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More than 1,000 Russian athletes involved in organized doping, report finds

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 18:00:00 PST

The winter of 2010 was a time of bitter disappointment for Russian sports officials.

Their Olympic team limped away from the Winter Games in Vancouver with only three gold medals — a fraction of the total won by countries such as Canada, the U.S. and Germany.

In response, investigators allege,...


Michael Phelps partners with mattress company Leesa Sleeps to promote quality sleep

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 10:31:00 PST

Aside from monstrous caloric intake, hours of training and playing a little Future before swim time, there's another method behind Michael Phelps' championship performance — sleep. 

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, and fellow Olympian Aly Raisman have partnered up with Virginia...


Olympic leaders face potentially important decision on doping penalties

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:35:00 PST

The International Olympic Committee announced Thursday that it has approved Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest to continue forward in the bidding process for the 2024 Summer Games.

No surprise there — not for an organization desperate to find cities that will host its mega-sporting event.

The tougher...


U.S. women break world short-course 200 medley relay record

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:30:00 PST

Americans Ali DeLoof, Lilly King, Kelsi Worrell and Katrina Konopka broke the short-course world record in the 200-meter medley relay, finishing in 1 minute, 43.27 seconds Wednesday night in the FINA World Championships.

DeLoof led off in the backstroke with a split of 26.12, King extended the...


Michael Phelps to get special honor from Sports Illustrated at ceremony

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:23:00 PST

Although LeBron James is getting Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year award, Michael Phelps' phenomenal year won't go unrecognized at an event next week that will celebrate both athletes. The recently retired swimmer and most decorated Olympian will get a special honor at Monday's event...


Baltimore ski pole maker expands role supplying U.S. Freestyle Ski Team

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:55:00 PST

Baltimore-based Zipline Ski will supply goggles and poles for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team in a contract that extends through 2020 and includes the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in South Korea.

The company had been supplying poles since 2014 designed by Zipline's founder, former U.S....


Sammy Lee, diver who became first Asian American to win Olympic medal, dies at 96

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 17:45:00 PST

Sammy Lee learned to dive at Pasadena’s Brookside Park pool, which until 1940 allowed people of color to use the facilities only on Wednesdays, the day before it was drained and refilled. His most reliable place to work out was waterless — a diving board installed over a sand pit he dug in his...


Track and field leaders approve sweeping reforms in wake of corruption and doping scandals

Sat, 3 Dec 2016 09:20:00 PST

Track and field leaders have overwhelmingly approved broad changes championed by the sport's president, Sebastian Coe, to turn a corner on reputation-wrecking corruption and doping scandals. 

Coe's “Time for Change” package of reforms to the sport's governance won a 95% majority from 192 countries...


Next for Michael Phelps: Diving into tech startup pool?

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 05:00:00 PST

Michael Phelps wants to dive into Silicon Valley's investment opportunities as he tries to make the transition from Olympic swimming star and product pitchman to entrepreneur. “I would love to get involved, whether it's in a couple little startups here and there, take a little risk, have some fun...


LA 2024 releases revised budget for Olympics, revenue to equal $5.3 billion in costs

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:00:00 PST

In an era when the Olympics have become synonymous with cost overruns and massive deficits, the private committee seeking to bring the Summer Games back to Southern California has released what it calls a “no-surprises” balanced budget.

LA 2024’s latest proposal, issued on Friday, estimates that...


Donald Trump speaks with Olympic leader in support of LA 2024 effort, officials say

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:15:00 PST

Los Angeles has taken its case for the 2024 Summer Olympics to President-elect Donald Trump.

Last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti — who has spearheaded the bid — spoke with Trump about a number of issues, including the Games.

Now, LA 2024 officials say, Trump called Thomas Bach, president of the International...


