help to stop hackers releasing confidential medical files of Olympic athletes.

The IOC president appears to acknowledge that cyberattacks on a World Anti-Doping Agency database are linked to Russia.

Olympic gymnastics champion Simone...


Digest: World mark for Brad Snyder; gold for Tatyana McFadden, too, at Paralympics

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:15:00 PDT

Baltimore's Brad Snyder, a former Navy swimming captain, set a world record Thursday in the men's 100-meter S11 freestyle final in capturing his third gold and fourth medal of the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Snyder, who was blinded after stepping on an improvised explosive device while serving...


Digest: McKenzie Coan wins Rio gold; silver for training partner Cortney Jordan

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 23:17:00 PDT

Loyola Maryland student McKenzie Coan won her second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics with a victory Wednesday in the women's S7 400-meter freestyle over training partner Cortney Jordan, a fourth-grade teacher at Bollman Bridge in Howard County and a former graduate student at Loyola.


Digest: Tatyana McFadden wins second gold medal of Paralympics

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

U.S. wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville earned her second gold medal of the Rio Paralympics with a win Tuesday in the women's 1,500-meter T54. Amanda McGrory finished second and Chelsea McClammer finished third, completing an American podium sweep. "The race felt really good today,"...


Olympic athletes shrug off medical data leaks by hackers

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:30:05 PDT

A two-time Wimbledon singles champion, two Tour de France winners and an Olympic discus gold medalist had the same answer Thursday to the latest leak by hackers of confidential medical information: so what? Petra Kvitova, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Robert Harting - all Rio de Janeiro Olympians...(image)

WADA says Russian hackers published athletes' medical data

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:02:00 PDT

Confidential medical data of gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams and other female U.S. Olympians was hacked from a World Anti-Doping Agency database and posted online Tuesday.

WADA said the hackers were a "Russian cyber espionage group" called...


Digest: Swimmers Snyder, Meyers win gold again at Paralympics

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 23:25:00 PDT

Baltimore's Brad Snyder and Timonium's Becca Meyers returned to the top of the podium on Monday at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Meyers, a Notre Dame Prep graduate, won her third gold medal of the Rio Games with a world-record time of 4 minutes, 19.59 seconds in the 400-meter S13. Ukraine's...


Two men rush stage wearing anti-Ryan Lochte shirts on 'Dancing With the Stars'

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:06:00 PDT

Embattled Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte's "Dancing With the Stars" debut was interrupted Monday night when protesters stormed the stage and were escorted out by security.

It's unclear exactly what happened because the ABC cameras did not show the incident. As judge Carrie Ann Inaba was offering her...


Unmanned hot-air balloon hits Olympic arena; minor damage

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:54:00 PDT

A small, unmanned hot-air balloon has crashed into the roof of one of the areas in Rio's Olympic Park, causing minor fire and water damage but with no reported injuries.

Rio organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada says the balloon was probably launched from one of the city's favelas and hit...


Michael Phelps turns into Swim Shady for winning 'Lip Sync Battle' performance

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Michael Phelps went on Spike's "Lip Sync Battle: All-Stars Live" on Sunday night, and he was, for once, a heavy underdog. Olivia Munn, Terry Crews and John Legend were the All-Stars; he was just some swimmer with the most Olympic medals ever.

If only there were some song he could perform about...


Digest: Tatyana McFadden wins gold in 400M at Paralympics

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 22:18:00 PDT

Wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville returned to the top of the podium Sunday night in Rio de Janeiro after winning her second consecutive Paralympic gold with a victory in the women's 400-meter T54 with a time of 53.30 seconds. American Cheri Becerra-Madsen won silver (54.50).

On a...


Digest: Swimmers Brad Snyder, Becca Meyers win Rio gold

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 02:32:00 PDT

Baltimore's Brad Snyder and Timonium's Becca Meyers won gold medals Saturday at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Snyder, a former Navy swim captain who was blinded while serving in Afghanistan in 2011, won the S11 400-meter men's freestyle a day after taking silver in the 100 backstroke. Snyder,...


Digest: Medal-winners Snyder, Coan break records at Rio Paralympics

Fri, 9 Sep 2016 23:44:00 PDT

Brad Snyder, a former Navy swim team captain who was blinded in Afghanistan in 2011, set an American record in the S11 100 backstroke and shared the silver medal on the second day of competition at the Paralympics on Friday in Rio de Janeiro. Snyder, who lives in Canton and trains with coach Brian...


