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London games will be able to focus on athletes

LONDON – When the London Olympics open today, they also should begin to write a story free of the preconceived global narrative that has accompanied all recent summer games. Beijing …


Bill Plaschke: He’s had enough of Michael Phelps

LONDON – Me, I’m pulling for Lochte. The rivalry doing flip turns through the first week of these Olympics surfaced Thursday with an unsettling splash. In preparation for a news …


Olympian Amanda Furrer started shooting career with a miss

Two pellet dimples a foot apart in the garage door marked the beginning of Amanda Furrer’s journey to the London Olympics. “That’s how badly she missed on her first shots …


Several athletes with area ties at London Olympics

Tomorrow, the world. Including Spokane and the Inland Northwest.


4 members of Team St. Luke’s headed to London Games

The heat radiated from the track at West Valley High School one afternoon last week. Austin Pruitt, 17, zipped down the track, sunlight glinting off the wheels of his racing …


Several athletes with area ties at London Olympics

Tomorrow, the world. Including Spokane and the Inland Northwest. Athletes from 206 nations – one competing under the flag of five interlocking rings because South Sudan has no Olympic organization …


Gamblers can wager on almost anything at London Olympics

LONDON – What are the odds of a UFO sighting during the London Olympics opening ceremony? Or of the final torch bearer tripping as he ascends to light the flame? …


Viewing guide for Olympics coverage

NEW YORK – The Summer Olympics opening ceremony takes place Friday, but the first of 5,535 hours that NBC is showing of the games begins today with qualifying rounds in …


U.S. women open Olympic soccer campaign against France today

GLASGOW, Scotland – More than 400 miles from center stage, the coach of the U.S. women’s soccer team leaned toward the microphone and gave her own musical opening to the …


IOC’s Rogge honors slain Israelis

LONDON – IOC President Jacques Rogge paid tribute Monday to the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches killed in Munich 40 years ago, leading a solemn minute of silence in the …


Olympic sprints shaping up as Jamaican showdowns

BIRMINGHAM, England – Usain Bolt refuses to line up against his good friend Wallace Spearmon in a race. No way and under no circumstances.


Solo’s memoir released Aug. 14

Hope Solo has lots to say heading into the Olympics. And she’ll have even more to say once the games are done. The goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s soccer team …


Only modest service for victims of 1972 massacre

Complaining that the Olympic movement is still ignoring their pain, Israelis marked the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre on Sunday with a modest service in the atrium of a …


Sprinter loses gold

The International Olympic Committee on Saturday stripped U.S. runner Crystal Cox of her gold medal from the 4x400-meter relay at the 2004 Athens Olympics for doping but put off a …


Pistorius prepares for his time in the spotlight

GEMONA, Italy – Even when he’s looking at photos of his bleeding and blistered leg stumps, Oscar Pistorius smiles. And with his Olympic debut approaching, it’s easy to understand why.


In brief: Rogge rejects minute’s silence for slain Israelis

Olympics: IOC President Jacques Rogge won’t budge: There will be no minute’s silence for the Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich massacre at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. …


Anti-doping authorities kick into high gear in London

LONDON – Before a starting gun has been fired or a medal awarded, one of the most intense competitions of the London Olympics is already being waged behind the scenes. …


Competition heats up for U.S. men’s basketball

BARCELONA, Spain – Forever in the Dream Team’s shadow, the U.S. Olympic basketball team is now walking in its footsteps. The Americans are back in Barcelona, site of their greatest …


Olympic flame arrives in London

With the flame comes the games. After years of preparation and months of buildup, London’s Olympic moment finally arrived Friday night. Royal Marine Martyn Williams carried the Olympic torch as …


Britain beefs up security crews

LONDON – There’s nearly a week to go before the Olympics kick off in London and British officials are stuck playing defense. On Thursday, the country’s Olympics secretary said 1,200 …


USA Cycling offers bonus money for medals

USA Cycling will reward gold medalists at the London Games with up to $100,000 in bonus money, creating the richest known Olympics financial incentive program offered by any cycling organization …


Olympic athletes have romance on their minds

LONDON – “Sex and the City,” move over. Here comes “Sex in the Village.” Make that athletes village, as in Olympics.


U.S. women appear poised for gymnastics gold

After stockpiling more precious metal than a jeweler over the last decade, the American women have become a little picky. Bronze really isn’t their color, and they had their fill …


Venus Williams loses Olympic tuneup

WASHINGTON – Venus Williams lost an Olympic tuneup Monday during a World Team Tennis match attended by first lady Michele Obama. Williams, playing for the Washington Kastles, lost 5-0 to …


Australian threatens to boycott Olympics, alleging racism

SYDNEY – Australian track athlete John Steffensen has threatened to boycott the London Olympics after alleging racism because he was not selected individually to run the 400 meters. Steffensen, who …


Commentary: Olympic moments are worth treasuring

COLOMBES, France – At what’s left of the stadium where Harold Abrahams won his “Chariots of Fire” Olympic 100 meters, where Paavo Nurmi won the 1,500, caught his breath and …


May-Treanor, Walsh team up for last push for gold

LONDON – In Sydney, she was still just Misty May. Her mother was seriously ill and her beach volleyball career was still maturing when the daughter of 1968 Olympian Butch …


Clippers’ Griffin will miss Olympics with torn cartilage

OLYMPICS: The Los Angeles Clippers say Blake Griffin has torn cartilage in his left knee and will miss the Olympics. Griffin returned to Los Angeles on Thursday for further evaluation …


Troubles multiply as London braces for Olympics

LONDON – With the Olympics just two weeks away, embarrassing logistical problems about security, staff, phones and traffic made the mood Thursday in London as gloomy as the weather. British …


Jordan laughs at Bryant’s boast of current Olympians

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Michael Jordan said there’s no way Kobe Bryant and this year’s USA Olympic basketball team could’ve beaten the 1992 Dream Team. Jordan told the Associated Press Thursday …