Boomer Phelps is learning how to be the next Michael Phelps in Baltimore

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:32:00 PST

When Michael Phelps was 7, he was scared to put his head under water. Then he became the greatest swimmer ever. Boomer Phelps is not even seven months old (he was born in July), and he's already submerging. With the help of the woman who taught Phelps to swim. In the city where Phelps grew up....(image)

Doping cover-up shielded Russians at London Olympics, per seized emails

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:35:00 PST

A doping cover-up dubbed the “total protection project” shielded Russian medal winners at the 2012 London Olympics, allowing them to compete when they should have been banned, according to emails seized by French prosecutors. 

The emails published Friday by French newspaper Le Monde and German...


'Dancing With the Stars' finale recap: Laurie Hernandez wins the Mirrorball Trophy

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:44:00 PST

The finale of "Dancing With the Stars" starts with a Christmas motif, including the three celebrity finalists in onesies. I'm impressed they found one to fit Calvin Johnson. Oh, wait, this must mean the wardrobe department made it. Those people are marvels.

They're doing the thing again this year...


Phelps again signals that he's done with competitive swimming

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 05:47:00 PST

In the latest sign that he’s done racing, Michael Phelps told reporters before Monday night’s Golden Goggle awards that he had removed himself from drug testing required by USA Swimming.

Later, during a ceremony at which he won three awards including USA Swimming’s Male Athlete of the Year, Phelps...


Digest: Michael Phelps wins three Golden Goggles Awards for Rio Olympic success

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Michael Phelps' performance in the Rio Olympics earned him three Golden Goggles Award on Monday night in New York. For Phelps' five gold medals this summer, USA Swimming named him its Male Athlete of the Year. The organization also honored Phelps' 200-meter butterfly final, in which he beat out...


Digest: Katie Ledecky shatters two NCAA swimming records

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 20:43:00 PST

Stanford swimmer Katie Ledecky of Bethesda broke two NCAA records, as well as her own American record in the 1,650-yard freestyle, at a meet at Ohio State.

In her first month as a college swimmer, Ledecky has already set NCAA marks in the 500-, 1000- and 1,650-yard freestyles. Her record swim of...


Oregon receiver Devon Allen quits football team to concentrate on track

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:05:00 PST

Olympic hurdler and Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen said Wednesday he would forgo his remaining eligibility with the Ducks and pursue a professional track career.

Allen, a two-time NCAA champion in the 110-meter hurdles who placed fifth in the event at the Rio Olympics this summer, said Wednesday...


Allyson Felix hopes to help Los Angeles stay in the running for 2024 Olympics

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:50:00 PST

It seems that Allyson Felix showed up a little late.

Born in 1985, she just missed the Olympic Games in Los Angeles and, more specifically, the track and field competition at the Coliseum.

Her family has pictures from that summer. People she knows — older people — have told her how much fun it...


NHL has new meetings to discuss participation in 2018 Olympics

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 22:19:00 PST

NHL meetings are set for this week to discuss whether the league will participate in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

League officials will meet with the International Ice Hockey Federation in New York on Wednesday. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the NHL hopes to learn if any traction has...


Usain Bolt to train with German soccer team Borussia Dortmund

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 09:37:00 PST

Borussia Dortmund's chief has confirmed that nine-time Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will practice with the Bundesliga team.

Hans-Joachim Watzke tells Kicker magazine on Sunday that "it was no joke" and "not a marketing move."

Watzke was responding to a report in a Guardian newspaper that...


L.A. 2024 committee to present bid to Olympic leaders in Qatar

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 15:40:00 PST

The private committee hoping to bring the Olympic Games back to Los Angeles in 2024 will face a critical test in Doha, Qatar, next week.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Allyson Felix, the six-time gold medalist sprinter, lead an LA 2024 contingent that will present its bid to an array of Olympic leaders...


Olympic voters weigh Trump effect on Los Angeles 2024 bid

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 21:16:00 PST

Donald Trump's election as U.S. president has the potential to influence Los Angeles' chances of hosting the 2024 Olympics. For better or worse.

Some International Olympic Committee members — who will choose among Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest, Hungary, in a vote next September — cited possible...


LA 2024 is about to find out how a Donald Trump presidency will affect Los Angeles' Olympic bid

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 10:45:00 PST

Much has been written in recent months about the international community’s reaction to Donald Trump’s bid for the White House and how a Trump presidency might impact Los Angeles’ bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Now – with the Republican winning on Tuesday – LA 2024 will find out.

"LA 2024...


L.A.'s chances of winning the 2024 Olympic bid could rest with Tuesday's election

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 16:50:00 PST

The whispers have grown louder — day by day, week by week — leading to the U.S. presidential election.

International Olympic Committee members, be they from major European nations or tiny countries in far-flung corners of the world, have quietly grumbled about Donald Trump.

They don’t like his...


Olympic champion Centrowitz returns to Broadneck, inspires high school athletes

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 15:39:00 PST

Broadneck High School student Julianna Fernandez lifted up her foot so Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz could bend down and sign his name on it.

"These are my favorite shoes now," she said.

Fernandez, a high school runner, said Centrowitz is an example that Olympians can come from anywhere.


Wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden wins in New York City, sweeps four major marathons for fourth straight year

Sun, 6 Nov 2016 14:25:00 PST

Tatyana McFadden won the New York City Marathon women’s wheelchair race Sunday to sweep the four major marathons for the fourth straight year, extending her record streak to 17 straight victories.

The 27-year-old U.S. Paralympian and Atholton graduate finished with an unofficial time of 1 hour,...


Olympians Greg Louganis, Janet Evans and Allyson Felix to be grand marshals of 128th Rose Parade

Thu, 3 Nov 2016 09:45:00 PDT

The Tournament of Roses has selected three Olympians to serve as grand marshals for the upcoming 128th Rose Parade.

Greg Louganis, Janet Evans and Allyson Felix will share the honors for the New Year’s event.

Louganis is a four-time gold medalist in the sport of diving. Evans is a four-time champion...


Workers threaten to sue Rio Olympics over late payments

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:36:00 PDT

Nearly 2 ½ months after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, hundreds of workers still haven't been paid and are planning to sue the local organizing committee to get their money.

Among those late getting paid are about 100 freelance contractors who worked as stadium announcers, show producers and DJs,...


Michael Phelps, Nicole Johnson share wedding photos

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 10:05:00 PDT

May: Become a dad.

June: Become a husband.

July and August: Further your Olympic legacy.

October: Celebrate the year with a wedding ceremony in Cabo.

It's been quite a year for Michael Phelps, who we learned last week did in fact get married in between two of the other big moments in his life.


Michael Phelps confirms he's married (while golfing with Ray Lewis)

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:29:00 PDT

After keeping it a secret since June (and denying it at least twice this week), Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps finally admits it. He's married.

A shirtless Phelps signed on to Facebook Live Thursday evening to check in with viewers while golfing in a place he says is "not in Arizona, [but] close"...


Sex abuse lawsuit against USA Gymnastics doctor names Karolyis

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:02:00 PDT

A former gymnast on the U.S. women's national team has become the latest athlete to accuse a longtime team doctor of sexual abuse.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles contends Dr. Larry Nassar repeatedly sexually abused the now-24-year-old gymnast when she was on the team from 2006 to 2011.


More Olympians stripped of medals in continued retesting

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:00:00 PDT

The revelations would be even more disturbing if they weren’t so common, with Olympic leaders announcing on a regular basis that they are stripping medals from athletes who doped at previous Games.

On Thursday, the International Olympic Committee said the campaign to retest stored samples had netted...


Michael Phelps, Nicole Johnson wed in Ariz. [Updated w/ marriage certificate]

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:01:00 PDT

Update: This article has been updated to include information obtained from the Clerk of the Superior Court Office in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Michael Fred Phelps II and Nicole Michele Johnson were married in June in Paradise Valley, Arizona, according to a marriage license obtained by the Baltimore...


Matthew Centrowitz was on Dreamworld ride minutes before 4 were killed

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:36:00 PDT

Gold medal Olympic runner Matthew Centrowitz, who grew up in Arnold, says he was on a ride at an Australian theme park moments before four people were killed.

Two men and two women died while on the ride at Dreamworld, a park on Queensland state's Gold Coast, Queensland police officer Tod Reid...


Digest: Paul Yetter named senior coach of North Baltimore Aquatic Club

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:35:00 PDT

Paul Yetter, who was an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic team in 2008, will be the new head senior coach of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, the group announced Monday.

"My goal was to find a top-notch coach who would be committed to the program immediately and for the long term," NBAC head...


Simone Schaller, Olympic hurdler in '32 and '36, dies at 104

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:15:00 PDT

Simone Schaller, an American hurdler who competed at the 1932 and 1936 Summer Games and was believed to be the oldest living Olympian, has died. She was 104.

Grandson Jeffrey Hardy said Saturday that Schaller died of natural causes Thursday in the home she and her husband built when they married...


U.S. Olympians make video pitches for Los Angeles' 2024 bid

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:35:00 PDT

The LA 2024 bid committee has once again enlisted U.S. Olympians to help make the case for bringing the Summer Olympics to Los Angeles for a third time.

Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel and Tamika Catchings headline the athletes appearing in a video series titled “Coming Home” that was released on...


Muslim Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad discusses race in sport at Morgan State event

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:56:00 PDT

Olympic fencing medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad came to Morgan State University on Tuesday carrying the same message she delivered in Rio de Janeiro.(image)

3 men charged in fatal shooting of Olympian Tyson Gay's daughter

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:39:00 PDT

Three men have been charged in connection with a shootout police say left the 15-year-old daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay dead.

Trinity Gay died at a Lexington, Kentucky, hospital Sunday after she was shot in the neck around 4 a.m. during an exchange of gunfire between people in two parked...


Olympic swimmer is back from Rio with a silver medal — but no full-time job

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:08:00 PDT

In the weeks since the Rio de Janeiro Olympics ended, Connor Jaeger vacationed with his girlfriend in South America, moved his belongings halfway across the country in a rented truck, signed a lease for a new apartment, interviewed for a handful of jobs and threw out a ceremonial first pitch at...


Olympic leaders vent about Rome's withdrawal from 2024 bidding

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:25:00 PDT

Olympic leaders have continued to voice their displeasure with the political climate that forced Rome to suspend its bid for the 2024 Summer Games.

The International Olympic Committee reiterated its concerns in a letter to the Italian Olympic Committee that was made public on Monday.

“Based on...


Daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay fatally shot

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 12:59:00 PDT

The 15-year-old daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay was fatally shot in the neck, authorities and the athlete's agent said Sunday.

Trinity Gay died at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, the coroner's office for Fayette County said in a statement. The athlete's agent, Mark Wetmore, confirmed...


Bronze-medalist weightlifter from 2016 Summer Olympics tests positive

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:50:00 PDT

Weightlifting — which has replaced cycling as the most drug-riddled sport in the Olympic movement — has suffered another blow with news that a bronze medalist from the 2016 Summer Games has tested positive for drugs.

The sport’s international federation announced Thursday that Gabriel Sincraian...


Intel ads to feature Michael Phelps and his 'Phelps face'

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:43:00 PDT

Intel tapped Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps to star in ads for the computer processor maker, including one featuring the return of the scowling "Phelps face" popularized on the Internet during the Rio Games.

Phelps and actor Jim Parsons of "The Big Bang Theory" collaborate on the spots...


Chicago Marathon: Tatyana McFadden wins for sixth straight time

Sun, 9 Oct 2016 12:18:00 PDT

Tatyana McFadden won her sixth-straight Bank of America Chicago Marathon and seventh overall in the women's wheelchair division on Sunday in 1 hour, 42 minutes, 28 seconds, becoming the most decorated athlete to ever compete in the annual event.

She won gold medals at the Rio Olympics. She's been...


Ryan Lochte engaged to former Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 05:50:00 PDT

Ryan Lochte has gotten engaged to former Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid.

The pair shared Instagram pictures Sunday night of the 25-year-old Reid sporting a big diamond ring in front of a Malibu backdrop. Reid's photo included the note, "Speechless. Absolutely beautiful. So in love with YOU."



Michael Phelps joins Ravens, runs out of M&T Bank Stadium tunnel

Sun, 9 Oct 2016 12:27:00 PDT

The Ravens haven’t exactly found the same electricity with their pregame introductions since No. 52 retired.

So on Sunday, the team called No. 52 back. But it also had another local superstar jog out of the tunnel before the Ravens kicked off against their local rivals.

To show Washington Redskins...


Olympic leaders and anti-doping authorities vow to work together

Sat, 8 Oct 2016 13:25:00 PDT

After a summer of not-so-subtle bickering, it appears Olympic leaders and anti-doping authorities are ready to cooperate on a new campaign to go after drug cheats.

Speaking from a summit in Switzerland on Saturday, the International Olympic Committee called for the World Anti-Doping Agency to take...


South Korea close to ready for 2018 Winter Olympics, officials say

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 10:35:00 PDT

Concluding their latest visit to South Korea, Olympic leaders expressed confidence in preparations for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

The International Olympic Committee’s coordination commission announced Friday that the host city’s venues are 90% complete with dozens of test events scheduled...


Boxing officials suspend all referees and judges from 2016 Olympics

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 09:20:00 PDT

If you thought some of the boxing decisions from the recent 2016 Summer Olympics were questionable, the sport’s international federation shares your concern.

International Boxing Assn. (AIBA) officials announced Thursday that they would sideline all 36 referees and judges from that competition...


Future of Rome's bid for 2024 Summer Games remains unclear

Wed, 5 Oct 2016 10:05:00 PDT

It could be another week before Los Angeles finds out if Rome — one of its rivals for the 2024 Summer Olympics — will continue as a candidate.

Roma 2024 officials told they will hold a news conference Tuesday to address the future of the bid.

Virginia Raggi , the Italian capital’s...


'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Perfect 10s for Laurie Hernandez

Tue, 4 Oct 2016 11:58:00 PDT

It's Cirque du Soleil night on "Dancing With the Stars," and I'm sure somewhere Mark Ballas is SEETHING in his spats.

Len Goodman is not in the ballroom tonight and will be gone for the next few weeks to fulfill his obligations as head judge of "Strictly Come Dancing." Bruno Tonioli, I believe,...


The Michael Phelps-Ryan Lochte bromance has soured

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 13:56:00 PDT

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte have competed in four Olympics together. They've roomed together, eaten together and grown old (relatively speaking) together.(image)

Local Olympic wrestlers visit clinic in Pikesville

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 19:19:00 PDT

Olympic wrestling gold medalists Kyle Snyder and Helen Maroulis visited the Maryland State Wrestling Association clinic in Pikesville.


Maryland Senior Olympics croquet

Sun, 2 Oct 2016 14:37:00 PDT

The Maryland Senior Olympics croquet tournament at Ginger Cove.


Obama lauds Michael Phelps' Olympic golds, then brings up his 'Phelps face'

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:01:00 PDT

It was Team USA day Thursday at the White House, which meant President Barack Obama talked a good deal about two Olympians who grew up swimming not far from Washington.(image)

Digest: Marylanders Phelps, Ledecky, T. McFadden, B. Snyder earn Team USA Awards

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Marylanders Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Tatyana McFadden and Brad Snyder won Team USA Awards at the United States Olympic Committee's live taping of its Best of the Games ceremony Wednesday night at Georgetown in Washington.

The presentation will be aired Tuesday at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.


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...


Howard County Special Olympians, partners form perfect union

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:00:00 PDT

Two unified pairs from county head to Florida for golf championships(image)

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,"...


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...