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Lochte says he thought about suicide after Rio Olympics fiasco

Jun 07, 2017 - 12:03 PM

There were a couple of points where I was crying thinking If I go to bed and never wake up fine

SUICIDE. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte says he contemplated suicide after last year's Rio Olympics controversy. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Phelps frustrated by Rio Olympics doping fears

Feb 28, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Michael Phelps in a written testimony says he and teammates are left wondering whether they were competing on a level playing field in Rio

FINAL SALVO. USA's Michael Phelps competes in the Men's swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. Odd Andersen/AFP

Olympic white elephants? Rio's got a herd of them

Feb 18, 2017 - 6:50 PM

You don t have to look far to see the unfulfilled promises of South America s first Olympic Games

WHITE ELEPHANT. View of the Tennis Court at the Olympic Park after it was covered by sand to be used for beach volley in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 17, 2017, about 6 month after the Rio 2016 Olympic games. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Bolt, Phelps cap era of excellence

Dec 20, 2016 - 4:04 PM

The two athletes inspired a legion of young competitors determined to flourish on sport s biggest stage even as Olympic officials grapple with soaring costs corruption and the ever present specter of doping


Pole vaulter escapes ban after cocaine contamination during hotel tryst

Oct 07, 2016 - 4:53 AM

Canada s Shawn Barber competed at the Rio Games after arguing that he was contaminated by cocaine accidentally by a woman he hooked up with through Craigslist

ONE NIGHT STAND. Shawn Barber says he requested a 'professional' woman who was 'drug and disease free' to 'relieve stress,' but is finding the one-night stand to have created a new set of problems. Photo by Thierry Zoccolan/AFP

Belgian Paralympian considering euthanasia for unbearable pain

Sep 12, 2016 - 1:01 PM

When the moment comes when I have more bad days than good days then I have my euthanasia papers says silver medalist Marieke Vervoort

RISING ABOVE THE PAIN. The 37-year-old has suffered from a degenerative muscle disease that causes constant pain, paralysis in her legs and leaves her barely able to sleep since the age 14. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Polish Olympian sells silver medal to save boy battling cancer

Aug 26, 2016 - 10:01 AM

Poland s Piotr Malachowski auctions his silver medal to help a boy battling eye cancer

THROWING FOR A CAUSE. Poland's Piotr Malachowski, who won silver in the men's discus throw at the Rio Games, has found a greater cause for his medal. Photo by Franck Robichon/EPA

Hidilyn Diaz, other ASEAN Olympic medalists get free AirAsia flights

Aug 24, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The 18 Olympic medalists from Southeast Asian countries will get free flights from AirAsia either for life gold for the next 5 years silver or for 3 years bronze

Philippine silver medallist at the Rio Olympics, Hidilyn Diaz shows her medal during a press conference as she arrives at the Manila International Airport in Manila on August 11, 2016.  Diaz is the country's first Olympic winner in 20 years. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo for 2020 Games

Aug 24, 2016 - 12:25 PM

After stepping off a plane from the Brazilian host city Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike carries the flag at a ceremony at the city s Haneda airport

ARRIVAL. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (R) waves the Olympic flag beside Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) President Tsunekazu Kakeda (L) as she gets out of a plane upon its arrival at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo as Japan's capital gears up to host the 2020 Games. TORU YAMANAKA / AFP

Ethiopia pledges safe return for protest runner

Aug 23, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa crossed his arms as he finished the marathon in protest against the Ethiopian government s crackdown on political dissent

Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia reacts while crossing the finish line to take the second place in the men's Marathon race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 21 August 2016. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

PH looks to improve at Tokyo 2020 as Rio Games close

Aug 22, 2016 - 5:11 PM

Chef de mission Jose Romasanta gives an assessment of the Philippines Olympic participation calling it a good run

END OF THE JOURNEY. Kirstie Alora (L) is the last Filipino Olympian to leave Rio. Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP

The Olympics are over for Brazil – was it worth it?