Tatyana McFadden's bid for seven golds at Paralympics falls short with silver in 100

Fri, 9 Sep 2016 17:02:00 PDT

U.S. wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden was aiming to win seven gold medals at the Rio Paralympics, in every event from the 100 meters to the marathon. Her bid for the unprecedented feat didn't make it past her first final, in the 100.(image)

Meyers sets world record in S13 100 fly; Long 2nd in S8 400 free at Paralympics

Thu, 8 Sep 2016 20:31:00 PDT

Becca Meyers of Timonium won gold in historic fashion by setting a world record in the women's S13 100-meter butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 3.25 seconds on Thursday, the first day of competition at the Paralympics.(image)

Inseparable McFadden sisters bond over sports, will compete in Paralympics track and field

Wed, 7 Sep 2016 07:07:00 PDT

They are sisters in surname, in spirit and in sport. And at the 15th Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero, which begin Wednesday, Tatyana and Hannah McFadden of Clarksville hope to be side by side on the medals podium. Hannah, who has a prosthetic left leg, would stand; Tatyana, who is paralyzed...


Through the darkness, blind veteran Brad Snyder becomes one of the best swimmers in the world

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:00:00 PDT

“I’m dead.” The thought settled on Brad Snyder in the middle of a cloud of dust and smoke raised by the blast of a homemade land mine. He lay in the fetal position on a patch of grass next to a ravine in southern Afghanistan. The Navy lieutenant couldn’t make out any blood through the haze. His...


Ryan Lochte and three U.S. teammates receive penalties for lying about Rio robbery

Thu, 8 Sep 2016 09:00:00 PDT

A day after news broke that Ryan Lochte will be suspended from swimming for 10 months, the three teammates who accompanied him on a night of partying at the Summer Olympics have received their punishment for fabricating stories of a robbery.

Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and James Feigen were handed...


Mark Emmert: NCAA might reconsider Olympic bonuses for athletes

Thu, 8 Sep 2016 18:33:00 PDT

NCAA President Mark Emmert says member schools might reconsider allowing college athletes who compete in the Olympics to accept payments for performance.

The NCAA rules allow athletes to accept money for training from the U.S. Olympic Committee or similar organizations in other countries along...


Opening Ceremony of Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Thu, 8 Sep 2016 13:21:00 PDT


Paralympics Kick Off With Opening Ceremony That Shatters Stereotypes

Wed, 7 Sep 2016 20:12:00 PDT

RIO DE JANEIRO — The Paralympic Games opened Wednesday with 4,350 athletes demonstrating first-hand their creed: "The heart knows no limits; everybody has a heart."

Wheelchair daredevil Aaron Wheelz showed the spirit in the opening act.

As a countdown from 10 reached its end, Wheelz raced down...


Two with Annapolis connections to compete in Paralympics

Tue, 6 Sep 2016 15:26:00 PDT

2016 events kick off Wednesday(image)

Olympic champion Simone Biles to release autobiography Nov. 15

Tue, 6 Sep 2016 10:19:00 PDT

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles is ready to tell the full story behind her rise from prodigy to champion.

Biles, who won five medals overall at the 2016 Olympics, will release her autobiography "Courage to Soar" on Nov. 15. The book will reveal "how challenges in her childhood have...


College athletes can't be paid for their performances — unless they're Olympians

Mon, 5 Sep 2016 06:30:00 PDT

On the last day of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Kyle Snyder made both history and $250,000. He became the youngest American to win an Olympic wrestling gold medal, and USA Wrestling's Living The Dream Medal Fund awards any wrestling gold medalist a quarter of a million dollars.

When Snyder left...


Digest: Hampstead's Zaferes wins bronze in World Triathlon Series at Edmonton

Sun, 4 Sep 2016 22:08:00 PDT

Katie Zaferes of Hampstead finished in 56 minutes and 56 seconds to win bronze as part of a sweep of the podium by the United States at the World Triathlon Series on Sunday in Edmonton, Alberta.

Zaferes' bronze is her eighth career WTS medal and second this season; the North Carroll graduate won...


Digest: Michael Phelps' next step won't be on the dance floor

Sat, 3 Sep 2016 22:11:00 PDT

Swimming star Michael Phelps isn't sure what kind of moves Ryan Lochte has planned for "Dancing with the Stars."

"I've never seen him dance," the 23-time Olympic gold medalist from Baltimore said Friday at the "Call of Duty" fan convention in Inglewood, Calif.

Lochte is competing against such celebs...


