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TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017

Japan’s Kei Nishikori returns the ball to Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci at the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. (Felipe Dana / Associated Press)

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 7:40 P.M.

Top-seeded Kei Nishikori loses temper; loses in 1st round in Rio

Thomaz Bellucci upset top-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Rio Open, thrilling the home crowd on Carnival week in Rio de Janeiro. Nishikori, who lost the final on Sunday on clay in the Argentina Open, smashed his racket on the red clay after losing Tuesday’s first set. It didn’t get any better. He was broken in the first game of the second set and never recovered.

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In this Sept. 22, 2015 file photo, New York Liberty guard Candice Wiggins celebrates after making a 3-point basket in New York. Wiggins said her experience playing in the WNBA was “toxic” and was a major reason why she retired last season. In an interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune, Wiggins said the culture in the league was “very, very harmful” and that she was targeted throughout her career for being heterosexual and popular. (Kathy Kmonicek / Associated Press)

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 7:30 P.M.

Candice Wiggins says her WNBA experience was ‘toxic’

Candice Wiggins says her experience playing in the WNBA was “toxic” and was a major reason why she retired last season. Wiggins said in an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune that the culture in the league was “very, very harmful” and that she was targeted throughout her career for being heterosexual and popular. Wiggins says she was treated poorly because she was straight and was harassed from the time she was drafted by Minnesota.

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United States’ Shalane Flanagan celebrates with the U.S. flag after winning the bronze medal in the women’s 10,000-meter final during the athletics competitions in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 15, 2008. (Thomas Kienzle / Associated Press)

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 7:09 P.M.

4-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan out of Boston Marathon

Four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan has dropped out of the Boston Marathon with a back injury. Flanagan says Boston is her favorite race and she’s “extremely sad” she won’t be able to run it on April 17 for a fourth time. The native of nearby Marblehead posted the fastest time ever for an American woman on the course in 2014.

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2015 world high jump champion Maria Kuchina attends the Russian winter indoor track-and-field championship in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Russian athletes and officials fear the country could miss another major track and field competition because the IAAF is slow in approving a partial lifting of its doping ban. With the European indoor championships just 10 days away, the IAAF hasn’t issued any rulings on 44 applications from Russians such as the 2015 world high jump champion Maria Kuchina. (Pavel Golovkin / Associated Press)

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 7:03 P.M.

Russians fear missing European indoors over doping reviews

Russian competitors and officials fear they will miss another major athletics championship because they believe the IAAF is too slow in approving a partial lifting of its doping ban. The IAAF says it will allow some Russians to compete in the European indoor championships as “neutral athletes,” rather than under the Russian flag, if they can show they have undergone regular drug testing independent of the suspended Russian testing agency, and aren’t implicated in an alleged doping cover-up.

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Lee Hee-beom, president and CEO of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG), adjusts his name plate prior to a media conference in Sapporo, northern Japan, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Lee expects the 2018 Olympics to usher in a new era for winter sports in Asia. (Eugene Hoshiko / Associated Press)

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 7 P.M.

Olympic organizers say winter sports set for boom in Asia

Lee Hee-beom, the head of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, says the 2018 Olympics will usher in a new era for winter sports in Asia. While the region has traditionally lagged behind North America and Europe, staging the next two Winter Olympics in Asia will significantly shift the balance Lee said.

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Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski (24) shoots the ball as Pacific center Sami Eleraky (35) defends during the first half of an NCAA basketball game, Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 7:36 A.M.

Grip on Sports: And you thought Honest Abe was tall ...

A GRIP ON SPORTS • You know why everything was better years and years ago? Instead of a Presidents’ Day, honoring all of the folks who have held that office over the years on one day, the nation celebrated George Washington’s birthday and Abe Lincoln’s birthday. Two holidays instead of one in February. Read on.

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1958 ��� 1959 Men���s Basketball Team (Gonzaga Archives)

UPDATED: TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 10:45 A.M.

Jean Claude Lefebvre brought national attention to Zags

There’s no denying that international athletes have played an outsized role in Gonzaga’s rise as a big-time college basketball power. From Australian sharpshooter John Rillie, who in 1995 propelled the Zags into the NCAA tournament for the first time, to ...

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