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:09 PM

How did Rio de Janeiro and the country as a whole come out in the end?

A general view shows the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Olympics: Athletics nervously enters post-Bolt world

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:59 PM

Usain Bolt has consistently been a beacon for clean athletes amid doping and corruption scandals

LIFE AFTER BOLT. Usain Bolt of Jamaica kisses the finish line after winning the men's 4x100m relay final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/LUKAS COCH

Veterans rule in USA's run to Olympic basketball gold

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Carmelo Anthony 32 brings the experience and Kevin Durant 27 the scoring as the USA capped its 2016 Olympic run by mauling Serbia

SENIORS TAKE CHARGE. Carmelo Anthony of USA takes charge during the men's basketball gold medal game of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/SAM MOOY

Boxing on brink after Rio Olympics judging controversies

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:35 PM

The Games would not be complete without boxing controversy of one kind or another

CONTROVERSY. Evgeny Tishchenko of Russia (red) is declared winner against Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan during the men's heavyweight 91kg final bout of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The result sparked controversy as the Russian is booed by the crowd. EPA/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

Groundbreaking Olympics for women in Rio

Aug 22, 2016 - 2:24 PM

Of the 11 444 athletes in Rio 45 – 5 175 – were women slightly higher than in London 2012

Simone Biles of the USA reacts after performing during the women's floor exercise final for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Artistic Gymnastics events. EPA/TATYANA ZENKOVICH

Let's make Tokyo best Olympics ever, says PM Abe

Aug 22, 2016 - 12:02 PM

The Japanese Prime Minister meets with the country s Olympic medalists and urges them to make Tokyo 2020 the best ever Olympics

ON TO TOKYO. The flag of Japan is displayed after the flag handover during the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

'Marvelous' Rio flames out as Japan takes the baton

Aug 22, 2016 - 8:16 AM

UPDATED The Rio Olympics ends in a blaze of color with an exuberant closing ceremony as Tokyo takes up the baton promising to host the best Games yet in 2020

Fireworks explode at the start of the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Rio police seize passports in raid on Irish Olympics office

Aug 22, 2016 - 4:01 AM

Phones passports and computers are seized as Brazilian police step up an inquiry into black market ticket sales at the Rio Olympics

AWAITING HEARING. President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Patrick Hickey of Ireland speaking during an interview at the 2015 European Games in Baku. He was arrested in Rio de Janeiro and is being held awaiting hearing. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Wrestling coaches strip to undies to protest Rio judging

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:42 AM

What s the best way to express displeasure at officiating? Take your clothes off thought two coaches from Mongolia

NAKED TIME. The coach of Mongolia's Mandakhnaran Ganzorig is escorted off after undressing in protest in front of judges after Ganzorig was defeated agasint Ikhtiyor Navruzov of Uzbekistan men's freestyle 65kg medal bout. Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA

Brazil delivers men's volleyball gold for hometown crowd

Aug 22, 2016 - 3:14 AM

Brazil finally earns another men s volleyball gold after losing the last two finals

HOMETOWN SPIKERS. Brazil's Wallace Leandro De Souza spikes the ball during the men's gold medal volleyball match between Italy and Brazil. Photo by Juan Mabromata / AFP

Tearful Alora bows out of Rio after second loss

Aug 21, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Kirstie Alora the last Olympian competing for the Philippines at the Olympics is unable to win a medal

China blames 'fierce' competition for worst Olympic performance in 20 years

Aug 21, 2016 - 1:21 PM

China has won just 26 gold medals despite sending its largest team at a foreign Olympics its fewest since Atlanta 1996

GOLD FLOP. Weightlifter Tian Tao celebrates after a lift, earning silver. Despite topping the medal tally in 2008 and coming in second in 2012, China is now lagging behind USA and Great Britain in Rio. Photo by AFP