Michael Phelps brings back angry face for Jimmy Fallon

Fri, 2 Sep 2016 07:08:00 PDT

Michael Phelps has brought back his famous pre-race scowl for Jimmy Fallon.

Television cameras caught the intense grimace on the swimmer's face at the Rio Olympics as he sat with his hood up and headphones on just before a race last month.

Phelps made the face again during Thursday's "Tonight Show"...


Michael Phelps' post-Rio life: lacrosse, rooting for the Orioles, trashing the Steelers

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:47:00 PDT

Michael Phelps is the walking, talking embodiment of Olympic greatness. And, in his post-Rio life, the embodiment of Baltimore sports fandom.(image)

Gold medalist Helen Maroulis throws IronBirds first pitch

Thu, 1 Sep 2016 19:35:00 PDT


The story of Michael Phelps, a fan in Kansas and a Facebook post

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:50:00 PDT

On the afternoon of Aug. 16, Austin Levingston logged into Facebook and visited Michael Phelps' official page. He wanted to pay his respects. Days earlier, Phelps had capped his Olympic career with his 23rd gold medal. He had gone to Rio de Janeiro and won another race. It was, he said, the last...


Ryan Lochte banned from swimming through June 2017, loses $100,000 in bonuses

Thu, 8 Sep 2016 08:02:00 PDT

Ryan Lochte is banned from swimming through next June and will forfeit $100,000 in bonus money that went with his gold medal at the Olympics, part of the penalty for his drunken encounter at a gas station in Brazil during last month's games.

The U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming announced...


Wheaties honors Michael Phelps with Lifetime Achievement box

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:38:00 PDT

Michael Phelps will be eating his Wheaties from a box with his face on it yet again.

Wheaties has honored the 23-time gold medalist with its first Lifetime Achievement Award box, it was announced during the "Today" show Monday.

The box, Phelps' third, was unveiled on Wheaties' Twitter feed as well...


Michael Phelps reveals rapper he was listening to when he made #PhelpsFace

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The most decorated Olympian of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps, offered a name to go with his famous Phelps face Sunday night. It's one word: Future. Phelps introduced Future at the MTV Video Music Awards, revealing that he was listening to the rapper and singer when he was photographed grimacing,...


Ryan Lochte mum on Rio return, plugs 'Dancing with the Stars' gig

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:50:00 PDT

Ryan Lochte isn't saying whether he'll return to Brazil to face a charge of filing a false police report over a gas station encounter during the Olympics.

Lochte tells ABC's "Good Morning America" his legal team is dealing with the situation, adding "we're just trying to get this over with."



Gabby Douglas hospitalized, forced to miss VMA presentation

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 21:20:00 PDT

Olympic gymnastics star Gabby Douglas was hospitalized Sunday night, forcing her to miss a scheduled appearance with her U.S. teammates at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Four of the Final Five gymnastics greats from the Rio Olympics wished their ailing teammate well before getting hugs from best female...


Former Olympic, Paralympic swimmers give insights, training tips to Bel Air youngsters

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:37:00 PDT

Aaron Peirsol held up one of the five gold medals he has won as an Olympic swimmer, an impressive sight for the Bel Air Athletic Club youth swimmers he was talking to Saturday, but he stressed the medal means very little if the young athletes do not show good character.

"It's about the journey,"...


Catching up with Michael Phelps

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:17:00 PDT

Since returning home from Rio after his history-making Olympics ended two weeks ago, Michael Phelps has made it clear that family comes first, with he, his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, and their 3-month-old son, Boomer, busy in and out of the pool.

Upon landing at the airport on Aug. 17 in Arizona,...


Timing truly is everything, especially for Michael Phelps

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:07:00 PDT

When it was finally the right time for him to climb out of the pool for good, he did it in exactly the style to which he had become accustomed during a swimming career that may never be equaled.(image)

Bollman Bridge teacher heads to Rio for Paralympics

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:29:00 PDT

This has been a busy week for Cortney Jordan.

Thursday, she was hired by the Howard County Public School System to teach fourth grade at Bollman Bridge Elementary in Jessup.

Today, she is catching a flight to Houston, first stop on her way to Rio de Janeiro to swim in the 2016 Paralympic Games...


From the opening ceremony to his final race, this was a perfect ending for Michael Phelps

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:51:00 PDT

Michael Phelps came to Brazil in search of a feeling as much as another pile of Olympic medals to add to a collection that was already the largest in the history of the games.(image)

Centrowitz's gold medal results in free baby shoes at AAMC

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 18:02:00 PDT

Seventy pairs of Nikes were given out this week(image)

Hope Solo suspended from women's national soccer team for 6 months

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:18:00 PDT

U.S. women's national team goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended for six months for what U.S. Soccer termed conduct "counter to the organization's principles."

The suspension is effective immediately.

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said Wednesday that comments Solo made after the U.S. lost...


A look ahead to the next Summer Olympics

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:52:00 PDT

It happened to Michael Phelps and Allyson Felix. Also to Simone Biles.

The stars of the U.S. team at these Summer Olympics had barely stepped off the medals podium when they were asked about coming back for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

As Biles said: “Tokyo is a long way away.”

While the five-time medalist...


Russia banned from Rio Paralympics, sports court confirms

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:30:00 PDT

Russia is banned from the Paralympic Games as punishment for a state-backed doping program, after losing an appeal at sport's highest court.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced its urgent verdict Tuesday to dismiss the Russian Paralympic Committee's appeal against exclusion from the Sept....


How athletes with Maryland ties fared at the Rio Olympics

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:08:00 PDT

Maryland athletes won 18 golds, four silver medals and one bronze in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Click on the photos above to see how athletes with Maryland ties fared in Rio. 



Digest: Athletes with ties to Maryland named to U.S. Paralympic team

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:24:00 PDT

U.S. Paralympics announced the team that will compete in the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro from Sept. 7 to Sept. 18. The 267-member team is the largest U.S. delegation in history. Athletes from Maryland on the team are: Gail Gaeng of Frederick (wheelchair basketball), Trevon Jenifer of Huntingtown...


Speedo USA, 3 other sponsors drop Ryan Lochte after Rio incident

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:25:00 PDT

Less than 24 hours after the close of the Rio Olympics, Ryan Lochte took a major financial hit Monday for a drunken incident he initially tried to pass off as an armed robbery.

In quick succession, four sponsors announced they were dumping the swimmer, who has since apologized and conceded that...


World Boxing Council chief wants head guards reinstituted in Olympic boxing

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:15:00 PDT

The head of the World Boxing Council called Monday for amateur boxing to reinstitute head guards after they were absent during the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Maurcicio Sulaiman, taking issue with a decision by the International Boxing Assn. (AIBA) to remove headgear for male boxers...


Sports Comment: Hard to not get emotionally invested in Centrowitz's Olympic story

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:04:00 PDT

Broadneck High graduate delivers golden moment for all those who have followed his career(image)

Woodbine's Kyle Snyder wins wrestling gold at age 20

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 16:46:00 PDT

Snyder outlasted Goziumov on Sunday in the final freestyle wrestling match of these Olympics to capture the 97-kilogram (214 pound) weight class and become the youngest American wrestler in history to win a gold medal.(image)

Maryland provides the golden athletes of the Rio 2016 Olympics

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:52:00 PDT

From start to finish in Rio, Maryland athletes dominated their sports, winning 18 golds, four silver medals and one bronze.(image)

Wrestling: Woodbine's Kyle Snyder wins Olympic gold at age 20

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:20:00 PDT

Kyle Snyder rested on his knees and panted as a dazed, disbelieving look hung on his face.

"Maybe I was in shock," the 20-year-old said.

As scores of supporters in red T-shirts with his name on the back jumped up and down at Carioca Arena, as chants of "USA!" rained down, as Azerbaijan's mountain-like...


Olympic athletes with local ties to watch Sunday in Rio

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 04:00:00 PDT

Athletes with ties to Maryland and the Baltimore area will take center stage one final time today for a chance at Olympic glory. 

Kyle Snyder, wrestling

Ties to Maryland: Grew up in Woodbine. Spent his first three years of high school at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, then moved to Colorado...


Broadneck grad Matthew Centrowitz races to gold in 1,500-meter run

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 17:13:00 PDT

Centrowitz, who grew up in Arnold, finished in 3:50.00 to beat Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi by 0.11 seconds.(image)

U.S. wins gold; greatest women's basketball team of all time?

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 15:57:00 PDT

The celebratory hugs had almost ended in the wake of Team USA's 101-72 victory over Spain when Diana Taurasi went back over to coach Geno Auriemma for one final embrace.

Neither could hold it together after. Taurasi wiped away tears while Auriemma had to remove his glasses and patted at his eyes.


U.S. brings home just one Olympic medal in sailing

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 13:38:00 PDT

San Diego's Caleb Paine earns bronze in Finn class(image)

U.S. men's basketball team advances to gold-medal game with 82-76 win over Spain

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 15:13:00 PDT

The undefeated Americans rode a rugged defensive effort and 22 points from Klay Thompson to beat Spain 82-76 and earn a place in Sunday afternoon's Olympic final in men's basketball.(image)

Centrowitz wants to erase disappointment of 2012 Games with his best in 1,500 final

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:06:00 PDT

Matthew Centrowitz is no longer the eager first-time Olympian who yearned to soak up every sight and sound at the 2012 Games in London.

He came here with a clear mission to improve on his fourth-place finish in the 1,500-meter final four years ago. And he's treated each workout and preliminary...


Maryland's Kyle Snyder pins hopes on becoming world's best wrestler

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:33:00 PDT

Olympian has become more focused on his efforts and less on winning and losing. He will compete Sunday in Rio.(image)

A more mature Carmelo Anthony finds himself as Team USA's leader

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:24:00 PDT

When Carmelo Anthony was a young boy, sharpening his shot and dribble on the playgrounds of West Baltimore, he never once fathomed a day when he'd own a pile of Olympic medals.(image)

Five takeaways from my first Olympic basketball game

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:35:00 PDT

I'm a child of the original Dream Team and before that, the 1984 U.S. team with younger versions of Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin. So, after a week-plus of covering swimming, I was eager for my first live experience with USA Basketball in the Olympics.(image)

After apology, questions about future loom for swimmer Ryan Lochte

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:30:00 PDT

U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte apologized Friday for his behavior surrounding an incident at a Rio de Janeiro gas station, saying he should have been more "careful and candid" about how he described what happened after a night of partying with his teammates.

But he didn't explain why he embellished...


2 U.S. swimmers leave Rio after robbery scandal; 3rd pays $10,800; Lochte apologizes

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 07:50:00 PDT

The story that Ryan Lochte told four days ago was frightening and detailed, the Olympic gold medalist recalling a late-night robbery and a pistol pressed against his head. On Friday, Lochte apologized for exaggerating.

On Thursday, Brazilian authorities presented evidence they say contradicts that...


Baltimore's Angel McCoughtry puts her own twist on Olympic basketball experience

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:06:00 PDT

Angel McCoughtry's first business will open soon. It's an ice-cream shop in downtown Atlanta, less than a mile from Philips Arena, home of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream. Before long, fans of McCoughtry's team may be customers at McCoughtry's Ice Cream. That's the hope, at least.(image)

Ryan Lochte's swim teammates to meet with authorities on robbery

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:10:00 PDT

Three American Olympic swimmers planned to meet with Brazilian law enforcement Thursday to discuss a reported robbery targeting 12-time medalist Ryan Lochte and his teammates, a U.S. Olympic Committee official said.

USOC spokesperson Patrick Sandusky said Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were released...


Usain Bolt advances to 200 final with fastest time of the year

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:25:00 PDT

Usain Bolt advanced to the final for the 200 meters with the fastest time of the year and is one win away from his eighth Olympic gold medal.

Bolt ran 19.78 seconds, pushed all the way by Canada's Andre de Grasse in the lane beside him, in the second of two semifinal heats at Rio. He earns an automatic...


Ryan Lochte joins list of greatest sports hoaxes and scams of all time

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:00:00 PDT

The continuing saga of Ryan Lochte’s robbery/not-a-robbery in Rio continued Thursday, with police in Brazil saying he lied about being held up at gunpoint. You can read all the details here. But Lochte’s story brings to mind some great hoaxes and scams in sports history. A look at few of the highlights:


Kevin Durant leads U.S. rout of Argentina in men's basketball

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:09:00 PDT

As Kevin Durant was alone in his room Wednesday, he decided to approach Team USA's game against Argentina in an unorthodox way.

He simply stopped caring whether the U.S. won later that that night.

It sounded almost rebellious, but it provided a glimpse into the psyche of one of the world's best...


Michael Phelps will get a statue in Baltimore, but what will it be made of?

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:29:00 PDT

We love statues here in Baltimore. We love them so much that in the space of a couple of years we erected two of them for Orioles icon Brooks Robinson, so you have to believe that it won’t be long before Michael Phelps is immortalized in – and you might want to sit down for this -- bronze.



Brazil to seize Lochte's passport; no evidence to support robbery claim, police say

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:08:00 PDT

A Brazilian judge has ordered that the passports of American swimmers Ryan Lochte and James Feigen be seized as authorities investigate their claim they were robbed at gunpoint during the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The office of Judge Keyla Blank confirmed the request Wednesday in a statement,...


Johns Hopkins runner helps city's efforts in preventing Zika virus

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:40:00 PDT

As a long-distance runner for the Johns Hopkins track and field team, Lara Gaffney has chased down foes before. This summer, the 21-year-old soon-to-be senior helped the Baltimore City Health Department run down a more elusive opponent: mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus.(image)

Simone Biles and Zac Efron: Who's the bigger fan of whom?

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:10:02 PDT

Simone Biles, the biggest breakout star of the Rio Olympics, was starstruck. Understandable - despite four gold medals the gymnast is still a 19-year-old meeting movie star Zac Efron. But Efron might be an even bigger fan of Biles. He spent all week tweeting admiration for the U.S. gymnastics team...(image)

Digest: Maryland boxer Gary Antuanne Russell falls short of a medal

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:57:00 PDT

He knew what was coming, so when the ring announcer confirmed it and the referee raised the hand of his opponent, Gary Antuanne Russell merely dropped his head ever so slightly and, guided by the referee, pivoted to his left — and looked right into the eyes of his father. Gary Russell Sr. had spent...


Olympic athletes with local ties to watch Saturday in Rio

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 04:00:00 PDT

Athletes with ties to Maryland and the Baltimore area will take center stage this month in Rio for a chance at Olympic glory. Be sure to check back every day for a schedule of which locals are in action.

Matthew Centrowitz, track and field

Ties to Maryland: Annapolis native graduated from Broadneck...


Olympic athletes with local ties to watch Friday in Rio

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:00:00 PDT

Athletes with ties to Maryland and the Baltimore area will take center stage this month in Rio for a chance at Olympic glory. Be sure to check back every day for a schedule of which locals are in action.

Micha Powell (Canada), track and field

Ties to Maryland: Born and raised in Montreal. Rising...


Olympic athletes with local ties to watch Thursday in Rio

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 04:00:00 PDT

Athletes with ties to Maryland and the Baltimore area will take center stage this month in Rio for a chance at Olympic glory. Be sure to check back every day for a schedule of which locals are in action.

Matthew Centrowitz, track and field

Ties to Maryland: Annapolis native graduated from Broadneck...


Olympic athletes with local ties to watch Wednesday in Rio

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Athletes with ties to Maryland and the Baltimore area will take center stage this month in Rio for a chance at Olympic glory. Be sure to check back every day for a schedule of which locals are in action.

Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant, men’s basketball

Ties to Maryland:

Anthony: Moved from Brooklyn,...


Olympic athletes with local ties to watch Tuesday in Rio

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:00:00 PDT

Athletes with ties to Maryland and the Baltimore area will take center stage this month in Rio for a chance at Olympic glory. Be sure to check back every day for a schedule of which locals are in action. 

Matthew Centrowitz, track and field

Ties to Maryland: Annapolis native graduated from Broadneck...


Simone Biles' run at history ends with bronze in beam finals; Laurie Hernandez wins silver

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:40:00 PDT

Simone Biles' run at Olympic history hit a roadblock on Monday when a mistake on balance beam kept the American gymnastics star from a record-tying fourth gold in Rio.

The 19-year-old was in the middle of her routine when she landed awkwardly while completing a front somersault. Her right foot...


Broadneck grad Matthew Centrowitz advances to 1,500 semifinals at Rio Games

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:17:00 PDT

Broadneck High School Matthew Centrowitz advanced to the semifinals of the men's 1,500 meter run on Tuesday morning at the Rio Olympic Games.

The Arnold native finished comfortably in fifth place to advance to Thursday's semifinal round. The finals will be contested Saturday evening.


Gabby Douglas calls Twitter bullying 'really hurtful'

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:29:00 PDT

The hope for one last trip to the Olympic medal podium gone when she stalled early in her routine during the uneven bars final on Sunday, Gabby Douglas decided to take a stand of a different kind.

Against the online criticism that's dogged the 2012 Olympic champion seemingly from the moment the...


Like a true Baltimorean, Michael Phelps shows his distaste for the Steelers

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:28:00 PDT

Reporter at news conference in Rio was wearing Steelers gear.(image)

Michael Phelps, U.S. swimming look back and ahead after historic Olympics

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 15:43:00 PDT

When Michael Phelps opened the door to his hotel room in the wee hours of Sunday morning, he did the worst thing possible to his slumbering fiancee, Nicole Johnson.

He picked up their 3-month-old son, Boomer, and woke him with a hug.

The Baltimore native just had to do it after spending so much...