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Dahlberg: Games belonged to joyful Bolt

LONDON – There wasn’t any need to shush his doubters this time, because by now Usain Bolt doesn’t have any. No reason to celebrate early, either, when there was a …


Farah thrills British crowd with second long-distance win

LONDON – Mo Farah didn’t want to leave anybody in doubt. Roared on again by a boisterous, capacity crowd at the 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium, Farah surged ahead late and held …


Uceny doesn’t finish Olympic 1,500 after falling

LONDON – One moment Morgan Uceny was in the middle of the pack, getting ready to make her move in the 1,500 meters. The next, she was down and pounding …


American women shatter world record in 4X100 relay

LONDON – Carmelita Jeter glanced at the clock as she sprinted toward the finish line at Olympic Stadium and then pointed her baton at it, as if to say, “Look …


Burroughs gives U.S. men’s wrestling breakthrough gold

LONDON – A year ago, Jordan Burroughs changed his Twitter handle to @alliseeisgold. On Thursday, Burroughs promised to tweet a picture of himself holding the Olympic gold medal. He delivered …


Bird had her eyes on France all along

LONDON – Obviously, Sue Bird can’t join the British populace who are allowed to wager on these Olympic Games. But if the three-time Olympian were so inclined her women’s tournament …


Brad Walker no-heights in Olympic pole vault finals

LONDON – At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Spokane’s Brad Walker finished last after not registering a single vault in qualifying. Four years later in London, he made it through qualifying, …


U.S. men trample Argentina, set up gold-medal game with Spain

LONDON – The rematch is here, but not the same cast of characters. Spain does not have Ricky Rubio but does have a healthy Jose Calderon and Marc Gasol.


Bahamas snaps U.S. winning streak in men’s 4x400

LONDON – The day after Manteo Mitchell finished out his preliminary lap in the 4x400-meter relay on a broken leg, the banged-up U.S. team made sure he would get something …


Olympics, Usain Bolt, track and field

LONDON – These are Usain Bolt’s Olympic Games. Everyone else here is simply running, jumping, swimming, cycling and rowing in his happy wake. Relaxed enough to drape a comforting arm …


Olympic report

Basketball The U.S. women’s team faced its first challenge of the Olympics, and found a way to advance. Trailing early in the second half, coach Geno Auriemma turned to his …


Team USA plays Argentina in men’s basketball semifinal

LONDON – Oh, great. You guys again. The shot heard ’round the arena took place when the U.S. played Argentina earlier this week, a confusing and appalling scene when Carmelo …


Dahlberg: Women’s soccer reaches peak in London

WEMBLEY, England – The game was nearly as grand as the stage, in doubt until the last seconds and so important that the winning country’s commander in chief was following …


U.S. women ready for big soccer rematch

LONDON – The U.S. women’s soccer team has won more than 80 percent of its games since Abby Wambach was added to the roster a dozen years ago. But it’s …


Solid semifinal pits U.S. women against Australia

LONDON – When the U.S. and Australia meet in women’s basketball at the Olympics it’s usually for the gold medal. The top two teams in the world have met in …


Bryant leads U.S. men past Australia in quarterfinal

LONDON – As the shot fell through the net, Kobe Bryant held up three fingers on each hand. It was his third straight 3-pointer in the fourth quarter, enough for …


U-Hi grad Walker qualifies for pole vault final

LONDON – It seemed like it might be the Beijing Olympic nightmare all over again for Spokane’s Brad Walker. Competing in qualifying Wednesday of the men’s pole vault at the …


Felix leads big day in U.S. track and field

LONDON – In the biggest competition of her life, long jumper Brittney Reese cost herself a precious attempt. “I messed myself all up,” Reese said. “I was too busy cheering …


Spokane Olympian Walker makes pole vault final

LONDON – It seemed like it might be the Beijing Olympic nightmare all over again for Spokane’s Brad Walker.


All-U.S. final set for women’s beach volleyball

LONDON – With or without gold, Misty May-Treanor plans to walk away from beach volleyball for good after the Olympics. A third straight championship would make the farewell perfect. May-Treanor …


Raisman earns gold, bronze for U.S. gymnastics

LONDON – Two Olympic gold medals are just fine with Gabby Douglas. Same for Aly Raisman, though that bronze was pretty sweet, too. While the all-around champion failed to add …


Twitter acknowledges Olympic mistake

Twitter is acknowledging a mistake in how it handled a tweet by a journalist that included the email of the NBC Olympics president. Alex Macgillivray, general counsel for the social …


Leicester: Liu’s hobble to finish will be remembered

LONDON – Seven steps, five more than in Beijing. But the outcome was identical: Liu Xiang’s Olympics were over, yet again, before they really began. The magic ingredient that makes …


Algerian who bowed out of 800 wins 1,500

LONDON – First they told him to leave. Then they invited him back. Next they’ll give him the gold. Kicked out of the London Olympics for presumably not trying hard …


Durant learns to keep shooting for U.S. men’s team

LONDON – The skinny kid needed a talking to, not a lecture. It was time for a chat to remind him why the U.S. team needed him to be more …


Fresh new face

MANCHESTER, England - Amid the chaos at the bottom of a mound of joy that formed after Alex Morgan’s goal in the 123rd minute gave the U.S. women’s soccer team …


Flying Squirrel finale

LONDON – Gabby Douglas is back for her grand finale. Already a two-time gold medalist, the American teen nicknamed the Flying Squirrel has a chance for one more title before …


Team USA’s super fans

LONDON – Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant are the faces of Team USA. They have popped up everywhere. Bryant was spotted on Centre Court at Wimbledon, watching Roger Federer in …


USA sprinters fall short of medal wishes

LONDON – Tyson Gay was so choked up, he couldn’t speak. Justin Gatlin was so happy he struggled to find the right words. Once again, Gay walked away empty-handed from …


Olympic report

Tennis Serena Williams followed her Golden Slam by teaming with big sister Venus to continue their dominance of Olympic women’s doubles tennis. They beat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of …