Tearful Stevenson eyes pro stardom after Olympic heartbreak

Aug 21, 2016 - 4:13 AM

Shakur Stevenson will turn pro under Floyd Mayweather with plans to win a world title and break records

HEARTBREAK. Shakur Stevenson was set on winning the USA's first boxing gold since 2004. Now he turns his attention to the pro game. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Cuban Ramirez beats Mayweather protege Stevenson for Olympic gold

Aug 21, 2016 - 2:56 AM

USA s boxing gold medal drought continues as Cuba s Robeisy Ramirez wins the bantamweight crown at the expense of Shakur Stevenson

GOLDEN BOY. Robeisy Ramirez joins an elite list which includes Joel Casamayor, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Felix Savon and Teofilo Stevenson of Cuban boxers to win multiple Olympic gold medals. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Olympian Kirstie Alora fails to make quarterfinals

Aug 20, 2016 - 9:46 PM

The first time Olympian Alora falls to her veteran opponent

Meet Ryan Lochte, the world's latest 'ugly American'

Aug 20, 2016 - 3:59 PM

Lochte is under heavy fire after fabricating a story of being robbed at gunpoint during the Olympics

RETRACTION. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has taken a 180 turn after claiming to have been robbed by a mugger posing a police officer in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Patrick Kraemer/EPA

Tragic Venezuela boxer says Olympic medal will change his life

Aug 20, 2016 - 12:51 PM

Yoel Finol wins Venezuela s first boxing medal in 32 years

IOC launches inquiry into Ryan Lochte mugging scandal

Aug 20, 2016 - 6:02 AM

4 Olympic swimmers face a disciplinary inquiry after fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint to cover up a drunken incident at a gas station

RETRACTED. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is one of 4 US athletes involved in a controversy which caused a distraction at the Rio Games. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

USA NBA stars dunk Spain to reach Rio final

Aug 20, 2016 - 5:03 AM

Klay Thompson scores 22 and Kevin Durant adds 14 as USA moves to within one win of its third straight Olympic gold

MILESTONE. Kevin Durant moved to second all-time in scoring for Team USA in the win over Spain. Photo by Eric Gay/Pool/AFP

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Aug 19, 2016 - 7:21 PM

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Kirstie Alora's coach confident she can go far in Rio Olympics

Aug 19, 2016 - 11:39 AM

The last Filipino athlete remaining to compete in Rio faces a tough test right away against 2008 gold medalist Maria Espinoza of Mexico

NO EASY TASK. Kirstie Alora has what it takes to win a medal at any stage, says her coach. But nothing will come easy in a tournament like the Olympics. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Usain Bolt sprints to third straight Olympic 200m title

Aug 19, 2016 - 10:53 AM

Bolt 29 clocked in at 19 78 seconds to win another gold medal

After Rio exit, NBA stars Ginobili, Parker end international careers

Aug 18, 2016 - 9:49 AM

After their teams defeats in the quarterfinal round Spurs teammates Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker say goodbye to international hoops

Olympics: US earn Spain hoops semi as Aussies wait

Aug 18, 2016 - 9:36 AM

Kevin Durant leads the way for the United States in its blowout victory over Argentina

Olympic gold! Indonesia wins badminton mixed doubles

Aug 18, 2016 - 1:14 AM

UPDATED The Indonesian pair takes the first game 21 14 before completing the victory with a 21 12 triumph in the second

GOLDEN WIN. Indonesia's Tontowi Ahmad (L) and Indonesia's Liliyana Natsir react after winning against Malaysia's Liu Ying Goh and Malaysia's Peng Soon Chan during their mixed doubles Gold Medal badminton match at the Riocentro stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 17, 2016, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Hidilyn Diaz visits Senate, gets reward from Pacquiao

Aug 17, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Hidilyn Diaz s victory tour continues with an appearance at the Senate and a visit with Manny Pacquiao

Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz visits the Philippine Senate where she was recognized and honored for bagging the silver medal at this year's Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Sen. Manny Pacquiao entertains the Olympic silver medalist at his Senate Office where she was given a financial reward (undisclosed amount).

IWF site hacked as Iranians protest Olympic lifting 'conspiracy'

Aug 17, 2016 - 9:08 PM

Having broken a world record in a previous round Behdad Salimikordasiabi is disqualified when Olympic officials ruled he had failed to register a total in the clean and jerk

Cray looking forward to future; Sunang unsure of what's next

Aug 17, 2016 - 6:02 PM

What s next for Eric Cray and Marestella Torres Sunang after the Rio Olympics?

SHORT OF THE MARK. Marestella Torres-Sunang equals her longest jump at the 2012 Olympics but bows out in the preliminaries for the third straight time. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

'Contagious' Bolt inspired me, says Jamaica's McLeod

Aug 17, 2016 - 1:19 PM

The 22 year old McLeod became the first athlete from Jamaica to win gold in the 110m hurdles

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Aug 17, 2016 - 1:04 PM

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Long jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang bows out in Olympic prelims

Aug 17, 2016 - 9:16 AM

For the third straight Olympics Marestella Torres Sunang fails to make it to the finals after registering a longest attempt of 6 22m

SHORT OF THE MARK. Marestella Torres-Sunang equals her longest jump at the 2012 Olympics but bows out in the preliminaries for the third straight time. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Olympic road ends for Eric Cray in 400m hurdles semis

Aug 17, 2016 - 8:47 AM

Cray fails to qualify for the final after coming up 7th in the first semifinal heat with a time of 49 37 seconds

END OF THE ROAD. Eric Cray's Rio Olympics road ends as he fails to qualify into the men's 400m hurdles final. Jewel SAMAD / AFP

Irish boxer Conlan blasts 'corrupt' judging after controversial loss

Aug 17, 2016 - 8:23 AM

They ve robbed me of my Olympic dream says reigning bantamweight world champ Michael Conlan claims which AIBA dismisses

IRATE. Michael Conlan tore his shirt off and voiced his disgust after the decision went against him in his quarterfinal match. Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Conceicao wins first-ever Brazil Olympic boxing gold

Aug 17, 2016 - 8:06 AM

Robson Conceicao makes history after defeating France s Sofiane Oumiha in the lightweight final

USA faces Argentina, Spain vs France as Rio hoops hits knockout phase

Aug 16, 2016 - 6:43 PM

Other quarterfinal matchups include Australia vs Lithuania and Croatia vs Serbia

MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT. Team USA will facing the aging Argentina squad as the knockout phase starts. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

The time is now for long jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang

Aug 16, 2016 - 4:07 PM

Filipina Olympian Marestella Torres Sunang has fallen short in her first two Olympiads She wants to make her mark in Rio

READY TO FLY. Marestella Torres-Sunang, seen during the 2012 Games, wants to have her best showing after two disappointing outings at the Olympics. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Dominant US women's hoops team has yet to show its best

Aug 16, 2016 - 3:00 PM

We haven t reached our peak performance yet so we ve still got a lot left in the tank says US forward Seimone Augustus

SIMPLY THE BEST. Team USA has won 5 straight Olympic gold medals and are favored to add a sixth. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Spain beats Argentina to rescue Rio basketball hopes

Aug 16, 2016 - 9:50 AM

Spain regroups after a pair of close losses and eliminates hosts Brazil in the process

ON THE REBOUND. Rudy Fernandez finished with a game-high 23 points in Spain's win over Argentina. Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP

Russian boxer booed after controversial heavyweight gold win

Aug 16, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The crowd in Rio felt Kazakhstan s Vassiliy Levit deserved the gold medal victory

CONTROVERSIAL DECISION. Evgeny Tishchenko of Russia (red) and Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan battled for the heavyweight gold medal. Enough people in the crowd felt the silver medalist Levit deserved the victory to make an impression. Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA